“I think that’s negative. That’s not probably supposed to be. I think it’s not proper, it’s improper to have guns in school,” proclaimed Neptune Middle School parent Armando Vega when informed that eighth grade teacher Gema Evans had illustrated a history lesson with – gasp! – a prop rifle. Thankfully, not every parent staggered toward the fainting couch when they heard the news. As parent Maurice Dellafano pointed out, “It’s just a prop. No big deal. Can’t fire, so who’s it going to hurt?” So no biggie, right? Well . . .
“A 28-year old East Hartford man with 51 previous arrests and more than a dozen convictions [and wanted for a homicide in 2006] was charged Thursday night with assaulting two police officers following a car accident,” courant.com reports. Specifically, 28-year-old Joshua Suarez’s charges include assault on a police officer, possession of narcotics, engaging police in pursuit, driving under license suspension, driving an unregistered car, reckless driving, evading responsibility and driving without insurance. The judge in the case praised Sgt. Jeff Morrison for not shooting Suarez, and for good reason . . .
“An estimated 1,000 gun rights activists converged Saturday on the Capitol Campus, toting American flags, wearing camouflage and carrying their guns,” theolympian.com reports. “The armed citizens turned out to participate in an I Will Not Comply rally, protesting Initiative 594, a measure passed by voters that expands background checks for firearm sales and transfers.’We’re going to stand up for our rights,’ event organizer Gavin Seim said. ‘Our rights are not up for negotiation.’” Unless they are. “Roy Talbott of Olympia said he’s in favor of background checks, but I-594 is just too broad. ‘All of us are for background checks, but this just goes too far,’ Talbott said.” To quote Will Smith, oh hell no. I’m not for any background checks on gun sales whatsoever. You? [h/t MS]
“On Aug. 1, 1966, Charles Whitman killed 16 people and wounded 32 more in Austin from atop the University of Texas Tower. Whitman, a former marine, terrorized the campus for 90 minutes, killing students, pedestrians, and unborn children with pinpoint accuracy.” You probably knew all that. But did you know that in addition to the National Portrait Gallery, the Air and Space Museum, the Vietnam War Memorial the Museum of Natural History and the Newseum, Washington, D.C. is also home to the Crime Museum? That’s probably the only place where it might make sense to display Witman’s rifle . . .
“Media coverage of Pew’s question creates a misleading perception that a choice must be made between protecting gun rights and supporting broadly popular gun safety regulations.” – What The Media Isn’t Saying About Support For Stronger Gun Laws [via mediamatters.org]
“You better watch out,” nydailynews.com warns. “A Georgia gun range is getting fired up for Christmas while offering photos with a gun-toting Santa Claus. Gun lovers of all ages will be able to sit with a heat-packing St. Nick or hold their own firearm supplied by the Sandy Springs Gun Club and Range as part of a charity event Saturday.” It’s probably too late to take the kids down to Sandy Springs to pose with their/your choice of AK-47, AR-15 or FN-SCAR-17. But hey, it’s the thought that counts. Any guns in your Xmas cards?
“Obviously they didn’t know he was home.” That’s Birmingham, Alabama PD’s Lt. Sean Edwards describing what happened when two burglars let themselves into the home of an un-named 68-year-old man Thursday morning. They also didn’t know he was armed. Both intruders were hit when the man opened fire and left faster than they came in. “A short time later, two men with gunshot wounds showed up at St. Vincent’s East.” One is in critical condition. “Edwards said the victim told police he had been burglarized several times in the recent past. … When (an) officer told (the homeowner) they had been struck, he said, ‘I hope they are OK.'” Don’t F with an old guy.
You might think Alaskan teenagers would know what to do if a two-legged varmint makes camp, ballistically speaking. T’aint necessarily so. Enter Teens on Target, a firearms class that teaches youngsters in the Land of the Midnight Sun basic firearms safety and armed self-defense. Course founder Elaina Spraker told peninsulaclarion.com that the instruction was inspired by a conversation with her son . . .
It’s never good to live in an echo chamber. Whether it’s religious beliefs, political beliefs, or your strongly-held views on barbecue vs. grilling (FYI, barbecuing involves cooking and smoking meats over a low heat for an extended period of time and grilling is what you do to hamburgers and hotdogs on the 4th of July and if you disagree then you’re wrong). So for the sake of journalistic balance, here is Jim Jefferies (an Australian comedian) explaining why the Second Amendment is a bad idea . . .
Over at slate.com, William Saletan is Rethinking Gun Control. No seriously. His article puts forward ten “most salient or surprising takeaways” from an Institute of Medicine study Priorities for Research to Reduce the Threat of Firearm-Related Violence. Saletan’s takes starts with the usual blather: “1. The United States has an indisputable gun violence problem.” And then — miracle or miracles — gets real . . .