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Man On Twitter Deftly Trolls Gun Nuts

Today, after yet another school shooting, some gun nuts with access to Twitter barfed out one of their three or four defensive responses in these situations by channeling Charlton Heston and daring the vast expanse of the internet to take their guns away. One guy on Twitter found these people—some who had tweeted these sentiments before today—and told them that he was going to take their guns. It was so simple, yet so funny.

rob whisman @robwhisman
@wes_bear i took your guns while your were at work today. you're down to zero guns
6:02 PM - 10 Jun 2014

rob whisman @robwhisman
@bigobigcat i have your guns. i took them and they are in my shed
5:59 PM - 10 Jun 2014


Posted by SecularMotion | Mon Jul 7, 2014, 05:20 AM (16 replies)

State high court to rule: Does 'stand your ground' protect felons who shoot?

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Supreme Court will consider whether convicted felons have the right to claim immunity under the state's "stand your ground" self-defense law — even if they are barred from possessing guns in the first place.

Justices agreed this week to hear the case of Brian Bragdon, who was charged in Palm Beach County with two counts of attempted first-degree murder, shooting into an occupied vehicle, discharging a firearm from a vehicle and being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to court documents.

According to the Palm Beach Post, Bragdon was arrested in 2012 after he shot another man outside a strip club in suburban West Palm Beach.

An arrest affidavit, the newspaper reported, showed Bragdon and a group of other patrons got involved in a fight inside the club. The altercation continued outside and investigators said they later found 40 shell casings.

Posted by SecularMotion | Sat Jul 5, 2014, 05:01 AM (12 replies)

U.S. judge upholds Colorado gun restrictions

Colorado gun laws that mandate background checks on private sales and that limit ammunition magazines to 15 rounds are constitutional, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

The state's Democratic-majority legislature passed the measures last year in reaction to the 2012 mass killings at a Denver-area movie theater and the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. In a backlash by voters, two Democratic senators subsequently were recalled and a third resigned.

In her 50-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Marcia Krieger wrote "evidence shows that large-capacity magazines are frequently used in gun violence and mass shootings, and that often a shooter will shoot continuously until a weapon jams or the shooter runs out of ammunition."

"Most experts agree that the size of a magazine correlates to the number of rounds that are fired in both an offensive and defensive capacity," she added.

Posted by SecularMotion | Fri Jul 4, 2014, 05:59 AM (49 replies)

La. Supreme Court upholds gun restrictions

The Louisiana Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a state law that forbids felons from possessing firearms, ruling that lawmakers did not intend to invalidate the state’s weapons laws when they proposed a constitutional amendment declaring gun ownership a fundamental right.

Justice Jeff Hughes wrote in a unanimous opinion that the state’s ban on the possession of firearms by convicted felons “is not affected” by the constitutional language approved by voters in 2012.

The justices also found that the law, R.S. 1495.1, withstood a legal test known as “strict scrutiny,” the highest level of judicial review, which became necessary after voters in 2012 overwhelmingly approved constitutional language that gave Louisiana the strongest gun-rights laws in the nation.

“Such laws are effective, time-tested and easily understandable, and do not violate the constitution,” Hughes wrote in the 16-page opinion. “Common sense and the public safety allow no other result.”

Posted by SecularMotion | Fri Jul 4, 2014, 05:57 AM (4 replies)

New Google Policy - Dangerous Products or Services

Our policy:

We want to help keep people safe both online and offline, so we don't allow the promotion of some products or services that cause damage, harm, or injury.

Here are some examples of products and services that we consider to be dangerous:

Guns & parts

Disapproval and suspension reason: "Guns & parts"

Functional devices that appear to discharge a projectile at high velocity, whether for sport, self-defense, or combat (Note that we err on the side of caution and apply this policy to sporting or recreational guns that can cause serious harm if misused, or that appear to be real guns.)

Examples: Handguns, rifles, shotguns, hunting guns, functioning antique guns, airsoft guns, paintball guns, bb guns

Any part or component that's necessary to the function of a gun or intended for attachment to a gun

Examples: Gun scopes, ammunition, ammunition clips or belts

Posted by SecularMotion | Wed Jul 2, 2014, 05:27 AM (29 replies)

10 charged with illegally selling firearms at Dothan flea market; 200 guns seized

DOTHAN, Alabama -- Ten people were arrested for illegal gun sales that took place at Sadie's Flea Market in Dothan.

U.S. Attorney George L. Beck Jr. for the Middle District of Alabama and Special Agent in Charge Jeff Fulton of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), made the announcement today on the steps of the federal courthouse in Dothan.

Those arrested had rented booths at Sadie's Flea Market and engaged in the sale of firearms, the U.S. Attorney's Office stated. ATF agents seized over 200 firearms and over 5000 rounds of live ammunition.

Nine of the 10 arrested are accused of selling guns to individuals they knew had been convicted of a felony. Four were also charged with selling firearms without a license.

Posted by SecularMotion | Wed Jul 2, 2014, 05:20 AM (22 replies)

Foursome flaunts carrying assault weapons

EAST PRICE HILL, Ohio (Larry Davis) -- Videos that made their way around Facebook and other social media sites had neighbors talking about fears of violence.

The video showed a man and two women carrying around high-powered weapons. They made no attempt to hide their weapons and the videos are full of racial slurs. The voice in the video was that of a man who recorded three of his friends walking through the streets of East Price Hill. They flaunted the fact that they are legally carrying AR-15's through the neighborhood.

Tracy Howard recently moved into the neighborhood. She grew up in South Africa in an era of apartheid. She was not only troubled by the video but what she sees in East Price Hill.

William Helton was also amazed by what he saw and heard. The video showed the foursome walk by district three police headquarters and were later questioned by police officers. They go on their way, bragging about being able to legally walk the streets carrying assault weapons.

Posted by SecularMotion | Mon Jun 30, 2014, 06:15 AM (23 replies)

Congressional report on gun violence in U.S.

More Americans have been killed by guns in the past 50 years than in all of the wars the country has ever fought -- including the Continental Army's victory over the British in 1781.

Black men aged 15-24 are 16 times more likely to die of gunshot wounds than non-Hispanic whites. While only 20 percent of gunshot victims are women, the vast majority of them are killed by current or former romantic partners.

Those sobering statistics are in a comprehensive report on gun violence compiled by U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly, D-IL, released Wednesday. The report that Kelly called the first Congressional analysis of gun violence, makes several recommendations, including treating gun violence as a mental health issue.

Po Murray, vice chairman of the Newtown Action Alliance, said in the report there have been 57 school shootings since Adam Lanza blasted his way into Sandy Hook Elementary on Dec. 14, 2012, killing 20 first-graders and six educators.

Posted by SecularMotion | Mon Jun 30, 2014, 05:29 AM (38 replies)

Visa urged to to sever links with National Rifle Association

Visa is facing calls to scrap an array of credit cards it is offering to members of the National Rifle Association.

The role of the NRA in resisting moves to curb gun ownership and impose stricter checks has come under greater scrutiny following a recent series of shooting sprees, in several cases on college campuses.

Earlier this month President Barack Obama repeated his calls for tighter gun laws in the wake of the 74th school shooting in the 18 months since the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre in Connecticut.

Thousands of campaigners have already signed a petition calling for Visa to end its association with the lobby group.

Posted by SecularMotion | Fri Jun 27, 2014, 12:17 PM (3 replies)

One map that puts America's gun violence epidemic in perspective

When it comes to gun ownership, the US blows the rest of the world out of the water. And the research on guns suggests that's probably contributing to our gun murder problem — one that the 74 school shootings that have happened since Sandy Hook demonstrate isn't yet under control.

Here's a map of firearm ownership around the world, using 2012 data compiled by The Guardian. The United States has nearly twice as many guns per 100 people as the next closest, Yemen — 88.8 guns per 100 as opposed to 54.8 in Yemen. Here's how that looks mapped:


How does this relate to homicide rates? Not simply. For instance, the United States has over 12 times as many guns per person as Honduras, but the 2012 US gun homicide rate per 100,000 people (2.97) is 1/22 of Honduras' (68.43). That's because, while guns make murder easier, wealthy industrialized countries generally have significantly lower rates of violent crime than comparatively impoverished ones.

But when you compare the United States to nations like Britain and Japan, it becomes clear that firearm ownership contributes to America's murder problem. The American firearm homicide rate is about 20 times the average among Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development countries (excluding Mexico).

Posted by SecularMotion | Tue Jun 24, 2014, 09:54 AM (70 replies)
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