Let’s see how the ACLU splits this baby . . . Gun-Toting Lefties Show Up at Phoenix Rally, Too Bad the ACLU Probably Won’t Be Defending Their Speech Rights
But it’s not just white supremacists who come to rallies armed. Far from it. In fact, right away a great case study has popped up in Phoenix, with a cluster of well-armed lefties who say they “won’t fire the first shot” but that they are there to make sure their side gets heard. Members of the John Brown Gun Club (yes, that John Brown), which is affiliated with Redneck Revolt, were present in Charlottesville as well, both their speech and their accessories covered under the same laws and precedents that protected the white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and others gathered there. You know, the ones the ALCU was totally committed to defending until last week.
(National ACLU head Anthony) Romero also said the ACLU would consider each group on a case-by-case basis: “It’s neither a blanket no or a blanket yes.” So I guess there’s a chance they’d defend the John Brown Gun Club’s armed speech. But if the civil liberties group winds up backing off of supporting these lefty ladies and gents in their time of legal need in order to avoid having to help out their righty counterparts, the whole foundation of the ALCU’s free speech defense is weakened.
The XStat 30, a sponge-filled syringe that can plug deep and narrow wounds from gunshots or stabbings in seconds, has received approval from the U.S. for use in the arm and leg.
The FDA also gave RevMedx, the Oregon-based company that makes the device, approval to market a smaller version, the XStat 12, which is designed to treat smaller wounds from a stabbing or smaller caliber firearm. Andrew Barofsky, the CEO of manufacturer RevMedx, said the FDA’s decision would advance the company’s mission “to reduce death and disability from traumatic bleeding injuries caused by war, violence, or accidents.”
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It looks like the Phoenix PD boys have very good aim with their less lethal weaponry. As for the protestor, taking one to the nads means it’s officially time to head home to mom’s basement.
Don’t let yours spoil . . . Ammo Expires!? #LetsGoShooting – National Shooting Sports Month
Ammo doesn’t really expire but National Shooting Sports Month comes only once a year! Head out to the range to enjoy some fun and safe target shooting. Introduce friends or family members to the shooting sports or invite someone who hasn’t been actively participating in the recent years. Tell us about your target shooting adventure at ShootingSportsMonth.org and be entered into the Trigger Time Sweepstakes for a chance to win one of many great prizes! Enter at ShootingSportsMonth.org/Sweepstakes/
Now available for public review . . . Report Prepared for Congress Offers Details on ATF Funding
A report issued Aug. 7 by the Congressional Research Service providing lawmakers with a detailed analysis of ATF funding can now also be scrutinized by citizens interested in keeping informed on expenditures and what they mean. Congressional Research Service’s “Gun Control: FY2017 Appropriations for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and Other Initiatives” has been posted on the Federation of American Scientists’ website.
It’s an important public interest task the group, founded by former Manhattan Project scientists, is performing by posting such reports, because the Congressional Research Service, which acts as an issues “think tank” for Congress—does not generally make their reports available to the public, despite our tax dollars funding them. EveryCRSReport.com and CRSReports.com are also working to change that (the older OpenCRS.com site has been discontinued, albeit some of its history is available via the Internet Archive). Ultimately, changing that is largely in the hands of a majority Republican Congress that does not appear sufficiently motivated to pass an equal access bill (“7% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs”).
WARNING: This film may not be rated PC.
The result of living in a bankrupt kleptocracy (and we don’t mean Venezuela) . . . Chicago’s gun violence crisis is also a mental health crisis
Through the first seven months of 2017, there have been 397 murders, 1,692 shootings, and 2,124 shooting victims in Chicago, according to the police. The number of shootings is down 13 percent compared to this time last year, but there has been one more murder so far compared to 2016, police data show. The overwhelming majority of these incidents took place on the city’s South and West Sides, where communities reeling from violent deaths also face anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and a host of other mental health conditions, says Brad Stolbach, the clinical director of Healing Hurt People-Chicago, a trauma treatment organization.
“Every time a person gets shot, especially a young person, there are literally hundreds of people who are affected by that shooting,” Stolbach said. Those people are “not thought about,” he said.
Meanwhile, since 2009, the city has closed six mental health clinics. Between 2009 and 2012, the state cut $113.7 million in funding for mental health services, according to National Alliance on Mental Illness’ (NAMI) Chicago branch. And while mental health coverage expanded under the Affordable Care Act, service providers who work with low-income clients still say they are strained.