Kids and Guns: How Young Is Too Young?
WCHS CHARLSTON, WEST VIRGINIA – CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A powerful debate is underway across the country right now when it comes to kids and guns. How young is too young to shoot? In an Eyewitness News Special Report, we explore that question and find out what laws are in place in West Virginia to protect your kids. Many parents, whether they are hunters are just gun owners, want to instill in their kids a sense of heritage and respect for gun safety. But some public health advocates believe there is just no benefit in allowing kids to handle guns. Eyewitness News went to a firearms class designed specifically for children. Five kids were in the class, all between the ages of 8 and 11. [full article]
NEWS.VICE.COM, Nov. 21, 2014 - Business owners in the St. Louis, Missouri area have hired private military contractors to transport guns and gold, fearing their shops will be targeted by looters if a grand jury does not indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in the St. Louis County suburb of Ferguson. "There's a lot of people that brought in a lot of money to have people secure their assets," said Stephen King, owner of Metro Shooting Supplies gun shop, a 15-minute drive from Ferguson. King confirmed that gun shops in the area are hiring private military contractors to escort the transport of their guns to secure locations. A private military contractor who spoke to VICE News on condition of anonymity said that more than 300 private military contractors, or PMCs, have been contracted for work in direct response to Ferguson security concerns. [full article]
ABC NEWS, Nov. 21, 2014 - Federal authorities in Missouri charged two men with lying on forms to purchase guns ahead of the grand jury decision in the police shooting of Michael Brown. Olajuwon Davis and Brandon Baldwin only faced those charges as of late Friday, but sources told ABC News that authorities were looking into whether they tried to acquire ready-made explosives and other weapons ahead of the decision, which is expected soon. The two men are believed to be associated with radical groups and the charges that were filed were intended to "take them out of the rotation," said one source. Neither man had a lawyer listed on court documents. The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives played a part in the arrest. [full article]
FOX NEWS Nov. 21, 2014 - Tough new gun controls in the state of Washington had the director of a small-town museum ready to pull nearly a dozen guns from a World War II exhibit, until a local firearms dealer helped him ensure the display was legal. The museum director said Initiative 594, a law passed earlier this month, could spell trouble for the tiny museum. The exhibit features 11 guns of World War II vintage, on loan from various collectors. “It’s a financial hardship for them to pay for the fees to register the guns,” said Melissa Denny, owner of Pistol Annie’s Jewelry and Pawn in nearby Bonney Lake, told FoxNews.com. “So we decided to step up and help. It’s normally a $40 fee for each weapon. We just waived it for them. [full article]
WARONTHEROCKS.COM – Three problems plague the debate over whether all combat units should finally be opened to women. (Actually, there are four problems: The fourth and most important being the likelihood that there will be no real debate, something that I hope this article will help to mitigate). Most career soldiers and officers I know believe the integration of women into Special Forces teams, and into SEAL, Ranger and Marine infantry platoons, is already a forgone conclusion. From their perspective, politicians in uniform (namely, top brass) don’t have the intestinal fortitude to brook the vocal minority in Congress – and the country, really – who think mainstreaming women into ground combat units is a good idea. [full article]
THE NEW YORKER – On Friday, October 24th, during the busy lunch hour in the school cafeteria of Marysville-Pilchuck High School, in Marysville, Washington, Jaylen Fryberg opened fire on his classmates, killing one student and wounding four others, three of whom later died from their injuries. Then he killed himself. Just a week earlier, Fryberg had been crowned prince of the school’s homecoming court—he was a community volunteer, student athlete, and all-around “good kid.” But within hours of the shooting, that picture had changed. Quickly, media outlets analyzed his tweets, Facebook page, Instagram account, and his text and Facebook messages. He was “full of angst” and “anguished.” One media report concluded that “he just wasn’t in the right state of mind.”Another went further: he was a “depressed sociopath.” [full article]
TAKEPART.COM – America's gun laws may be lax compared with those of other countries, but the new availability of 3-D printing could put even more weapons in the wrong hands. While Philadelphia has already banned 3-D-printed guns, guest host Seena Jon thinks these weapons should techincally fall under the Second Amendment, forcing the country to rethink our stance on the right to bear arms. A proud gun owner, Meghan McCain maintains there's a difference between buying a gun from a reputable seller and printing your own. [full article]
It’s imperative that America’s 100 nuclear reactors remain impenetrable. The National Composite Adversary Force is working to strengthen security in nuclear power plants—by breaking into them. [full article]
CNBC.COM – In the United States, there are two different ways in which citizens can carry firearms: open carry, in which the weapon can be seen by a casual observer, and concealed carry, in which the weapon cannot. Because there has never been a federal law that covers the issuance of concealed or open-carry permits, states determine the extent to which they can be issued. All 50 states allow, at some level, concealed carry, but some states are considerably more restrictive than others. California, Florida, Illinois, Texas, South Carolina and New York (as well as Washington, D.C.) are the only states to prohibit open carry of handguns in public. [full article]
The Ignorance of Need
SHELBY MURDOC, Nov. 21, 2014 -- We’ve all heard it a million times. There’s no need for so many guns. What do people need with guns in their home? Why would someone need a 30-round magazine? Who needs a .50 caliber rifle? The people asking these questions will rarely be swayed by counter-questions like "who needs a car that goes 150 miles per hour," "who needs 64 gigabyte smartphones," or "who needs a five dollar cup of coffee." And that’s fine. Most of the people asking about the need for guns have already decided. Convincing them to change their mind is, in most cases, a complete waste of time. The best response is usually to ignore them and their questions.
When it comes to the laws of this land and the rights of America’s citizens, however, the proper response is to point out, politely and civilly, that it’s not the burden of the citizen to prove a need for gun ownership. And if the polite correction doesn’t work, the justice system should be utilized. [full story]
Everyone In America Is a Target
BOB ROGERS, Nov. 8, 2014 -- Years from now, gun rights and gun control politicians will look back on the 2014 midterm election as a template for winning. Both sides have claims for victory, though most of the celebrating can logically be claimed by pro-gun advocates. They, in fact, had a strong hand in seeing the election of generally pro-gun Republicans re-shape Congress by adding to their numbers in the House and by taking away the Senate from the mostly anti-gun Democrats while outnumbering state houses with governors, 32 to 18 with Republicans in the majority.
So what now? We saw the first of what will no doubt be a series of volleys from the gun control artillery; a more than $10 million effort in Washington state to by-pass the legislature and put on the general election ballot an initiative in favor of universal background checks, I-594. The billionaires won that battle convincingly. [full story]
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