The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied an appeal of a Maryland law preventing the sale of assault weapons, a decision that upholds a ban on weapons like those used in recent mass shootings in Las Vegas and Texas. Without offering comment, the Justices upheld Maryland’s 2013 ban on assault weapons, which was written in the… Continue Reading →
NEW BRAUNFELS, Tex. — The gunman who opened fire in a church outside San Antonio, killing at least 26 people, escaped from a mental health facility in 2012 after he was caught sneaking guns onto an Air Force base and “attempting to carry out death threats” made against military superiors, according to a police report.
The report said officers with the El Paso, police were dispatched to a bus terminal after Devin P. Kelley‘s escape from a behavioral facility about seven miles away in New Mexico. Officers wrote they were told Kelley, who intended to take a bus out of the state, “was a danger to himself and others” at the time and noted that he “was also facing military criminal charges.”
This incident occurred the same year that Kelley was court-martialed. He was charged with abusing his wife and her son between April 2011 and April 2012 and then sentenced in November 2012, according to Air Force documents.
— Khary Penebaker (@kharyp) November 5, 2017
The shooter was courtmartialed for beating his first wife and breaking the skull of her baby. He also stalked underage girls.
It’s time to stop putting assault weapons in the hands of anyone at all, but especially men with these seething grievances. If we stopped selling assault weapons at all, that would be a good start.
But at least we could stop handing these “rights” to men charged with domestic violence. That seems like it won’t happen, because too many cops would lose the right to carry a gun.
And so it goes, again and again.
A gunman shot dead at least 20 worshippers during Sunday morning services at a Baptist church in Texas, news media reported. The gunman was killed after a short chase, CNN reported, quoting a sheriff’s office spokesman in Guadalupe County. Continue Reading →
It’s kind of funny, except when it isn’t:
National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre was pilloried by viewers on Sunday after he appeared on CBS to dissuade Congress from pursuing gun safety laws following the massacre of 58 people in Las Vegas. During an appearance on Face the Nation, host John Dickerson went easy on LaPierre, allowing him to blame video games,… Continue Reading →
Throwing us a bone because they’re terrified of actual gun control, I imagine:
The National Rifle Association released a statement Thursday afternoon saying that it will support regulations on “bump stocks.”
“The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations,” NRA officials Wayne LaPierre and Chris Cox said in a statement.
At a briefing on Thursday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders repeatedly declined to say where the president stands on bump stocks but made clear that he’s willing to have a conversation on the issue.
“We’re open to having that conversation. We think that we should have that conversation. And we want to be part of it moving forward,” Sanders said.
Just remember: A rubber band on the trigger does the same thing. It’s the guns, stupid.
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) October 2, 2017
Caleb Keeter, guitarist for the Texas-based Josh Abbott band, posted a statement earlier today renouncing his unfettered support for gun rights. “I’ve been a proponent of the 2nd amendment my entire life,” he wrote. “Until the events of last night. I cannot express how wrong I was.” Keeter noted that there were crew members on the… Continue Reading →
The Las Vegas gunman had 19 rifles in his hotel room and hundreds of rounds of ammunition, an official said https://t.co/pNT1xuHNCv
— The New York Times (@nytimes) October 2, 2017
The horrifying events in Las Vegas on Sunday night mark the 273rd mass shooting in the U.S. in the 275 days that have passed so far in 2017, according to Gun Violence Archive. Mass shootings are a near daily occurrence in America, but what happened in Las Vegas stands out: It was the deadliest such incident… Continue Reading →
Thank God for our God-given American right to be mowed down efficiently by any person with a perceived grievance. Via the Washington Post: A gunman in a high-rise hotel opened fire on a country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip late Sunday, killing at least 50 people and wounded more than 200 in the deadliest… Continue Reading →