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People Are Getting Shot by Toddlers on a Weekly Basis This Year

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Christopher Ingraham writes at the Washington Post:

This week a 2-year-old in South Carolina found a gun in the back seat of the car he was riding in and accidentally shot his grandmother, who was sitting in the passenger seat. This type of thing happens from time to time: A little kid finds a gun, fires it, and hurts or kills himself or someone else. These cases rarely bubble up to the national level except when someone, like a parent, ends up dead.

But cases like this happen a lot more frequently than you might think. After spending a few hours sifting through news reports, I’ve found at least 43 instances this year of somebody being shot by a toddler 3 or younger. In 31 of those 43 cases, a toddler found a gun and shot himself or herself.

In August, for instance, a 21-month-old in the St.

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‘I’ll Show You Obscene’: Campus to Protest Concealed Guns with Unconcealed Dildos

This article originally appeared on Common Dreams.

The campus community at the University of Texas at Austin has found a creative way to protest the fact that soon they will be allowed to carry concealed guns—but not sex toys—on school grounds.

On August 24, 2016, soon after the gun law goes into effect, students and alumni will stage a Campus Dildo Carry in which they strap “gigantic swinging dildos to our backpacks in protest of campus [gun] carry.”

“ANYBODY can participate in solidarity: alum, non-UT students, people outside of Texas. Come one dildo, come all dildos,” states the event announcement. “You’re carrying a gun to class? Yeah well I’m carrying a HUGE DILDO.”

The “campus carry” bill, signed into law by Texas Governor Greg Abbott in June, mandates that, starting in August 2016, public universities will not be allowed to ban guns on campus.

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More Americans Have Been Shot to Death in the Last 25 Years Than Have Died in Every War

It says a lot about America that we shoot each other to death way more often than our military servicemen and women are killed fighting wars. It’s not even close: Since 1776, 656,397 US military personnel have been killed in battle; between 1989 and 2014 there were 836,290 gun-related deaths in the US. Mother Jones has the details:

On Monday, yet another deadly shooting—this time at Mississippi’s Delta State University—made national news. At least one person was killed, and as of Monday night, the suspect had not been apprehended.

This chart, pulled from an unrelated Center for American Progress report published on Monday, provides timely context on the prevalence of gun deaths in the United States. The chart tallies gun accidents, suicides, and murders, and shows that the number of gun deaths in the United States since 1989 exceeds the number of American combat fatalities in 239 years of US history—from the Revolutionary War to the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Can We Prevent Firearm Suicides?

"Handgun collection" by Joshuashearn - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Handgun collection” by JoshuashearnOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

At Psychology Today, Romeo Vitelli explores the epidemic of firearm suicides in the US:

Does owning a gun increase the likelihood of suicide?  Based on most suicide statistics, the answer appears to be yes.

According to data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, suicides account for more than 60 percent of all firearm deaths in the United States.   In 2013 alone, 41,149 suicide deaths occurred of which the majority were firearm-related.    In that same year, the number of deaths from homicide was only a fraction of that figure (16, 121).

So why aren’t people paying more attention to this appalling death toll?   Within weeks of the school shooting at Sandy Hook, more than half of all U.S. states introduced legislation to boost security in schools despite the lack of clear evidence that metal detectors and a police presence in schools were actually effective.  

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The NRA’s Brazen Shell Game

The National Rifle Association, or NRA, is one of those American institutions that people tend to either love or hate. According to this Yahoo News investigation, however, even those who love the NRA may balk at it’s brazen diversion of donations to political causes the donors never signed up for:

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Early last summer I began making contributions to the National Rifle Association — a dollar here, a dollar there — to see where my money would end up. Some of it quickly found its way into the account of the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund, the NRA’s political action committee. And that was of no small interest, because I never knowingly contributed to the NRA-PVF. For me, this wasn’t a big problem; my contributions were a spit in the bucket for an organization that spent $37 million on the 2014 elections and operates on an annual budget of more than a quarter of a billion dollars.

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Here’s What Happens When You Open a Gun Store in the Middle of NYC

Guns on sale in New York? Unthinkable, right?

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The gun store on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.


Check out this PSA from Grey Advertising, via Adweek:

States United to Prevent Gun Violence and its agency, Grey New York, have teamed up for some truly hard-hitting PSAs, including 2013’s famous “Ed” spot, which won a Silver Lion in Film at Cannes. Now, they’ve moved on to a new tactic—a social experiment set in the real world.

They did what they’re calling “the unthinkable”—opened a real-looking gun store on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and invited first-time gun buyers to check it out, with hidden cameras rolling.

To create drama, they put disturbing tags on each weapon, indicating which models were used in particular mass shootings, unintentional shootings, homicides and suicides. Needless to say, the fresh-faced buyers end up looking rather pallid by the end, and aren’t quite as excited to head home with a firearm.

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The NRA vs Pediatricians

There is a public health crisis in America that doctors are not talking about. And not for lack of words. They are being gagged to say nothing. There is legislation in Florida and several other states that actually bans pediatricians from talking about basic gun safety with parents!

1.7 Million children in America live with an unlocked and loaded gun in their home. Every year, 140 children die because of accidental shootings.

Enough is enough.

The National Rifle Association and the gun companies will stop at nothing to make a profit off of the lives of our loved ones.

Help us expose the real NRA and the gun companies who finance them.

Share this video with the parent of a child you love. Help us work toward a world where gun safety is celebrated, not silenced in the name of profit. 

Thanks for all you do,

Robert Greenwald, President
Brave New Films

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Ferguson Police Testing ‘Less Lethal’ Guns

Too little too late? The Washington Post reports on the Nerf-like guns showing up in the now notorious Ferguson, Missouri:

About a month after a white officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., the city’s assistant police chief, Al Eickhoff, took to Google and searched under the words “less lethal.”

Eickhoff, a 36-year veteran of Missouri police work, said he was looking for any new device, weapon or ammunition — any alternative to lethal force — that might have prevented a deadly result when Michael Brown and Officer Darren Wilson encountered each other in the noonday heat last August.

"THE ALTERNATIVE" from Alternative Ballistics

“THE ALTERNATIVE” from Alternative Ballistics


Browsing a California company’s Web site, Eickhoff found pictures and videos of an odd-looking, blaze-orange device docked on a normal handgun barrel. When a bullet fired, it melded with an attached projectile the size of a ping-pong ball that flew with enough force to knock a person down, maybe break some ribs, but not kill him, the product’s makers said — even at close range.

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Open-Carry Activists Police the Police—With Guns Of Their Own

Another Texas police story, but this one has a different spin: open carry gun rights activists are aggressively policing the police, often with armed confrontations, per this report at Daily Beast:

On any given night in Arlington, Texas, a group of open-carry activists turned self-appointed cop-watchers can be found walking by the side of the road, in safety-yellow reflector vests with cameras pointed at police. They carry “FILM THE POLICE” signs, and sometimes, in a habit that’s become of increasing concern to the officers being watched, they’re carrying guns of their own.

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These armed activists’ mission—ostensibly to hold the police accountable by recording every interaction—has found new meaning in light of recent deaths of unarmed citizens like Mike Brown and Eric Garner. Indeed, members of the Texas group have adopted the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” cry popularized during protests of the men’s deaths.

The group is led in part by Kory Watkins, an Olive Garden bartender trainer and a bandwagon activist who also presides over Open Carry Tarrant County (OCTC).

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