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Gun Crime Rates Are Actually Down in the United States

firearmsCrimes in which the perpetrator used a firearm are actually on the decline, according to the Pew Center. That doesn’t mean that it’s still not a problem, of course. In any case, most Americans think that “gun crime” is actually higher than it has ever been.

LA Times:

Gun crime has plunged in the United States since its peak in the middle of the 1990s, including gun killings, assaults, robberies and other crimes, two new studies of government data show.

Yet few Americans are aware of the dramatic drop, and more than half believe gun crime has risen, according to a newly released survey by the Pew Research Center.

In less than two decades, the gun murder rate has been nearly cut in half. Other gun crimes fell even more sharply, paralleling a broader drop in violent crimes committed with or without guns. Violent crime dropped steeply during the 1990s and has fallen less dramatically since the turn of the millennium.

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Skyrocketing Demand Leads To Bullet Shortages Across The United States

bullet shortageBetween the military, the police, and paranoid citizens, America is sucking up the supply of gun ammo faster than manufacturers’ factories can churn it out. Via Fox News:

Demand for guns and ammunition has cleaned out stores nationwide, leading to waiting lists and early morning lines outside of gun and sporting good stores for ammunition shipments. Common calibers routinely sell out within minutes of appearing on store shelves and prices have soared as much as 70 percent.

After the Newtown elementary school massacre, gun enthusiasts have packed stores, buying as many firearms and as much ammunition as they can find. Moves to expand background checks and limit firearm and magazine sales have added to the hysteria.

Ammunition manufacturers are struggling to make enough and have hundreds of millions of dollars in backorders. They’ve added hundreds of employees and equipment and increased overtime, and, in some cases, are running factories around the clock.

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3D-Printed Guns Get Better

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As both gun nuts and control nuts violently yell at each other in Washington DC and in the mainstream media, the very-real gradient of rational opinion-holders debate reasonable alternatives. Bans notwithstanding, as low as 6% oppose simple background checks. Inventors are talking about the feasibility of smart gun technology. There’s been talk for ages of numbering bullet casings. Most importantly, we’re actually starting to reevaluate our archaic mental health infrastructure and attitudes toward the nature of killers and perpetrators of gun violence. Plenty of intelligent minds are reminding us that, as with terrorism, your odds of getting gunned down are still pretty low. But best of all, we’re looking at the societal problems on the whole, and smaller DIY solutions.

The rational people, I mean.

There are still those who see any move to regulate any aspect of guns as total despotism. And there are those who think that big, bad (um… inanimate) guns are lurking around every corner, waiting to strike.… Read the rest

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Dad Receives Visit from Authorities After Posting Pic of Son with .22 Rifle on Facebook

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New Jersey resident Shawn Moore received a visit from authorities after posting a picture on Facebook of his eleven year-old son Josh holding a .22 rifle that had been given to him as a birthday present. I live in the Deep South, and being given a rifle or shotgun by your father is a common rite of passage in some families. I never had one as a kid, but most of my friends did, and I was the odd man out. In those families, the firearm was traditionally held by parents for safe-keeping and only brought out to use for target shooting or hunting under adult supervision. The South is still largely rural, and how to keep and maintain firearms is considered an essential skill for most boys – and some daughters.

I don’t know what life in New Jersey is like. I know that down here there’d be much outrage from political officials and private citizens alike if something like this happened.… Read the rest

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Survivalist Commune Run By Gun Company Planned In Idaho Forest

A rival to Glenn Beck’s planned community? Yahoo! News reports on the Citadel, which sounds like living inside a Medieval Times theme park but with machine guns:

A group of survivalists wants to build a giant walled fortress in the woods of the Idaho Panhandle, where residents would be required to own weapons and stand ready to defend the compound if society collapses. The proposal is called the Citadel and has created a buzz in this remote logging town 70 miles southeast of Spokane, Wash.

“There is no leader,” [explains] Christian Kerodin, a convicted felon who is a promoter of the project. “There is a significant group of equals involved … each bringing their own professional skills and life experiences to the group.” Applicants for the community must pay a $208 fee, and the official website claims several hundred people already have applied.

The compound would include houses, schools, a hotel and a firearms factory and museum.

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Illinois High School To Stage ‘Active Shooter Drills’ With Simulated Gunfire

At the intersection of paranoia and random violence lies high school. CBS Chicago reports:

A school shooting drill planned on Wednesday in Chicago’s northwestern suburbs has many parents upset.

According to a letter from Cary-Grove High School principal Jay Sargeant, there will be a code red drill at the school that will include somebody shooting blanks from a gun in the hallway “in an effort to provide our teachers and students some familiarity with the sound of gunfire.”

During the drill, teachers will keep students in their rooms, lock their doors, and draw their curtains. Police will sweep the building, while someone will fire blanks from a starter pistol.

School spokesman Jeff Puma said parents who have contacted the school are evenly split for and against the drill. Parent Sharon Miller said the drill is absurd, [while] Dina Coutre said, “Nowadays it’s better to be safe than sorry.”

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Armed Teacher Training Program Launches In 15 States

The classroom arms race is on. ThinkProgress reports:

An Ohio gun owners’ group is launching an “Armed Teacher Training Program” to instruct teachers and school staff on how to shoot off firearms in the classroom.

Perhaps at the outlandish suggestion of the National Rifle Association, who last month called for armed guards in every school as a response to the tragedy at Sandy Hook elementary, such programs are popping up around the country.

As of Wednesday, the Armed Teacher Training Program has attracted more than 600 applicants from several states including Ohio, Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and West Virginia. “We knew this would be popular, but the response has exceeded out expectations,” said Jim Irvine, Chairman of the Buckeye Firearms Foundation.

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Attorney Releases Addresses and Phone Numbers of Journalists Who Outed Gun Owners

Turnabout is fair play, according to attorney Christopher Fountain.

Via Daily Dot:

The personal information of 50 New York journalists has been dumped online after their newspaper published the names and addresses of gun owners in two counties.

The dox (i.e., release of private information) of The Journal-News employees was carried out by lawyer Christopher Fountain. The information includes the home addresses and phone numbers of visual editor Robert Rodriguez, reporter Dwight Worley, and editor Cynthia Royle, which has also had photos of her family and car posted online.

“Targeting gun owners by publishing their home addresses is pretty dangerous,” Fountain blogged. “[E]ither thieves will focus on them and put the guns into circulation on the street or they’ll hit the neighbors who are not identified as gun owners, figuring they’re a safer target but either way. It’s dangerously risky for this publisher to collect that information and make it accessible with just one click.”

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