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Guide Dogs and Guns: America’s Blind Gunmen

Silhouette GunEven if you blindly support the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution (the right to bear arms and all that), does it follow that you let blind people own guns? From BBC News:

In the US, being blind is no bar to owning and carrying firearms. The blind people who do it say they are simply exercising their constitutional right, and present no danger to the public.

When Carey McWilliams went to the sheriff’s office in Fargo, North Dakota, to fill out the paperwork for a permit to carry a concealed weapon, the staff immediately noticed he was holding the harness to a guide dog.

The woman behind the desk pointed out that he would have to pass a shooting test before being granted the licence, but McWilliams said he knew that. He told her not to worry.

“So then she took a picture of me, and my application then went up through the ranks – it got the signature of the chief of police of Fargo, the sheriff and the state attorney general’s office – and they kept calling me and calling me, saying: ‘There’s a shooting test, there’s a shooting test.’”

The day of the test came, and McWilliams duly went along to the police firing range with a friend who was also trying for a permit.

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Alabama Approves Hunting With Silencers

Picture: EPA (PD)

Picture: EPA (PD)

Rejoice, Alabama hunters: You can now assassinate deer Special Ops style with your very own, fully legal suppressors.  That sounds safe.

Hunters in Alabama will soon be able to kill their prey without disturbing neighbors thanks to rules that allow the use silencers on weapons.

In a unanimous vote last week, Alabama’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Advisory Board agreed that hunters should be able to begin to start using suppressed weapons as early as next fall.

“When someone is hunting around an urban area, it will allow that to take place without bothering people nearby,” Department of Conservation wildlife and freshwater fisheries director Fred Harders explained. “And it can help with damage to the ear, especially with young people.”

The National Rifle Association applauded Alabama for taking steps to become one of more than 30 states that allow hunting with silencers.

But hunter Matthew Eslick told WHNT that suppressors did more harm than good.

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What Americans Have For Breakfast (Bacon, Egg and Gun)

Hey American disinfonauts, do you bring your gun to breakfast? From Marketwatch:
breakfast “As a European, this is how I imagine Americans have breakfast” That caption accompanied the Imgur image above, and it set off an entertaining firestorm across the Internet this week. Patriots gathered on Reddit, not so much to rail against stereotypes or to flip the script on Europeans, but rather to tackle some of the photo’s inaccuracies. Crewchief535 said “the eggs should be scrambled. Otherwise, spot on.” Dartpoolpointed out that “the coffee looks way too strong; it would be lighter.”...
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Partially Black White Supremacist Arrested for Patrolling Town with Guns

Screen Shot 2013-11-19 at 7.26.45 AMYou might recall Craig Cobb, a white supremacist who moved to the small town of Leith, North Dakota intent on creating a haven for his fellow racists – the same Craig Cobb whose DNA was revealed to be 14% sub-Saharan African. Well, he still hasn’t gotten the message that he and his gun-toting thugs are not welcome.

Via The Bismarck Tribune:

LEITH, N.D. – Craig Cobb and Kynan Dutton were taken to jail in handcuffs Saturday afternoon, after Leith citizens called 911 for help because the two men were confronting them with guns in a threatening and intimidating manner.

The two men are neo-Nazis and moved in take over Leith’s government, posting new signs with ugly racial slurs and flying swastika flags on Cobb’s property in town.

Their use of guns with Leith residents raises three months of tension to its highest level yet, and Grant County Sheriff Steve Bay said residents should feel at ease at least for now that the men are in custody at the Mercer County jail in Stanton.

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Study Finds Racism Strongly Linked With Gun Ownership For White Americans

gun controlSelf-destructive psychology via a press release from the University of Manchester:

A new study has found that higher levels of racism in white Americans is strongly associated with having a gun in the home and greater opposition to gun control policies.

After accounting for numerous factors such as income, education and political ideology, researchers found that for each one point increase (on a scale from one to five) in symbolic racism there was a 50 percent increase in the odds of having a gun in the home and a 28 percent increase in support for policies allowing people to carry concealed guns.

Research suggest[s] that having a gun in the home is related to a 2.7 and 4.8 fold increase in the risk of a member of that home dying from homicide or suicide, respectively.

The research was led by Dr Kerry O’Brien from The University of Manchester and Monash University.

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Texas Gun Owners Stage Rally at the Alamo

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“We are here to show that an armed society is a polite society.”  Not exactly the rhetoric of “gun nuts” or supposedly racist “tea partiers” but rather, a concise aphorism demonstrating the common sense wisdom of a sovereign philosophy.

Disinfonauts please meditate on this little slice of wisdom, “It is not right to hurt others, it is also not right to not be able to defend oneself.”  – Bodhidharma (patron saint of kung fu and karate)

By Simon Moya-Smith, Staff Writer, NBC News

Photo: Nick Leghorn

Photo: Nick Leghorn

Hundreds of gun-rights advocates, many toting rifles and shotguns, gathered early Saturday at the Alamo in San Antonio to rally in support of gun ownership and the right to bear arms.

The rally, called “Come and Take It San Antonio,” comes in response to what organizers called San Antonio police’s “disregard for Texas law and The Constitution.” Organizers said the police department has harassed gun owners and created a hostile environment for legal gun ownership.

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Schooling Superman on Totalitarianism: Superman and The Flash have a discussion about gun control while playing chess

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I. Introduction to Inverted Totalitarianism

As Chris Hedges has pointed out on numerous occasions, referring to Sheldon Wolin’s work in ‘Democracy Incorporated’ (article, book), the system that best describes the ideology that the government of the United States functions as is inverted totalitarianism. In his book “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt”, which Hedges co-authored with Joe Sacco, he describes this system as:

“The political philosopher Sheldon Wolin uses the term inverted totalitarianism in his book Democracy Incorporated to describe our political system. In inverted totalitarianism, the sophisticated technologies of corporate control, intimidation, and mass manipulation, which far surpass those employed by previous totalitarian states, are effectively masked by the glitter, noise, and abundance of a consumer society. Political participation and civil liberties are gradually surrendered. Corporations, hiding behind this smokescreen, devour us from the inside out….

“Corporations, who hire attractive and eloquent spokespeople like Barack Obama, control the uses of science, technology, education, and mass communication….

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Colorado Town To Issue Permits For Hunting Of Drones

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Can the ragtag hunters of one Colorado town stop the Rise of the Drones? Denver’s ABC 7 News reports:

The Deer Trail, Colorado town board will be voting on an ordinance that would create drone hunting licenses and offer bounties for unmanned aerial vehicles.

Deer Trail resident Phillip Steel drafted the ordinance. “We do not want drones in town,” said Steel. “They fly in town, they get shot down.”

Even though it’s against the law to destroy federal property, Steel’s proposed ordinance outlines weapons, ammunition, rules of engagement, techniques, and bounties for drone hunting.

The ordinates states, “Deer Trail shall issue a reward of $100 to any shooter who presents a valid hunting license and identifiable parts of an unmanned aerial vehicle […consistent with those…] known to be owned or operated by the United States federal government.”

If passed by the town board, Deer Trail would charge $25 for drone hunting licenses, valid for one year.

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Florida Mom Received Twenty-Year Sentence For Firing Warning Shots To Abusive Husband

firing warning shotsFrom one year ago, a case that has been compared and contrasted with George Zimmerman’s in regards to notions of “self defense” and “Stand Your Ground” in the Florida legal system. Reported by CBS News:

A Florida woman who fired warning shots against her allegedly abusive husband has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Marissa Alexander of Jacksonville had said the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law should apply to her because she was defending herself against her allegedly abusive husband when she fired warning shots inside her home in August 2010. She told police it was to escape a brutal beating by her husband, against whom she had already taken out a protective order.

Under Florida’s mandatory minimum sentencing requirements Alexander couldn’t receive a lesser sentence, even though she has never been in trouble with the law before.

According to a sworn deposition, Marissa Alexander’s husband, Rico Gray, said that he and Alexander began fighting after he found text messages to Alexander’s first husband on her phone.

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Adam Kokesh Arrested Following Police Raid

1373467581000-IA04-NL-Kokesh-05-1307101107_x-largeWhile I’m not especially fond of the characterization of Adam Kokesh solely as a “Second Amendment Activist”, RT has all the details on Kokesh’s Tuesday arrest for drug possession while also in the presence of a firearm. The drug? Hallucinogenic mushrooms: That most mysterious of drugs that grows just about everywhere and transforms into an illegal substance the moment you pick it up.

Second Amendment activist Adam Kokesh was arrested Tuesday evening following an armed raid on his home in the Washington, D.C. area.

Police have charged Kokesh, 31, with possession of a Schedule I or Schedule II drug while also in possession of a firearm. According to the Washington Post, charging documents filed in court Wednesday morning said that hallucinogenic mushrooms, a Schedule I narcotic, were found in the raid.

The United States Park Police confirmed that a search warrant was executed on the Herndon, Virginia residence leased by Kokesh late Wednesday, in the wake of a YouTube video posted by the activist on July 4 showing him reportedly loading a shotgun in a DC park only two blocks from the White House.

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