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Handgun ownership surges in new groups

(I found the original source to be *quite* amusing)


Handgun ownership surges in new groups
Women, liberals, gays among those with shifting views of handguns amid post-9/11 fears, marketing efforts.


http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/12/12/2844830/handgun-ownership-surges-in-new.html#ixzz1gm5Q7yyz



By Ken Wells
Bloomberg News

Posted: Monday, Dec. 12, 2011



"Robin Natanel picks up a compact black pistol, barrel pointed down range. Gripping the gun with both hands, she raises the semi-automatic and methodically squeezes off five shots. If the target were a person's head or heart, he'd probably be dead.

Natanel is a Buddhist and self-avowed "spiritual person," a 53-year-old divorcee who lives alone in a liberal-leaning suburb near Boston. She's a tai chi instructor who invokes the benefits of meditation. And at least twice a month, she takes her German-made Walther PK380 to a shooting range and blazes away.

Natanel is one of a growing number of people in groups once considered anti-handgun - women, liberals, gays and college kids - who have been buying weapons. They are part of a national trend: Domestic handgun production and imports more than doubled over four years to about 4.6 million in 2009, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

The surge has been propelled by shifting politics and demographics that have made it easier and more acceptable than at any time in 75 years for Americans to buy and carry handguns. Post-9/11 fears seem to be a factor, as are the pro-gun politicking of the National Rifle Association and the marketing, particularly to women, by handgun manufacturers. Events like the Dec. 8 fatal shootings on the Virginia Tech University campus reinforce a feeling that the world is an unsafe place, even as violent U.S. crime rates fall...."
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sat Dec 17, 2011, 03:39 AM (11 replies)

"To suggest that he is against constitutional rights is ridiculous." Yeah, about that:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1002249100

How NYPD's (Blatant Racially Profiling) "Stop and Frisk" Policy Ensnares 600,000 a Year...

How NYPD's "stop and frisk" policy ensnares 600,000 a year: Scenes from 'Vanguard'

In this scene from "The War on Weed," correspondent Christof Putzel hits the streets of New York City with NYC Resistance, an underground videographer who films some of the 600,000 "stop and frisk" searches performed by the NYPD each year. Ninety percent of those who are stopped are black and Latino, and while across the country in Seattle many are allowed to openly smoke marijuana, in New York there are far harsher consequences -- and questionable tactics being used by authorities.

http://current.com/shows/vanguard/93558816_how-nypds-stop-and-frisk-policy-ensnares-600-000-a-year-scenes-from-vanguard.htm


"Bloomberg is about as liberal as any elected politician in the country." Was the Kool-Aid lime, grape, or orange? Did it go down smoothly?

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Feb 16, 2012, 05:15 PM (1 replies)
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