Posts tagged "gun violence"

Mommie Dearest: School Shootings, Toxic Masculinity & “Boys Will Be Boys”

Another school shooting. This time it took place at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Washington state. Fourteen-year-old high school freshman Jaylen Fryberg, pulled a gun out during lunch and began shooting, killing two 14-year-old girls, and severely wounding three other students before dying from a self-inflicted gun shot. Like with each school shooting before this one,…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / October 27, 2014

Renisha McBride’s Killer Sentenced To 17 Years

Theodore Wafer, the Michigan man who shot unarmed Black teenager Renisha McBride on his doorstep last year, has been sentenced to 17 to 30 years in prison for second-degree murder. In November, 19-year-old McBride had gotten into a car accident and knocked on the door of Wafer's Dearborn Heights home in the middle of the…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 3, 2014

This Domestic Gun Violence PSA Is Hard To Watch, But It’s So Important

When gun violence is addressed, the first thing that comes to mind are horrific mass shootings, but one of the most common victims of gun violence are women with abusive partners. Abused women are five times more likely to be murdered by their abuser if the abuser owns a gun, and more than half of…

By: Claire Hannum / July 31, 2014

15-Year-Old Girl Plays Dead After Abusive Ex-Uncle Murders Her Whole Family

Here's a story that has me heavy in the heart: Last night in Spring, Texas, a man looking for his ex-wife -- whom he had beaten in the past -- tied up and murdered the ex-wife's sister, brother-in-law, and four of their children "execution-style" after they would not reveal his ex-wife's location. Ron Lee Haskell…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 10, 2014

Gunman, Student Dead In Oregon School Shooting

A lone gunman and a student are dead in a school shooting this morning at a high school about 12 miles outside Portland, Ore., police are confirming, contrary to earlier reports that the only casualty was the shooter. The gunman opened fire at Reynolds High School while classes were in session at about 8am local…

By: Newser / June 10, 2014

“Outdoor Channel” Host Jim Burnworth Poses With His Daughter’s Prom Date … And His Gun

This is Jim Burnworth, from the Outdoor Channel's manly-men show "Choose Your Weapon," which is about varieties of hunting weapons and equipment. The pretty girl next to him is his daughter, Kaity. And the young man on the other side is Kaity's prom date, whom Burnworth is joke-threatening to shoot with his giant-ass guns. "My…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 5, 2014

Supreme Court Clarifies Federal Law On Domestic Violence Convictions & Gun Ownership

Today, the Supreme Court ruled on the federal law that criminalizes the ownership of guns by anyone convicted of domestic violence. The Court clarified that the term"domestic violence" should be broadly interpreted to include more than just physical force. (Not surprisingly, Justice Scalia just doesn't get why.) As Vice President Joe Biden has noted, gun

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 26, 2014

Marissa Alexander Faces 60 Years In Prison For Firing “Warning Shot”

Florida's State Attorney is pursuing 60 years behind bars for Marissa Alexander, a Black woman who fired a "warning shot" in the direction of her estranged husband and his two kids. In August 2010, Alexander's husband allegedly read messages from her ex on her cell phone and got so enraged that he strangled her neck…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 4, 2014

Gun Manufacturer In India Exploits Rape Fears With New Purse-Sized Revolver

A gun manufacturer in India has built a small revolver that can fit inside a purse in the hopes that women can use it if they're about to be victims of a sexual attack. But it's priced at around $2,000, meaning that only relatively wealthy Indian women will be able to protect themselves this way.

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 15, 2014

Renisha McBride’s Parents Speak Out About Murder Charges Against Theodore Wafer

Earlier today we learned about the charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter against 54-year-old Theodore Wafer in the death of 19-year-old Renisha McBride. On November 2, the Michigan man shot McBride in the face through a closed and locked screen door at his home when she knocked on his front door earlier this month after…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 15, 2013

Study: Gun Violence In Teen-Oriented Films Has Tripled

Well, this is concerning: Ohio State University and Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania have found that in the past 20 years, gun violence in PG-13 movies has more than tripled. When the PG-13 rating came into existence, it had the same amounts of gun violence as G or PG films. These…

By: Claire Hannum / November 13, 2013

Fashion Can Fight Gun Violence

It's hard not to feel powerless in the face of the frequent gun violence (especially after today's shooting at Los Angeles International Airport). Instead of just wishing she could help, Toby Milstein took action. Like countless others, Toby was distraught when she heard the news of the movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colorado, in 2012. She…

By: Claire Hannum / November 1, 2013

Marissa Alexander, Black Woman Sentenced To 20 Years For Firing Warning Shot At Abusive Ex-Husband, Will Get A New Trial

Marissa Alexander, a Florida mother who was sentenced to 20 years in prison in May after firing a warning shot at her abusive ex-husband, will get a new trial. In August 2010, Alexander's ex-husband allegedly read messages from her ex on her cell phone, became angry, strangled her and threatened to kill her. After the…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 26, 2013

RIP Society: 8-Year-Old Black Boy In Texas Shot In Face By White Man While Playing Tag

An eight-year-old boy in Dallas, Texas, was shot in the face on Tuesday in yet another horrific act of gun violence. Donald Maiden, Jr. was allegedly playing tag around an apartment complex when he was shot by 46-year-old Brian Cloninger. Police "have not been able to determine a motive," Raw Story reported. Cloninger, who wa…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 6, 2013

Anti-“Stand Your Ground” PSA Reenacts The Night George Zimmerman Shot Trayvon Martin

In what is sure to cause at least some controversy, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence has released this PSA in protest of the various "Stand Your Gun" laws around the country, reenacting the night Trayvon Martin was killed. In the video, we see a man (representing Zimmerman) following a young black man (representing Martin)…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 20, 2013

The Soapbox: Is It Wrong For Kids To Play With Water Guns?

Last weekend, families across the country gathered for hot dogs, fireworks, American flags, and clouds of bug spray. So much bug spray. My family was no different: we had our annual party at my sister's house. But our party was better this year: we had a kiddie pool and a bucket filled with squirt guns.

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 12, 2013

Jim Carrey Tweets Disapproval Of Violence In “Kick-Ass 2″

“I did Kick-Ass 2 a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence. My apologies to others involve[d] with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change of heart.” After 20 children and six adults were killed in the

By: Daley Quinn / June 24, 2013

Frisky By The Numbers: The Toddler/Terrorist Death Toll

The website Opposing Viewpoints revealed a rather sobering statistic this week: The number of people killed in the first five months of the year from gun deaths involving toddlers was nearly three times as many as from deaths involving terrorist attacks. Since January, there have been 11 deaths related to toddlers who somehow gained acce…

By: Julie Gerstein / June 14, 2013

“If Babies Had Guns, They Wouldn’t Be Aborted,” Says Republican Politician

Yeah, that's an actual thing an elected official said. Like, for real. Republican Rep. Steve Stockman of Texas tweeted the remark today, which is cringeworthy on multiple levels — not the least of which shooting people with guns doesn't sound very "pro-life" to me. Perhaps in his own well-documented twisted mind Stockman thinks that owning…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 12, 2013

Ann Coulter Calls For Meghan McCain To Be Killed. Yes, Really.

Remiss as I am to give Ann Coulter any attention, this is just obscene: the Fox News commenter wrote a blog post in which she suggested Meghan McCain, daughter of Sen. John McCain and a Republican commentator, should be killed. Coulter blogged on Fox about MSNBC host Martin Bashir, mis-stating (as NYMag.com explains) that he…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 11, 2013
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