There’s nothing much more insufferable than Samantha Bee and her band of merry pranksters who smugly mug for the camera in dogged pursuit of skewering anyone to the right of Bernie Sanders. But hey, even a blind cable “news” show squirrel finds the occasional acorn of truth. Which is how we choose to explain the fact that Allana Harkin has managed to finger the real culprit responsible for the fact that there are currently no smart guns for sale anywhere in the United States (hint: it’s not the NRA).
Then again, this won’t help those biometric gun lock designers. . . That Fingerprint Sensor on Your Phone Is Not as Safe as You Think – “New findings published Monday by researchers at New York University and Michigan State University suggest that smartphones can easily be fooled by fake fingerprints digitally composed of many common features found in human prints. In computer simulations, the researchers from the universities were able to develop a set of artificial “MasterPrints” that could match real prints similar to those used by phones as much as 65 percent of the time.”
What, no mention of allowing students to carry and eliminating gun-free zones? . . . Ohio State beefs up response plans after car-and-knife attack – “Ohio State University is beefing up its emergency alert system and streamlining the way officials communicate in a crisis after a November car-and-knife attack exposed some flaws in the text-message procedure. Some campus contractors and visitors weren’t aware of campuswide “Buckeye Alerts” to seek shelter during the attack that wounded more than a dozen people, according to the report obtained by The Associated Press through an open records request.”
The NRA vs. the Old Gray Hag. Hey Dana! Future topics: Howell Raines’ tenure (Jayson Blair in particular). Walter Duranty. Warren St. John. Pinch Sulzberger’s moose. But you probably know all of those. Have fun!
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Speaking of which . . . Bill allowing guns on college campuses draws opposition in House hearing – “Child care centers, public universities and churches would no longer be “gun-free zones” for Missourians with concealed carry permits under a proposed House bill. ‘Is this for show or is this for real?’ Rep. Jon Carpenter, D-Kansas City, asked during a Missouri House General Laws committee hearing on Monday. ‘I want individuals to be able to choose whether or not they carry a gun to protect themselves and others if the need were to arise,’ Rep. Jered Taylor, R-Nixa, responded. At the center of the debate was one question: Do more guns make people more or less safe?”
Bollards…big ones . . . Police: Thieves ram truck through Zephyrhills gun store – “Police in Florida say thieves rammed a truck into a Florida gun shop to steal firearms and ammunition. The Zephyrhills Police Department posted surveillance video on its Facebook page that shows the blue truck smashing through the front of Sunshine State Armory early Sunday. … The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the suspects’ arrests.”
Answer: whenever it helps further the anti-gun narrative . . . When is the NRA complicit? San Bernardino school shooting comes after Republicans move to relax gun restrictions – “Returning to Columbine and Sandy Hook, you might recall how defenders of gun rights, specifically the National Rifle Association and its bought and paid for bidders in the Republican congressional caucus, invariably pointed to mental illness as the sole inciting factor in those and other gun massacres. Any excuse to deflect from the reality that firearms, unlike cars or other favorite false equivalences of gun advocates, are designed for one purpose and one purpose alone: to inflict harm or death upon living organisms — too often human beings.”
It’s a miracle they both survived . . . Texas couple claims they were shot by Mexican Marines while shopping – “Eduardo (Aleman) says that his brother and sister-in-law were driving back to Texas after visiting Trevino and grocery shopping. That’s when the family says that the couple drove upon a military blockade. Moments later, a barrage of bullets came down from above, according to Trevino. But in a written response, the Mexican Marines denied those claims, saying that they were not at the location where the shooting happened, but were responding to three other shootings across town.”