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Over 50 Dead, 200 Wounded

High capacity clips and automatic weapons raised the death count to a new record in Las Vegas, Nevada, as a gunman fired full magazines into an outdoor concert, and kept firing until he was killed by police. The gunman shot from his hotel room and reloaded many times.

Ammosexuals across the nation will be talking about a good man with a gun, but the truth is, these incidents happen too quickly for a response by anyone. The record for the number of people injured or killed in a mass shooting incident will only rise.

How many more mass killings will there be before we finally stop this madness? This monster was 64 years old. He shot a bunch of kids having a good time at a country music concert. This angry, twisted monster was able to purchase guns that are primarily used for killing people. They serve no other purpose.

My boyfriend insisted a gun would keep us “safer” up until the day he shot me in the face — Quartz

I met Kenny in June of 2009. I was 22 and he was 34. I am a blues singer—he’d seen me at one of the many gigs I played that year in California, where I was living at the time. A mutual friend introduced us, and Kenny told me that he loved my voice. I…

via My boyfriend insisted a gun would keep us “safer” up until the day he shot me in the face — Quartz

Donald Trump Says Some Teachers Should Have Guns in Classrooms — TIME

In Donald-World, we all strap up to go to schools, and stores, and to the movies. What nonsense. Instead of being safer, we live under the gun from morning to night. And the kids who find guns and accidentally shoot themselves, and others? Collateral damage in Donald-World. There will be losses.

When do the kids walking home get to wear a side-arm? When do we reach the age of gun-bearing? Is this the world we want to leave our kids?

Donald Trump on Sunday said some teachers in the U.S. should be armed with guns inside their classrooms. The presumptive Republican nominee, who was recently endorsed by the National Rifle Association of America, made the comments during a Fox & Friends interview in which he was asked to respond to Hillary Clinton’s remarks about his…

via Donald Trump Says Some Teachers Should Have Guns in Classrooms — TIME

California Senate To Vote on Sweeping Gun-Control Measures — TIME

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — Democrats in the California Senate plan another attempt to outlaw the sale of assault weapons with easily detachable ammunition magazines known as bullet buttons as part of a wide-ranging slate of gun control bills scheduled for votes on Thursday. Nearly a dozen measures would significantly reshape California’s gun laws, already among the…

via California Senate To Vote on Sweeping Gun-Control Measures — TIME

This Is How Many People Toddlers Have Shot in the U.S. This Year — Fortune

Toddlers are somehow getting their hands on firearms, and the results are fatal. Last year, toddlers (children one, two, or three years of age) were shooting people, either themselves or others, at a rate of about one per week. The Washington Post reports that the pace has since picked up. In the first five months…

via This Is How Many People Toddlers Have Shot in the U.S. This Year — Fortune

Tennessee Now Allows Public College Faculty and Staff to Carry Guns — TIME

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — A bill allowing staff and faculty at Tennessee’s public colleges and universities to be armed on campus has become law without Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s signature. Haslam said in a statement Monday that he disagreed with the bill for not allowing campus leaders to make their own decision about allowing guns. But…

via Tennessee Now Allows Public College Faculty and Staff to Carry Guns — TIME

Gun Lovers

From BBC World

The gun craze in America is not unique. Gun lovers are everywhere. An article in BBC World describes the events that led up to the rise the gun culture in South Africa. It all sounds too familiar, and we learn a new phrase, “die swart gevaar”; the black threat. The threat is not black, or Muslim, or Christian. The threat is guns.

Illegal firearms have proliferated in poor communities, where the vast majority of gun-related deaths occur.

People often blame inner-city blacks for the crimes in places like Chicago, but the truth is much more complicated. Illegal guns flow into areas where crime is out of control. Out of control due to poverty and lack of economic solutions for the bottom rung, not the color of skin. It is the worst form of indignity. You create and un-livable situation, and then blame the people living there for the problem.

Lobby group Gun Free South Africa says that you are four times as likely to have your gun stolen from you than to use it in self-defence, based on research undertaken in 2000 and 2009.

The ridiculous notion that you can defend yourself with a gun is pure nonsense. Gun advocates always points out the rare instances when a person with a gun saves the day. It may happen once in a thousand times, but you cannot protect your home all day, every day. You have to sleep. And the chances are good that your gun will get stolen. Many do, and end up in  the hands of the very people you are trying to protect yourself from. Guns in the home kill a lot of innocent people, especially children.

Guns in America

Courtesy of HuffPo

It is not the terrorist shooter or madman that we need to fear. Guns kill about thirty people a day in the U.S.

Mental illness is often not the cause of these deaths. Crimes of passion, suicide, and accidents are  the cause. No one in Congress is talking about the real problem. Gun lovers don’t want to hear it. The real problem is guns.

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