From The Hill:
Gun-related injuries and deaths drop significantly during the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) annual conference, according to a new analysis published by the The New England Journal of Medicine.
What they found is that gun-related injuries decreased by an average of 63 percent in the states where conventions were being held, and a 20 percent reduction in gun-related injuries nationally during the conventions.
“These findings are consistent with reductions in firearm injuries occurring as a result of lower rates of firearm use during the brief period when many firearm owners and owners of places where firearms are used may be attending an NRA convention.”
From the Daily Kos, by Hunter:
Today was a big day in the Donald Trump campaign, as Hair Furor repeated his new idea for police to stop-and-frisk Americans on the streets in order to take their guns away. This would be precisely the sort of thing that the NRA and other American militia groups have been sending panicked newsletters about for the last forty years, but everyone appears to be in agreement that Donald Trump meant only black Americans so, as of yet, there is no panic in sight.
Ohhhh, of course.
From The Hill:
The National Rifle Association’s (NRA) top lobbyist said Sunday that Donald Trump’s assertion that the Orlando, Fla. nightclub shootings last weekend could have been prevented if club goers were armed “defies common sense.”
“No one thinks that people should go into a nightclub drinking and carrying firearms,” Chris Cox, the executive director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, said on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday.
“That defies common sense. That also defies the law. That’s not what we’re talking about here,” Cox said.
Trump has repeatedly said in the past week at his rallies that armed club goers could have stopped the gunman, who killed 49 people.
“If in that club, you had some people, not a lot of people … but if you had somebody with a gun strapped on to their hip, somebody with a gun strapped on to their ankle and you had bullets going in the opposite direction, right at this animal who did this, you would have had a very, very different result,” Trump said Saturday at a rally in Arizona.
From the Daily Kos:
“There is more hooey spread about the Second Amendment. It says quite clearly that guns are for those who form part of a well-regulated militia, i.e., the armed forces including the National Guard. The reasons for keeping them away from everyone else get clearer by the day.
The comparison most often used is that of the automobile, another lethal object that is regularly used to wreak great carnage. Obviously, this society is full of people who haven’t got enough common sense to use an automobile properly. But we haven’t outlawed cars yet.
We do, however, license them and their owners, restrict their use to presumably sane and sober adults and keep track of who sells them to whom. At a minimum, we should do the same with guns.
In truth, there is no rational argument for guns in this society. This is no longer a frontier nation in which people hunt their own food. It is a crowded, overwhelmingly urban country in which letting people have access to guns is a continuing disaster. Those who want guns—whether for target shooting, hunting or potting rattlesnakes (get a hoe)—should be subject to the same restrictions placed on gun owners in England—a nation in which liberty has survived nicely without an armed populace.
The argument that “guns don’t kill people” is patent nonsense. Anyone who has ever worked in a cop shop knows how many family arguments end in murder because there was a gun in the house. Did the gun kill someone? No. But if there had been no gun, no one would have died. At least not without a good footrace first. Guns do kill. Unlike cars, that is all they do.
For years, I used to enjoy taunting my gun-nut friends about their psycho-sexual hang-ups—always in a spirit of good cheer, you understand. But letting the noisy minority in the National Rifle Association force us to allow this carnage to continue is just plain insane.”
—Molly Ivins, 1993. Twenty-two years later, the insanity continues.
This from the Austin American-Statesman newspaper:
A day after a man fired shots into the air outside the Texas Capitol, a renewed debate over bolstering security at the statehouse gained momentum.
With several lawmakers calling publicly for metal detectors and other beefed-up security measures, Senate and House leaders announced plans for a special working group to study increased security measures.
Even so, Gov. Rick Perry made it clear Friday that he’s not in favor of increased security if it means installing airportlike checkpoints.
“The last thing I want is the Texas Capitol to turn into DFW airport,” he told reporters after accepting a re-election endorsement from the Texas State Rifle Association and the National Rifle Association.
Perry said enough people in Texas have concealed-carry handgun licenses to deter violent criminals. “That keeps us all safer,” he said.
But wait….there’s more!
About a year ago, John Carona, chairman of the Senate Transportation and Homeland Security Committee, called for increased security after a witness threatened him during a hearing and was escorted from the building.
Carona, R-Dallas, called for metal detectors at all public entrances to the Capitol, more surveillance cameras and more security personnel to be assigned to the seat of state government — which state officials at the time acknowledged was probably one of the few remaining state capitols without security screening devices at every entrance.
Capitols in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana all have metal detectors, officials in those states said. The Texas Capitol has a network of surveillance cameras supplemented with uniformed state troopers posted in all hallways and public areas.
I don’t know. Am I missing something here? A guy brings a concealed weapon into the state capitol building, has an altercation with staffers of a representative (a Republican, by the way) and goes outside and fires his gun five times into the air, and Perry worries about making the capitol as safe as an airport?
I was at the capitol last October for my son-in-law’s police academy graduation, and though there were a lot of uniformed troopers around, I doubt if any of them could stop someone from shooting people at random with a gun that was brought into the building—concealed legally or not. It gives me the heebie jeebies now to think that ordinary folk were packing heat in a governmental building while I was there. I felt safe with all the armed officers that were around attending the graduation ceremony, but their guns were visible and they are “ordained”, if you will, through much intensive training, to be allowed to carry them in such a venue. But what would have happened if some nutcase carrying a weapon had decided to open fire?
Now, some of Perry’s own fellow Republican party members are getting goosey about the wisdom of mixing guns and “gubmint.” Especially when the business end of a pistol is pointing at them.
One even called it “a warning shot—literally.”
Huh. Fancy that.