D’oh! . . . The CDC’s latest report on firearms might not make many gun control activists happy – “Gun rights advocates have long defended their right to bear arms out of a need for self-defense. And now they have a new report from the Centers for Disease Control that says they make a darn good point. The $10 million study commissioned by President Barack Obama as part of 23 executive orders he signed in January says ‘self-defense can be an important crime deterrent.’ ‘Studies that directly assessed the effect of actual defensive uses of guns (i.e., incidents in which a gun was ‘used’ by the crime victim in the sense of attacking or threatening an offender) have found consistently lower injury rates among gun-using crime victims compared with victims who used other self-protective strategies,’ the CDC study revealed.”
But on his way out the door . . . Obama Pushes for New Gun Control in Op-Ed for Harvard – “In a lengthy essay titled “The President’s Role in Advancing Criminal Justice Reform,” Obama urged the country to ‘take commonsense steps to reduce gun violence’ while celebrating the executive orders he has enacted.” Gun grabbers gonna grab. Or try to.
Remember kids, don’t try this at home . . . David Blaine’s Attempt to Shoot Himself in the Mouth Went Awry, Making You Wonder If You Even Understand Magic – “In case you’re wondering why “David Blaine” is currently trending, the answer is, of course, “a horrible reason.” David Blaine’s special Beyond Magic re-aired this past weekend on ABC and, in case you missed it, the magician recounts how his attempt to safely shoot himself in the mouth turned out to be, unbelievably, not very safe at all. As he explains, the magician intended to fire a bullet into a metal cup in his mouth, only to later discover that the cup had shifted within his mouth guard.”
Springfield Armory® Announces New Year, New Gear Giveaway – Springfield Armory® is pleased to announce its participation in the New Year, New Gear Giveaway. The promotion will give one lucky winner over $1,400 of concealed carry gear including gun, holster, and training tools. The New Year, New Gear promotion aims to outfit the winner with everything they need to go from zero to fully-equipped lawfully armed citizen. The promotion not only includes the gun and gear but practice and training materials. In short, the contest provides everything except ammunition and the carry permit, assuming one is needed in the winner’s home state.
How did Fort Lauderdale suspect get gun back? – “Authorities were so concerned when Esteban Santiago visited the FBI Anchorage, Alaska, office in November that they confiscated his gun and ordered a mental health evaluation. A month later, Santiago retrieved the weapon from police headquarters. Last week, Santiago, 26, used that same gun, law enforcement sources said, to kill five people and wound several others at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Santiago confessed to planning the assault, according to court papers. As authorities work to pinpoint Santiago’s motive, others are asking another question: Why did the suspected gunman still have his firearm?” The gist: we need to make it easier to take guns away from, well, anyone.
Democratic Lawmakers Send Gun Show Ban Bill to Full Board – “The Northeast Gun Show would take place on Jan. 21-22 at the White Plains venue but the Legislation, Labor/ Parks/Planning/Housing and Public Safety & Social Services committees are sending a measure to the full board for its next meeting this Monday, Jan. 9 that would prohibit gun shows at all county-owned property, including the County Center. The lawmakers argued that hosting the show would promote a culture of violence and the glorification of firearms on taxpayer-financed property.” Because there’s nothing much more violent than a gun show.
2 killed, 2 wounded in shooting at Pasadena vigil for homicide victim – “Two men were killed and two more people were wounded in a shooting in Pasadena late Friday evening that began at a vigil for the victim of a previous homicide, police said. Pasadena police and paramedics responded to a report of gunfire at a vigil in the 100 block of West Claremont Street at about 11:53 p.m., Pasadena Police Lt. Mark Goodman told KPCC. The vigil was being held in honor of a person who was killed on Dec. 22, 2016 in Pasadena, he said.”
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