links for 2010-11-03

  • The bullet nicked the middle finger on his right hand and dug into a nearby wall, said Torres, who carries a concealed weapons permit.

    "It just goes to show that you have to be very careful no matter how much safety you use or experience you have with guns. You have to be careful because anything can happen," Torres said.

  • Campus police confiscated an unloaded gun from a Bloomfield Middle School eighth grader before he entered school today, according to a Bibb schools news release.

    After a tip from another child's parent, school officials say, police searched the 14-year-old boy as he approached the school today.

    Bibb Campus Police Chief Daniel DeCoursey says they found the unloaded .25 caliber semi-automatic pistol in his pocket before 8 a.m.

    The gun had been left unsecured in the child's home, he said.

  • Going back to our original idea of how small is too small, just considering hand size alone we can make a very good decision using the following guidelines.

    • At a minimum, you need to have a grip sufficient to accommodate the middle and ring fingers

    • You need to be able to pull the trigger with natural trigger finger placement and range of motion without interference with either side of the frame or the support hand

    • You need to be able to handle and manipulate the gun to effect reloads and to clear stoppages as efficiently as you would a larger size gun

    • You need to be able to put two shots on an eight-inch paper plate at five yards in under two seconds from a ready position

  • On Sept. 28, math sophomore Colton Tooley opened fire with an AK-47 outside and then inside the Perry Castaneda Library at UT. No one was hurt or killed, except Tooley, who took his own life.

    Did somebody forget to tell Tooley the UT campus is a gun-free zone? I have been wracking my brain for the last few weeks trying to figure out how he was able to physically bring a gun onto the campus when the stated policy of the University is that students simply aren't allowed to have guns.

    My sense of security at UTD has been tragically shattered. I have been banking my feelings of personal security on the fact that UTD is officially "gun-free." The natural conclusion to this policy seemed to be that students are physically incapable of bringing firearms onto any part of the campus. Apparently this isn't the case.

    Now it's time to get real.

  • Tiller told the court Latham reached in his pocket to pay the bartender when either his hand or something else in his pocket set off the unholstered gun.

    Bennett told the court that carrying a pistol as Latham did, without a holster and with other items in his pocket possibly jammed into the trigger guard, was reckless.

    “We’re lucky no one (else) was injured,” Bennett said.

  • The five shot, two inch barrel of the Off Duty and Undercover Lite frame are made from 7075 Aircraft Quality Aluminum which assures superior strength. Both models weigh 14 ounces, with serrated front and rear notched sights and come with combat rubber grip panels that can be changed out to a Crimson Trace Grip.

    The Off Duty has an internal (DAO) double action hammer, allowing the firearm to be shot repeatedly through the pocket without snagging, while the Undercover Lite model has an external standard hammer. Both of these new models are an ideal choice for any concealed carry situation.

  • The perception that women are only ever victims of conflict ignores the large numbers of female combatants, which can result in their exclusion from disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration (DDR) programmes.

    The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) report, State of the World Population 2010: From Conflict and Crisis to Renewal: Generations of Change, released on 20 October 2010, acknowledges the role women play in forging peace, but cautions against the assumptions of women as nurturers and "natural peace-makers … [choosing] non-violent solutions rather than conflict whenever possible".

    Megan MacKenzie, a fellow of Harvard University's gender and security programme and now teaching at Victoria University in the New Zealand capital of Wellington, states: "Little is written about women and girls as agents within the civil conflict.

    (tags: guns)
  • Hartzler said during her Saturday speech at the Laquey VFW that she has a strong commitment to the right to carry guns.

    “As a woman, I think I should have the right to defend myself if I want to. The bad guy is going to have a gun, so don’t tell me I can’t protect myself if I want to have a gun in my car or in my purse,” Hartzler said.

    Hartzler said she voted against the proposal to put concealed carry to a public vote because that’s what the NRA wanted, along with Gun Owners of America, the Western Missouri Shooters Alliance, and many gun owners in her own district.

    “It seems like the constitution says we have the right to keep and bear arms,” Hartzler said. “We shouldn’t put basic rights and freedoms out to a vote, no more than I would support putting out to a vote should we have freedom of religion yes or no, freedom of speech, yes or no. Those freedoms are already ours.”

  • New York City residents who want to own a gun may soon be denied permits if they are litterbugs, if they are bad drivers, or if they have fallen behind on a few bills.

    Under proposed revisions to the police department's handgun, rifle and shotgun permit procedures, the NYPD can reject gun license applicants for a number of reasons, including:

    If they have been arrested or convicted of almost any "violation," in any state; having a "poor driving history"; having been fired for "circumstances that demonstrate lack of good judgment"; having "failed to pay legally required debts"; being deemed to lack "good moral character"; or if any other information demonstrates "other good cause for the denial of the permit."

  • St. Petersburg police Sgt. Tim Brockman, the department's training expert, said the best way to prevent such tragic accidents is to keep guns completely away from children.

    Firearms should always be locked in a safe, he said. If there's no way to lock the weapon away, Brockman said, then the owner should store the guns and ammunition separately.

    What about a weapon that's kept out for self-defense? Some small gun safes are designed to be quickly opened for just that purpose. But trigger locks are a controversial option. They can be tampered with, may not fit properly and can give a false sense of security. In the end, Brockman said, anyone handling a gun can't afford to let their guard down around children.

    "People always think it's never going to happen to me," he said, "and then it does."

  • SCCC argued that, in light of the fact that most colleges are open environments, lacking security measures such as metal detectors and bag checks, state laws and school policies that prohibit concealed carry on campus only serve to stack the odds in favor of dangerous criminals who have no regard for state law or school policy.

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