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posted January 11, 2011
Everyone is trying to draw political lessons from the shooting of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Other than the obvious — that in a nation where any loon can own high-powered weaponry people will be shot — I'm not sure there are any. True, the political atmosphere in America (and, to a much lesser extent, in Canada) is harsh. True also that right-wing cable channels like Fox News amplify such toxicity. But those who find this novel forget their... [Toronto Star (Ontario), via GunPolicy.org]
posted January 11, 2011
WASHINGTON - The attempted assassination of a U.S. congresswoman has put the hot-button issue of gun control back in the national spotlight, but even after a bullet to the brain left their colleague fighting for her life, Capitol Hill legislators are shying away from significantly toughening up gun laws. A pair of them, in fact, have their own only-in-America solution: they'll pack some heat themselves. Two House of Representatives lawmakers -- Republican Jason... [Canadian Press, via GunPolicy.org]
posted January 11, 2011
In the wake of the tragic shooting in Tucson Saturday, pundits have spent countless hours debating the role of Sarah Palin in the story - despite the fact that there is no evidence that alleged shooter Jared Lee Loughner is a Palin supporter or had ever seen or heard her rhetoric. What they have spent less time discussing are the tools that allowed Loughner to allegedly carry out the attack - the high powered weapon and ammunition that helped him do so much damage so... [CBS News (USA), via GunPolicy.org]
posted January 11, 2011
Gun rights advocates and right-wing radio talkers have accused their critics of exploiting the massacre in Tucson, Ariz., for political gain. Firearms control activists have responded to the Saturday shooting by decrying the right's increasingly mainstream theme of "Second Amendment" solutions to "government tyranny" and Sarah Palin's online 2010 campaign map, which featured gun-sight cross hairs over targeted districts. Mental health experts, cautioning against... [National Public Radio (USA), Opinion, via GunPolicy.org]
posted January 11, 2011
Because of their high-profile nature, mass murders are often exploited to advance some political agenda, and this is especially true when it comes to the role of firearms. Mass shootings have served as ammunition in the debate over gun control, but used, ironically enough, by advocates on both sides of the issue. In the wake of particularly deadly and widely publicized shootings, gun control proponents have argued that the carnage would not be so great were it not for... [Boston Globe, Blog, via GunPolicy.org]
posted January 11, 2011
MESA, Arizona - You might think Saturday's tragedy in Tucson would hurt sales at gun shops, but you'd be wrong. Steven Zacher with Glockmeister in Mesa says sales have skyrocketed. "Overall order numbers have doubled, if not above doubling," he said. Sales are even greater for the kind of ammunition used by Saturday's gunman. "Individual items like magazines are up in the case of this particular magazine are up about 100 percent," said Zacher. "The 33 round 9mm... [Fox News (USA), via GunPolicy.org]
posted January 11, 2011
While political leaders continue to lash out at the media and each other for suggesting that hyped, inflammatory political speech was somehow to blame for the Tucson, Arizona massacre that left six dead and more wounded, a much clearer and obvious concern demands America's attention. Just like Columbine, like Virginia Tech, like the Binghamton shootings, Tucson shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner was an obviously psychology ill man who would not, or could not, and... [Aurora Sentinel (Colorado), Editorial, via GunPolicy.org]
posted January 11, 2011
The White House has disappointed gun-control advocates on and off Capitol Hill with its silence on the issue. Although President Obama ran on campaign vows of reinstating the assault-weapons ban and closing the gun-show loophole, among other reforms, he's been all but mute on those issues since entering the White House two years ago — a silence that's continued in the wake of Saturday's shootings in Arizona. Gun-control advocates, who are backing a series of reforms... [The Hill (Washington DC), via GunPolicy.org]
posted January 11, 2011
Background checks for handgun sales spiked in Texas and other states just two days after a mass shooting in Arizona left six people dead and U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords fighting for her life. Texas saw the number of background requests rise to 724 on Monday, up from 621 on the corresponding Monday in 2010, according to FBI records. But workers at some North Texas gun stores said they didn't have as big an increase as they expected in actual sales of guns, ammunition... [Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas), via GunPolicy.org]
posted January 11, 2011
Jared Loughner was considered too mentally unstable to attend community college. He was rejected by the Army. Yet buy a Glock handgun and a 33-round magazine? No problem. To protect the public, we regulate cars and toys, medicines and mutual funds. So, simply as a public health matter, shouldn't we take steps to reduce the toll from our domestic arms industry? Look, I'm an Oregon farm boy who was given a .22 rifle for my 12th birthday. I still shoot occasionally... [New York Times, Column, via GunPolicy.org]
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