Nice civil rights organization you got there. Be a shame if somethin’ wuz to happen to it . . .
The National Rifle Association of America has filed a lawsuit against the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS), New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and DFSSuperintendent Maria T. Vullo alleging violations of the Association’s First Amendment rights.
The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York, contends that Cuomo, Vullo and the DFS engaged in a “campaign of selective prosecution, backroom exhortations and public threats” designed to coerce banks and insurance companies to withhold services from the NRA.
The NRA argues that such tactics overstep the DFS’ regulatory mandate and, moreover, seek to suppress the speech of Second Amendment supporters and retaliate against the Association and others for their political advocacy.
The de-platforming continues . . .
Banks, financial institutions and retail stores are all pushing back against the gun industry by taking steps to slow the sale of firearms and blocking the industry’s financial options in response to the United States’ continued problems with mass shootings.
The big picture: Second Amendment advocates fear that Corporate America’s pushback against the gun industry could be a backdoor way — without legislation or a constitutional amendment — to roll back Americans’ gun rights.
The state of play: Corporate entities are hesitant to support gun manufacturers and sellers as today’s social media age of instant reactions increasingly demands that corporations take a stand on social issues.
When will Congress finally enact universal cutlery background checks and limits on any blade over three inches? . . .
A man who had been asked to leave a Boise apartment complex returned the next day and stabbed children celebrating a 3-year-old girl’s birthday in an attack that left the city reeling, Police Chief William Bones said Sunday.
Nine people in all were hurt in the attack, including the birthday girl. Five other children aged four to 12 were injured, as were three adults who came to their defense.
Bones said all are alive, although some are gravely injured.
Lots of people knew he was dangerous, he was frequently in trouble and well-known to law enforcement agencies . . .
For two years before the Parkland shooter went on his murderous rampage, he warned people — at least four times — what he planned to do.
Nikolas Cruz posted repeated threats on social media for anyone to see. At least three of them were reported to authorities, who did nothing to stop him. At least one other internet posting went unreported.
“The man did everything but take an ad out in the paper [saying], ‘I am going to kill somebody,’ ” said U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, as the Senate Judiciary Committee examined how the Cruz case was handled.
Cruz’s blatant warnings were exactly what you would expect from a mass killer in the internet age, as was other behavior leading up to the shootings, according to a new FBI study.
You can’t stop the signal. Ever . . .
The marketplaces of the Dark Web are one-stop shops for criminals looking for drugs, weapons, and even explosives. And increasingly, they are also making more available “both manuals on how to manufacture firearms and explosives at home and 3D models to enable home-based printing of fully functioning firearms or their parts,” according to a new report from RAND Corporation .
The report, which collected dated from 12 “cryptomarkets” in September 2016, found that while illegal arms account for only 1 percent of total items sold on the dark web, these marketplaces can still become viable platforms for lone-wolf attackers and small groups looking to acquire weapons and ammunition.
“The dark web is both an enabler for the trade of illegal weapons already on the black market and a potential source of diversion for weapons legally owned,” the report’s lead author, Giacomo Persi Paoli, said in a press release .
This 9-year-old and her dad have inspired 40,000 people to sign a petition asking Barnes and Noble (@BNBuzz) to keep gun magazines selling AR-15s away from the reach of kids. Check out Madison’s story and her petition here: https://t.co/cGQfh63HHN
— Change.org (@Change) July 1, 2018