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Tone Deaf NRA Releases New “Practice Range” App

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Just weeks after the Newtown tragedy, and merely days after another shooting at a California high school, the fine folks of the National Rifle Association have decided that now is the perfect time to release a new mobile target practice app, aimed at helping gun owners to become more accurate shots. The app is packaged as an “information” tool, providing gun owners with safety tips (like “keep your finger off the trigger until you’re ready to shoot”) and state-by-state gun law information. But the target practice portion of the program is on there, too. It looks a lot like any other first-person shooter video game — you know, one of the many things besides actual guns that the NRA blames for gun violence — except this one is put out by the National Rifle Association, and it’s ostensibly aimed at improving the skills of real-life shooters.

And the truly great thing about the app? It allows users to switch up between guns. So you may start out with an M16, but for just a $1, you can upgrade to an AK-47. So awesome — anybody with a smart phone can practice shooting an assault rifle.

And oh, the Target Practice app is recommended for shooters ages four and up. Sick. [Gizmodo] 

Does Owning A Gun “Protect” Against Rape?

Fearing Guns
How a gun-loving West Texas girl learned to fear assault weapons. Read More »
Teachers With Guns
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Meet the Texas town which allows teachers to carry guns. Read More »
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Why owning a gun doesn't make you even more of a man. Read More »
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Last week was a heavy one for the people of India. One Wednesday, a 17-year-old girl who had been gang raped committed suicide because police were dragging their feet in bringing her justice. Then, on Friday, a 23-year-old woman who had been gang raped and brutally beaten died from her injuries, which included head trauma and having her intestines removed.

So today, I am not entirely surprised to read a piece about Indian women applying for gun licenses. Keep reading »

Woman’s Family Sues Online Gun Website Over Lack Of Accountability

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  • The family of Jitka Vesel filed a lawsuit earlier this month against Armslist.com for illegally selling a gun to the man who murdered her. Vesel was shot as many as 12 times in the parking lot of a Chicago suburb by a stalker. Her murderer was not  supposed to be able to legally acquire the murder weapon on Armslist.com, but was able to purchase it by paying an extra $200. [Think Progress]
  • Female avatars in the video game Second Life are more likely to be dressed in skin-revealing clothing, according to a study of 400 avatars. [Geekosystem]
  • Find out how Stanford University is bridging the gender gap in the computer sciences. [TechCrunch] Keep reading »

The Soapbox: On Proving Masculinity

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Bushmaster rifle ad equates gun ownership with manhood. Read More »
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Hello from out here in Man Card America, where proving your masculinity to the dude-friends who are vigilantly looking to revoke your “Man Card” if you get caught engaging in unmanly activities like being scared, doing what your girlfriend wants to do sometimes, enjoying a song by a woman, or drinking the wrong kind of cheap light beer is an ongoing campaign. If you look at the advertisements of the past several years, you’d think that having your Man Card revoked was, like, a real thing that could actually happen. Keep reading »

Meet The Texas Town Which Allows Teachers To Carry Concealed Guns

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Charlotte Allen of the National Review says men could have stopped it. Read More »
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How a gun-loving West Texas girl learned to fear assault weapons. Read More »
The Soapbox: Gun Control
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In the week following the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, where 27 people were murdered, everyone everywhere has been yakking about their opinion on guns. Some people think more people should carry guns, so they can protect everyone else from the “bad guys.” Other people — and I myself fall into this camp — say the less access to guns, the better.

The most hot-button area of focus has been on guns in schools and whether more guns in the hands of security guards, teachers or administrators will make students more safe. Heh, remember being a kid and seeing after school specials about how we should keep guns out of school?!

So I thought it would be interesting to check in with one small town in Texas that allows its teachers to carry concealed weapons. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: How A Gun-Loving West Texas Girl Learned To Fear Assault Weapons

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Scarborough On Guns
The shooting in Newtown made the pundit rethink his stance on guns. Read More »
On The Newtown Massacre
Thoughts from a woman who went through a violent attack at her school. Read More »

I love guns. I’m from West Texas — most of us harbor respect for guns, if not outright love.

I vacillate between the high sixties and the mid eighties, which is good for a woman who only gets to shoot trap once a year. I keep about the same record as my father, who shoots competitively and is a former homicide and narcotics detective.

My mother’s hips and knees can’t take the standing around anymore, but for most of her life she was just as good a shot as my father.

She smiles knowingly every time I hit a sporting clay.

“It’s because you’re a woman,” is her theory. “You have a lower center of gravity than men, which gives you a more solid stance.”  Keep reading »

Mommie Dearest: Explaining The Newtown Massacre To My Son

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Obama In Newtown
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Twenty-seven people were killed, including 20 children. Read More »

“It’s unthinkable.” That’s what headlines are proclaiming and friends are telling me about the absolutely devastating massacre in Newton, Connecticut.

Unthinkable.

For me, it’s the complete opposite. I can’t stop thinking about it. Since the first moment the internet started buzzing with slips of information, my mind latched on and couldn’t let go. Days later and it still hasn’t. I’m not sure it ever will.

Why?

How?

Why? Keep reading »

Bushmaster, Maker Of The Rifle Used In The Newtown Massacre, Equates Gun Ownership With Manhood

On the left is an ad for Bushmaster, maker of rifle used by Adam Lanza in Friday’s Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. It is part of a larger campaign which equates manhood with ownership of a firearm. The “Mancard” campaign lets users revoke a guy’s mancard (bottom right is an example of a revoked mancard for, seriously, an “Adam L”) for such offenses as using too much anti-bacterial soap, being a crybaby, ordering an appletini in front of another dude, and “being on a short leash.” However, the good news is that by buying a Bushmaster rifle, just like the one used to murder 20 children and six educators, your mancard is instantly reissued. Bushmaster will likely be pulling this campaign at any second, but the internet never forgets. [Bushmaster]

Shooting In CT
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The Soapbox: Gun Control
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You don't have to be a parent to be worried about guns. Read More »
Scarborough On Guns
The shooting in Newtown made the pundit rethink his stance on guns. Read More »

Joe Scarborough Says Newtown Has Made Him Rethink His Pro-Gun Stance

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Everyone should be worried about guns after the Newtown shooting. Read More »
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“… We have become so gun loving, so blasé about home-grown violence that in my lifetime alone, far more Americans have been casualties of domestic gunfire than have died in all our wars combined…

I’ve always taken a Libertarian approach to Hollywood’s first amendment rights, and gun collectors second amendment rights, and i stood by those libertarian beliefs after columbine, after aurora and after Arizona. Those young men who slaughtered innocents were crazy after all, and they would have found another way to klil their victims if their guns of choice were not available…I knew that day that the ideologies of my past career were no longer relevant to the future that I want, that I want for my children.” Keep reading »

The Soapbox: You Don’t Have To Be A Parent To Be Worried About Guns

Obama In Newtown
Watch the president address mourners at the Sandy Hook vigil. Read More »
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Amidst the Newtown tragedy, a furry paw of comfort. Read More »
Shooting In CT
Twenty-seven people were killed, including 20 children. Read More »
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“We’ve endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years.  And each time I learn the news I react not as a President, but as anybody else would — as a parent.  And that was especially true today.  I know there’s not a parent in America who doesn’t feel the same overwhelming grief that I do.”

– President Obama’s statement on the Sandy Hook School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

I have never been happier to see my daughter than the moment on Friday evening when I picked her up from her Girl Scouts pizza party. I made a beeline for her, hugged the stuffing out of her, kissed her and repeated. The repeat treatment was on behalf of a friend who does not have children, but loves her friends’ children as her own. Keep reading »

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