FBI recognizes the importance of good guys with guns . . .
There were 50 active shooter incidents in 2016 and 2017 combined, leaving many to question if America is, in fact, safer when armed.
However, a recent investigation by the FBI in April showed that, in numerous incidents involving active shooters, there were people who stopped them by use of a weapon.
“Armed and unarmed citizens engaged the shooter in 10 incidents. They safely and successfully ended the shootings in eight of those incidents,” read the report. “Their selfless actions likely saved many lives.
“The enhanced threat posed by active shooters and the swiftness with which active shooter incidents unfold support the importance of preparation by law enforcement officers and citizens alike.”
From a mother who lost a child at Sandy Hook . . .
Strip every ounce and angle of politics from the gun violence conversation and what are you left with? Pain, grief, trauma— all often met with silence. Because no one wants to think about gun violence on Mother’s Day, or on any day. It is too frightening. It is too real. It is easier to convince ourselves it is something that happens to “other people,” or something that can be “prayed away.” My husband recalls that the night before Ana’s murder consisted of the usual routine—praying with the children in English and Spanish. And we couldn’t pray it away. A mother’s love could not protect her. That’s not how bullets work. That’s not how any of this works.
I hear over and over again from moms in my situation that their support systems fall part. The all consuming pain of grief can impact the ability to make and maintain connection— even among family and close friends. I hear from mothers that even gun violence prevention groups often fail to care for the hearts of those moms most wounded. Public activism is seen as strength, and private grieving is seen as weakness. What gets lost is that strength and activism should not be conflated. Strength is grieving and surviving this. Strength is finding identity and your own voice again. Strength is finding love and hope and light in a world where you have seen a casket lowered in the ground— when that casket has your child in it. Sometimes this includes public activism. Sometimes strength is brushing your teeth. Strength is however that mother defines it.
When virtue signaling is more important than your shareholders . . .
Dick’s CEO cares more about his standing with (his peers) than about his company’s profitability. If I were a Dick’s shareholder, this would make me very unhappy. So far, Dick’s anti-gun activism doesn’t seem to have hurt the company’s value; not much, anyway. But Stack’s admission that his virtue signaling likely will lose shareholders’ money is remarkable.
If he had said that he expects consumer good will from his anti-gun moves to negate any adverse reaction from gun owners and civil rights advocates, he would have been immune from suit under the business judgment rule. But if Dick’s share price drops, or fails to keep pace with its industry, Stack’s admission is virtually an invitation to a class action lawsuit on behalf of shareholders.
Did he not see signs that this was a possibility? . . .
The grieving father of four children who were killed in a family mass murder and suicide case that rocked Australia said on Sunday their grandfather was to blame for what he called a planned shooting. …
(Aaron) Cockman, who told reporters in Margaret River he was estranged from Katrina, said “Peter didn’t snap”.
“I think he’s thought this through. I think he’s been thinking this through for a long time,” Cockman added in his first public comments since the shootings.
And the award for today’s most overblown article title goes to . . .
After New Jersey’s release of near-real-time firearms trafficking data, gun control advocates say it as a trailblazing use of federal information.
But Second Amendment advocates and skeptical Republicansquestion whether the report amounts to a way around a federal limitation on the release of some data.
Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy unveiled the data for the first time on Tuesday as part of a campaign promise to strengthen New Jersey’s already-tight gun laws.
The report uses Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives gun-trace data for the first quarter of 2018 and shows that 77 percent of guns used in crimes in New Jersey come from out of state.
ICYMI: April Gun Sales Set A New Record, Thanks Anti-Gun Activists https://t.co/tM6VO8kr4p
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) May 13, 2018
— Mossberg (@MossbergCorp) May 13, 2018