Left coast teachers flex their anti-gun muscles . . .
The world’s largest teacher-only pension fund voted Wednesday to use its financial might to pressure gun retailers across the country to stop selling military-style assault weapons and accessories like rapid-fire “bump stocks” used at the 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting.
The $222.5 billion California State Teachers’ Retirement System said it will try to unseat board members at companies that resist and could dump its stock in those retailers if they still refuse to conform to laws already in effect in California.
A, uh, unique way to look at “police violence” . . .
People killed by police in 2015 and 2016 had a median age of 35, and they still had an average of about 50 years left to live when they died. It’s this metric—the gap between how long someone lives and how long they were expected to live—that’s the focus of a new study by Anthony Bui, Matthew Coates, and Ellicott Matthay in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
To find the true toll of police violence, the authors focused on years of life lost. They used data from “The Counted” a Guardian database of people killed by police, to find the races and ages of everyone who died at the hands of police in the United States, then compared them to the average life expectancy for those groups.
Hey lady, your hot pink gun may be colorful, but it’s still not allowed past the @TSA checkpoint! Prohibited in pink! This loaded handgun and pink-tipped bullets were spotted in a carry-on bag at Richmond Int’l Airport yesterday. The result: the traveler was arrested. @Flack4RIC pic.twitter.com/m7yK3fZj9F
— TSAmedia_LisaF (@TSAmedia_LisaF) May 8, 2018
Thanks, we’d been wondering . . .
Loaded handguns — even the “cute” colorful ones, still don’t belong in your carry-on, as a Virginia woman learned Monday.
The unidentified woman, carrying a hot-pink gun loaded with eight pink-tipped bullets, was arrested at Richmond International Airport. She was intercepted by airport security when she tried to bring the loaded semi-automatic onto a New York-bound plane, the Transportation Security Administration said. Authorities said the Hopewell, Va. woman had 9 mm inside a carry-on bag; one bullet was in the chamber. …
In addition to criminal charges, passengers caught with weapons at TSA checkpoints are subject to civil penalties of up to $13,000.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) May 5, 2018
Supporters of increased gun control claim they want “common sense gun laws.” Yet, the left’s goal is and always has been the abolition of legal gun ownership by civilians.
The left knows that they cannot ban civilian firearms ownership directly. The U.S. Supreme Court put an end to that fantasy with the D.C. v. Heller decision in 2008. That ruling acknowledged that the Second Amendment was an individual right. It struck down the District of Columbia’s handgun ban. But that did not put an end to the left’s desire to abolish civilian gun ownership.
The left and gun control advocates usually hide behind the rhetoric of “common sense gun laws.” Take this statement from the Hollywood-backed “No Rifle Association.” We apologize in advance for any sudden drop in IQ points it may cause.
He’d rather be stabbed than shot . . .
Despite the inference that the substitution of knives for guns yields the same result in human destruction, though, one thing Trump doesn’t know — and the NRA will not admit — is that this is not true.
As criminologists and medical professionals know, the weapon used to inflict harm on a human being matters — a great deal. The “weapon instrumentality effect” refers to the well-understood fact that the instrument used to inflict harm bears directly on the outcome, and that no weapon of interpersonal violence is more effective, or easier to use, than a gun. As the criminologist Philip Cook wrote, “Guns intensify violence.”
Plainly stated, one would rather face attack with a knife than a gun, not only because the reach of a knife extends only to the length of an attacker’s arm, but because the likelihood of surviving a knife attack is far greater than surviving a gunshot wound. According to one British trauma surgeon, gunshot wounds are “at least twice as lethal as knife injuries and more difficult to repair.”
— CSGV (@CSGV) May 9, 2018
Of course she is. And we’re sure her hoplophobic parents had nothing to do with her decision.