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Big Pile Of Guns Fails To Deter Shooting

The only thing that can stop a bad man with a gun is a good man with a gun? Seven thousand men with guns couldn’t stop this one man with a gun from shooting two people he was angry at. [...]

NRA claim about Crime and Right-to-Carry States: Is it True? (Fact Check)

Yesterday, I noticed the recent Twitter posting of a disgraced former GOP chair:

“In right-to-carry states the violent crime rate is 24% lower than the rest of the US and the murder rate is 28% lower.”

A quick look at the latest available Uniform Crime Reports shows that this claim is not true. But I [...]

Fact Check: Is the Murder Rate Really 28% Lower in Right-to-Carry States?

Former San Bernadino County Republican Chair Bill Postmus has come out with a new claim on Twitter, that “In right-to-carry states the violent crime rate is 24% lower than the rest of the US and the murder rate is 28% lower”:

Is this true? Finding out is a simple matter. First, consult the National [...]

A Kept Deity, on Entrails

Seen in a local parking lot:

I won’t deny that we’re all sitting on a load of processed poo. But which parts of America were made by guns? The little divots on golf balls? The nooks and crannies of breakfast? Maybe potholes. And raise your hand if you actually favor losing your guts. Would [...]

Fact Check: Does an Increase in Gun Ownership Lead to a Decrease in Crime?

Charles Manning writes yesterday:

Overall violent crime is down in the U.S., notwithstanding the steady procession of mass shootings. 2nd Amendment fanatics believe being armed accounts for a major part, if not all, of the decline. They think would-be criminals are scared of being shot by armed “law-abiding citizens.” Citizens, that is, who believe the [...]

What Is Shotgun News?

Recent news stories having to do with shotguns… that were not covered by Shotgun News magazine. [...]

One Of These Things Is Not Like The Other

Guns, wedding gowns, cold beer. I think one of these things at Hussey’s General Store in Windsor, Maine does not belong with the other two, but I can’t decide which it is.

This is the opposite of what happens in the big cities, where specialty shops like Filipino groceries or antique travel book shops [...]

While Gun Deaths Decline and Schools Remain Safe, Americans Flip Out

The National Rifle Association has been using the death of a small number of children to try and mandate the use of armed guards in every school across the country. Not coincidentally for a group funded by gun manufacturers, that would require school districts everywhere to buy a large number of guns. But is such [...]

Robert Menendez Wants To Arm Syrian Groups Accused Of Using Chemical Weapons

There’s a huge amount of doubt about claims of chemical weapons use in Syria right now. When there’s doubt about whether people can be trusted, the default position should be to NOT send them weapons and money. Apparently, Robert Menendez doesn’t seen things that way. [...]

Does Jim Carrey Deserve To Burn For Mocking American Gun Owners?

Here’s one argument that’s probably not going to be effective: People who mock gun owners are going to be chased down by a two thousand year-old zombie who will burn them alive for daring to express opposition to gun rights. [...]

Repeat After Me: Let's Ban People, Then

Who’s writing? What’s the problem?

Anthony Schnotala, Hickory Corners MI, March 8 2013: “It’s not the guns that are the problem, it is the people.”

Ann Wood, paraphrasing Rupert Bankert, Provincetown MA, March 1 2013: “Guns aren’t the problem, people are.”

Sydney Manning, Springfield VA, February 21 2013: “Guns aren’t the problem, people are.”

Matthew [...]