Don’t be silly, that would be far too efficient . . . Could the military buy its guns online in the future? – “The Defense Department may start doing a whole lot more online shopping in 2018, if Republican Rep. Mac Thornberry has his way. The Texas chairman of the Armed Services Committee unveiled new legislation Thursday that aims to cut costly bureaucratic red tape at the Pentagon by allowing the military to buy everything from pens to treadmills from business-to-business sites such as Staples and Amazon. That would free the federal government’s biggest bureaucracy from using its current “expensive” and “onerous” contracting and scheduling process to buy its commercial goods, according to Thornberry. But could it also work for firearms?”
Watch as his GoPro is vaporized . . . Cameraman narrowly survives sniper shot – “An Iraqi cameraman narrowly survives a sniper shot while filming in Mosul.” (Click image above for video.)
There’s a lot of work to be done in Greenland and Antarctica . . . Gun ownership around the world, mapped – “The US rates top for ownership per 100 people, at 88.8 guns per 100 people. However, recent data puts the number even higher, at an incredible 112 per 100 people. The US also – by far – has the most guns in total (270 million), nearly six times ahead of second place India at 46 million. Brazil has the most total homicides by guns, 34,678 a year. The US comes in fifth with 9960 homicides by gun a year, behind Colombia (12,539), Mexico (11,309), and Venezuela (11,115). Within the UK, Scotland has the least guns, only 5.5 per 100 citizens. England and Wales have 6.2 per 100 citizens and Northern Ireland has 21.9 per 100 citizens.”
Fresh Facebook Live tragedy as boy, 12, accidentally shoots dead girl while streaming on social network – “A 12-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed a girl the same age live on Facebook in the latest tragedy to hit the social network’s video streaming service. The friends were playing with several other youngsters at the boy’s home in Santa Rosa de Calchines, a small rural town in Argentina, when the incident took place.”
Some good advice here . . . Colion Noir’s Road Rage Encounter – “Mr. Noir is well-known and well-liked in the gun world, and he recently shared a video on his YouTube page that discussed his recent encounter with a little bit of road rage.”
Another big city chief against national reciprocity . . . Dallas Sheriff Joins Gabby Giffords’ Gun Control Group, Comes Out Against Concealed Carry – “Lupe Valdez the sheriff of Dallas County, Texas, is a member of Gabby Giffords’ gun control group, and a solidly against concealed carry for law-abiding citizens on a national basis. Like Giffords, Michael Bloomberg, and Bloomberg-funded gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety, Valdez is calling for Congress to refuse to pass legislation that would make the concealed carry permit of one state valid in every state.
House Panel Backs Call to Keep Automatic Guns Away From Kids – “Responding to a fatal Arizona gun range accident, Louisiana lawmakers have advanced a measure to keep fully automatic weapons out of the hands of young children. A House criminal justice panel voted 7-6 Thursday for Rep. Barbara Norton’s bill to fine, and possibly imprison, people who allow children under 13 to handle fully automatic firearms.”
A race to see who can stake out the the most anti-gun position . . . Gun control and the Va. governor’s race: the issue both parties are eyeing – “Perriello was a one-term congressman who represented a conservative-leaning district and while in office accepted money from the NRA, opposed reinstating an assault-weapons ban and supported creating a national standard for concealed-weapons permits. His efforts earned him an “A” rating from the NRA at the time. Perriello, like Northam, now carries an “F” rating from the gun-rights group, and the candidates’ platforms are remarkably similar. They include an assault-weapons ban, universal background checks and reinstating Virginia’s limit on handgun sales to one a month. Perriello says he’s changed since he was in Congress and that Northam’s history isn’t ideal, either.”