Warning: this video is graphic. When volunteer firefighter Bubba Hinson decided to visit the popular tourist destination Myrtle Beach, S.C., we’re guessing the last thing he expected was to be live cameraman of a mass shooting. Watch the video RELATED: One New York party girl forgot to take the crystal meth out of her Facebook Live… Continue Reading →
Suddenly, the Republican party is very worried about protecting themselves from American citizens and the hundreds of millions of guns they own, who choose to adhere to Rand Paul’s definition of the Second Amendment. .@Judgenap: Why do we have a Second Amendment? It’s not to shoot deer. It’s to shoot at the government when it becomes… Continue Reading →
All day yesterday, crying Republicans talked about the horror and trauma of the mass shooting that put Steve Scalise in the hospital.
And I just couldn’t work up any empathy. All I could think about was the interview with one of the Sandy Hook parents, who talked about seeing the crime scene photos and said she wished the public could see what assault rifles did to their little bodies. (Her son’s face was blown off.)
The Republicans, of course, did nothing about it except many words about the healing application of “hopes and prayers.”
Now, as usual, right wingers are scouring every corner of social media to find examples of heartless liberals who are “politicizing” a tragedy. To which I say, fuck that. You people are shameless.
They claimed President Obama used onions to induce tears over the deaths of those 20 children.
Fuck them all, and fuck the NRA.
NBC News: At least 5 people have been shot and 2 are dead at a UPS facility in San Francisco, @anblanx reports; suspect is down
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The threat of violence that hangs over the nation under Trump took a shocking turn this morning, as a gunman walked up with a rifle and took multiple shots at Congress members practicing for a charity ballgame. Witnesses report 15-20 shots were fired. A suspect is in custody. The known victims at this time are GOP… Continue Reading →
The U.S. Supreme Court, including the newly confirmed conservative Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, will soon conference to hear arguments in a gun-rights case from California that has the potential to expand the Second Amendment. Related: Supreme Court denies hearing case challenging assault weapons ban In Peruta v. California, the justices would decide whether the Second Amendment… Continue Reading →
It seems since Trump’s election, gun buyers aren’t rushing to stock up on guns and ammos, and now business is really bad:
Unfortunately, Trump’s win has had the unintended consequence of throwing the firearms industry into a deep slump, forcing major companies to lay off workers, driving prices deep into the red, and forcing some gun dealers out of business. While the Obama years might have been a dark time for gun rights, the Democrat president was a boon for gun retailers and manufacturers (a fact Obama has admitted himself). Each time the needle ticked further in the direction of gun restriction, Americans flocked to their local gun store and plunked down cash for more irons.
The industry swelled because of the “panic buying,” with new manufacturers popping up, old names in the industry swelling their ranks, and more new gun owners pushing into demographics with previously tepid interest.
In the Trump era, however, that fear is gone, and with it the market’s urgency to beat the clock on the next “commonsense” gun ban. That’s helped nudge iconic gunmakers Colt and Remington to lay off hundreds of workers and shut down entire divisions of their companies, forced manufacturers to close their doors, and prompted retailers and distributors to offer deep discounts on firearms, with one offering an AR-15 rifle at prices below even the cheapest handguns.
“The combination of increased inventory in the channel and a likely decrease in consumer demand for the near term has made for a more challenging sell-through environment,” said a top executive with gunmaker Ruger during a February 23 investor call.
A Democratic Women’s club announced their plans to protest against the Pensacola Republican congressman who wants to eliminate the EPA. I hardly have the mental bandwidth to process all the crazy:
But Gaetz’s upcoming tour of his constituency may be the first time a major counter protest has been planned.
“I need all patriots in attendance to protect Congressman Gaetz from any potential disruption of his speech,” Geoff Ross, the purported militia leader, wrote in a call-out on his private Facebook page. “Concealed carry permit holders most welcome – don’t forget your ammo.”
That last part read like a veiled threat to the Escambia County Democratic Women’s Club, which has used social media to publicize its intention to protest Gaetz. Last week, the club hired an off-duty police officer to guard its 75-person monthly meeting after the group said Ross threatened to come, bearing guns. The women reported Ross to the local sheriff and police departments, and some have lambasted Gaetz on Facebook for refusing to condemn the threats. But Evalyn Narramore, chair of the Escambia County Democratic Party, isn’t backing down.
“My husband jokes and says, ‘I’m going to buy you a Kevlar vest,’” Narramore, who has worked in local Democratic politics for 19 years, told The Huffington Post by phone last week. “But we decided we aren’t going to let this guy scare us away if that’s what he thinks he’s doing. We’re going to go forward with our protest as planned.”
The Milton Police Department and Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office, who police the area where Grover T’s BBQ is located, did not return calls requesting comment.
Neither Gaetz nor Ross responded to repeated calls and emails requesting comment. But the newly sworn-in lawmaker, an ardent Trump supporter who emulates the president’s off-the-cuff tone on social media, brushed off calls to condemn Ross, whom he called a “friend” in a Facebook post.
This stuff makes my heart ache. No one gives a shit about this kids, just about making the NRA happy.
TAMPA — Carlos Garcia lay bleeding on the street in front of his family’s mailbox.
“Yes, ma’am. I just had a man attack me in my front yard,” Nick Julian IV told a 911 operator on Sept. 19, 2015.
“He attacked me and I had to use force,” said Julian. “I was afraid for my life.”
“Well who used the gun?” the operator said.
“I did,” Julian said.
In the background, Garcia’s ex-wife screamed: “Why would you do this?”
” ‘Cause he charged me and I was in fear of my life,” said Julian, then 26.
He said that he needed to call his lawyer. It was 2:05 a.m.
Before Garcia, a 37-year-old father of three, had even been declared dead, the man who shot him was already on the phone with the U.S. Concealed Carry Association.
The association offers a 24-hour hotline, an attorney on retainer, bail money and a wallet-sized card instructing members on what to say after a shooting — starting at just $13 a month.
It’s one of a handful of organizations that says they can help its members strengthen their claim of self-defense from the moment they pull the trigger.
“This is basically preparing people: You’re going to kill someone and you need to know what to do,” said University of Miami law professor Mary Anne Franks.