I think they mis-spelled ‘gun control advocate’ . . . The link between domestic violence and mass shootings, explained by a gun policy expert
According to Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun control group, a majority of mass shooting victims from 2009 to 2015 were an intimate partner, ex-partner, or other family member of the shooter. And research from Boston University shows that in states with more gun owners, there are more homicides — and women are more likely to be the ones killed.
To understand the link between mass shootings and domestic violence, I spoke with Robert Spitzer, a political science professor at the State University of New York Cortland and the author of several books on gun policy, including The Politics of Gun Control. Spitzer is a frequent commentator on issues related to gun control and mass shootings.
As is virtually always the case . . . FBI Report on Alexandria Quietly Debunks the Gun-Controllers’ Talking Points
Why does this matter? Well, because before they knew anything about the case, many in the press had reflexively tried to use the incident as an argument for stricter gun control.
The Atlantic’s David Frum, for example, immediately went on an error-laden tear about Virginia’s laws, which he considers to be too lax, and then took to proposing the sort of “common sense” reforms that the Democratic party has been so impotently trying to sell. But, as the FBI confirms, this reaction was an ignorant one. For a start, the guns weren’t bought in Virginia; they were bought in Illinois, which has some of the strictest gun laws in the country.
And they weren’t purchased privately, illegally, or without attendant background checks, but “legally through federal firearms licensees” that are obliged under federal law to run checks. Moreover, Hodgkinson only got the weapons after he obtained an additional possession-and-purchase license (FOID) of the sort that more extreme gun-control advocates want to see made mandatory in all states.
Of course they did . . . CA Assembly Passes Gun Control Bill to Stop Teachers from Shooting Back
On Monday, lawmakers passed a gun control bill introduced by Assemblyman Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) to disarm teachers and staff who are currently allowed to carry guns for self-defense in California school districts. …
McCarty did not differentiate between guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens at schools versus guns in the hands of criminals who will attack regardless of gun-free policies. Moreover, he did not list one crime committed by an armed teacher or staff member in the five California districts that allowed such personnel to be armed for defense of themselves and their students.
On the other hand . . . US gun laws: Colorado to arm teachers in classrooms
Teachers are being trained to carry guns in classrooms in Colorado in order to protect children as part of a scheme motivated by a school massacre in 2012.
The three-day course, which consists of firearms and medical training, was launched on Tuesday in Weld County.
Seventeen members of staff who “would like to be considered armed first responders” have so far taken part.
The pilot programme will allow volunteers to enter schools with guns under US “concealed carry” laws.
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Shooting themselves in the foot…so to speak . . . The NRA Shuns a Second Amendment Martyr
The day after the shooting, the NRA said “the reports from Minnesota are troubling and must be thoroughly investigated.” It promised “the NRA will have more to say once all the facts are known.”
The reports have been investigated, and the facts are known. Yet the NRA has not added anything to the bland, noncommittal statement it made a year ago. You’d think “the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights organization” would have more to say about an innocent man who was killed for exercising his Second Amendment rights.
Your feel-good story of the day . . . Burglar shot to death by accomplice was released from prison in August
(James Robert) Young was trying to carry out a big screen TV and dropped it when the (homeowner) yelled at the men and they started to run.
The other (burglar) fired a gun back toward the house and hit Young, Davis said.
“I’d much rather see one burglar shoot another burglar than an innocent homeowner,” (Sheriff David) Davis said.
Young died in the threshold of the woman’s front door, Bibb County Chief Coroner Leon Jones said.