Because it's a GOOD thing to put guns into the hands of the certifiably insane.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress on Wednesday sent President Donald Trump legislation blocking an Obama-era rule designed to keep guns out of the hands of certain mentally disabled people.
On a vote of 57-43, the Senate backed the resolution, just one of several early steps by the Republican-led Congress to undo regulations implemented by former President Barack Obama. The House had passed the measure earlier this year. The White House has signaled Trump will sign the legislation.
The Obama rule would have prevented an estimated 75,000 people with mental disorders from being able to purchase a firearm.
It's hard to understand why the GOP feels the need to enable crazy fuckers to own guns, especially when there's documented history of crazies being the ones who have used said weapons to kill as many people as they can. Such as children. But no, the NRA wants to enable everyone and anyone to have a gun to kill, kill, kill. Because killing is cool or something. And no, it's not about self defense because certified wack jobs like Lanza and Holmes weren't being threatened by elementary school kids or a theater full of moviegoers, really not.
I'm pretty sick of the whole "I need a gun" bullshit. No, no you fucking don't. You don't need a gun. ESPECIALLY if you're stupid-crazy. Wanna hunt? Sure, go nuts. But you don't need a pistol or an AR for that. Going to overthrow the government? Right, go ahead try it and get back to me on that too. Because someone is going to invade your home and take you hostage?
The ratio for 2012, per the Violence Policy Center, was one justifiable killing for every 32 murders, suicides or accidental deaths (the ratio increases to 38-1 over the five-year period ending in 2012). (LA Times)
Yeah the statistics don't support that. You're more likely to shoot a family member or just fuck up and shoot yourself instead. But hey, the GOP loves sucking NRA dick because John Wayne and Clint Eastwood ok?
What a fucking stupid way to govern.
Yep, totally her fault. She should have known better.
A Florida woman has died after being shot by a homeowner while searching the neighbourhood for her lost dog.
The victim, Rebecca Rawson, 65, was fatally injured after approaching the armed householder's home on Tuesday night, say sheriff's officials.
As her relative knocked on the door, Eugene Matthews, 83, emerged firing a handgun, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
Ms Rawson was taken to a local hospital, where she died.
Officials say that Ms Rawson and her daughter waited in their car as her brother-in-law knocked on Mr Matthew's door to ask if he had seen their dog.
Police say Mr Matthews opened his door and started shooting at the family. (BBC)
Gene was CLEARLY being threatened! Omg! Who wouldn't have done the same? Fuck that woman. Fuck her dog. How DARE They come on to his property and ring the doorbell!
Guns make everything better. Don't they?
Now even liberals are arming themselves against bigotry, hate and bullets.
Gun ownership has traditionally been associated with the right wing in America but the election of Donald Trump has prompted some left-wingers to join gun clubs - and even start preparing for the collapse of society. (BBC)
During the election Pro-Trumpers stood outside of election venues armed with large guns. They were on display everywhere, and to anyone who says that wasn't a sign of intimidation, well bald-faced lying was a big part of Trump's strategy, one the voting public seems ok with.
So when faced with threats of death and a leader who couldn't give a fuck about who gets hurt and why it's not too surprising to see even those who loathed guns changing their mind. I get it, I truly do, in fact the same strategy of projectile-vomiting hate and unsubstantiated facts has been surprisingly cathartic. I mean why should *I* fact check? Why should *I* be the one trying to tone down the rhetoric?
Guns and hate are the new code of the day. Fear and intimidation are holding hands and skipping along right behind. Ok, well down the hatch, time to welcome our new overlords. Just remember, it's every man for himself now and don't go banging on your liberal neighbor's door asking for a stick of butter because if you get shot in the face, well, tough on you.
You know it took me decades to figure out the GOP strategy on guns: abortion is bad BECAUSE we need extra babies to make up for the ones that die due to poor gun handling.
The findings: During the first six months of this year, minors died from accidental shootings - at their own hands, or at the hands of other children or adults - at a pace of one every other day, far more than limited federal statistics indicate. (AP)
So let's figure, 365 divided by two, so roughly 180+ kids dying a year. If we relax gun laws, make ownership easier and remove regulations on storing and locking totally maybe we can bump that up to one dying every day. Hmmm, given that there's roughly 700k abortions per year we're going to have to work a LOT harder than that. Maybe once Trump is in office and we legalize rape and repeal the 19th AND ban abortion we can start making a real dent in that number.
Vote Trump! Guns and pregnancy for all!
Stupidity does. The next question is: how do you unlink the two?
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Police say a Florida man asking if a bulletproof vest "still worked" was fatally shot by his cousin.
A Tampa Police report says 23-year-old Joaquin Mendez put on the vest late Saturday and "wondered aloud whether it still worked."
Police say his cousin, 24-year-old Alexandro Garibaldi, pulled out a gun and responded, "Let's see."
I know, I know, it wasn't the gun's fault. But when is someone going to invent a gun that retracts the trigger when the idiot holding it isn't smart enough? Kind of like the better mouse trap, it'll make someone a fortune when they do. Unless of course the NRA gets involved.
For anyone. But apparently Texas is immune to tragedy.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A federal judge has denied a last-minute attempt by professors to block a new Texas law that allows concealed handguns in college classrooms, buildings and dorms.
The decision Monday comes two days before the fall semester begins at the University of Texas at Austin. The 50,000-student campus has led opposition to the law since it was signed by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott last year.
Three professors claimed in a lawsuit that guns in classrooms could be dangerous when discussions wade into politically charged topics. But U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel ruled that neither lawmakers nor university regents overstepped their power in choosing where concealed firearms could be allowed on campus.
Yep, some pissed off frat boy with a sense of entitlement is going to make a few people's day. Or life. This is JUST what you want in plentiful supply on a campus where the majority of folks are either tired, drunk, drugged, pissed or just not caring. I wouldn't trust most college kids with their own future, why the fuck would I trust them with the future of their peers?
Yep, Texas. Not above proving a point with the lives of others. Because, GUNS. Fucking stupid.
A regular schmo with a gun will win over anyone's uber- buff body. Maybe that's the point.
The video, has been viewed more than 800,000 times and drew a swift response. Most of those who commented were outraged that their firearm-free sport had been associated with guns. An online petition which demands an end to the partnership with Glock has now been signed by more than 20,000 people.
One of the outraged CrossFitters, Kyle Williams called the video "a glorified pistol ad." A CrossFit gym in Vancouver wrote, in a an Instagram post, that "CrossFit stands for fitness, health, and community, and The Games is rewarding the top athletes with a gun. How does that make any sense?"[..]
However, the director of the CrossFit Games, Dave Castro has defended the sponsorship deal in a newspaper interview. "I am one of millions of people in the US who own guns for recreational and legal purposes. I compete in competitive shooting events, and I have a lot of friends in the shooting industry. Glock offered up pistols as prizes, I agreed to it," Castro told the Los Angeles Times. (BBC)
Dave Castro is a douchebag. You'd think the director of a franchise would GET the notion that supporting the people who pay him money was a good idea. But no, it's not about them, it's about him. Yes it's fucking lovely that YOU own guns, it's great that YOU have many of them and that YOU like them. But get this dipshit, NOT ALL YOUR CUSTOMERS DO and instead of keeping a neutral stance you've now created a battleground where there didn't need to be one. I mean any idiot would have known that adding guns to fitness wouldn't be a winner, but clearly Dave didn't care.
Dave you're going to get more bad press than good, lose more customers than acquire and MOST of all, you've sullied what was just a good sport for a lot of people.
Maybe you've taken too much testosterone, maybe you don't have enough, but either way you're a moron. Good luck bringing it back asshole.
Get it? Gonna (be) One Polite Convention? C'mon, that was clever.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Demonstrators at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland next week can't have lasers, squirt guns or sledgehammers - but they can have firearms.
That's because Ohio is an open-carry state. People who are legally allowed to carry guns can do so without a permit.
Open carry at the convention. So, guess the anti-Trumpers are going to have to mind their manners and their trigger fingers. It's not wise to lose your temper when there's so many bullets around.
Think of it this way: either there's going to be nothing to report, or it's gonna be a doozy.
Yes, this post is about guns.
PARIS, Texas (AP) -- Gun-rights activists, some of them wearing camouflage and military-style gear and openly toting rifles and handguns, marched alongside the hundreds of people who flocked to downtown Dallas last week to protest police shootings of blacks.
Their presence was part of the new legal landscape in Texas, which earlier this year allowed people to openly carry firearms in public.
Moments later, when a sniper gunned down officers patrolling the peaceful march, killing five, the attack ignited panic and confusion. Who was shooting? Were the people with weapons friend or foe?
DALLAS (AP) -- An Army veteran killed by Dallas police after he fatally shot five officers amassed a personal arsenal at his suburban home, including bomb-making materials, bulletproof vests, rifles, ammunition and a journal of combat tactics, authorities said Friday.
So here's the thing, sure you can carry a gun, but what is the potential impact on you and others around you?
Imagine you're in your car and you have a right to carry. When you notify the officer you have the gun and the permit what prevents him from deciding that your next move is threatening or not? It could be race, it could be time of day, it could be that the officer thinks you look like someone who just committed a crime. But any way you slice it the moment you say "yes I have a gun on me" all bets are off. It's at the discretion of the officer if he's going to shoot you or not.
Imagine you're on the street at a crowded rally carrying a huge-ass gun. In Texas that's also your right. Now imagine that the guy next to you who is doing the same has decided to put his military training to good use. Are you really safer with that gun? Are the people around you safer? That is what the NRA would have you believe, but when it came down to it none of those gun toting folks saved the day and several people died.
I dispute, as I have always disputed, that a gun makes you or the people around you safer. Before I used to say "unless you're an officer", now I'd close even that loophole. Guns don't make you safer, and they only upset people who don't want the threat of accidental (or deliberate) gun-related death to happen to them.
Guns aren't going to go away any time soon. And neither are gun-related deaths. Let's see which statistic goes up faster.
DISTRICT HEIGHTS, Md. (AP) -- Maryland police have charged a man in a shooting that left three people dead and two injured.
HOLBROOK, Ariz. (AP) -- An Arizona man who shot and killed the mother of his grandchildren outside a courthouse after a custody hearing in rural Arizona is now charged with first-degree murder.
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The Latest on a murder-suicide that left a Las Vegas family of five dead (all times local):
Court records show that the woman who police say was fatally shot by her husband before he killed their three children and himself had sought a divorce last month.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida police say an armed man killed himself during an encounter with police.
Tallahassee Deputy Police Chief Darrell Furuseth said a preliminary investigation showed that 36-year-old Patrick Keeney died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound shortly after police were called to the man's home early Thursday.
It's business as usual folks. Nothing newsworthy. Nothing to blog about. Same ol' same ol'.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- A federal judge has barred a Virginia man from using Twitter after he was charged with tweeting threats to two U.S. senators.
News media outlets cite a federal complaint as saying that 27-year-old Kyler Schmitz of Alexandria tweeted to one of the senators, "I'm going to shoot you in the head for allowing someone to murder my loved ones." The tweets were sent in the days immediately following the June 12 shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando that left 49 dead and 53 injured.
Because every blonde bimbo NEEDS the ability to fill the air with lead.
An estimated 8 million AR-style guns have been sold since they were first introduced to the public in the 1960s, and about half of them are owned by current or former members of the military or law enforcement, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, which represents gunmakers.
Even the name stirs up controversy. "AR" does not stand for "assault rifle," as many believe, but for ArmaLite Rifle, a nod to the company that first designed it for military use. Assault weapons are fully automatic; the bullets keep flying for as long as the trigger is depressed. AR-style guns are semi-automatic, meaning the trigger has to be pulled separately for each shot[..]
For Dara Humphries, the AR-style firearm isn't to be feared, scorned or banned. Rather, she says, it's just a different type of weapon with a different feel.
"It's like driving a truck versus driving a car, a sports car. Every firearm has a different feel to it," said Humphries, an NRA instructor based in Georgia. "So a Ruger Mini 14 may feel like a Jaguar to you and may feel like a truck to me and vice versa. And to me an AR-15 feels like a smooth ride whereas a Ruger feels like a bumpy truck."
Humphries, who also goes by the nickname Tactical Barbie, believes the debate over gun measures has focused too much on the firearm and not enough on the person behind the gun. (AP)
So Barbie thinks, and I use the term loosely, that a gun which can kill as many people as you have bullets is "just like driving a truck". Because you need that gun to: haul hay for your horses, move your mother-in-law's sofa, or get to work at the fish and game center in Maine.
No bitch, you don't, and that's the point. A truck isn't a "preference" for ALL the people who own it - it's a fucking necessity. True, it's not a necessity for white-collar white-boy who only uses it to impress his peers in the parkinglot, but even he may have a legitimate need to tow a boat once in a while. Putting aside the brainless, girly rhetoric you managed to muster, there is no need - necessary or ephemeral, for anyone to carry an AR. It's not designed to hunt (I guess you could be standing in the middle of a herd of aggressive dear in a nightclub), it's not designed for target practice (generally people prefer to demonstrate their skills one bullet at a time, but I guess if you use so many bullets that the target is vaporized no one can really argue about accuracy) it's designed for a military purpose. To kill people.
Dara you are a dumb fucking twat. I'm happy that you got your 15 min of fame on a sensitive topic. And I'm pretty certain I won't be the only person ripping you about your simpering supposition that a bigger gun is the same as a smaller gun, only it's bigger and bumpier and gives you more satisfaction when you pull its trigger. It's also NOT about you needing an AR to defend your family (which, mind you, hasn't happened yet, but who knows? Those radicalized deer may come a-callin'.) It's about that crazy people CAN get their hands on them in a public setting to kill as many people as they can... using the gun for what it was designed to do.
So tell me, cunt, which is more important? You preference to own a gun for legitimate purposes or protecting your fellow citizens from nutcases trying to do the maximum harm? Let me guess, it's all about you, because who cares how many people die just so you can enjoy your "smooth ride".
Another night, more gun deaths. Big whoop.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- A gunman wielding an assault-type rifle and a handgun opened fire inside a crowded Florida nightclub early Sunday, killing at least 50 people in the worst mass shooting in American history before dying in a gunfight with SWAT officers, police said.
Ah Florida, the land of "shoot first and win". So where were all the pistol packing people defending themselves? Where were the "we need moar guns because I'm afeerd" folks? Huh. Well, clearly the answer is there weren't ENOUGH guns in the venue because then... actually I'm not sure how that sentence ends.
But I sure as shit know how the lives of the people in the club ended.
Because... Yay Guns!
NEW YORK (AP) -- Hours after she died, Christina Grimmie's face still beamed from a selfie video she had posted online inviting everyone to be there for her concert Friday night.
"Please come out!" the young singer said, then added with an effervescent lilt, "Bye!"
Minutes after that Orlando, Florida, performance - Grimmie's last - she was shot as she signed autographs.
Thus did a deadly, senseless attack cut down at age 22 a star on the ascent, while leaving fans horrified and at least one fellow singer shaken at the danger that being in the public eye can represent: "Now I'm scared to do meet and greets," tweeted country artist RaeLynn who, like Grimmie, competed on "The Voice."
Funny how no one ever says "look at what a great thing I did with my gun today." But hey, at least HE didn't have his rights infringed. Go, go gadget guns!
And then this happens.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- A young soldier shot and wounded his wife outside a Dallas-area store and then gunned down a father of three who grabbed his own gun and tried to make a citizen's arrest, authorities say.
So here's the thing: having a gun doesn't make you invulnerable. If some asshole is shooting then the RIGHT solution is to gtfo. The wrong solution is to try and take matters into your own hands.
Yes, having a gun can make you feel powerful, but it can't protect you the same way as avoiding the conflict altogether. Ergo: the solution to guns ISN'T more guns, rather it's minding your own fucking business and leaving the shooting to the professionals.
And yet, it has to be documented as data supporting the reality of what we live with.
A two-year-old boy has accidentally shot and killed his mother in the US city of Milwaukee after finding a gun in the back of their car.
The woman, Patrice Price, had been driving a car owned by her security guard boyfriend who had left his gun in the car, her father Andre said.
Milwaukee police said she was shot once in the back while driving on a local highway on Tuesday morning(BBC)
Did you hear the one about the security guard not securing his weapon? It's so funny, it'll kill ya.
Ah yes, blame the animal.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida zoo official says an employee who was killed by a tiger earlier this month didn't follow zoo policy.
Palm Beach Zoo CEO Andrew Aiken said in a statement posted Friday on Facebook that zoo policy prohibits zookeepers from entering an enclosure to which a tiger has access.
Stacey Konwiser, 38, was killed April 15 when a male Malayan tiger attacked her in the enclosure known as the night house, where tigers sleep and are fed. Aiken said Konwiser entered the part of the night house "after it was clearly designated as accessible by a tiger."
Of course the gonzo gun crowd are all besides themselves that the zoo decided NOT TO SHOOT THE TIGER. Like this asshole:
Yes, well, I?m glad I wasn?t there at the time of the attack. Can you imagine the sh*tstorm if I or another concealed carrier had fired a gun to save the keeper and killed a tiger or two? Times two if Ms. Konwiser had died anyway. The only person who?d be happy with that turn of events would be the dentist who shot and killed Cecil the Lion; he?d be grateful that someone finally took the heat for ?murdering? an ?innocent? animal. (Defensive Gun Use By Robert Farago)
He calls it "defensive" when the tiger is the one in the cage and it was the zoo keepers fault. But no, he's all about "LET'S SHEWT IT BECAUSE HURHURHUR."
So the tiger was just being a tiger, but it needs to die because a human got sloppy. And actually, if you read his post, he's almost salivating over the missed opportunity to be a "hero". Because guns solve all problems. Including ones that humans bring on themselves.
Even statistically this was going to happen. Thing is, we could reduce these statistics but hell no, that's just not fucking cool.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Indianapolis police say a 2-year-old boy shot and killed himself after taking a gun from his mother's purse on the kitchen counter when she wasn't watching.
Because everyone has to have one. Because it's cool. Because we're all afraid. Because *I* won't make a mistake. Because it's my right. Because I may need to overthrow the government someday. Because it makes me feel like a badass. Because only the bad guys have them. Because money. Because power. Because fear.
Because when it really comes down to it, I want what I want and fuck everyone else. Even my kids.