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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]
posted January 11, 2011
OTTAWA — The political shooting tragedy in Arizona should make Canadians more protective and proud of this country's gun-control system, Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff says. Speaking publicly for the first time about the shooting incident in Tucson, Ariz., that left six dead and a congresswoman fighting for her life, Ignatieff said he's even more determined to fight Conservative efforts to abolish the long-gun registry. "Tucson tells me that Canada needs to... [Toronto Star (Ontario), via GunPolicy.org]
posted January 11, 2011
I just spoke with Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y., about where things stand on the Hill on her proposed ban on high-capacity magazines. The takeaway: It's going to be a tough battle to get any sort of new gun legislation through Congress. "The NRA is out there already saying it's a slippery slope -- that if we take away the large magazines we're actually going to try and take away their guns, forgetting to mention that the Supreme Court has already said that everyone has... [Salon (USA), via GunPolicy.org]
posted January 10, 2011
Jared Loughner had trouble with the law, was rejected by the Army after flunking a drug test and was considered so mentally unstable that he was banned from his college campus, where officials considered him a threat to other students and faculty. But the 22-year-old had no trouble buying the Glock semiautomatic pistol that authorities say he used in the Tucson rampage Saturday that left six dead and 14 injured, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Loughner's personal... [Associated Press, via GunPolicy.org]
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