These polls are designed to shape public opinion, not measure it . . . Poll: One Third of Americans See Gun Violence as Crisis
A new poll by CBS News released Monday found slightly more than one third of Americans — 32 percent — think the level of gun violence in America is a crisis, with nearly one in four believing it’s a “very serious” problem.
Women especially, however, see it as a major issue the nation must face, with 40 percent calling it a crisis. Yet only 23 percent of men feel the same, and the severity of how the problem is viewed breaks down along political lines, according to the poll: nearly half of all Democrats believe it should be addressed, while just 16 percent of Republicans think the same way.
The poll comes as the nation approaches the fifth anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
— Good Morning America (@GMA) December 11, 2017
She must have been ruminating on this one a long time . . . Sheryl Crow dedicates new song ‘The Dreaming Kind’ to Sandy Hook victims
Crow told Good Morning America that she was inspired to write “The Dreaming Kind” because of “the anger and the frustration and the disillusionment” she felt after the recent mass shooting at a Las Vegas country music festival in October.
“I didn’t know what I was going to do with it and then suddenly we were presented with the Sandy Hook Promise and the opportunity to have a song for it,” Crow said.” “I said, ‘I just have written this song which is basically about what they went through.’ ”
Proceeds from the song will benefit Sandy Hook Promise, a nonprofit organization founded by two parents of Sandy Hook victims that uses educational programs and initiatives to help prevent future acts of gun violence.
Remember, only highly trained law enforcement professionals can be trusted with the level of responsibility required to carry firearms . . . Sex. Lies. Abuse. How these L.A. deputies landed on a secret 2014 list of problem officers
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department keeps a secret list of about 300 deputies with histories of dishonesty and similar misconduct that could undermine their credibility when testifying in court. Even prosecutors and many high-ranking sheriff’s officials can’t see this so-called Brady list.
When Sheriff Jim McDonnell attempted to give the list to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office, the deputies’ union sued him. Lower courts ruled that the list is confidential, and the California Supreme Court has announced it will decide the issue.
If you’ll be there, here’s some good advice . . . 5 Tips to Help You Survive SHOT Show
The SHOT Show panic has begun. The last minute appointments, travel arrangements, house sitters and gear are being lined out. As we get all our details in order, there are several items I want to share with you to help you survive SHOT Show.
First of all, some scoff at the ladies getting manicures and pedicures. Don’t scoff. By all means, get a pedicure, or give yourself one. NSSF boasts the 2016 SHOT Show will have a total exhibit space of more than 630,000 net square feet—equivalent to more than 13 acres, the area covered by the New Orleans Superdome or the base of the Great Pyramid of Giza. That means YOU are looking at 12.5 miles of aisles—just a little less than the distance of half a marathon. The last thing you want is a long toenail or callus agitating your feet.
This doesn’t look good . . . American Outdoor Brands Q2 FY2018 Deep Dive – The ‘Sober Up’ Quarter
The industry demand is deteriorating both significantly and quickly, the companies bet wrong and are now sitting on massive inventories, even larger manufacturing capacities which they spent billions on, and are playing “chicken” with each other seeing who will blink first and cut their production.
Larger companies such as AOBC, Ruger, and Vista have large factories which they invested in that have fixed costs that need to be covered. Do you let them sit idling or keep on producing?
That is the question that the firearms industry is going through, much the same as the oil and gas companies went through years ago.
Working from the inside . . . Five years after Sandy Hook, U.S. gun-control advocates switch strategy
Five years after a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school, advocates who are disappointed with the failure of efforts to limit access to firearms are changing their strategy.
Instead of pressuring lawmakers to push new gun-control measures through the U.S. Congress, volunteers from groups including Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America are now running for office themselves.
Nine of 13 volunteers trained by the group ran for office this year and won seats, ranging from New Hampshire state representative to city council member in West University Place, Texas. Fourteen more have already declared their intentions to run for office in 2018, seeking seats in Congress, state legislatures and local government, all running as Democrats.