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Man shoots and kills himself during gun-safety class at a gun range

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Another "responsible gun owner" causes human death, this time his own, from a self-inflicted gun shot to the head. And how ironically sad is it that it happened at a gun "safety" class.

Seattlepi.com:

Brian J. Parry is believed to have shot himself in the head with a pistol Sunday during a class at West Coat Armory, a gun range and dealer with outlets in Bellevue and Issaquah.

It gets worse. According to the report, this happened in front of more than a dozen people, and several children also witnessed the shooting. That won't scar them for life at all.

Participants paid $75 for three hours of instruction meant to teach students how to load and use pistols and revolvers.

Someone tell me again how more guns are a good thing? And why children should ever be around them?

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H/t: @supersinga

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VIDEO: Little League team raises funds by raffling off AR-15 rifle

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Nothing says family values better than an Illinois Little League raffling off AR-15 military-style rifles like the one Adam Lanza used to massacre six-year-olds at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and by the Aurora, Colorado shooter.

Yahoo:

The Atwood-Hammond group partnered with the local armory for the raffle, which launched on Tuesday. "It has been going gangbusters," Charidy Butcher, co-owner of the Atwood Armory, told RawStory.com. “My phone has been ringing nonstop since 4:30 this morning. It’s just been crazy."

Butcher said she's received calls from people as far away as Washington state wanting to enter the June 29 drawing. A ticket costs $20.

"Considered a deadly weapon by some"? Did I hear that correctly? So it's not "considered" a deadly weapon by others, just by some? What else could it be used for, a paper weight?

Think Progress:

[G]un manufacturers have worked hard to associate assault weapons with children. The industry has released ads and articles encouraging children to ask for an AR-15 for Christmas. In internal studies, manufacturers were advised to “start them young” and “target programs toward youth 12 years old and younger.”

Here is the ad that TP is referring to: Ad: Hey kids! “Who knows? Maybe you’ll find a Bushmaster AR-15 under your tree some frosty Christmas morning!”

Family values my ass.

Via reocities.com

Via reocities.com

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Sheriff's pro-gun radio ads to be paid by taxpayers. "This has nothing to do with public safety and everything to do with self-promotion."

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In my post Ad: Hey kids! “Who knows? Maybe you’ll find a Bushmaster AR-15 under your tree some frosty Christmas morning!” I included this story:

Before Calling 911, Sheriff Tells Residents To Get ‘In The Game’ With A Gun. Wisconsin County Sheriff David Clarke:

It’s no longer a spectator sport; I need you in the game, but are you ready? [...]

You can beg for mercy from a violent criminal, hide under the bed, or you can fight back; but are you prepared? Consider taking a certified safety course in handling a firearm so you can defend yourself until we get there. You have a duty to protect yourself and your family. We’re partners now. Can I count on you?

As you can see, Clarke is the same sheriff who made a fool of himself in the video above. Which he did over and over again whenever Piers Morgan gave him the opportunity. Which was often.

He's also the same sheriff whose scary, fear-mongery pro-gun radio ads (referred to as "safety messages" in his video) will be paid by taxpayers.

JSOnline:

Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. has been showered with free media time, including four appearances on two national cable TV outlets, to espouse his support for citizens arming themselves for self-protection.

But the local radio ads that launched the whirlwind of attention for Clarke were paid spots that will be billed to taxpayers through the sheriff's county budget, Clarke said Friday.

Clarke calls that "crime prevention." Or as I like to call it, negligence waiting to happen.

Here's one of his "safety messages":

Yes, families should consider getting gun training "so you can defend yourself until we get there."

What could possibly go wrong?

Say it with me, kiddies, the family that aims together, maims together.

Critics have said the ads discourage people from using 911 and instead promote gun proliferation. [...]

In an email, Clarke said his paid radio spots were not gun ads, but public safety announcements.

Supervisor John Weishan Jr. said the sheriff's ads did not qualify as something that promotes general welfare and safety and were an inappropriate use of public money.

"There is a way to do public service announcements to promote public safety," Weishan said. "This has nothing to do with public safety and everything to do with self-promotion."

Gee, ya think? And all at the taxpayers' expense. A twofer!

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Ad: Hey kids! “Who knows? Maybe you’ll find a Bushmaster AR-15 under your tree some frosty Christmas morning!”

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Kiddies? Meet Mr. Gun! Mr. Gun, this is Everychild USA! Now you two go play and have yourselves a great time! And remember! Safety first!

Oh my.

The firearms industry is wringing its profit-filled hands because shooting sports are declining in popularity. So what's a poor gun manufacturer to do? Why, what else? Team up with the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NBC Sports is one of their very special gun show sponsors) and the National Rifle Association to spend millions on "junior shooter" "recruitment and retention"!

Then those new mini-recruits will be all locked and loaded and can set out to recruit other youngsters! Hey boys and girls! Start shooting early on, and we've got you for life!

Genius!

Those sweet, innocent, vulnerable kiddies are the ripest target (no pun) ever! Indoctrinate them into a lifestyle chock full o' guns while they're young and impressionable and before you know it there will be a whole new market for one of the most talked-about products in stock: The good ol' Bushmaster AR-15, the very semi-automatic assault weapon that was used in Newtown to slaughter 20 children.

What could possibly go wrong?

That's right, moms 'n' dads, the folks at the NRA and in the weapons biz are trying their darnedest to convince you that guns can "provide a safe and healthy pastime" for your little ones.

Kinda reminds me of when the tobacco industry blasted out these handy dandy little messages:

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Via the New York Times:

The pages of Junior Shooters, an industry-supported magazine that seeks to get children involved in the recreational use of firearms, once featured a smiling 15-year-old girl clutching a semiautomatic rifle. At the end of an accompanying article that extolled target shooting with a Bushmaster AR-15 — an advertisement elsewhere in the magazine directed readers to a coupon for buying onethe author encouraged youngsters to share the article with a parent.

“Who knows?” it said. “Maybe you’ll find a Bushmaster AR-15 under your tree some frosty Christmas morning!”

The industry’s youth-marketing effort is backed by extensive social research and is carried out by an array of nonprofit groups financed by the gun industry, an examination by The New York Times found. The campaign picked up steam about five years ago with the completion of a major study that urged a stronger emphasis on the “recruitment and retention” of new hunters and target shooters. [...]

Military-style firearms are prevalent in a target-shooting video game and mobile app called Point of Impact, which was sponsored by the shooting sports foundation and Guns & Ammo magazine. The game — rated for ages 9 and up in the iTunes store — allows players to shoot brand-name AR-15 rifles and semiautomatic handguns at inanimate targets, and it provides links to gun makers’ Web sites as well as to the foundation’s “First Shots” program, intended to recruit new shooters.

Think Progress adds this:

Federal law prohibits the sale of rifles to those under age 18. But through programs at Boy Scout camps and 4-H clubs, the NRA trains children on how to safely shoot single-shot rifles. And, according to the report: “Newer initiatives by other organizations go further, seeking to introduce children to high-powered rifles and handguns while invoking the same rationale of those older, more traditional programs: that firearms can teach ‘life skills’ like responsibility, ethics and citizenship.”

And by "life skills" they mean "death skills."

but wait there's moreBefore Calling 911, Sheriff Tells Residents To Get ‘In The Game’ With A Gun. Wisconsin County Sheriff David Clarke:

It’s no longer a spectator sport; I need you in the game, but are you ready? [...]

You can beg for mercy from a violent criminal, hide under the bed, or you can fight back; but are you prepared? Consider taking a certified safety course in handling a firearm so you can defend yourself until we get there. You have a duty to protect yourself and your family. We’re partners now. Can I count on you?

Go read that one. Then down a strong alcoholic beverage.

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Army gets 1st Sikh enlisted soldier since 1980s

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I'm sure Michelle Malkin and the usual suspects won't even attempt to grok the difference between the Sikhs and the scary Mooslims.

FORT JACKSON, S.C. — The U.S. Army has graduated its first Sikh (seek) enlisted man in a generation after granting a rare religious exemption for his turban and beard because the military needs his language skills.

The turban, unshorn hair and beard are tenets of the Sikh religion. Army policies since 1984 had effectively prevented Sikhs from enlisting by barring those items.

Spc. Simran Lamba was recruited under a special program seeking speakers of two Indian languages, Hindi and Punjabi. The 26-year Indian immigrant from New Delhi completed basic training Wednesday at Fort Jackson outside Columbia and became a U.S. citizen.

He will be a combat medic.

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Military recruiters told to accept gay applicants

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An update on the court ruling on Don't Ask Don't Tell. Recruiters say they will go ahead and process those who say they are gay:

The Defense Department said Tuesday that it is accepting openly gay recruits, but is warning applicants they might not be allowed to stick around for long. [...]

Pentagon spokeswoman Cynthia Smith on Tuesday confirmed that recruiters had been given top-level guidance to accept applicants who say they are gay.

Recruiters also have been told to inform potential recruits that the moratorium on enforcement of "don't ask, don't tell" could be reversed at any point, if the ruling is appealed or the court grants a stay, she said.

As frustrated as many of us are feeling, we should be grateful that this isn't Uganda.

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