And in other news, the sun is due to set in the west again this evening . . .
The AR-15 has become a rallying cry for ardent supporters of the Second Amendment and gun marketers. The “AR” stands for Armalite Rifle, for the gun company that originally developed and manufactured the weapon, but in a sense, it’s been rebranded by the gun lobby as “America’s Rifle.” It is a potent symbol of America’s protection of gun ownership rights, and like the Ford Mustang or a Hummer, its beauty or its offensiveness lies in the eye of the beholder. When some consumers or gun-rights activists suspect assault weapons—some or all of them—might be banned after a school shooting, they tend to buy more.
And that conforms to an axiom of prohibition: If you tell people they can’t have something they want—something they feel they have the right to own—they might just want it even more. This may prove the case even when it comes to, say, new regulations limiting sales of ammunition in aggressive gun-control states like California. Meanwhile, handguns remain the weapons responsible for the supermajority of gun deaths in America.
So instead of banning these rifles, states should require gun owners to buy insurance in case their gun is used to kill wrongfully; that way, at least victims and their families might recover some financial damages. In most states, individual gun owners can be held liable, but it’s rare that any one person might have enough money to compensate victims. Mandating insurance would collectivize the risk posed to broader society by the constitutional right to bear arms.
They say no guns, we say know guns . . .
“He’s got the wrong victim here,” said Sutton. “First of all she is exceedingly courageous and second she’s familiar with a firearm.”
The video shows the woman confidently disarming the suspect and then running away giving police officers a clear shot.
“It’s very rare for a civilian who is in that kind of situation to basically take aggressive action,” Sutton said. “And that’s what she did. She did a fantastic job! She’s a hero.”
Doctor shoots himself dead while checking to see why his gun wasn’t working during celebratory gunfire at Turkish wedding
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A doctor has died after accidentally shooting himself in the head while checking a misfiring gun at a wedding in Turkey.
Hasan Akdemir, 39, had been using a handgun to fire off celebratory shots in the air during the ceremony near the central Turkish city of Konya.
However, the weapon did not fire properly, and Dr Akdemir stopped to check why the gun was not working.
Uh huh. Key phrase: “progressive think tank” . . .
The National Rifle Association may be striking out with voters.
A new report from the progressive think tank Navigator Research shows the NRA has suffered “lasting damage” since the Parkland shooting.
Over 1,100 people took part in the survey, which was conducted last month. Respondents were verified as active voters, and the demographic compositions of the poll matched those of national registered voters (including party affiliation).
Many respondents said stronger gun laws would be an important issue in their midterm election votes. Forty-four percent of voters trust Democrats to tackle these issues, while Republicans only had a 28 percent trust rate among respondents.
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OMG! . . .
Golf star Hailey Rae Ostrom isn’t too bad with a pistol.
Ostrom shared a video Sunday of herself holding a black handgun and letting the bullets fly down range.
She had no problem smoking targets. I would hate to be on the business end of this weapon while Ostrom’s holding it, because her aim is very solid.