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Reposted from David Waldman by a2nite
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Yes, it's been a while since I've done a GunFAIL update here at Daily Kos. But no, I never stopped keeping records on accidental shootings, guns left behind in bathrooms, and the like.

In fact, I began using other social media like Pinterest, Facebook and Tumblr to help sort out the torrent of information, even as weekly GunFAIL updates went on hiatus here. But today, the GunFAIL topic became too hot for Pinterest to handle, and they suspended my account (since reinstated, thank you all very much!), with no notice and no explanation, save a link ...

Head below the fold to find out where.

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Reposted from Mopshell by a2nite

Sunday’s bloody battle, which pitched Waco police against two feuding gangs and their supporters, resulted in 9 dead, 18 critically injured and 174 arrests. That the dead and injured were members of the feuding biker gangs and did not include bystanders was a mix of pure luck and good management on the part of the combined police agencies involved. As one of the officers exclaimed when he arrived at the scene, “It was complete absolute chaos.”

This diary attempts to unravel the chaos, in so far as that is possible, by correlating and codifying the glut of information from multiple sources.

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Reposted from Triple-B in the Building by a2nite
NRA fantasy Texan.
Yep. You got it. More Guns.
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Reposted from Scout Finch by a2nite
Two armed open-carry activist treated very differently
One of these things is not like the other.
The video below shows two open-carry activists, both "demonstrating" their Second Amendment rights. Both were approached by police, but the reactions from police could not have been more different. To be fair, the first was filmed in Oregon and the second in Nevada. Police training can vary, but the contrast is something to see for yourself. White men politely asked for identification, black men held at gun point and six police cars arrive on the scene within a minute or two.
And let's not forget that Nevada, where the young man was held at gunpoint, is the very same state where anti-government, open-carry advocates flocked to Cliven Bundy's side for weeks and actively pointed weapons at law enforcement, never being charged with a single crime:
Protester Eric Parker from central Idaho aims his weapon from a bridge next to the Bureau of Land Management's base camp where seized cattle, that belonged to rancher Cliven Bundy, are being held at near Bunkerville, Nevada April 12, 2014.  REUTERS/J
Protester Scott Drexler carries a rifle on a bridge next to the Bureau of Land Management's base camp where seized cattle, that belonged to rancher Cliven Bundy, are being held at near Bunkerville, Nevada April 12, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
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Reposted from Weezle by a2nite

So, yeah.  This happened today: a number of motorcycle gangs shot each other up in the parking lot of a Twin Peaks restaurant. http://www.dallasnews.com/...

See below the swirly engraving from a Harley's chrome-plated air-filter cover for my short-but-poignant rant on the subject.

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Mon May 18, 2015 at 03:54 AM PDT

8 thugs killed in shootout

by lowt

Reposted from lowt by a2nite

Today, three gangs of thugs gathered at a restaurant named Twin Peaks. For those who do not know, this restaurant is know for scantily clad large breasted women provided for the entertainment of adolescent men. The gang gathering quickly became violent as these thugs began to fight, and the fight escalated to gunfire.  At least 8 people were killed and at least another 18 injured

Surprisingly. as has been done at other gang related shootouts, the cops did not intervene, allowing the thugs to kill each other and endanger innocent bystanders.

Also surprisingly, the Twin Peaks management at least condoned, if not encouraged, the gang activity that escalated into the deaths of the gang members.  Police blame their use of, what is that word, oh yeah, restraint, on uncooperative management at the restaurant.

Also of note, Waco is one of those places that is majority Christian, about 58%, while the nation is around 46%. This sis location of Baylor University, whose president both was lead prosecutor of Bill Clinton and defender of one of the most prolific and richest pedophiles of our time .One wonders how this promotion of thuggish behavior and pornography fits in with this bastion of Christian values.

It is certainly my fear that one day a someone like these gun toting sexually repressed angry usually white guy will decide to shoot me just because he can, and the police will so nothing about it.

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Sun May 17, 2015 at 03:32 PM PDT

9 dead in Waco TX biker gang fight

by mrsgoo

Reposted from mrsgoo by a2nite

This is a breaking story... If you are anywhere near the Central Texas Marketplace - get out.

http://bigstory.ap.org/...

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Reposted from TRPChicago by Glen The Plumber

Last night, Wednesday, May 13th about 8pm., three young men got in a car to go shopping on the south side of Chicago. A vehicle pulled up next to them and gunned the three down.

Twenty year old Shamari Salter was taking his mother's car to go shopping, getting ready to escort his next door neighbor to her prom. He died at the scene from a shot to his head. Another 19 year old, Terrence Canady, was also shot in the head and stomach and died shortly after arriving at the hospital. The third, also 19, was shot in the chest and is listed in serious condition.

Three more tragedies from gun violence, a total of 15 shootings on Wednesday night in the City of Chicago. For one mother, it's her second time for tragedy within a year.

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George Zimmerman in court, June 24, 2013
George is gun-free. For now.
No charges have been filed and the investigation is ongoing, but police have rightly taken George's gun for the time-being:
Police recovered three guns, including one possibly used to shoot at George Zimmerman, as attorneys on Tuesday gave conflicting reports about what happened this week in the latest confrontation between Zimmerman and a Winter Springs man.
Attorneys for both men are blaming the other. Meanwhile, part of the initial 911 call was released:
"The guy right here just said he had to shoot someone through his window, so he wants the police to come," an unidentified caller told dispatch in the 48-second 911 call. "He said it was George Zimmerman."

Gillett said the 911 call is only the first half of the call.

The rest has "pertinent information" to the ongoing investigation so it's not being released right now.

This isn't the first time police have confiscated his gun(s). The last time was in 2013 after a domestic dispute with his girlfriend.

For now, the he said-he said continues. Stay tuned.

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George Zimmerman's truck being towed away
Another gun incident involving George Zimmerman.
Yes, the same George Zimmerman who shot and killed Trayvon Martin and who has been arrested on multiple domestic violence charges, has been reportedly involved in a shootout in Florida today:
The shooting involved two men and happened on Lake Mary Boulevard about 12:45 p.m., police said.

Officers at the scene said it appeared Zimmerman suffered a minor gunshot wound, Bracknell said.

“He walked normally into the ambulance, so he wasn’t being helped or nothing,” said witness Ricardo Berrare.

A bullet hole was visible in the passenger window of Zimmerman's truck. Police described the shootout as part of an "ongoing dispute" and are investigating two different crime scene areas. Stay tuned for updates as more information becomes available.
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Sun May 10, 2015 at 02:58 PM PDT

Concealed weapons in South Carolina

by jkozma

Reposted from jkozma by Glen The Plumber

I keep getting emails from DailyKos encouraging me to write a diary. I started one, but got bogged down in details, so I've decided to recycle some old material as my first diary. As it happens, the topic is even more timely than when I first wrote the comments below: Now pending in the South Carolina legislature is a bill that eliminates the requirement for a permit to carry a concealed weapon.


Reproduced below is an email exchange between me and a South Carolina Policy Council staff member relating to an article on their website, "Why S.C. Needs a Constitutional Carry Law." First, however, some background identifying the context:

Ashley Landess is the president of the South Carolina Policy Council (SCPC), a libertarian think tank, member of the State Policy Network and owner of the news website, The Nerve. I first learned about SCPC when Ashley and Dana Beach of the SC Coastal Conservation League (SCCCL) were speakers at a Nix 526 meeting I attended last summer. An alliance between a libertarian think tank and a conservation group might seem unusual, but SCPC seems to be engaged in a blood feud with mainstream Republicans.

Largely through Ashley's perseverence, Bobby Harrell, former SC Speaker of the House and staunch supporter of the I-526 extension, was forced to resign just before the general election last fall.

But enough of the I-526 saga. There's still a remote chance it will be built, though thankfully, Harrell's resignation makes it less likely.

After the Nix 526 meeting last summer, I started following some of SCPC's stories, which in turn led to my email exchange on their Constitutional carry article. I have edited the original text of my emails slightly to remove email addresses and to add hyperlinks.


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Sat May 09, 2015 at 07:29 AM PDT

New Gun Laws

by Dorothy Weigel

Reposted from Dorothy Weigel by Glen The Plumber

All the rhetoric about ISIS operations in every state, does not frighten me nearly as much as the good citizens of my own state. Ohio has several new proposed gun laws that you may find shocking. If you are about to dismiss this report because you don't live in Ohio, you might want to rethink that move. Ohio is 27th in gun trafficking to other states.

These new laws would allow all citizens to carry concealed guns with no license or permit.  One law bans the establishment of a firearms registry. They would expand the places a person can carry their guns including places of worship, day care facilities, planes and airport terminals, colleges and universities, government facilities, police stations, and school safety zones.  We already allow guns in bars, parks, and sporting events. The new proposals would ban the police from seizing a gun without a ton of red tape which gives the criminal time to get rid of a gun that has been used in crime.  This is the most outrageous of all: one law intends to ban the use of devices that barricade  school doors in the event of an active shooter in the building.  The 2nd Amendment crazy nutcases want a shooter to have total access to our kids! They want zero restrictions on their rights to strut around carrying firearms. I believe our forefathers are spinning around in their graves. This is not what they intended! That is why they made provisions that the document could be amended in the future.

I was tempted to fill this entry with lots of statistics, but I was overwhelmed with data.  For current updates go to the Gun Violence Archive.  Ohio ranks 31st in highest number of gun deaths. 40% of our sales are unlicensed. We have a marked increase in violent crimes involving fire arms: homicide, robbery, aggravated assault, suicide are on the rise.  The Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence estimates the cost to be $229 billion a year.  Domestic violence and the number of deaths where an innocent child has found a gun that was not safely stored breaks my heart.  I'm afraid to drive for fear I might unintentionally cut off another driver and he'll pull out his gun.  We've had several instances of road rage like that.  Gun violence is rampant all across America. It doesn't matter if you are rich or poor, white, Hispanic, or black, rural, suburban, or metropolitan, Christian, Jewish, or Muslim.  If you live in America you have a greater chance of dying by gunfire than in any other country.  Your taxes are higher to pay for the gun violence.

No other nation world wide experiences our level of gun violence because they enforce real safety laws. We can't do that because of the vague way our forefathers wrote our
Constitution. We passed the 2nd Amendment before technology created assault weapons and before we had mass shootings. Now we have printers that allow anyone to make their own gun. I am a proud patriotic American with great respect for the framers of our constitution, but it is time to rewrite a new amendment that strengthens our guns laws to protect the citizens of this nation.  It is our constitutional right to live without fear of getting caught in the crossfire.  It is time to stop the NRA from donating to politicians and buying political favor.  

New laws will not stop every shooting, but it is a step in the right direction.  We must take a serious look at our culture of violence. TV, Movies, video games, even some of our popular music glorify guns and killing.  Surely we can have free speech and thrilling entertainment with less graphic violence.

 Improving mental health programs and increased funding for social services, doing more to fight heroine addiction and drug trafficking, and providing decent jobs that pay a living wage will all  help reduce violence.  This brings me right back to the topic I usually rant about: income inequality and the Republican agenda of helping those at the top get wealthier.  There are no funds for these improvements.

I'm a retired teacher with serious health issues.  I'm tired!  I'm tired of asking when will the hard working, kind, generous, patriotic members of the middle class unite and organize.  When will we demand change and when will we take America back from Wall Street and all the unregulated huge conglomerates?  When will we tell the idiots in the tea party we've had enough of their hateful rhetoric and demands for austere budgets?  It is past time to make the Constitution of the United States work for all American Citizens!

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