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Happy Mother's Day: 17 hurt at New Orleans Mother's Day parade shooting (+ another child shooting)


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The bad news: There was yet another mass shooting, one of the victims being a 10-year-old girl who was grazed and thankfully is in good condition. The good news: There were no deaths.

Happy Mother's day:

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Gunmen opened fire on dozens of people marching in a Mother's Day neighborhood parade in New Orleans on Sunday, wounding at least 17 people, police said.

Three suspects were seen running from the scene. Raw video at the link.happy_mothers_daymother's day shooting

Sadly, yesterday, there was another shooting of one small child by another. Via TPM:

A five-year-old boy in Denton, Texas was left in critical condition after he was shot in the head by his eight-year-old friend Saturday morning. According to the Denton Record-Chronicle, the police said the two boys were alone in the bedroom when the older child found a .22 caliber rifle, pointed it at the other boy, and shot him.

The boy is in critical condition.








Hey kids! Cold outside? NRA children's magazine says you should build shooting ranges inside your house!


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Here are my recent posts from only the last week or so relating to children and guns:

Now this from Think Progress:

A ThinkProgress review of the NRA children’s magazine, InSights, found another piece of disturbing advice: kids should build target ranges inside their homes. The article, “BB, It’s Cold Outside,” ran in the January 2013 edition of InSights.

It sure did:

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Okay, that's not disturbing at all.

Who can resist a sweet little cherub with a rifle? Don'tcha just wanna pinch his cheeks? Well, yes, actually I do, he is adorable. But I'd rather pinch his parents' and the NRA's judgment... really, really hard:

While the article does tell kids to follow standard firing range safety rules and ask adult permission before setting up the indoor range, here are some other tips it offers:

– “Eliminate ricochet with a proper backstop. You have no idea how bouncy a tiny metal ball can be until you hear one whizzing by your head.

“There are plenty of indoor range setups you can find on the internet.”

– “You don’t want people opening a door or looking in a window to see a BB gun pointing at them.”

– “While you’re thinking of cool stuff to use as targets, also keep in mind how you’re going to set them up in your range. Hanging targets work great, by the way.

– “When you’re trying to improve accuracy, BB guns are the best. If you have a habit of flinching when pulling the trigger, BB guns will help you work that out.”

Because, see, BB guns aren't really guns, they're just funsy practice playthings that shoot little bouncy balls. Bouncy balls that can maim or kill.

[The article] is addressed to children who are “shooting a real gun now” but can’t wait to practice until it’s warm enough outside to make firing one fun...

How many little ones would you trust to remember every safety tip, adhere to them, and shoot accurately? I have really good kids, but when they were very young, they simply couldn't be counted on to act as mini-adults. Not even my perfectly perfect twins.

No child is 100% responsible. Nor are 100% of adults, for that matter, as all these articles document. And little ones can't be expected to have the coordination and maturity to know which is more lethal, a BB gun or a real one.

Yet companies like Crickett and organizations like the NRA are more interested in sales than they are in saving lives.

Think Progress has more.

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Poll-itics: Americans back Pres. Obama's gun safety proposals; Seven of nine have bipartisan support.


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91% want background checks. 91%. 67% want a ban on armor-piercing bullets. 60% are for an assault weapons ban. And 54% want to limit ammo magazine capacities to 10 rounds or less. Clear? Clear.


The question does not tell respondents that all nine proposals come from Obama's recently released plan to reduce gun violence; however, the wordings used to describe them intentionally follow the White House's "Now Is the Time" plan descriptions. [...]

Although Democrats show more support than Republicans for each proposal, majorities of both partisan groups favor seven of the nine proposals.


Police: Fla. teen who bought gun illegally accidentally shot off his penis and testicle. Got regret?


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The following little, erm, mishap occurred last September, but I only just got wind of it today. Via, an NBC affiliate:

A teenager is recovering after police say he shot himself in the penis and testicle while cleaning a gun he just bought.... Smeriglio told police he bought the gun last month at a party.

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In light of all the gun talk these days, it seems appropriate to point out how very badly things can go when a firearm falls into the wrong hands.

Take these examples that my old pal @KagroX tweeted only minutes ago. The phrase "What could possibly go wrong?" comes to mind:

Second Amendment accidents.

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