You’re not going to argue with science, are you? . . .
At the end of the day, the massacres that are happening in American schools are simply not happening in countries with stricter gun control laws. After a school shooting that led to the deaths of 35 people in Australia in 1996, the country enacted stricter gun controland initiated a major gun buyback program. They have only had one school shootingsince, and zero school mass knifings or bombings.
The NRA loves to say “guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” That’s not untrue. But what we know about people tells us that simply having access to guns makes it more likely that they will kill themselves, and others.
Just as students around the country were preparing another walkout against gun violence on Friday morning, a 19-year-old man shot a 17-year-old student at Forest High School in Ocala, Florida.
Marion County, where the high school is located, canceled school for the rest of the day. Students had planned protests there, a Marion school board member confirmed to CNN, but gun violence had ironically stymied their efforts.
Expect this celebrity coalition to be every bit as effective as the last celebrity coalition was . . .
In an open letter to NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, which was first obtained by TIME, the more than 100 members of the newly formed NoRA Initiative — short for No Rifle Association — pledge to reduce the NRA’s influence in American politics through a series of voter registration drives, nationwide art campaigns, demonstrations and boycotts.
“Your time signing checks in our blood is up,” the letter says. “We’re coming for your money. We’re coming for your puppets. And we’re going to win.”
“I am not against guns. And I don’t know that everyone who gets shot is going to turn them against guns,” she says.
This way of thinking is something Kafka says he’s expecting to better understand as the ADAPT survey results come in. He wants the information to help educate lawmakers and bolster the group’s authority to testify on behalf of its members about gun legislation. Kafka says victims of gun violence all face different hurdles in recovery and he wants to know about those experiences. But he’s not expecting everyone surveyed to hold the same views.
“We have people on both sides of the issue,” he says. “There are probably NRA members in the disability community.”
Sounds like a good school . . .
“She wasn’t able to do the last walkout, so she begged us to let her do this one,” her mother, Melissa Matrese, told CNN.Matrese claims no other members of the faculty or students joined her daughter in the walkout. So her husband, Stephen, stepped in.
“My husband had to go to her school, sign her out, and stay with her,” Matrese said, adding that her daughter “didn’t care about being the only one because ‘Mommy, this is too important to be embarrassed.'”
No. Next question . . .
Experts maintain that gun buy-backs wouldn’t have much of an impact in America.
According to the 2014 book “The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know,” by Philip J. Cook and Kristin A. Goss, buy-backs are not effective in combating gun violence. Cook and Goss say that without any significant ban outlawing certain types of firearms – which are protected by the Second Amendment — many of the guns brought to these types of events are in shabby shape.
“Unsurprisingly people are inclined to turn in guns that are no longer useful – they have become redundant, given all the other guns owned by the individual,” they write.
— ACLU (@ACLU) April 20, 2018
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