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Heroes: Utah parents disarm son, prevent potential school shooting

Heroes: Utah parents disarm son, prevent potential school shooting | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The incident may turn debate back toward parents' roles in keeping their kids from committing acts of gun violence.
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A quote from the article: "A national study from 2005 found that between 1.5 million and 1.8 million minors live with loaded and unlocked firearms somewhere in their house. But prosecutors are generally reluctant to hit parents with charges after their child hurts someone with a gun – a trend that needs to change, some gun-control proponents have argued." 

It seems to me that parents who own guns have a very real responsibility because after all, kids are kids and not able to control their emotions and make adult judgements—not that all adults are. 
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After a toddler accidentally shot and killed his older sister, a family’s wounds run deep

After a toddler accidentally shot and killed his older sister, a family’s wounds run deep | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Nine-year-old Kimi Reylander’s death has left her loved ones reeling and complicated their relationships with guns.
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Incredibly sad and powerful, the takeaway, accidental death from gun held by a toddler destroys the hearts of the people who are left behind. If you own a gun, please take responsibility for the safety of those around you—not just their physical safety but also their emotional wellbeing. 
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Florida's Stand Your Ground Law Linked to Homicide Increase

Florida's Stand Your Ground Law Linked to Homicide Increase | Upsetment | Scoop.it
New study shows murder rate spike after law was implemented
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Of course, there is has been some decrease since that initial spike but there is a clear increase. Perhaps because people feel that carrying a gun and having the right to shoot in quick self-defense makes them invulnerable and that leads to their taking risks. By the way, this report doesn't mention how many people have been killed by those standing their ground. It certainly doesn't reflect what will happen over time as people who have not carried weapons in the past decide that they need to have a gun. One of the biggest issues for me is people with little training carrying weapons and having weapons they don't know how to secure around kids. Perhaps we should be doing more firearms education in the schools. When I worked with kids, I took many of them to the range so they at least had some sense of guns. Of course, the law in New York prohibited their touching hand guns, which was too bad, but they did at least get to learn something of what guns are. If this surprises you, you really don't get me.
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The West Bank's growing gun problem

The West Bank's growing gun problem | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Faced with an alarming arms proliferation, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has instructed his security forces to strike with an "iron fist" to prevent further bloodshed that could plunge the West Bank into complete security chaos.
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If the twentieth century was the time of Eros, then assuredly the twenty-first is well onto its way as the era of Thanatos. Guns have replaced the phallus as the symbol of man and suicide bombs have become the emblem of the female in hate. Humanity is not doomed. We need only wait for the pendulum to swing back. Will there be a new dark age to come? When I look at much of humanity, I think, "It's already here." 
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Orlando Shooting a Haunting Reminder of How Many Guns Are in America

The Orlando shooting underscores a simple, indisputable fact: The United States of America has a lot of guns
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Why are Americans so preoccupied with guns? Maybe it's time to take stock of our national mental health and question this need for weapons. Take a look at  how the rest of the world handles gun ownership. I'm not for gun confiscation, but maybe it's time for some reasonable controls. 
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How Americans actually feel about stronger gun laws

How Americans actually feel about stronger gun laws | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Recent shootings have sparked new calls for stricter gun laws. But how do the American people actually feel about the issue?
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Both controlling gun ownership and protecting gun rights are important. The problem is getting politicians with more concern for the national well-being and awareness of the larger public opinion  than for the attitudes of their vocal constituents. This is just one topic that illustrates why it is so important for voters to take an active part in the process that leads up to the selection of candidates. We need reasonable, centrist candidates, not ideologues.

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Gun-Owning Homes at Record Low

Gun-Owning Homes at Record Low | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Rich white households most likely.
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Few families are buying more guns. So who are these people who feel the need to have weapons? While I have nothing against guns, we own  one, I can't help wondering about people who feel the need to buy so many of them. Some of those gun owners are hobbyists, some are hunters, but some are convinced that the rest of us are the enemy-in-waiting. Most will never shoot another person, but some are itching to do so or too dumb to realize how dangerous those guns are and to keep them safe. The scariest people for me are the ones who think that owning guns make them safer or freer.

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Brain Scientist Arrested For Allegedly Pointing AR-15 At Women In Phoenix Airport

Brain Scientist Arrested For Allegedly Pointing AR-15 At Women In Phoenix Airport | Upsetment | Scoop.it
An Arizona neuroscientist was arrested Friday at Sky Harbor International Airport after he allegedly pointed an AR-15 rifle at a mother and her teenage daughter.
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It isn't brain surgery to know that the gun-rights nuts are just that -- nuts! When he aimed that rifle, only luck kept some other gun carrier from shooting at him to "protect" this mother and daughter. The resulting carnage could have been horrific. I suggest this guy go back on his meds.
Please understand.We are a gun owning family and I have no problem with rational gun ownership and even reasonable open carry. The question is what is reasonable.

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Building a Better Bullet

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The Pentagon wants the capability for its snipers, making their goal of "one shot, one kill" even more likely
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What are the philosophical implications of making weapons not only more deadly but less personal? Guided missiles, drones, no targeted bullets: will such changes make war less acceptable to us all or just deadlier and more terrifying? And, when it becomes terrifying enough, will the alternative become mass suicide as those who are less-well armed throw themselves into the final battle? I shudder to think of these questions.

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It's Really Hard to Be a Good Guy With a Gun

It's Really Hard to Be a Good Guy With a Gun | Upsetment | Scoop.it
My wife and I got into an argument last night over a dead man. His name was Joseph Robert Wilcox. He was 31 on Sunday, the day he tried to stop cop-killer Jerad Miller in a Las Vegas Walmart and was shot by Miller's wife Amanda. Wilcox was a good guy with a gun. It cost him his life.
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In the madness of the NRA and its refusal to support reasonable gun control, the mantra has been "The only thing that can stop a bad man with a gun is a good man with a gun." If you believe that, you might want to read this personal essay.

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A Convicted Murderer's Case for Gun Control

A Convicted Murderer's Case for Gun Control | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Why a man serving 28 years to life at the Attica Correctional Facility believes a few simple laws could significantly affect criminal behavior
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How come a thug in Attica gets what the U.S. Senate can't. We need better gun laws, and this guy gives some good basic reasons why.

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Tension spikes over assaults on law enforcement officials

Tension spikes over assaults on law enforcement officials | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Amid high anxiety, federal prosecutor steps away from a case for security reasons, a defense lawyer says.
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We are fast approaching the kind of showdown between the sheriff and the outlaw that marked the old west. Just as in many of those great old Westerns, when the bad guys weren't necessarily outlaws but rather the hands of local cattle barons and bar owners, todays' bad guys are the dupes of the NRA and the gun companies, with some old-time angries thrown in.

Will we end up getting ourselves a bunch of trigger-happy marshals to stop the bad guys? Are we going back to the Old West?

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Feinstein To Introduce Assault Weapon Ban

Feinstein To Introduce Assault Weapon Ban | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said that she will introduce an assault weapons ban in the Senate on the first day of the next Congress in January, during an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday.
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While I do not think that guns are the essential problem, I do think it a good move to ban some of the extreme weapons and ammo systems that certainly exacerbate our nation's bent for violence.

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There Have Been 200 Shootings Of Police This Year

There Have Been 200 Shootings Of Police This Year | Upsetment | Scoop.it
And police in states without background checks on all handgun sales were twice as likely to be shot, according to new data.
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As America mourns the 200th shooting of a cop, let's take a look at the facts. States with universal background have less gun violence towards police. Is anybody surprised? 
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More minorities buying guns following Donald Trump’s election

More minorities buying guns following Donald Trump’s election | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Some firearm stores have reported a four-fold increase in the number of minority customers since Donald Trump was elected.
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For some time I have been dreading this kind of story. I just hope that these same very rational minority citizens will fit themselves with body cameras so that when the cops decide to protect themselves from this new threat there will be evidence that it is the cop and not the citizen who started the battle, because that is going to become the norm: Cops harassing as they do now and it escalating into gun fights. The same is going to be true when the "Standing My Ground" Zimmermans find themselves facing lethal force Is this the America we want? Not me. I want law and order and justice for everyone, which means protecting minorities. And, don't say we have to give Trump a chance unless you were saying the same thing when Whites ran to buy guns when Obama was elected. Don't tell me that the cops are the good guys unless you have been supporting real accountability for police violence and have opposed the kind of policing (and revenue harvesting) that went on in Ferguson. Don't tell me that the legal system is a just one unless you have been screaming about the disporportionate sentencing of Blacks on drug charges. Don't tell me that the system is there to protect everyone unless you have recognized the ham-handed treatment of Native Americans. Seriously, we have just had an election about taking America back and backwards we are going, to the OK Coral. Damn, not how I want my country going. 
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For Maine restaurateur, a gun debate turns nasty - The Boston Globe

For Maine restaurateur, a gun debate turns nasty - The Boston Globe | Upsetment | Scoop.it
PORTLAND, Maine — Diners at the Grace restaurant sit under a vaulted ceiling and stained-glass windows in a former Methodist church built in the 1850s. Its cool, spiritual chic comes with a catch: No one who owns an assault rifle — or even supports the right to own one — is welcome.
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An observation: How can somebody claim to be a responsible gun owner if they engage in lying about another person's business because that person has been honest and transparent about her attitude towards guns? We are talking about being responsible adults carrying lethal weapons, so anybody making fake reservations or posting fake reviews have made it clear that they are not responsible adults. For my part, I'm with this restauranteur who doesn't want AK-47s and the like in her world. 
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Latest group seeking to curb US gun violence: military veterans

Latest group seeking to curb US gun violence: military veterans | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Just two days before the Orlando shooting, a prestigious group of US military veterans launched a coalition to urge new policy actions 'to prevent gun tragedies.'
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This raises an interesting topic: How to people who have seen battle feel about gun regulation as opposed to those who have either not served or who have served but without battlefield experience. As one who has not been in the military, I claim no expertise on the way our veterans feel, but I would love to hear from you if you are a vet. Maybe you'd even be my guest on It Matters Radio. 
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Police: 13 Killed at Umpqua Community College

Police: 13 Killed at Umpqua Community College | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon has left more than 30 people dead or injured.
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Let's not attack gun rights. Let's not talk better background checks. Let's just thank the NRA for defending our second amendment right to shoot one another.

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Why the U.S. Has 31% of the World's Mass Shootings

Why the U.S. Has 31% of the World's Mass Shootings | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Part of it has to do with gun laws, but maybe it's because we're American
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With only 5% of the world's population, we account for 32% of "mass shootings," 4 or more people. If we consider only shootings at work and school, we account for 62% of the world's total. We own 88.8 firearms per every 100 people; the next highest rate in the world is Yemen with 54.8. After that country, rife as it is with sectarian violence, the rates tumble all over the world. Yep, America is Number 1 in two categories. Mind if I don't find comfort in that?

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‘No Guns for Christmas’

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Based on two police shootings in Ohio, this short documentary questions whether toy guns can really be innocent gifts.
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What a condemnation of America and what our country has become. That children not be allowed to have toy guns because we have become so violent, so terroristic in our way of life and of policing, so paranoid in dealing with our citizens. As a child I played 'cowboys and Indians," "cops and robbers," and "Americans vs Japs or Germans." We went to movies and reenacted those gunfights as well. Nobody called the police to report the threat; and if they had, the police who came to investigate would not have started shooting. Who is at fault? Certainly not kids for being kids. How did we escalate to a culture so preoccupied with terrorizing ourselves? Certainly the war on terror and the war on drugs are part of this process. Certainly the encouragement of a culture of guns is part. Certainly the news media that gives such intense coverage to crime and such little coverage to normal life is part. Certainly the failure to recognize the emotional dysfunction of many, especially those who are swept into the criminal justice industry as opposed to providing them treatment is a part. And yes, the failure of our society to help its citizens to reach a sense of "life, liberty, and happiness" is part of the problem. What to do? What to do?

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Alleged Bemidji shooter Chad Pickering posted pics of himself toting gun on Facebook

Alleged Bemidji shooter Chad Pickering posted pics of himself toting gun on Facebook | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Yesterday, 40-year-old Bemidji resident Chad Pickering was charged with first-degree attempted murder for allegedly shooting his 17-year-old neighbor for no...
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You may ask why have gun laws, why we want to have gun controls? Now, why don't you go ask this fine example of the gun culture?

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9 signs America’s gun obsession is getting worse

9 signs America’s gun obsession is getting worse | Upsetment | Scoop.it
It goes beyond open carry activists displaying their firearms in restaurant chains. Even the NRA seems perplexed
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While the title of this piece is a bit one-sided, the contents are interesting. What is missing is the reason for the increase in gun preoccupation. Why do a relatively small number of people feel the need to wave guns around? Who is their enemy? Are they trying to create enemies for themselves? Most Americans have no desire to stop competent people from having guns. IMO, most Americans just want reasonable behavior.

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In Iowa, blind residents can carry firearms in public

In Iowa, blind residents can carry firearms in public | Upsetment | Scoop.it
All permit applicants are required to complete an online course, but there is no visual test or hands-on training
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And people wonder why I no longer have faith in the judgment of the NRA and other knee-jerk gun rights supporters.

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Ayotte Hurls 'Lying' Charge Amid Attacks

Ayotte Hurls 'Lying' Charge Amid Attacks | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) defended her vote against a background check amendment in an op-ed published Monday in the Seacoast Online, just before her vote came under fire in a new television ad put out by Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
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Kelly Ayotte ignored the will of the people of her state. Now she'd trying to say she really didn't mean to. Poor Kelly, so misunderstood. At least Jeff Flake, one of my senators, knows that we think he's beneath pond scum because he voted against better background checks.

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Wayne LaPierre of N.R.A. Has Angry Response to Obama

Wayne LaPierre of N.R.A. Has Angry Response to Obama | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Wayne LaPierre, the executive director of the National Rifle Association, accused President Obama of demonizing law-abiding gun owners in his Inaugural Address.
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