Showing posts with label Guns. Show all posts
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June 18, 2016

Trump and Republicans Ban Guns from GOP Convention


Republicans argue that mass shootings and acts of terror can be prevented if more people have guns, but if this true why has Trump made the Republican convention less safe by banning guns?
Here is a list of items that are banned at the Republican convention:

 During a rally in Atlanta, Trump claimed that if more people would have guns, the Pulse nightclub attack would have been prevented, “If the bullets were going in the other direction, aimed at the guy who was just in open target practice, you would have had a situation folks, which would have been horrible, but nothing like the carnage that we as all people suffered this weekend.”
If America is safer when more people have guns, why did Trump ban all guns from the Republican convention? Does Trump not want convention attendees to be safe? 
If Republicans really believed in the Second Amendment, they would make their convention in Cleveland open carry.  
Actions do speak louder than words, and by not allowing guns at their convention, Republicans are admitting that their claim that more guns prevent violence is not true. Republicans know that having guns at their convention would be a security threat, and would increase the risk of violence. Therefore, if guns aren’t safe enough for Republicans to allow at their own presidential convention, then why should people who have suspected terrorism links be allowed to buy a gun legally?
Guns don’t belong at the Republican convention, just as they don’t belong in the hands of criminals and terrorists. Republicans know this is true, which is why they banned guns from their convention in Cleveland.

January 18, 2014

India is Launching and is Marketing a ‘Women’s Gun’

  Nirbheek, the gun for women

India has launched a new handgun for women, named after a student who was gang-raped in Delhi in December 2012 and later died of her injuries. Officials say it will help women defend themselves, but critics say it's an insult to the victim's memory.

In his large office on Kanpur's Kalpi Road, Abdul Hameed, the general manager of the state-run Indian Ordnance Factory, shows me Nirbheek, the factory's tiniest gun.

"It's small, it's lightweight, it weighs only 500g [1.1lb], and it can easily fit into a lady's purse."

Hameed speaks enthusiastically about the .32-calibre revolver, praising the "special titanium alloy body, the pleasing-to-the-eye wooden handle".

"The six-shot gun is easy to handle and it can hit its target accurately up to 15m [50ft]," he explains, pointing out the word "Nirbheek" engraved on the barrel.

It is definitely a good idea - if you have a licensed weapon, it increases your self-confidence”

Ram Krishna Chaturvedi
Kanpur chief of police
Although men can buy the gun too, Nirbheek is being pitched as India's "first gun for women" and to make it more attractive to them, it comes packaged in a deep maroon jewellery case.

"Indian women like their ornaments," Hameed says.

Nirbheek is a synonym of Nirbhaya - the nickname given by the Indian press to the Delhi rape victim, who could not be named under Indian laws. Both words mean fearless in Hindi.

"We generally ask our employees to suggest names for new products. We received a lot of suggestions and decided on 'Nirbheek'. We believe that women who carry this gun will feel fearless," Hameed says.

Although work to develop a lighter gun for women began before the Delhi rape, the project was fast-tracked after the crime, which sparked protests nationwide. The 23-year-old was raped, tortured with an iron bar and thrown from a moving bus.

A woman tries out a pistol in a gun shop in Kanpur
Women's rights activist Anita Dua (left) bought a gun about eight years ago but has never used it
Hameed says Nirbheek will deter attackers, because of the "surprise element". The factory began taking orders on 5 January and despite a steep price tag of 122,360 rupees ($1,990; £1,213), Hameed says the response has been good, with 10 guns sold and many more enquiries.

India guns
Estimated total number of guns: 40 million
Number of registered, legal guns: 6.3 million
Estimated guns held illegally: 33.7 million
Only 15% of privately owned guns are legal
Firearms per 100 people: 3.36
India is second only to US in the number of privately-held guns
Source: Gun Policy

The gun's launch has led Indians to debate whether carrying a gun makes a woman safer. Ram Krishna Chaturvedi, the chief of police for Kanpur and several nearby districts, thinks it does.

"It is definitely a good idea. If you have a licensed weapon, it increases your self-confidence and creates fear in the minds of criminals," she says.

Among those wanting to buy Nirbheek is Pratibha Gupta, a housewife and student in Kanpur. She says it is "too expensive" and the process of acquiring a licence is "cumbersome", but she believes that it will be empowering.

"If the person in front of me knows that I have a gun, he will hesitate to touch me, he will know that since she has a gun, she can use it too. The gun will be my supporter, my friend and my strength."

The handgun, marketed at Indian women, has been condemned by activists
Soon after the Delhi gang rape, large numbers of women in Indian cities began to look for ways to make themselves safer.

The Indian government introduced tougher new laws against rape, deployed more police on the streets and several cities introduced women's helplines.

But many frightened women had little faith in a largely corrupt and inefficient police force. Large numbers enrolled in self-defence classes and began stocking up on pepper spray cans. Some reports suggested there was a rise in the number of women seeking gun licences.

In India, the annual income of most people is less than the cost of the gun”

Binalakshmi Nepram
Women Gun Survivors' Network
Shocking stories are still making headlines though, such as the case involving a Danish tourist who was attacked by a group of men earlier this week. In Calcutta a girl was gang-raped twice and then set on fire - in three separate incidents. Crime figures from India's National Crime Records Bureau suggest the number of rapes is on the rise, and that one is committed about every 22 minutes.

Against this background, the makers of Nirbheek believe they have a valuable addition to the armoury of the scared Indian woman.

Anti-gun activists, however, are appalled at the idea.

"I am horrified, shocked and angered," says Binalakshmi Nepram, founder of the Women Gun Survivors Network in the north-eastern state of Manipur, who says it's the government's responsibility to ensure the security of its citizens.

"It's ridiculous that the state is talking about arming women... The authorities saying, 'Hey woman, come there's a new gun for you which will make you safer,' is an admission of failure on their part."

Thousands remembered Nirbhaya on the anniversary of her death
Nepram, whose organisation has been studying gun violence in eight Indian states for a number of years, says having a gun doesn't "make you safer, it actually enhances your risk".

"Our research shows that a person is 12 times more likely to be shot dead if they are carrying a gun when attacked," she says.

She also says to name Nirbheek after the rape victim is an insult to the memory of Nirbhaya, because she wouldn't have been able to afford it.

"In India, the annual income of most people is less than the cost of the gun. So to suggest that this gun will make women safer is bizarre."

How hard is it to acquire a gun?

First you have to get a licence.

Applicants have to be at least 21 years old, and must prove a "genuine reason", such as a threat to their life, or an interest in target shooting.

Revenue authorities and police carry out a "thorough check" of the applicant's background. They must undergo a medical check-up to prove they are physically healthy, of sound mind, and able to handle a weapon. If the applicant has a criminal record, their request is turned down.

Civilians can only own handguns. They are not allowed to possess automatic firearms.

A person can own a maximum of three guns and the licence has to be renewed every three years.

According to, an international firearm injury prevention group, India has 40 million privately-owned firearms - second only to the US - but only 6.3 million or 15% of them are legal. There are no accurate estimates of how many women are armed.

Manjit Singh, whose family owns five gun shops in Kanpur, says women in India rarely carry guns, and if they own one it is likely to be because they inherited it from their father or husband.

"No woman in India carries a gun. I've never seen it in my life," he says.

"In the last 10 years, we've seen maybe one or two women who've come to our shop for a gun. Women possess licences - in my home there are six women and they all have licences and they all have guns, but they have been bought by the men in the house."

Most public places in India do not allow guns - and many offices, malls, cinemas, theatres and markets are equipped with metal detectors to enforce this.

Even if the Delhi rape victim had owned a gun, he says, it would not have been much help, considering she was returning home after watching a film in a theatre in a mall where she wouldn't have been allowed to carry her weapon.

And if she had been armed, and she had shot any of her attackers the chances are she would have spent the rest of her life in jail on charges of murder, he says.

Anita Dua, a women's rights activist in Kanpur who acquired a gun about eight years ago, says she's never had a chance to use it.

"I work for women's issues and have been instrumental in sending many people to jail so I have made lots of enemies.

“I bought this revolver for personal safety, but I'm not allowed to carry it to most places, so it just remains, locked up in my house, gathering dust."

November 24, 2013

What Type of Failure is When Iranian Rockers Group Get Shot By One of Them in Brooklyn

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What The Media Is Getting Wrong About The Iranian Rockers Murdered in Brooklyn
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When Ali Akbar Mohammadi Rafie killed three musicians from the bands Yellow Dogs and Free Keys, then turned the gun on himself on November 11, the media mill went wild for the story. This particular tragedy had all the makings of a sexy scoop: blood and murder, rock n' roll, and the cherry on top — they were all Iranian.
"They fled the tyranny of Iran only to be executed by one of their own in New York City," the New York Post reported.
The Guardian's Paul Farrell, in an article titled, "The Yellow Dogs: the Dissident Rockers Who Made History in Tehran," described a band of rock n' roll deviants who made music against all odds. "They survived Iran," he wrote.
The media framed this story as the tragic loss of aspiring Iranian rockers who escaped oppression and persecution in an effort to pursue their dreams in a free society.
But there were two serious flaws with this narrative. Firstly, the notion that Iran is a tyrannical regime, that the only way to live in Iran is to survive it, as Farrell suggests, is blatantly false. Though there are rules in place that deny artists full freedom of expression, there is also a strong network of support for artists in Iran — galleries and private spaces that back artists and musicians while circumnavigating the rules of the regime. And in fact, there are thousands of musicians in Iran, not just performing underground, but also in public, and the art scene is not only present, but thriving.
In the case of the Yellow Dogs, though they were censured by the Iranian government and eventually sought asylum in 2009 in the United States, this was largely because of their appearance in Bahman Ghobadi's film, No One Knows About Persian Cats, which stirred controversy in Iran for its portrayal of this "underground art scene" and brought the Yellow Dogs onto the radar of the regime.
And conspicuously absent from these stories was perhaps the most crucial issue of all: the ineffectual laws that allowed Rafie, a non-U.S. citizen, to get his hands on a .308-caliber assault rifle in New York, a state where possession of such a weapon is prohibited.
Because this is not just an Iranian tragedy — this is an American one.
According to a New York Times report, the police were able to trace Rafie's Spanish-manufactured weapon as far as a gun shop in upstate New York that had closed five years before he even stepped foot in the U.S. in 2011. But that was it.
Since there is no national gun registry in the United States — no comprehensive digital database through which one might be able to trace the serial number of a weapon — there was no easy way to know how Rafie acquired the gun.
On Monday night, at a benefit concert for the Yellow Dogs held at Brooklyn Bowl, I ran into the critically acclaimed visual artist Shirin Neshat. An Iranian exile of over 30 years, she is also an active critic of the country in which she was born and raised, and which she eventually left.
Referring to the tragic events, she said, "This doesn't happen in Iran. This doesn't happen anywhere else. This kind of violence only happens in places that they don't have laws to control guns."
Neshat's statement was not far off the mark. According to, in 2009 the number of homicides by any means (gun-related or otherwise) in Iran was 2,215, while the rate of homicide per 100,000 people was 3.0.
Compare this to the U.S., in which the number of deaths by firearm alone was 31,347 that year, while the rate of all gun deaths per 100,000 people was 10.22.

The Free Keys | Facebook

May 21, 2013

Gun Sellers Comparing Guns to Having Gay Rights

"Some people dislike gays. Others dislike guns. We should not base our laws on personal dislikes," reads one ad

New campaign compares gun control to anti-LGBT discrimination (Credit: The Streets)
A new campaign cropping up around Washington state is intended to strike a chord with gay and lesbian gun owners by comparing gun control to anti-LGBT discrimination.
The illustrated posters feature slogans like, “We won our right to marry, now it’s time to defend our right! And we sure as hell aren’t going to take shit from homophobes in the process!” and, “Some people dislike gays. Others dislike guns. We should not base our laws on personal dislikes.”
A QR code on the ads directs curious readers to an anti–gun control website that calls armed self-defense a human right and offers quizzes with questions like:
The proper response to an arson is …
1) prohibit you and other law-abiding citizens from buying gasoline.
2) prohibit you and other law-abiding citizens from buying any flammable fluids, matches and lighters.
3) prosecute the perpetrator of the crime.
As the Stranger reports, the campaign’s origins remain something of a mystery:
“Nale Dixon,” who’s credited for drawing the cartoon of the gay couple, returns no search results online. The pro-gun website is run by a dude named Oleg Volk, “An American,” but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s responsible for papering the hill with them. Without someone to credit, it’s impossible to glean the posterer’s intentions.

May 7, 2013

NRA& GOP Getting Married Looking for Either Pastor or Priest That Packs

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was among the GOP politicians last week at the National Rifle Association convention in Houston. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was among the GOP politicians last week at the National Rifle Association convention in Houston. Editor's note: Paul Waldman is a contributing editor at The American Prospect and the author of "Being Right Is Not Enough: What Progressives Must Learn From Conservative Success." Follow him on his blog and on Twitter

(CNN) -- The annual festival of conspiracy theorizing, belligerent fist-shaking and anxious masculinity known as the National Rifle Association convention came to Houston over the weekend, and it was everything the organizers hoped it would be.
Tens of thousands of attendees perused 500 booths where you could look at guns, buy guns, learn about guns, talk about guns and maybe weep about guns, along with plenty of training courses to prepare you for the day when society breaks down and you finally get the chance to use that arsenal to defend your home against marauding gangs of cannibals. 
One favorite was the trainer who advised people to keep a gun locked up in their kids' room. Because what could possibly go wrong? Oh yeah -- accidents. They could shoot each other, such as the 5-year-old who recently shot his 2-year-old sister, or the 13-year-old who shot his 6-year-old sister.
Paul Waldman
Paul Waldman
Prominent politicians who appeared included Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former presidential candidate Rick Santorum, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Sarah Palin. They have something in common, beyond the fact that they've all run for president before or might in 2016. Like the NRA itself, they all camp out on the conservative fringe but are nevertheless convinced that they represent the mainstream.
This being an NRA gathering, there were media figures and politicians aplenty. Glenn Beck, fresh off suggesting that a man who shot himself last week at Houston airport's was a part of a Reichstag fire-like conspiracy to pave the way for a fascist crackdown on Americans, gave the keynote address.
Perry, who calls Social Security "a monstrous lie" and has flirted in the past with the idea that Texas should secede from the United States, thought that what Americans wanted in a president was Yosemite Sam without the intellectual pretensions. Turned out, not so much.
Jindal recently suffered a political setback when he proposed cutting the (progressive) income tax and raising the (regressive) sales tax, I guess because poor people in Louisiana have just been having it too easy. Even his conservative state recoiled, and Jindal's approval ratings plummeted.
Cruz has cut a McCarthyite swath through Washington in his four months there, leading to rare agreement between Republicans and Democrats that he's an enormous jerk. Naturally, he's seriously considering a run for president in 2016.
And as for the former half-term governor of Alaska? Well, you already know about her.
All of them believe they represent the real America, and if the country just had a chance to hear their unvarnished views, they could win the White House with ease. That most real Americans find that idea either laughable or terrifying doesn't seem to register with them. They're right at home with the NRA, which just selected as its president a man who still refers to the Civil War as "the war of Northern aggression," and has such a twisted view of liberty that he believes the freedom to buy an AR-15 at a gun show without having to fill out a form is as important as freedom of speech or religion.
Eighteen years ago, after a right-wing anti-government extremist bombed the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 men, women and children, NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre railed against the threat from "jackbooted government thugs" in "Nazi bucket helmets." In response, former President George H.W. Bush wrote the group an outraged letter defending those who work for the government, including one Secret Service agent killed in Oklahoma City who had worked on Bush's detail in the White House. "He was no Nazi," Bush wrote, and resigned his NRA life membership in disgust.
In the time since, the NRA has become even more extreme, even more paranoid, even more ensconced in its self-reinforcing world in which guns are all that matter. There may be a few Republicans who now have the courage to stand up to them. But there are still plenty such as Perry, Cruz and Palin, who will troop to their convention and jump into their festering pool of anger and fear. They don't seem to realize how it makes them smell.

April 19, 2013

A Pro Gun Idiot Tweeting About The Lady that Got Shot on The Head

Burn it down. Burn Twitter to the ground. The tittle says idiot not because he likes guns but because he is an idiot.
The exchange start here:
Of the many, many, many fine citizens who have sorely tested our hippie nonviolent ways this week, we may have finally found a winner. See that tweet up there? Yeah, it is right there, and it is fairly self-explanatory, but here is a TINY bit more background:
Gabby Giffords, the former congresswoman who posted the tweet evincing sadness that the Senate’s Syphilitic Dick Caucus had successfully filibustered a modest, watered-down gun-background-check bill, was once SHOT IN THE FUCKING HEAD.
Then she and her husband, Astronaut Mike Dexter Mark Kelly, started lobbying for some mild, common sense regulations regarding WHAT KIND OF FUCKING LUNATICS ARE ALLOWED TO HAVE GUNS.
They showed up places. She gave testimony, which she haltingly read. People cried, because of how we are liberal pussies. And when other, bad, people tried to make some sort of vague, ridiculous GOTCHA points about how Gabby Giffords in fact had not hand-written her own testimony, BECAUSE OF HOW SHE CAN’T WRITE NOW BECAUSE SHE GOT SHOT IN THE HEAD, other people told them to shut their fucking poo-mouths, which might have, conceivably, made them feel “bad.”
And that is bullying. Where are the bills to keep Gabby Giffords from bullying innocent senators? Maybe the American Family Association can weigh in on this. After all, gay kids can just go kill themselves already, but Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake is a precious princess.


April 8, 2013

Why Gay Rights Are Going At The Speed of Light but Gun Control Wont Move Off The Ground?

Michael Kiefer, of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., checks out a display of rifles at the 
world's largest 
gun and outdoor trade show in Las Vegas. (AP PHOTO/JULIE JACOBSON)

Support for same-sex marriage has become a mainstream political position at head-spinning speed, but that is far from true when it comes to gun control. The diverging trajectory is in a sense bewildering. There are no bandwagons for new gun safety laws, no senators rushing to the cause on a near daily basis. There’s only a slog against long odds.
Polls so far this year on same-sex marriage suggest that slightly more than half of Americans favor it. There are higher levels of support – in some cases much higher – for many gun control provisions under discussion. So why all the friction and angst over guns, but not gay marriage?
Though the intimidating electoral clout of the National Rifle Association is a factor, the deeper question is, why is the NRA pressure working? Why are some politicians so wary of proposals that have such widespread support and that would, if applied to other products and behavior, seem unremarkable? Why are gay advocates having so much success while the parents of murdered children, and even a former congresswoman shot in the head, are having to fight so hard for what seems like common sense to so many?
Demographics offers one answer. Acceptance of gay marriage in the political world is being driven in part by polling that shows overwhelming support for it among young people. By contrast, at least two polls this spring show there is no corresponding generation gap on guns.
People aged 18 to 34 are slightly more supportive of universal background checks than older people and a bit less supportive of limits on the size of ammunition magazines, according to a new Quinnipiac poll. Those aged 18 to 39 are more likely to oppose a ban on assault weapons, a Washington Post/ABC poll found. However, both polls found the younger groups back the general idea of new restrictions on guns and most specific proposals at about the same level as the rest of the country.
The relative power of the lobbies on guns and gay marriage is another factor. The NRA is wealthy and widely feared. Christian conservatives are influential, but they are underfinanced and their peak impact arguably is in Republican primary contests in states like Iowa and South Carolina. In the gay marriage fight in particular, they have been unable to muster convincing evidence for their central argument that same-sex marriage will damage traditional marriage. The Constitution also does not provide any wind at their back. If anything, its equal protection clause helps backers of gay marriage, as does the “full faith and credit” clause requiring that the states recognize and honor each other’s laws.
The Second Amendment establishing the right to bear arms, not to mention the mythology that’s grown up around it, is a tougher challenge for gun-control advocates. There is no constitutional ban on regulating guns, as conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia explained in a seminal 2008 opinion. But the ruling also upheld the right of individuals to own guns and struck down Washington, D.C.’s ban on handguns, so it is remembered as a great victory not for gun regulation but for for gun rights. And subtleties aside, there is simply no stronger – or shorter – rallying cry for the NRA and its allies than the second half of the Second Amendment itself.
There’s some punditry suggesting that Obama’s statement of support for gay marriage nearly a year ago may have helped move public opinion in its favor, by providing some political cover, at least for fellow Democrats. But his impact seems marginal at best, and he is probably not going to do much better nudging Congress on guns. Still, the administration is doing what it can with the bully pulpit, and could help clear up the mistaken impression among some that strong laws such as universal background checks are already on the books. Obama, Michelle Obama and Vice President Biden are slated to hold gun-related events throughout the week, starting with an Obama speech Monday in Hartford, Conn.
Finally, there is the matter of who you know. Twenty-five years ago, only about 20 percent of Americans were telling pollsters they had a gay relative, friend or co-worker. But in a Wall Street Journal/NBC poll in December, 65 percent said they personally knew or worked with someone who is gay or lesbian. Visibility -- coming out to friends and family -- has been a pillar of gay strategy, and has helped shift issues like marriage and military service from the fraught ideological arena to a more mundane reality.
The personal is the political, there’s no disputing that. Just look at who is leading the push for new gun laws: Gabby Giffords, Virginia Tech students, Newtown and Aurora parents, and on and on. But as of now, only about 20 percent of Americans say they personally know a victim of gun violence. Will that number climb to 65 percent before it becomes urgently fashionable to support tighter gun laws? Surely the bandwagon will begin rolling on Capitol Hill, however slowly, before it comes to that.

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