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90 Women Murdered By Intimate Partners Or Family Members In The 8 Weeks Since The Newtown Massacre

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  • The gun lobby says us ladies need guns to protect ourselves. But reporter Melissa Jeltsen at the Huffington Post paints a different picture: guns in the hands of abusive partners kill women. A lot of women. People who have been convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence or who have a DV restraining order against them can’t legally purchase guns — so how do you explain far too many women being murdered with guns by partners or family? [Huffington Post]
  • Did former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton just launch a website for her her 2016 presidential run? Or is it just, you know, a pretty website? [The Stir]

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Hadiya Pendleton, 15, Performed At Obama’s Inauguration And Was Killed By Gun Violence Yesterday

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This is disgraceful: a 15-year-old Chicago high school sophomore named Hadiya Pendleton died yesterday in a park where she was murdered as a bystander to gang violence. Less than two weeks prior, Hadiya and her classmates performed in Washington, D.C., for President Obama’s Inauguration ceremony. The Chicago Tribune reports that Hadiya and other students from King College Prep School (one of the top prep schools in the city), were dismissed from class early on Tuesday and so they went to hang out in a park. A gang war broke out and Hadiya, a majorette and volleyball player, was caught in the fray. In addition to her death, a 16-year-old male classmate was also injured and is in serious condition. [Think Progress]

Cory Booker’s New Jewelry Line Is Made From Melted Guns

Newark, New Jersey mayor Cory Booker has been leading an initiative to get illegal guns off the streets of the city with police seizures and gun buyback programs. So far, the Newark Police Department has collected and cataloged more than 250 firearms and countless shell casings found at crime scenes, and now they’ve come up with an innovative way to recycle the weapons: melt them down and turn them into a series of steel and brass bracelets called The Caliber Collection. “The result,” according to the website, “is a series of pieces that embody the gun’s transformation from a destructive weapon to a powerful symbol of renewal.” Each of the handmade bracelets (which are surprisingly lovely) are etched with the serial number of the gun it used to be, along with the word “Newark.” Prices start at $150, and proceeds from jewelry sales will be used to fund gun buyback programs to get even more guns off the streets. “This [buyback program] is not a cure-all,” Booker recently explained on The Rachel Maddow Show, “but everybody has the power to do something small to make a difference.” [Buzzfeed]

Hottie: Cory Booker
The Newark, NJ mayor is politics' version of Ryan Gosling. Read More »
Fearing Guns
How a gun-loving West Texas girl learned to fear assault weapons. Read More »
The Soapbox: Gun Control
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You don't have to be a parent to worry about guns. Read More »

Tone Deaf NRA Releases New “Practice Range” App

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They deny any responsibility for the Newtown, CT shooting. Read More »
The Soapbox: Gun Control
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You don't have to be a parent to worry about guns. Read More »
Fearing Guns
How a gun-loving West Texas girl learned to fear assault weapons. Read More »

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 »
Proving Masculinity
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 »
Fearing Guns
How a gun-loving West Texas girl learned to fear assault weapons. Read More »
The Soapbox: Gun Control
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You don't have to be a parent to be worried about guns. Read More »
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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

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 »
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

The Soapbox: Gun Control
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You don't have to be a parent to be worried about guns. Read More »
Obama In Newtown
Watch the president address mourners at the Sandy Hook vigil. Read More »
Shooting In CT
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 »

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