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Gun sales rise among Black people as they look for firearm training and education

Gun sales rise among Black people as they look for firearm training and education

Deborah Roberts grew up in a family of gun owners. But it wasn't until March this year that the 68-year-old finally pulled the trigger and purchased her own firearm.

"I think the rhetoric and how things are stirred up in the country just made me feel like, if not now, then when?" Roberts told CNN on Sunday morning at the South River Gun Club in Covington with gun shots ringing nearby.

It was Ladies Day at the range, an event put on by the National African American Gun Association's Atlanta chapter. More than a dozen women, some for the first time, came out to work on their shooting and learn about firearm safety -- and to have fun doing it.

All but one of them is African American.

They're not alone: Amid a recent nationwide surge in gun sales, these women are part of the growing coalition of gun owners that is increasingly made up of people of color, experts say.
https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/23/us/black-gun-owners-sales-rising/index.html

Cross posted from GD-
It has been often said that we would quickly get gun control if more black people started buying guns. It appears that is in process.

Will Republicans start changing their position on gun control?

Will more women and minorities buying guns affect the way Democratic candidates approach gun control?

Also this runs contrary to the dogma that all new gun purchases are being made by conservative white males who already own many guns. Should gun control groups consider that 'what everyone knows is true' may not, in reality, be true?

Gun sales rise among Black people as they look for firearm training and education

Gun sales rise among Black people as they look for firearm training and education

Deborah Roberts grew up in a family of gun owners. But it wasn't until March this year that the 68-year-old finally pulled the trigger and purchased her own firearm.

"I think the rhetoric and how things are stirred up in the country just made me feel like, if not now, then when?" Roberts told CNN on Sunday morning at the South River Gun Club in Covington with gun shots ringing nearby.

It was Ladies Day at the range, an event put on by the National African American Gun Association's Atlanta chapter. More than a dozen women, some for the first time, came out to work on their shooting and learn about firearm safety -- and to have fun doing it.

All but one of them is African American.

They're not alone: Amid a recent nationwide surge in gun sales, these women are part of the growing coalition of gun owners that is increasingly made up of people of color, experts say.
https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/23/us/black-gun-owners-sales-rising/index.html

It has been often said that we would quickly get gun control if more black people started buying guns. It appears that is in process.

Will Republicans start changing their position on gun control?

Will more women and minorities buying guns affect the way Democratic candidates approach gun control?

Most major metropolitan areas have become more racially segregated, study shows

Most major metropolitan areas have become more racially segregated, study shows

Some of the nation's largest metropolitan regions have become increasingly segregated in the last 30 years, underscoring racial inequalities that have led to poorer life outcomes in Black and brown neighborhoods, according to a study released Monday by the University of California Berkeley's Othering & Belonging Institute.

The study found that 81% of regions with more than 200,000 residents were more segregated in 2019 than they were in 1990, despite fair housing laws and policies created to promote integration.

Some of the most segregated areas included Chicago, Milwaukee and Detroit in the Midwest and New York, Northern New Jersey and Philadelphia in the mid-Atlantic.
Conversely, large metropolitan regions that saw the biggest decrease in segregation included Savannah, Georgia, San Antonio and Miami.

According to the study, segregated communities of color have lower incomes, higher unemployment, lower home values and are less educated than segregated White communities. However, the report indicates that Blacks and Hispanics who grew up in segregated White communities were able to earn significantly higher incomes than those in communities in color.

https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/21/us/housing-segregation-cities-berkeley-study/index.html

We are moving in the wrong direction

Body parts found in northeast Minneapolis, authorities investigating

Body parts found in northeast Minneapolis, authorities investigating

Authorities are investigating after human body parts were found in northeast Minneapolis Thursday morning.

Minneapolis police spokesman John Elder confirmed during a news conference the body parts appear to be those of a white man in his 30s.

"We don't know the origin of the body. We don't know the identity of the body," Elder said. He noted investigators are still trying to sort through everything to come to those conclusions.

Elder said authorities were in the area of Northeast Main Street and Third Avenue Northeast and called the discovery "disturbing." Additional parts were later found in the area of Third Avenue Northeast and University Avenue, Elder said.
https://kstp.com/news/human-remains-found-northeast-minneapolis-investigation-underway/6144725/?cat=1

Victoria's Secret abandons its scantily dressed Angels, saying they're no longer 'culturally relevan

Victoria's Secret abandons its scantily dressed Angels, saying they're no longer 'culturally relevant.' Activists and entrepreneurs will be the new faces of the brand, it says.

Victoria's Secret is abandoning its Angels.

The lingerie giant said on Wednesday that it was partnering with a group of inspirational women including activists and entrepreneurs to promote a new brand image and shape its turnaround.

These women, who include the Indian actor and entrepreneur Priyanka Chopra Jonas and the pro soccer player and gender-equality activist Megan Rapinoe, will become the face and voice of the brand, Victoria's Secret said.

Victoria's Secret's Angels have been synonymous with the brand since the late 1990s. These women, who have included some of the world's most famous models over the years - Gisele Bündchen, Tyra Banks, and Heidi Klum, to name a few - were the face of Victoria's Secret through its marketing campaigns and annual runway shows.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/victorias-secret-abandons-scantily-dressed-111200418.html

How are teenage boys supposed to get through puberty now?


I once read an interview with one of the women who described what she put herself through to get ready for a show. She started reducing what she ate three weeks ahead until the week before when she ate no solid food. Three days before she would only drink water and not even that in the last 24 hours. Post show they would all binge as they were nearly delirious from starvation and dehydration.

Walz: National Guard on 'standby' in event Minneapolis unrest persists

Walz: National Guard on 'standby' in event Minneapolis unrest persists

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has told the Minnesota National Guard to be on standby in the event local law enforcement needs assistance if unrest persists.

According to the governor's office, the request for the Guard was made by the city of Minneapolis. However, no operational orders have been given.

Recent unrest in the Uptown neighborhood has resulted in this decision.

Three people were arrested Tuesday night and 27 others were cited.

Protesters have recently set up road blocks in Uptown that have since been taken down by the Minneapolis Police Department. Authorities determined that the protest held Tuesday was unlawful when demonstrators began to block the street and placed makeshift barricades in the area. 
https://kstp.com/minnesota-news/governor-tim-walz-orders-minnesota-national-guard-on-standby-assist-local-law-enforcement/6143461/?cat=1

Search warrants: Gun, spent bullet casings found in Winston Smith's vehicle

Search warrants: Gun, spent bullet casings found in Winston Smith's vehicle

Search warrants obtained by 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS reveal what Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigators found during a search of Winston Smith's vehicle. 

According to the warrants, investigators recovered a Smith and Wesson M&P 380 pistol loaded with seven rounds inside the vehicle. 

BCA agents also collected bullet fragments, as well as cash, from inside the vehicle. 

Whether Smith fired at the officers has been a point of contention in the investigation. 
https://kstp.com/news/search-warrants-indicate-gun-spent-bullet-casings-found-winston-smith-vehicle-uptown-minneapolis/6143268/?cat=1

This is where details become critically important. Bullet fragments and spent cases may mean a gun was fired in the vehicle at some point. However if the gun was loaded with seven rounds when it was recovered then it was not fired during the encounter. Its maximum capacity is seven rounds so if fired should have had no more than six rounds loaded.

'Really sad.' Adults fight at Eastern Kentucky Little League game. Charges possible.

‘Really sad.’ Adults fight at Eastern Kentucky Little League game. Charges possible.

Things got ugly at a Little League championship game in Eastern Kentucky Monday when parents and coaches got into a fight, and now some involved could face criminal charges.

Video of the incident shared to Facebook shows more than a dozen adults on the baseball field, some of whom are shouting obscenities at each other.

“It’s really sad these kids that played hard all season and put their hearts on that field didn’t get to finish their championship game because ‘adults’ wanted to act like this,” Destani Renaye Knox wrote in a Facebook post, which included a video of the altercation.

Another video of the incident shared in a Facebook comment appeared to show one man throw his hat on the ground while in an argument with several others before another man rushed in, shoved people and took his shirt off.
https://www.yahoo.com/news/really-sad-adults-fight-eastern-114225093.html

What a wonderful example the parents set

Minnesota State Fair is 'full speed ahead,' general manager says

Minnesota State Fair is 'full speed ahead,' general manager says

It's "full speed ahead" for the 2021 Minnesota State Fair, the fair's general manager said Friday.

Following a board meeting Friday morning, Jerry Hammer, state fair general manager, confirmed the fair will return Aug. 26 through Labor Day, Sept. 6.

Hammer said at this time, fair officials do not expect any daily attendance limits given statewide restrictions on large gatherings have eased.

Proof of vaccination will not be required for visitors, staff or state fair vendors, fair officials said. Additionally, masks will not be required but will be encouraged for those who are not fully vaccinated.

https://kstp.com/entertainment/minnesota-state-fair-2021-full-speed-ahead-august-26-through-september-6/6138055/?cat=1

September 3 might be an appropriate day to visit the Fair...

Minneapolis: Call 311 instead of 911 to report property damage, theft

Minneapolis: Call 311 instead of 911 to report property damage, theft

Minneapolis residents are now instructed to call 311 instead of 911 report theft or property damage if it is not currently in progress as the city works to find alternatives to police responses. 

In a release, the City of Minneapolis said non-police city employees at 311 will start taking reports of non-violent, non-emergency theft and property damage not in progress, instead of 911 dispatching police officers. The change goes into effect on June 14. 

If the theft or property damage is occurring at the time of the call, residents should still call 911, the city says. 

Minneapolis 311 takes calls from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday – Friday, but residents need to call between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. to make a theft or property damage report. If they need to make a report outside of those hours or on holidays, they can either submit a report online, call back during those hours or leave a voicemail for a callback within three business days. 

https://www.fox9.com/news/minneapolis-call-311-instead-of-911-to-report-property-damage-theft
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