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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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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