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How to Make People Think More People are Killed with Hammers than with Guns

It is demonstrably untrue that more people are killed each year with fists and hammers than guns. The FBI’s Crime in the United States Report expanded homicide data in Table Number 8 (source | source) demonstrates that firearms in general kill many more people than are killed by blunt objects (clubs, hammers, etc.) or the […]

NRA Accuses Hillary Clinton Of Being Sauron

Not one of the Republican presidential candidates at the event had the decency to stand up and say something like, “Hey, we’re getting a little bit out of hand here.” Instead, they clapped their hands as Wayne LaPierre wove his prophecies of permanent darkness, and hoped that they could pick up some political capital from the crowd’s fervor. […]

Meet Rand Paul’s Protege in Maine: State Senator Eric Brakey

In the 2014 election cycle, Rand Paul’s “leadership PAC” Reinventing A New Direction sent funds to just one candidate for the Maine State Legislature: Republican Eric Brakey of New Gloucester. With that kind of specificity, it’s fair to say that Rand Paul’s organization singled Eric Brakey as his kind of candidate. Brakey won office and […]

Huckabee And Kids With Guns

It’s a story that we hear over and over again. A tiny child finds a parent’s gun and disaster results. This time, a 3 year-old boy shot both his father and his pregnant mother in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Other recent incidents in the United States include a 2 year-old who shot his mother to death […]

Mike Huckabee Reduces Flyover Country To A Caricature

Mike Huckabee is clearly either running for President or desperately seeking attention for himself so that he can negotiate for a higher rate of pay when he returns to work as a TV personality on Fox News. He’s taking jet planes flying on private jets< across America to meet with rich families and corporate executives […]

Louie Gohmert Makes Sense Again!

Back in May, U.S. Representative Louie Gohmert, who is generally known as one of the most incoherent, ideologically extremist right wingers in the U.S. House of Representatives, swerved into the territory of the sane, and actually made sense when he expressed concern that the supposed reform of federal government surveillance activities contained loopholes that would […]

If The USA Can’t Ban Guns, Why Ban Body Armor?

In spite of all the predictions by Republican activists that Barack Obama would snatch away their guns, nothing of the sort has happened. Six years into the Obama presidency, and there are still guns all over the United States, and no significant gun ban in sight. We can’t prohibit guns in the USA, because of […]

Taking out the Terrorists with your Handgun: No Bag Limit… or No Bag?

Every time I see this sticker on a car or truck in the United States, I roll my eyes:

“Gun Owner — No Bag Limit,” the “terrorist hunting permit” reads. There’s a pistol in the background. The message isn’t too subtle: thanks to the 2nd Amendment and gun ownership rights, those terrorists are on […]

Gun Violence Hyperbole Doesn’t Sound Idiotic. People Who Use Gun Violence Hyperbole Sound Idiotic.

I don’t like guns. I think they’re tacky, and loud, and crude. People who are fascinated with guns, and who think that they really NEED a gun, are not people I would trust to watch over my children.

That said, I also don’t like gun violence hyperbole. There have been a few well-publicized murders committed […]

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 […]