Yes, this again . . . Gun Violence Should Be Treated As A Public Health Crisis, Study Says – “Every year in the U.S., more than 30,000 people die from things related to guns. That puts guns ahead of HIV, Parkinson’s disease, malnutrition, hypertension, intestinal infection, peptic ulcer, anemia, viral hepatitis, biliary tract disease, atherosclerosis and fires. Yet, the funding for research on gun violence lags far behind other leading causes of death, according to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers evaluated the leading causes of death in the U.S. and plotted them against the funding and publication of research dedicated to to them.”
Your daily dose of idiocy from The Trace . . . Chicago’s Murder Rate Is Typical for a Major Metropolis — Until Fatal Shootings Are Factored In – “The prevalence of fatal shootings in Chicago as compared to New York and other major cities is one of the starkest findings of a new report due to be released later this month by the University of Chicago Crime Lab, an academic research center that aims to help cities find ways to control violence.” That’s like saying Michael Moore eats the same amount of food as any other normal American male…until he sits down to dinner.
Standing by their man . . . NRA’s LaPierre: Trump’s ‘strongest ally,’ declares war on ‘elites’ – “In an aggressive move to back up its support for President-elect Trump, the National Rifle Association on Tuesday vowed to take out Democrats and others trying to ‘sabotage his administration.’ Taking credit for pushing Trump over the finish line, NRA Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre said that his group would do what it takes to fight gun control advocates such as former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and those trying to thwart the incoming president.”
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Warning labels on guns, armed school security among bills Va. lawmakers to consider – “A bill introduced by Sen. Janet Howell, D-Fairfax, would require any guns sold by licensed manufacturers, importers or dealers that do not come with a lock to have a warning label stating that the gun should be locked and kept away from children.” When was the last time you bought a gun that didn’t come with a lock?
When seconds count . . . More than 18,000 calls to 911 slip through cracks last year, report finds – “Whenever a 911 call is disconnected, operators with Portland’s Bureau of Emergency Communications are supposed to call the number back to make sure the caller is OK. But at least 18,482 people never got that call last year, according to a city report released Wednesday. That amounts to roughly 50 ignored calls each day, some of them potentially serious. The report also said it’s been happening for more than a decade.”
Music video takes dangerous turn; rappers mistaken for armed robbers – “A music video ended with officers pointing guns at local rappers after mistaking them for robbers. The incident was reported about 1:45 p.m. in the 1000 block of FM 2004. Police responded to reports from onlookers about four men dressed in black attire and holding huge guns. An Angleton rap singer, Tru and his crew, a group that sings about trying to go out and get it — almost got it — big time from the police on New Year’s Day. ‘It was a bad idea with a good reason,’ Tru said.” Tru dat.
Granny surprises armed robber with gun of her own – “Rebbie Roberson is a grandma you don’t want to mess with. The 74-year-old woman from Bowie County, Texas came face-to-face with an armed man who broke into her home on Sunday night, according to Shreveport, Louisiana-based KSLA. Roberson took the would-be robber by surprise by pulling her own .38-caliber pistol off a nearby table. ‘I reached over there and grabbed this gun,’ she told KSLA. ‘And when I swerved around, I pointed it at him and he ran.'” Is there anything tougher than a Texas granny?
Tucker Carlson vs. Josh Sugarmann. Pop some popcorn and enjoy:
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