AP finds the NRA gave $7 million to hundreds of schools – Only the Broward County and Denver schools have been identified by the AP has saying they’ll no longer take NRA grants. Go figure.
The AP analysis of the NRA Foundation’s public tax records finds that about 500 schools received more than $7.3 million from 2010 through 2016, mostly through competitive grants meant to promote shooting sports. The grants have gone to a wide array of school programs, including the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, rifle teams, hunting safety courses and agriculture clubs.
“Whatever I think of the NRA, they’re providing legitimate educational services,” said Billy Townsend, a school board member in Florida’s Polk County district, whose JROTC programs received $33,000, primarily to buy air rifles. “If the NRA wanted to provide air rifles for our ROTC folks in the future, I wouldn’t have a problem with that.”
The Best Way To Stop A Bad Guy With A Gun Is A Good Woman Without One – The solution to America’s gun violence problem: feminizing the culture.
It hit me Sunday night when I was watching the Oscars and Cecile Richards, Tarana Burke, and Janet Mock graced the stage alongside other high-profile activists including – yes – Nicole Hockley: Maybe it’s not about the female messengers, but the female message.
Since November of 2016, we have been living in strange and volatile times, but undergirding it all has been a swelling of momentum by and for women who are just plain sick of being dismissed, belittled and ignored; women who see too many similarities between Trump’s and Pence’s vision for America and the one premonished by Margaret Atwood; women who are done apologizing for our bodies and our viewpoints; women who have had enough. We started Marching on January 21, 2017 and we still haven’t stopped. …
The activists on stage weren’t there to cater to the male gaze, stroke the male ego, or subserve the male agenda. They were there to deliver their message – our message – and we all stood taller the next day for their courage. As I walked into work on Monday morning, I was hopeful: If we can realize that what gun violence reform truly needs are feminine solutions, we may actually get the #NeverAgain we all deserve.
The Legal Way to Seize Guns From Dangerous People – GVRO/ERPO: faster than a criminal charge! . . .
In the fall of 2017, the San Diego City Attorney’s Office devoted a senior prosecutor, Deputy City Attorney Ryan Scott, to stopping dangerous individuals from getting or keeping guns by making intensive use of GVROs. The office believes it is the first in the state to dedicate resources in this way, according to spokeswoman Cheryl Nolan.
Over the span of three months, attorneys have filed 10 orders against local gun owners, including people who committed domestic violence, those suffering from mental illness and dementia, and those possibly at risk for suicide.
Under the program, police now refer 911 calls about armed and threatening individuals to the city attorney’s office for follow-up. If the situation warrants a GVRO, Scott files the order, which can be processed faster than a criminal charge.
IRS agent, 44, ‘handcuffed a 21-year-old summer intern and raped her at gunpoint in his government-issued car’ – and was allowed to stay at work for months afterwards – Special treatment for a special agent? . . .
Minutes after the alleged assault, the woman called 911 to report [James] Clarke at around 10:30pm.
‘Caller is a female, says he put a gun in her mouth and sexually assaulted her,’ the 911 dispatcher says over the Boston police radio system . . .
The spokesperson told the Globe it was common to not arrest a suspect and instead rely on him or her to appear in court.
‘It’s not unusual for a defendant to be summonsed in for arraignment when he or she is aware of the investigation and the likelihood of charges and makes no move to flee those charges,’ the spokesperson said.
How Brazil’s ‘Lord Of Guns’ Armed Rio’s War With U.S. Weapons – I blame myself . . .
“This has been going on for decades and decades, because the United States is the candy store of guns for the world,” said Joseph Vince, a retired special agent for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, or ATF. “This has nothing to do with the Second Amendment, or hunters or shooters. This has to do with us creating a situation that takes a lot of lives and provides the means for organized crime to exist in these countries.”
It’s not just the guns being trafficked out of the United States; it’s the gun violence problems, too.
Japanese towns struggle to deal with an influx of new arrivals: wild boars – This is what happens to a disarmed populace.
The authorities have also been encouraging locals to get the necessary permits needed to trap and kill the animals. The town council even offers shuttle buses so they can take the required tests for permits in the prefectural capital.
This is where Japan’s aging population and its love of paperwork collide.
To cull the wild boars, farmers need to obtain not just a gun license — an exhaustive process that involves medical certificates and gun storage inspections by the local police — but also a special license to lay traps. This involves intensive study for a written test — the local university offers classes for the farmers — as well as a practical exam for using different kinds of traps.
Only then can the farmers capture the boars and shoot the animals they catch.
Samantha Bee, coming soon to a Chuckle Hut comedy club near you.