Posts Tagged: gun control

Friends Can't Let Friends Shoot People

This morning, the NRA demanded that Congress place "armed police officers in every school," to create a "shield emergency response" around schools. "If we truly cherish our kids, more than our money, more than our celebrities, more than our sport stadiums, we must give them the greatest level of protection possible," NRA honcho Wayne LaPierre said, in a very long and strange speech. (A PDF of the prepared remarks is here.) The NRA's solution? "Properly trained armed good guys."

Gun bans "perpetuate the dangerous notion that one more gun ban—or one more law imposed on peaceful, lawful people—will protect us where 20,000 others have failed," LaPierre said. This is [...]


Jersey Mayhem: State Fights To Disarm Gun Collector

In a case testing the limits of the second amendment, state authorities in New Jersey are trying to revoke the firearms license held by Rockaway Township resident Steven Hopler. Hopler, 47, was found to be keeping some 16 guns strewn around his house on bookshelves, under seat cushions and in an oven mitt. Many of them were loaded, which prosecutors says presented a danger to public safety. "Most fair-minded persons viewing the photographs of how the weapons were stored might even shudder," said judge Thomas V. Manahan, who will decide the case on Thursday, "thinking of the propensity for danger." Hopler, who happens to be blind, shot himself in [...]


Invisible Hand Puts Down Gun

"The firearms business is coming under mounting market pressure as calls for new restrictions on gun ownership following last week’s school slaughter drove down shares of two major players and led some retailers to begin pulling specific products from shelves." —Capitalism may need some couples therapy to help repair its relationship with the murder-weapon industry.

Photo by Pop Culture Geek.


Jersey Mayhem: "Braawk! When Are You Going To Clean My Cage? Braawk!"

This is a sad story about the dangers of keeping firearms in the house and drinking alcohol near pets. Dennis Zeglin, 67, of Rudolph, New Jersey has been sentenced to perform 100 hours of community service as a part of Morris County's pretrial intervention program for first-time offenders after killing his African grey parrot, Mikey with a pellet gun. "Zeglin was intoxicated when he shot Mikey on June 7, 2009 because the parrot distracted him with its squawks as Zeglin watched a NASCAR race on television," the Asbury Park Press reports, citing Zeglin's attorney Richard Fletcher. "Zeglin willingly turned over the pellet gun, a Daisy PowerLine Model 93, [...]


Gun Violence In America Just Since Friday's Massacre Of Children And Schoolteachers In Newtown