Category: Gun Control

Dr. Laura Hayes: I’m OK, You’re A Potential Spree Killer

Dr. Laura L. Hayes (courtesy

Writing for, psychologist Laura Hayes [above] reckons mental illness isn’t such a big deal, gun violence-wise. “Violent crimes committed by people with severe mental illnesses get a lot of attention, but such attacks are relatively rare. Paolo del Vecchio of the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has said, ‘Violence by those with mental illness is so small that even if you could somehow cure it all, 95 percent of violent crime would still exist.’” Yes, but if vilifying mentally ill people (and taking away their guns) saves just one life . . . I kid. And kudos to Dr. Hayes for putting things in perspective. Oh wait. Oh dear . . .

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New from Troy Defense: Troy Pump Action Sporting Rifle

Troy Sporting Rifle - Pump Action (courtesy

I once was “lucky” enough to win a pump action .22 at an NRA dinner. As pinball addicts declare when a machine refuses to surrender its charms (despite mega flipper time), it was a lot of pay for not much play. I’m not saying Tory Defense’s Pump Action Sporting Rifle isn’t a heap of fun in that “look what they done to my gun, ma” kinda way. Nor am I suggesting that anyone stand in front of it when the business end gets busy would enjoy the experience. But I reckon the Pump Action Sporting Rifle’s utility is pretty limited to embarrassing New York or Connecticut cops when they bust you for possession of an illegal black modern home defense sporting rifle (a.k.a., “assault weapon.”) Oh how they laughed! Click here to check the specs. Resident of the aforementioned (dare I say it) slaves states can read it and weep. [h/t SS]

Chicago Police Supt. Blames Lax Gun Laws for Weekend Shootings, Murders

Police Supt. Garry McCarthy (courtesy

Last weekend at least 36 people were shot in Chicago, four fatally. reports that Police Supt. Garry McCarthy’s getting heat for failing to curtail the “gun violence.” When pressed, McCarthy put the focus on the locus of the problem: Chicago’s gangs and the politicians who protect them. OK, the gangs. And weak gun control laws. “McCarthy said police have identified some gang rivalries at work in some of the most recent shootings, and were moving to intervene; but the superintendent said ‘lax state and federal gun laws’ thwart the department’s efforts.” You mean there aren’t enough laws to charge people who shoot people unlawfully? No, of course not! It’s about . . .

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Civil Disobedience Grows as NY “Assault Weapon” Registration Deadline Approaches

SAFE Act registration form going up in smoke (courtesy New York Revolution Facebook page)

“Come Tuesday, owners of assault weapons in New York will be faced with a choice: Register those firearms with the state or potentially face a felony charge.” That’s the blunt, entirely accurate assessment of of the situation facing New York gun owners who possess unregistered “assault weapons” who are refusing to abide by the mandate created by the dead-of-the-night SAFE Act. And just in case you didn’t get the message . . .

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Moms Demand Action Demand Safety After KC Shooting

 Frazier Glenn Cross (courtesy kctv)

Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America released the following statement from Reverend Michelle Reed, a member of the Kansas chapter of Moms Demand Action in response to the shootings at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City and Village Shalom where at least 3 people were killed today . . .

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Quote of the Day: NY Governor Claims Confiscation Fears Unfounded


“You have been registering your handgun for decades and decades and decades. When has government ever come and knocked on your door and said, ‘I know that you have five handguns because they’re registered’? It hasn’t happened. So I never understood the fear in the first place because it hasn’t happened.” – New York Governor Cuomo quoted in Gun owners say they’re state’s target [at]

Why It’s So Hard to Discuss Guns Rationally With Some People


I have a colleague who, until the Sandy Hook shooting, was very congenial, even complimentary. Though we don’t teach in the same department, we always got along very well, frequently chatting in more depth than merely exchanging greetings. And then one morning, I chanced onto a conversation between him and another teacher about school shootings. The encounter occurred shortly after Sandy Hook, while the issues raised by it were still very much the rage. He asked me if I thought arming staff was a good idea . . .

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