Raining again this morning along California’s northern coast — nothing to see here, let’s move along.
Not so in the US Mid-west and South yesterday and more bad-weather shit is expected as the systems move eastward: Wednesday’s expected severe storms are “capable of producing more widespread damaging wind gusts and have the potential for tornadoes,” the weather service said.
Hunker down, folks.
And crouch into the proper shooting position — guns, guns and even ammo clips still shakes the news cycle as the carnage mounts in the most-heavily armed nation on earth.
Gun nuts are just that — nuts! As in f*cking crazy.
(Illustration found here).
Unless some action is taken, get ready to fasten the gun belt before going outside:
Guns and cars have long been among the leading causes of non-medical deaths in the U.S.
By 2015, firearm fatalities will probably exceed traffic fatalities for the first time, based on data compiled by Bloomberg.
While motor-vehicle deaths dropped 22 percent from 2005 to 2010, gun fatalities are rising again after a low point in 2000, according to the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Shooting deaths in 2015 will probably rise to almost 33,000, and those related to autos will decline to about 32,000, based on the 10-year average trend.
And my calender indicates that’s just two years away — lock and load!
Armament found with the firefighter shooter in upstate New York on Monday — Webster, NY, Police Chief Gerald Pickering: One of the weapons recovered was a .233-caliber semiautomatic Bushmaster rifle with flash suppression, the same make and caliber gun used in the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn.
And free-market captalism always leans a hand as Bushmaster AR-15s have jumped 50 percent higher in price since the Sandy Hook massacre — “Everything that seems to be done politically just increases demand,” gun owner Bob Raetz said.
And the gun-fetish crowd has made a couple of news people into journalists — neither one in normal situations aren’t worth a shit as reporters.
The first is CNN‘s Piers Morgan, who during an slap-hard interview last week with Larry Pratt, director of Gun Owners of America (a full-blown gun-nut), Morgan eventually exclaimed: “You’re an unbelievably stupid man, aren’t you?”
Well, that rifled the feathers of half-crocked gun lovers who went for the White House online petition apparatus and quickly snagged nearly 50,000 signatures calling for Morgan to be deported, I guess back to his native Britain, for supposedly “attacking” the Second Amendment.
Of course, these nut-wads don’t comprehend the First Amendment.
Morgan seems to understand as he Twitted yesterday: “Wanting America to ban assault weapons & high-capacity magazines isn’t ‘anti-constitutional’ — it’s called ‘common sense.”
And the second usually-not-a-journalist journalist, David Gregory of NBC‘s ‘Meet The Press,’ used a 30-round ammo magazine from an automatic rifle as a prop during his way-contenious interview with the NRA‘s head nut-case, Wayne LaPierre, on Sunday — now Gregory is supposedly under investigation for having the clip, as they are outlawed in DC.
All nothing more than bullshit flak.
Using survey data on rates of household gun ownership, we examined the association between gun availability and homicide across states, 2001-2003.
We found that states with higher levels of household gun ownership had higher rates of firearm homicide and overall homicide.
This relationship held for both genders and all age groups, after accounting for rates of aggravated assault, robbery, unemployment, urbanization, alcohol consumption, and resource deprivation (e.g., poverty).
There was no association between gun prevalence and non-firearm homicide.
None in hand is better.