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There are those who never saw a deadly weapon they did not love and feel that the more weapons in society the better. We who reserve love for living beings respectfully demur. True patriots need no weapons; they know that they and their neighbors have each other's backs.

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Real tough guys speak out on weapons of war
The real tough guys weren't at the Capitol on 6 January 2021. They were taking time to tell their truth about the gun violence that plagues the USA.

Nonsense and non-sequiturs in defense of "freedom"
By Anonymous

In the aftermath of our recent national spate of gun-totin' insanity (Lewiston, ME, Oct. 2023) a friend has re-posted a meme on Facebook suggesting that "gun control" is rendered foolish by virtue of a comparison of crime rates in Chicago and Maine. Hmmmmm?

Apples and Oranges, I fear. Cannot let this one slide, especially this week.

Maine has a current population density of just 43.1 people per square mile, over an area consisting of 35,380 square miles, which makes it the least densely populated state in New England, the American northeast and the eastern seaboard, as well as all states with an Atlantic coastline and all of those states east of the Mississippi River. In short, at any given moment there's hardly anyone to shoot.

By comparison, almost a quarter of Illinois' population is living in Chicago due to the job opportunities there. The city's population density is 4,593 people per km2 (over 100 times that of Maine). In August, they're all riding the EL, smelling after a day's work and frustrated at every little thing, and they're inches apart.

Assume one person in ten thousand is angry or crazy enough to be homicidal. In Maine there would be 134 dangerous persons in 35,385 sq mi and in Chicago 269 in 234 sq mi.

In Maine the nearest dangerous person is thus occupying (35385/134) sq mi or about 11.5 million sq ft, or about 3,827 feet away (a mile is 5,280 feet).

In Chicago that person is standing in only 37,892 sqft or about 100 feet away, i.e., in your own back yard. If the population of dangerous people is five per ten thousand, one is sharing your bedroom.

Despite the obvious intent, the meme has nothing to do with the Second Amendment or personal liberty generally. When that was adopted in 1791, the nearest angry or crazy person (white, as nonwhites were not then counted in the census) was about 55 miles away and carrying a muzzle loading rifle that took two minutes to load and was about as likely to explode in his face as to launch a projectile.

How does gun control work? Japan — a country with which my family has proud connections — has a total homicide death rate of 0.02:100,000. It takes a long time and a lot of demonstrable training and paperwork to qualify to own a gun, and then never a handgun or semi-automatic anything. The US rate is 12.2:100,000, or SIX HUNDRED AND TEN TIMES AS HIGH. The difference is gun control.
Lewiston, Maine grapples with aftermath of mass shooting
LEWISTON, Maine, Oct 26 (Reuters) - Residents of Lewiston, a hard-bitten former mill town in central Maine, struggled on Thursday with a new reality: the scourge of American mass shootings had arrived.

Eighteen people were killed in gunfire in Maine’s second-largest city on Wednesday night, rocking a tightly knit community and shattering the state’s image as a haven from the types of violent crime seen elsewhere in the country.

“I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Mike Asselin, 66, a lifelong resident of Lewiston, who was smoking outside of his home a few miles from the bowling alley where police say seven of the victims were shot dead.

Richard Valdmanis - Reuters

Regulating guns impossible, or impractical, or maybe not
"JUST BECAUSE I'm paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get me" goes an old joke. But the concept drives many gun enthusiasts and hunters. Many truly believe that any regulation of weaponry is a move toward seizure.

In fact, the opposite "grab all guns" fringe is very, very small. Most citizens acknowledge the inevitability of firearms and simply favor common sense regulation of weapons, ammunition and access, not prohibition, never mind the assertions of the National Rifle Assn. (a lobbying organization of profit-driven public relations hacks masquerading as a civil liberties group).
Time writer examines "good guy" hypothesis
In the 10 years since Sandy Hook, “good guys with guns” have been present or quickly arrived at the scene of nearly every major mass shooting and failed to stop the gunman before he was able to take multiple lives. “Good guys with guns don’t always win gunfights”

A Harvard University study that analyzed data from 2007 to 2011 found that of more than 14,000 crimes in which a victim was present, just under 1% involved a gun used in self defense. The Harvard Injury Control Research Center also found that self-defense gun use is “rare and not more effective at preventing injury than other protective actions.”

That has led many who have studied mass shootings to conclude that by the time someone with the intent to kill shows up at a school, or a supermarket, or a house or worship with a gun, it’s too late to stop bloodshed. “The best way to prevent problems is to go upstream and really try to prevent things rather than wait until they’re about to happen, ...There’s no reason why we need to have AR-15s or AK-47s in civilian hands. That’s sort of crazy.”

Sanya Mansoor — Time — 2022

Originalism? Hardly. That thar gun law ain't so newfangled
To hear defenders of unrestricted gun possession and the inevitably resulting violence one would think it had always been true. 'Tain't necessarily so. Here's a sampling of research into those self-serving claims.

"'Tombstone had much more restrictive laws on carrying guns in public in the 1880s than it has today,' says Adam Winkler, a professor and specialist in American constitutional law at UCLA School of Law. 'Today, you're allowed to carry a gun without a license or permit on Tombstone streets. Back in the 1880s, you weren't.' Same goes for most of the New West, to varying degrees, in the once-rowdy frontier towns of Nevada, Kansas, Montana, and South Dakota."

"The Wild West wasn't exactly full of quick-draw shootouts, clean-shaven cowboys, and tumbleweed. Historically inaccurate Western movie tropes change how we view the bygone era, from erasing certain groups to promoting a fictional view of the frontier that distorts the truth. Most frontier towns followed strict gun control laws, for example, which banned open carrying. And men avoided duels on main street - instead, it was easier to ambush your enemies outside of town." (Gun-totin' "real men" haven't changed much, it appears. -Ed.)
Review of firearms deaths shows few surprises
This study demonstrated that black and white men were most impacted by firearm deaths, and that firearm homicide and suicide rates increased between 2019 and 2020 for nearly all racial groups. The authors suggest that prevention efforts should focus on specific demographic factors and articulate the urgency to mitigate firearm-related deaths in the US.

This study found a recent spike in firearm homicide death rates between 2019 and 2020, particularly affecting men and the black population. A national priority in dismantling structural racism is important to address disparities in firearm violence as indicated by our study. Disparities within the population were striking. Black men were 30 to 50 times more likely than white women to die from homicide by firearm. The authors suggest that only changes in social organization, coupled with reductions in available firearms, might have an effect on the rates of suicide and homicide.

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Cultural precursors of today's gun obsessions
Writing in Politico, Colin Woodard observes: "The reasons for these disparities go beyond modern policy differences and extend back to events that predate not only the American party system but the advent of shotguns, revolvers, ammunition cartridges, breach-loaded rifles and the American republic itself. The geography of gun violence — and public and elite ideas about how it should be addressed — is the result of differences at once regional, cultural and historical. Once you understand how the country was colonized — and by whom — a number of insights into the problem are revealed."

Absolutely worth your next 15 minutes.


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No Secret Guns!

Where are the guns?

Secret arsenals allow the violent and the criminal among us to strike without warning. The simple ownership of a gun is not in itself a predictor of dangerous intent, but when multiple factors intersect, the probability of violence becomes palpable. In such cases, silence is itself criminal. Such factors include
  • a history of violent behavior, publicly or domestically
  • making verbal threats or engaging in threatening physical intimidation
  • publication of hateful or threatening materials on line or in print
  • assertion of the right to harm others to achieve some personal end or rectify some supposed wrong in lieu of pursuing normal legal remedies
  • possession of ammunition beyond any reasonable purpose and/or capacity to employ such ammunition
  • carrying weapons into tense situations
  • et cetera
Wherever two or more of these factors intersect, families, friends, neighbors and citizens have a right to protect themselves, and the state should intervene to remove the potential for violence, including confiscation of weapons. Specifically, there should be No Secret Guns!
Poet accuses the other NRA
The other NRA must be saddened by its ubiquitous presence on the Web of this callous and unfair accusation reposted numerous times on Twitter or Facebook. Please, please don't repost elsewhere (or throw me into 'dat briar patch)!

New York attorney general sues to dissolve National Rifle Assn.
In a copyrighted article by Carol D. Leonnig, the Washington Post reports that "The chief executive of the National Rifle Association and several top lieutenants engaged in a decades-long pattern of fraud to raid the coffers of the powerful gun rights group for personal gain, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday by the New York attorney general, draining $64 million from the nonprofit in just three years.

"In her lawsuit, Attorney General Letitia James called for the dissolution of the NRA and the removal of CEO Wayne LaPierre from the leadership post he has held for the past 39 years, saying he and others used the group’s funds to finance a luxury lifestyle."

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NRA Silent on Saugus High Shooting
The NRA has yet to comment on the most recent school shooting in California. The firearms lobbying group is generally expected to recommend thoughts and prayers in its usual way. Film at 11.
Right Wing Terrorism Scores a Two-fer
Twenty-nine persons were executed Saturday and overnight by right-wing extremists for the crime of being alive in America.

Saturday a young white man opended fire first in the parking lot and then inside a Walmart store near El Paso, Texas. He killed 20 persons and wounded 26 others. Victims ranged from early childhood through their senior years.

At 1:00 a.m. today another shooter shot nine persons and wounded many others on a popular entertainment neighborhood of Dayton, OH.

This would be a good time to "do something," you're probably thinking. May I suggest not renewing your membership in the National Rifle Assn., or perhaps rethinking your vote for Donald Trump.