Posts tagged "guns"

Texas Nears Approval Of Open-Carry Bill For Handguns

In the true fashion of Texas and its insane Wild West ways, the state is nearing the approval of a bill that would allow its gun-licensed citizens to casually walk around with visible hand guns at all times! The state’s House voted 96-35 on Friday to pass the bill, which allows folks to tote around…

By: Katrin Higher / April 18, 2015

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

Teacher Who Lived Through Most Recent School Shooting Has A Powerful Message That Needs To Be Shared

Earlier this week, a 15-year-old boy brought an assault rifle, a semi-automatic handgun, and several hundred rounds of ammo to Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregon. He shot and killed a 14-year-old classmate, Emilio Hoffman, in the boys' locker room before being cornered by police and taking his own life. The shooter got everything he…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / June 13, 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

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

2 Dead In Nevada Middle School Shooting

Details remain sparse, but Nevada police say two people are dead after a shooting at Sparks Middle School shortly after 7am local time this morning. The shooter is among the dead, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal, and Sparks' city manager says the shooter was killed by a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Two more people have bee…

By: Newser / October 21, 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

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

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

NRA Panders To Women With A Plethora Of Pink Products

This past weekend, the National Rifle Association held its annual convention in Houston, Texas. Around 70,000, pro-gun supporters turned out to see speakers like Bobby Jindal, Ted Nugent and Sarah Palin spread second amendment gospel. But there was also tons of shopping. Gun owners always be shopping! A large part of the convention was take…

By: Julie Gerstein / May 6, 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

Please Tell Me This Bra-Clad “Zombie Ex-Girlfriend Shooting Target” Is An April Fool’s Day Joke

I really, really, really want this to be an April Fool's Day joke. ZMB Industries, which manufactures shooting targets which all resemble zombies, has a "zombie ex-girlfriend" target of a bra-clad woman for presumably-male shooters to "kill." Put another way: practice murdering your ex-girlfriend, men! It's okay! Because she's a "zombie!" The Bleeding Ex-Girlfriend Target…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 1, 2013

RIP Society: Fifth Grade Boys Plotted To Rape, Murder Female Classmate

When I was a 10-year-old, the worst thing a boy did to me was put Scotch tape in my hair. If only! Proof that society is going down the toilet: two fifth grade boys in Colville, Washington, have first-degree murder conspiracy charges against them for plotting to rape and kill their female classmate. They were…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 1, 2013

Meet Natalie Foster, The Woman The NRA Thinks Will Make You Buy A Gun

This week, the National Rifle Association debuted Natalie Foster as the new video commentator for its website, the NRA News Network, to drum up support for the Second Amendment. Blonde and telegenic, Foster already blogs for her own site, Girls Guide To Guns, "dedicated to women who dig fashion and fire power," in which she…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 29, 2013
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