Oh, Canada . . . 69% of Canadians support outright ban on guns in urban areas: poll
The vast majority of Canadians favours a total ban on guns in urban areas, a new poll suggests.
According to the poll, conducted by Ekos Research Associates for The Canadian Press, 69 per cent of those surveyed agreed with the statement “I think that there should be a strict ban on guns in urban areas.”
Support was highest in Quebec at 76 per cent and lowest in Alberta at 48 per cent.
Apparently Harris County is drastically different than the rest of the country . . . Forensics Report Shows What Guns Are Mostly Used For In Harris County
So, if people are rarely using guns for protection, how were they being used when someone was killed?
We found the most recent statistics in the 2016 annual report from where Mozayani used to work, the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.
In Harris County last year, there were 478 homicides, people killing other people.
Knives, clubs, and strangulation were used in some but in the vast majority, a gun was the weapon, accounting for 371 of those 478 homicides.
In cases of people killing themselves, guns accounted for 285 of the 500 suicides in Harris County last year.
But that’s illegal (and probably a ChiCom capital offense) . . . Firearm black market thrives in China as experts call for overhaul of laws
Last week, police in Central China’s Hunan and Hubei provinces, North China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, East China’s Shandong Province and Southwest China’s Guizhou Province busted several online gun trading rings.
Since July, police in Bouyei-Miao Autonomous Prefecture of Qiannan, Southwest China’s Guizhou Province, have arrested 585 suspects and confiscated 387 guns in raids on several online trading rings, China Central Television reported on November 28.
Three websites were ordered to delete content or shut down during the period and more than 7,000 pieces of illegal online information were removed, said the report.
Gun trading crimes have become increasingly hard to detect, as traders often communicate in code in online chat rooms and disguise their online gun stores as hardware or toy shops, said experts.
This is what happens when you’re losing the argument . . . Boston-based gun control group sends graphic ‘RSVP’
A leading gun control group in Massachusetts is launching a graphic campaign to urge President Trump and members of Congress to “wipe the blood off your hands” by mandating background checks for all firearm sales and renewing the federal assault weapons ban.
Stop Handgun Violence on Friday mailed fliers, fashioned as invitations, with photos of mass shooting victims to the White House and nearly 300 members of Congress who “vote with the NRA every time,” said the organization’s co-founder, John Rosenthal, in a phone interview late last week.
He said his group will also tweet the invitation to each recipient.
Always good advice . . . If you carry a firearm in Alaska, know when you’re legally justified to use it
If you use a firearm in defense of yourself or another, your conduct will likely be reviewed by a prosecutor to see if it was legally justified. If the prosecutor decides it was, you won’t be charged with any crimes. If the prosecutor decides it wasn’t, you may face criminal charges ranging from a misdemeanor “reckless endangerment” to murder in the second degree, various assault charges in between, and possibly misconduct involving weapons offenses.
The prosecutor’s decision would depend, in part, on whether you “reasonably believed” deadly force was necessary. Our Supreme Court has said that when a defendant claims their use of deadly force was justified as self-defense:
“(The) defendant must satisfy both an objective and subjective standard; he must have actually believed deadly force was necessary to protect himself, and his belief must be one that a reasonable person would have held under the circumstances.”
The gloves come off . . . No compromise to curb gun violence
The people will now demand that you either respect the will of the people, or get out of the way. The only way to get a meaningful handle on a problem that has gotten so far out of hand is to take draconian steps. And here they are, with no compromise or half-baked stopgap measures accepted:
1. Every firearm, from small-caliber handguns to assault weapons that can be operated like machine guns, must be registered and a registration fee imposed each year, like we must do for every motor vehicle.
2. Every owner and user of firearms must be licensed, with a license exam when first applying, like that for a driver’s license and license renewal periodically with a fee collected for such a service.
3. Each purchase of ammunition must be recorded and cleared by a background check, the ammunition being restricted for hunting purposes. Armor-piercing ammunition shall be banned completely, and all ammunition made subject to an excise tax.
Another safe shooter who learned the right way . . . Sharing confessions of a safe gun owner
Hi, my name is Nicole Sarno. I’m a sophomore at LHS and… I shoot guns for fun.
Without knowing anything else about me, you have probably already decided what you think of me. Sadly, the majority of you most likely think of me as a violent person or a murderer on the verge of a shooting spree just because of this fact.
I learned how to handle a gun and how to shoot from my ex-marine father who knows a lot about guns and gun safety. I know how to properly take care of a gun and how to use one appropriately. I’ve never even shot an animal but at the mention of a gun I can be considered dangerous.
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