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Well, who da' hell woulda' thought?

Friend who bought Kyle Rittenhouse the rifle he used in Kenosha shootings agrees to a plea deal. Dominic Black, 20, bought an assault-style for the then-17-year-old prior to the fatal shooting of two protesters, and on Friday agreed to plead no contest for contributing to the delinquency of a minor and pay $2,000 to avoid possible conviction for two felony charges. Judge Bruce Schroeder, who oversaw the case against Rittenhouse and threw out a minor-in-possession charge against him before a jury acquitted Rittenhouse on all counts, is also handling Black’s case and is expected to rule on the plea deal at a hearing today.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2022/01/09/kyle-rittenhouse-dominick-black-plea-deal/9149545002/

How about that. A white guy commits two felonies and pleads down to $2000 fine. Rittenhouse was not charged with having a gun underage because there is a loophole in the state law to allow it for 'hunting'. I guess that applies. It certainly appears that he was looking for (er, I mean hunting) something. It was, after all, a BLM protest.

Meanwhile:
42 percent — the share of firearm homicide victims in 2020 that were Black men between the ages of 15 and 34, despite that group accounting for only 2 percent of the U.S. population.


Gun deaths and injuries are at a 15 year high and the trend is increasing.

Folks, we gotta' get this gun thing under control. Why are guns so damn special? Why are white guys with guns so damn special? Why can't we see what the entire world sees, that availability of guns is the SINGLE cause of increased homicide/suicide/accidental violence?

It doesn't have to be this way if we just pay attention and demand change. Imagine.

As of today, January 9, 2022

there have been 986 gun deaths and 720 gun injuries for a total of 1,706 people who have been personally touched by guns. Not counting the families that will carry the burden of loss and damage . . .

There have been 110 children under the age of 18 killed or injured.

There were 29 unintentional shootings.

13 mass shootings.

There have been 15 defensive gun uses. That works out to .87% of shootings being good guys with guns.

I am told repeatedly that we must have guns to defend ourselves. I'm sure that very soon that .87% will grow to some number large enough to justify the others.

https://www.gunviolencearchive.org/

A look back and a glimpse of the future.

Gun Violence Archive resets for a new year. In the first three days of 2022, there have been at least nine mass shootings nationwide that left 10 people dead and 29 others injured, according to the site that just began its ninth year of tracking gun violence in America. Overall, there have been at least 280 gun violence deaths across the country. The nonprofit also released its preliminary 2021 year-end statistics, which included:
691 mass shootings, the most since GVA started tracking in 2014
20,658 gun deaths
40,358 gun injuries
24,090 gun suicides (an estimate calculated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)


Of note is the homicide to suicide ratio. In the past suicides outnumber homicides 2:1. 2021 it was a pretty even split. Hint: suicides didn't go down. Gunners don't want to count suicides by gun as gun violence because, Hey they did it to themselves so it's not really violence! They should spend some time with those left behind.

https://www.gunviolencearchive.org

Ya' know what they say . . .

The DOJ sets new rule requiring gun dealers to provide safe gun storage. The measure, which the Biden White House previewed in November and Attorney General Merrick Garland announced on Monday, implements and codifies existing requirements from th Gun Control Act. The new rule requires federal firearm licensees (FFLs) to certify that they have safe storage options that are compatible with the firearms they are selling, and that those options are available to customers. The rule, which was submitted with the Federal Register for publication as a final rule, takes effect on February 3. Garland also announced that the ATF published a best practices guide to help FFLs comply with federal gun laws and regulations.


The quote is misleading in that gun sellers are not required to PROVIDE safe storage but to MAKE IT AVAILABLE FOR SALE. The last time I bought a gun from an FFL I'm sure there was a safe storage device somewhere on the premise, no doubt covered in dust and cobwebs. I was not advised of such devices or the necessity of using one. I've also been told by some gunners that a safe storage defeats the whole purpose of having a gun--must have instant access at all times in case the zombie apocalypse begins while surfing DU.

You know what they say, you can lead a whore to culture but you can't make 'em think . . .

Don't give up, never give up. She didn't.

Gabby Giffords was a professional motorcycle road racer. She owns a classic BMW bike she had planned to ride to the southern tip of South America.

She was elected to Congress as representative from AZ.

Then she was shot in the head from a few feet away. She hasn't given up. If she can stand this strong, why can't the rest of us?

Gun deaths continued to rise in 2021



Two-thirds — the share of major cities that have seen more homicides this year than in 2020.

681 — the number of mass shooting incidents in the United States in 2021.


Why is this? Maybe this has something to do with it:

There are more guns than people in the US. Sixty-five times more guns than all the military and all the police forces in the country combined.

There is legal protection for gun sellers, makers and distributors from civil suits. The only industry with such protection.

People have unfettered access to guns without a background check. They're called 80% receivers and are available on the internet to ANYONE. Even a 13 year old can buy and assemble a gun kit.

States 'Must Issue' licenses and concealed carry permits. No human intervention regardless of local and familial concerns.

We guarantee purchase of a gun in 3 days even if the background check hasn't been completed by a system that doesn't even report all agencies to the background data base.

There is over-the-counter retail access to military grade weaponry that can be easily and legally converted to emulate full auto machine guns. Bump stocks are on again/off again legal and auto-sear/forced-reset trigger assemblies haven't been addressed.

100 round magazines are available over the internet with no background check to go with those converted full auto guns some of which were assembled from 80% receivers with no background check.

Thirteen states have 'constitutional carry' with no restrictions on concealed or open carry, many with no background checks or training.

Thirty eight states have 'stand your ground' laws allowing anyone who feels threatened to shoot another person without the responsibility to retreat if possible. Note the word “feels threatened”.

America, we have a problem . . .

On the 20th day of Christmas . . .


The Gun Violence Archive
@GunDeaths

Weekly Mass Shooting Update: There have been 23 American mass shootings in the 20 days of December, bringing 2021's total to 676.

January: 33
February: 40
March: 45
April: 50
May: 72
June: 77
July: 86
August: 63
September: 66
October: 72
November: 49
December: 23
1:32 AM · Dec 20, 2021·Twitter Web App

America, we have a problem pt 2

America, we have a problem . . .

Two totally unrelated facts that can't possibly have any relationship.

Between 2019 and 2021, 17 million people — including 5 million children — were newly exposed to guns in homes. 

The new data show the US homicide rate increased from about six homicides per 100,000 people in 2019 to 7.8 per 100,000 in 2020, according to NCHS.




https://www.acpjournals.org/doi/full/10.7326/M21-3423
https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/06/health/us-homicide-rate-increase-nchs-study/index.html
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