This must be a day ending with a ‘y’ . . .
California lawmakers on Monday approved a trio of bills that would reduce the number of people with access to firearms, including lifetime bans on owning guns for people convicted of domestic violence and individuals placed on involuntary psychiatric holds twice in a year by the courts.
The three bills now head to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown for consideration.
Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) proposed a lifetime gun ban on those convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence, which extends the current 10-year prohibition in state law.
Huh? We were told that there are really only 1,239 gun owners in the US who buy 114,000 guns each every year . . .
The National Rifle Association’s Annual Meetings and Exhibits has been named the “Fastest Growing Association Show in the U.S.” by the Trade Show News Network, a leading industry source which tracks trade shows, exhibitions and conferences on a global basis.
The NRA event defeated hundreds of other event rivals. This year, a record-breaking 87,154 people showed up in May for the annual get-together in Dallas, which also attracted 800 exhibitors to a 15-acre venue. President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and country music greats Charlie Daniels and Travis Tritt were among the attendees.
“Unusual for a 70-year-old show from a 147-year-old organization to garner such an award over organizations representing new, developing industries,” said Jeff Poole, the NRA’s director of shows and exhibits.
Passively constructed negligent discharge story of the day . . .
The weapon of an off-duty Monroe County Sheriff’s Office jail deputy discharged as the deputy struggled with a man during a domestic incident at a Hamlin home Monday evening, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
It was unclear Monday night whether the gun accidentally discharged or whether the deputy fired a shot during the altercation. Sheriff’s Office investigators were interviewing witnesses late Monday.
Somehow these stories never mention the 500,000 to 3 million annual defensive gun uses in the US. Wonder why that is . . .
In 2016, more than 250,000 people worldwide died as a result of firearms, and half of all of those deaths came from six nations, including the U.S.
The new numbers, from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s latest study of Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries and Risk Factors, offer several new ways to measure the impact of gun deaths worldwide.
Half of all gun-related deaths in 2016 occurred in six nations — Brazil, the United States, Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia and Guatemala. Together, the study published in the journal JAMA noted, these countries hold less than 10 percent of the world’s population.
Ain’t social media wonderful? . . .
J.D. Martinez is the latest professional athlete to come under criticism for past social media activity, after a 2013 Instagram post — in which the Red Sox slugger promoted a counterfactual meme invoking Adolf Hitler to argue against gun control — resurfaced this week.
Red Sox president and CEO Sam Kennedy told Boston Herald columnist Steve Buckley that the team had spoken to the 2018 Triple Crown contender Martinez.
“We spoke with JD and he explained he was expressing his view on a political issue,” Kennedy said in a statement to Buckley, adding that players have a right to express their own political and social views under the MLB’s social media policy.
“We work with our players regularly to reinforce that their social media interactions can be interpreted in ways that are unintended,” Kennedy added.