If the 14 mass shootings cited by Harvard were the result of Muslims killing in the name of Islam, how would our society have reacted? Is "terror" only the beheading of a journalist on video or it is also the madman who enters a movie theater and sprays the moviegoers with bullets?
While gun violence can happen anywhere, as Ottawa shows, it happens much more in the United States than any other developed country. Why the discrepancy? The full answer is complicated, but one of the driving factors is not.
The real reason that the gunnies want to push physicians out of the discussion about gun violence is because the NRA and its allies want to disconnect gun ownership from violence to make their products more acceptable, more enjoyable, more normal for every dad and mom.
As we face a plague that could spread with the scale and devastation of AIDS, Congress is once again playing partisan and petty politics.
I'm not in any way opposed to using a gun or anything else for genuine, self-defense. But I am opposed to the shameless pandering of the NRA and other gun promoters to the childish fantasy that if you walk around with a gun, that you're protecting yourself or others from harm.
He is still out there--three weeks now. Hiding in a glen filled with moss and night. Or caught in that bear den. No warm fires. No shots anywhere. Just out there hugging the barrel of a cold AK47.
If 30,000 Ebola deaths in Africa constitutes an epidemic, what do you call 30,000 gun deaths which have occurred every year in America for the past twenty years?
And every time the NRA has a week as bad as this one, the American public wins.
I do not carry automatic weapons in the woods. I do not feel as a sportsman they are necessary for survival. Skill is necessary, civilization is also necessary if we are to live in peacetime again. FREIN knows otherwise.
You can't go anywhere--you can't really move left or right in town without someone talking, or just inhaling the word FREIN. It breathes through the trees, the white pine and the oak.
I would like someone to explain to me why we need more research on the characteristics of gun violence to understand why 100,000 deaths and injuries from guns each year constitutes a risk to health.
Less than 48 hours after a nine-year-old little girl accidentally killed the instructor who was teaching her at the gun club how to use an Uzi -- yes, really, an Uzi -- the gun corporation-owned NRA sent out a tweet about all the great fun that the kiddies can have at the shooting range.
The crime of killing someone is now turned into a battle of narratives where the only other person who could challenge the narrative is dead, and millions of people simply believe that the unarmed black man deserved his fate.
The National Rifle Association is in a quandary. The organization's leadership, which is sullied by a long history of sexism and misogyny, must continue to grow its market for guns in order to protect gun manufacturers' profits.
Florida physicians are caught in the National Rifle Association's crosshairs of censorship. That's the gist of the ACLU Foundation of Florida's argument in a brief filed this week with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in the case of Wollschlaeger vs. Governor of Florida.
You would think that conservative gun groups like the NRA or the GOA would be rallying around the Brown family, and demand justice. But they haven't even mentioned such an event.