Arms and the Trump

The New York Times Opinion Section: "When a man at a Florida airport retrieves his luggage, takes out a gun and kills five people, the only part people are surprised about is that it happened at an airport.

“We will be arguing for a while about whether background checks could have stopped the Florida airport shooting. But either way, sensible regulation of gun sales will still be sensible regulation of gun sales.

“Leave the background checks alone. We’ve been through a lot."

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Fort Lauderdale Shooting: 5 Things to Know Now

Questions about the Fort Lauderdale mass shooting?

Here are 5 things to know.

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North Carolina cop’s 2-year-old finds her father’s gun on floor and shoots her mother

I am saddened that I have another story to post about an unsecured gun.  Lock up your guns!

“The two-year-old daughter of a police officer in Waxhaw, North Carolina shot her own mother after picking up her father’s gun after he left it in a bag on the floor.”

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NC lawmaker who advised Trump team wants to make traveling with a gun simpler

We strongly disagree with Rep. Hudson on this issue.  Many states do not have strong requirements for getting a concealed carry weapons permit that we have here in NC.  It totally undermines states rights.

“U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson, a Republican from North Carolina, made expanding national rights for gun owners his top priority on the first day of his third term in Congress.”

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Gun Violence Should Be Treated As A Public Health Crisis, Study Says

“Every year in the U.S., more than 30,000 people die from things related to guns.

“That puts guns ahead of HIV, Parkinson's disease, malnutrition, hypertension, intestinal infection, peptic ulcer, anemia, viral hepatitis, biliary tract disease, atherosclerosis and fires. Yet, the funding for research on gun violence lags far behind other leading causes of death, according to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association."

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House Dem: Fines won’t stop me from speaking about gun violence

Awesome stuff from Congressman Eric Swalwell.

“In two tweets Monday, Swalwell wrote that leadership can ‘fine me’ and other Democrats ‘all the way into bankruptcy for #gunviolence sit-in, but we will always speak for victims.’”

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4 dead in Christmas Eve shooting near Wilson, North Carolina, police say

 Four people killed in Christmas Eve shooting - the 377th mass shooting of 2016 and second today in North Carolina.

“WILSON, N.C. -- Wilson County authorities say four people died in a shooting.

“Local media outlets report the shooting occurred Saturday afternoon just east of Wilson. “

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Europe gets tougher on gun control

33 Europe mass shootings in 2016 = action to reduce gun violence.
373 U.S. mass shootings in 2016 = no action to reduce gun violence.

And you wonder why there are so few mass shootings in Europe.

“The European Union has agreed to ban sales of the most dangerous semi-automatic firearms, and to make it much harder to legally buy other weapons in the EU.

“People across the EU will now have to go through medical checks before getting a license to buy firearms. Online sales will also be limited.”

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Black Women Are Far More Likely To Be Fatally Shot By a Man Than White Women

“When a woman is murdered in the United States, an intimate partner — a former or current dating partner or spouse — is often to blame. Black women like Dixon, Thornton, and Hammond are especially vulnerable. One government report found that African-American women were four times more likely than white women to be murdered by a boyfriend or girlfriend. Researchers say the phenomenon can be largely explained by the position black women occupy on the socioeconomic scale.”

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Gun Control Advocates Find a Deep-Pocketed Ally in Big Law

Great news!

"After the Orlando nightclub massacre and a string of other mass shootings, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; Covington & Burling; Arnold & Porter; and four other prominent law firms formed a coalition with gun control groups that until now have worked largely on their own. Together, the firms are committing tens of millions of dollars in free legal services from top corporate lawyers who typically bill clients $1,000 an hour or more.

"On one front, the coalition will seek to overturn state laws that have gone largely unchallenged, including new policies that force businesses to allow guns to be carried on their property. The group also plans to mount the first formal challenges to congressional restrictions on publishing government data on gun violence. Taking a page from the fight against big tobacco two decades ago, it will seek the help of regulators to challenge what it views as the gun industry’s attempts to stifle competition."

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