Who says wresting is fake? . . .
Perhaps the gun story answers this, but what’s the most memorable reaction you’ve gotten from a fan?
As far as at an event, Beau and I were both in the ring and I told the crowd I was there to confiscate their guns. And they had a volunteer fire department there and one of the firefighters was packing. He had his pistol on his right hip and he’s rubbing his pistol and looking at me. We took it no further. I went on to something else. I didn’t take anyone’s guns away. That’s probably why I’m still here today.
Naming and shaming . . . Rep. Robin Kelly: For Every Dollar Paul Ryan Got From the NRA, I Am Naming a Gun Victim
It’s crystal clear that the massive amount of money being poured into these races by the NRA is preventing us from even having a conversation on lifesaving legislation. Likewise, it is crystal clear that these campaign contributions are blood money.
For some, it seems that the NRA’s money is more important than saving American lives. Every dollar they take can be directly linked to an American with a bullet hole. And I’m not going to let them forget that.
So, I’m going to stand on the floor of the People’s House and count every dollar they took while sharing the name and story of an American killed by gun violence.
Trenchant, nuanced analysis from The Nation . . . Gun Sales Are Plummeting and Trump Wants to Help
The gun industry’s family-friendly push is in serious tension with its deep current of hard-right paranoia and with the image projected by Trump, who once famously boasted during the presidential campaign that he could shoot someone in the middle of Fifth Avenue and not lose any votes. But buoyed by his NRA supporters, Trump can deliver something that no amount of marketing can: radical changes to American gun law.
The changes began almost as soon as he entered the White House. Trump started with the low-hanging fruit: The Department of Justice issued a memo changing how the FBI defines a “fugitive” for the purpose of placing someone on a no-buy list for federal gun-owner background checks. Until now, the FBI prohibited anyone with an open warrant from buying a gun, but the new DOJ memo defines “fugitive” only as someone who has fled the state where the warrant was issued—so a lot more people with open warrants will be getting their gun purchases approved. Prior to this, from 1998 to 2017, the FBI denied over 175,000 gun sales because of an open warrant.
Dana Loesch’s video seems to have struck a chord . . . The NRA declares war on America: ‘the only way we save our country … is with the clenched fist’
In less than a minute, The NRA paints an America irrevocably divided between “we” and “they.” An America where the media has fallen into their hands. Where the schools are instruments of their lies. Where every action is designed to threaten “the law abiding.” Where the only way “to save our country” is strike back with a “clenched fist.”
How many of those Republican Congressmen who were calling for a reduction in rhetoric following the ballfield shooting, will step forward to condemn this video that uses that incident to call for civil war on Americans?
Pro tip: robbing a gun store during business hours may result in the creation of additional, unexpected orifices . . . Thief takes best shot with pepper spray, but Brooklyn gun shop clerk gets the last blast
The thief, dressed like a construction worker, entered DF Brothers Sports Center on New Utrecht Ave. near 79th St. in Bensonhurst — one of the last remaining firearms dealers in the city — at about 10:45 a.m. and told 60-year-old owner Frank Taormina he wanted to “see the guns,” police sources said.
When Taormina asked to see the man’s gun permit, the suspect blasted him in the face with the noxious substance, cops said.
He then pulled out a sledgehammer and shattered a display case.
The thief had just grabbed two pistols when Taormina grabbed his own weapon and fired off two rounds, hitting the crook at least once, police sources said.
Even assuming this is accurate, this means…what? . . . A dangerous mix: Bullied youth report access to loaded guns more than other youth
Our recent study examined if youth who have been bullied are also more likely to report having access to a loaded gun without adult permission. Participants included students ages 12-18, who responded to the 2011 and 2013 School Crime Supplement (SCS) to the National Crime Victimization Survey. The SCS asks students about their experiences during the current school year related to bullying, school security, exposure and access to weapons and illicit substances, and presence of gangs at school.
Of the 10,704 students included in this study, about 4 percent (446 students) said they could get access to a loaded gun without adult permission. This number is startlingly high, and should be of great concern given the frequency of school shootings in the U.S. It becomes even more concerning when we compare students’ self-reported experience of being bullied.
Only vets? . . . New Bill Would Allow Veterans to Possess Certain Machine Guns
The bill is being sponsored by a veteran. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark is the cosponsor. “Our World War II and Korean War Veterans risked their lives in foreign lands in defense of our freedoms,” Cotton said. “These firearms represent the sacrifices they made in the name of duty and are often treasured keepsakes.”
This doesn’t mean that the guns won’t be registered with the ATF, or that they won’t be considered as machine guns. They will. The open registration period is simply a grace period to keep people who own these guns now from facing prosecution for their possession.
Hey kids, what time is it? . . . Time to get rid of your guns: Buyback set in Camden
“Gun buybacks provide a vital means for taking deadly firearms out of circulation before they can be used to take a life,” (New Jersey Attorney General Christopher) Porrino said.
“Some say that weapons turned in during these buybacks are just old ‘attic guns’ – as if that somehow makes them less lethal. Whether we’re talking about a TEC-9 or an old hunting rifle, guns are dangerous. All anyone needs to do is read news stories from across the nation – including New Jersey – to know that guns left lying around the home are a common source of tragedy.”