In letter, East Greenbush school shooter praises Florida advocates – Gee, what might motivate a jailed wannabe school shooter to let the world know he’s seen the light and is now a proponent of strict gun control?
Jon Romano was 16 years old when he brought a pump-action shotgun to Columbia High School in East Greenbush.
Just days after that 2004 incident was the subject of a recent Times Union column, Romano made an urgent plea for changes that would reduce gun violence in a letter from prison. …
“I believe the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland are courageous and inspiring for demanding action from politicians,” Romano wrote. “Everyone nationwide should accept nothing less than meaningful, life-saving policy changes from their politicians.”
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) March 2, 2018
At least 17 charged in N.J. threat cases since Florida school shooting – Something’s wrong in the State of New Jersey. Elsewhere too?
– Two New Brunswick Middle School students, ages 12 and 14, whom police say falsely claimed to have guns in their backpacks.
– A 17-year-old Lakewood High School student accused of sending police an email referencing “blowing up” or “shooting up” the school.
– A 13-year-old from Madison and a 14-year-old from Nutley charged with making a threat against Abundant Life Academy, a private school in Nutley.
– A 13-year-old and a 14-year-old in Jefferson Township charged with making threats against the township’s middle school and high school respectively.
– A 12-year-old student at Anthony Rossi Intermediate School in Vineland charged last week with having threatened to bring a gun to school and start shooting.
– An 18-year-old at Eastern Regional High School in Vorhees who police say also threatened to “shoot up the school.”
– A 15-year-old accused of threatening on social media to commit a shooting at West Deptford High School. Police said he does not attend the school.
– Two students, whose ages were not released, charged with making terroristic threats at Delsea Regional High School in Franklin Township in Gloucester County.
– A 14-year-old in Somerset County accused of threatening a shooting at Franklin Township High School the day after the Parkland killings, and a 17-year-old caught on the campus last week with a loaded 9mm pistol in his backpack.
– In addition to the juveniles and the two 18-year-olds in Essex County, a South Jersey teacher is reportedly among those charged since the shooting in Florida.
Watch Alec Baldwin lampoon Donald Trump on gun control – If that’s scathing a .22 bullet is a ballistic missile.
The actor delivered a scathing speech mocking Trump’s ambivalent response to the Parkland shootings and stance on gun control. “It’s clear something has to change. We have to take a hard look at mental health, which I have so much of. I have one of the healthiest mental. My mentals are so high, but we have to respect the law,” Baldwin-as-Trump—with his signature mastery of the president’s facial expressions and lilting tone—said.
Revolutionary pairing of Old World Craftsmanship with Space Age Materials – I’m waiting for a super-mega-ultra customized tool . . .
What seems like a paradox – a sacrilege – in the very traditional world of luxury gunmaking, is in fact a well-considered, top-rate engineering and design effort, pairing the latest high-tech materials with fascinating Old-World-craftsmanship, with the single goal of producing the finest individual pieces for the most discerning and individual of sportsmen – ultra-customized tools for the adventure of a lifetime.
Tapper fact-checks gun violence claims – Hey Jake! What does “know how to use it” mean to you?
There’s an Awful Lot We Still Don’t Know About Guns – Speak for yourself . . .
It’s a measure of the divisiveness of guns in the United States that federal public health officials barely spend any money funding gun violence research.
Because of the deaths of students and teachers in Parkland, Fla., last month, there’s a chance this will change.
When someone dies in a car crash, the local police fill out a detailed form that is shared with the federal government. Researchers have mined that data to see how policies — in road design, licensing rules, seatbelt laws or car requirements — can reduce the death toll from driving.
When someone is killed in a shooting, the data collected is skimpier, more haphazard and not reported to the federal government from every state. That lack of information isn’t the main reason gun policy remains such a political and controversial issue in American life. But it does limit the ability of policymakers to fully understand what laws could make a difference.
Crime soared with Mass. gun law – Wait…we’ve been told by all the best high schoolers that outlawing AR’s is the answer to our “gun violence” problems . . .
The 1998 legislation did cut down, quite sharply, on the legal use of guns in Massachusetts. Within four years, the number of active gun licenses in the state had plummeted. “There were nearly 1.5 million active gun licenses in Massachusetts in 1998,” the AP reported. “In June , that number was down to just 200,000.” The author of the law, state Senator Cheryl Jacques, was pleased that the Bay State’s stiff new restrictions had made it possible to “weed out the clutter.”
But the law that was so tough on law-abiding gun owners had quite a different impact on criminals.
Since 1998, gun crime in Massachusetts has gotten worse, not better. In 2011, Massachusetts recorded 122 murders committed with firearms, the Globe reported this month — “a striking increase from the 65 in 1998.” Other crimes rose too. Between 1998 and 2011, robbery with firearms climbed 20.7 percent. Aggravated assaults jumped 26.7 percent.