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AndyS's Journal
AndyS's Journal
May 9, 2022

The last decade saw a big rise in vehicular gun thefts -- especially in 2020.

The last decade saw a big rise in vehicular gun thefts — especially in 2020. That’s according to an Everytown for Gun Safety analysis of FBI data first reported on by NBC News. At least 180 cities saw a rise in gun thefts from cars from 2019 to 2020. In 149 cities that reported data from 2011 through 2020, the share of reported gun thefts coming from cars rose from less than a quarter of cases in 2011 to more than half in 2020. Thieves most commonly targeted cars parked outside of residences. (Through its nonpolitical arm, Everytown provides grants to The Trace. You can find our donor transparency policy here, and our editorial independence policy here.)

Perhaps someone from the gun culture can devise a way to keep this from happening. They are the ones with the knowledge, skill and understanding to decide such things, right?

The fact is that every illegal gun, every gun used in a crime, every gun trafficked and every gun that ended or ruined a life entered the market as a legally purchased gun. So how is the transition from law abiding responsible gun owner to thief to homicide to be curtailed? Got any ideas that might not make the gunners apoplectic?

I do. Contribute to the gun control organization of your choice. Just a few $$ a year. Many whispers can drown out the few who shout.

I don't care if the gunners go apoplectic.
May 6, 2022

Despite U.S. ban, Russian ammo is still legally flowing into the (US) market.

After the poisoning of dissident Alexei Navalny last year, the Biden administration banned imports of Russian ammunition. But because the State Department policy only covered new or pending permits, existing U.S. permits holders for Russian ammo imports were unaffected. USA TODAY reports that since the ban went into effect in September ammo shipments from seven Russian munition plants have come in through 13 American importers, amounting to more than 400 million rounds, nearly equal the rate for all of 2021.

How about that! The uber patriotic gun culture, the one that worships at the alter of the 2nd Amendment of the American Constitution is funding the Russian War with Ukraine.

This has to stop and to stop it we have to outspend the Gun Culture. We CAN do that now because for the first time in 50 years there is a viable anti gun violence movement. Let's all get up off our wallets and do what works!
May 2, 2022

Report: CDC records highest-ever number of gun-related deaths in 2020

An average of 124 people died from gun violence every day in 2020, according to a new report from the Center for Gun Violence Solutions

"While gun violence affects people from all walks of life, the burden is not distributed evenly across the U.S. As the report details, gun violence varies widely by state and across demographic groups," says Ari Davis, policy adviser at the Bloomberg School's Center for Gun Violence Solutions and lead author of the report. "Policymakers who want to take action can look to states with lower gun-related deaths and adopt these evidence-based strategies like purchaser licensing and firearm removal laws."

This is not rocket science, we know what works and can see it working in states that have tougher gun regulations. WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH US? Are 124 deaths a day not enough to get our attention?


May 2, 2022

So you thought you were safe just driving down the freeway . . .

Are Road Rage Shootings Increasing?
Incidents involving armed motorists are far deadlier than they were five years ago, our analysis reveals.

What the data tells us

Law enforcement agencies do not release statistics on road rage shootings as a specific category of crime. But the Gun Violence Archive, a Kentucky-based nonprofit that tallies shootings in near-real time, tracks incidents in which someone in a car brandishes a gun in a threatening manner or fires at a driver or passenger in another car.

Last year, according to GVA, [link:http://|there were 728 road rage incidents involving guns ]in the United States, resulting in 132 deaths and 390 injuries. That’s up slightly from 2020, when there were 701 incidents, resulting in 102 deaths and 306 injuries.

Earlier this month, researchers at the gun reform group Everytown for Gun Safety calculated that a person was shot in a gun-related road rage incident every 17 hours, on average, in 2021. (Through its nonpolitical arm, Everytown provides grants to The Trace. You can find our donor transparency policy here, and our editorial independence policy here.)

So, the number of road rage incidents remains more or less flat yet the number of people shot has doubled in four years. Hey, we all screw up and cut somebody off or change lanes on top of another car, right? Is that something to be shot for? Why have shootings increased so much? GUNZ!! Guns everywhere! More guns!

So you say to yourself, I need a gun to protect me from the people with guns. Sounds reasonable right? Yet the facts say you are far more likely to be shot with your protection gun than be protected by it.

What is wrong with us?

The only solution is to outspend the gun industry. [link:https://blog.greatnonprofits.org/9-organizations-making-progress-towards-gun-control/|LINK
April 25, 2022

Guns kill more teens and kids in America than drugs or cancer, report finds

Firearm-related injuries claimed 4,300 young people’s lives in 2020
Guns now kill more children and teenagers in the United States than car accidents, drug overdoses or cancer, according to new research.

The stunning finding came after researchers analysed decades worth of mortality data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), says the The New England Journal of Medicine.

The study found that gun-related injuries in 2020 claimed 4,300 young people’s lives, which was a jarring 29 per cent jump from the year before - and more than twice as high as the relative increase when compared to the US general population.

They stated that firearm related deaths rising while motor vehicle crash deaths lowered, demonstrates how creating policies for injury prevention can reduce injuries and deaths — and, on the flipside, how a public health problem can be exacerbated in the absence of such attention.

Vehicles keep getting safer and guns keep getting more lethal. It doesn't have to be this way.
April 24, 2022

For those who say the Genie is out of the bottle and we can't do anything about gunz . . .

This once happened:

Yeah, those are nurses hawking cigs at a patient's bedside.

Just as we can't completely defeat child porn because everybody has an ink jet printer we do a fairly good job of limiting it. The same goes for ghost guns.

A gallows outside the window has a way of concentrating one's thoughts . . .

April 24, 2022

Just got this in my email in-box . . .

Of interest to me is the 'less than 30 minutes' to learn how to use a deadly weapon and all the laws that apply to it's use not to mention that it's recognized in more than half the states. Also 'Your Name Here'.

Yeah, so much for responsible gun owners.
April 20, 2022

Are we there yet??? Yes, dear, we are . . .

Gun violence has surpassed motor vehicles crashes as the leading cause of child mortality.
For more than 60 years, car crashes were the number one cause of death for people between the ages of 1 and 24. But since 2017,the top cause has been firearm injuries, according to an analysis of CDC data by Boston-based researchers. “The crossing of these trend lines demonstrates how a concerted approach to injury prevention can reduce injuries and deaths — and, conversely, how a public health problem can be exacerbated in the absence of such attention,” the authors write. “As the progress made in reducing deaths from motor vehicle crashes shows, we don’t have to accept the high rate of firearm-related deaths among U.S. children and adolescents.” Related from The Trace: In January, we reported on CDC data that found gun violence deaths eclipsed 45,000 for the first time in 2020, and that firearm injury was the 13th leading cause of death for all Americans — ahead of fatal car crashes for the fourth straight year.

At last we're here. For decades the gun culture has said that we should 'look over there' at auto deaths instead of gun deaths (and injuries) as if we can't walk and chew gum. Well, that argument is now gone. It isn't just that gun deaths are rising--they are!--but car deaths are falling because cars are more safe every year and guns are, well, guns. There are more than 40 mandated safety features in the passenger compartment of a car yet guns aren't required to have a manual safety to prevent accidental firing. Unless it's a military gun. Who would have thought that the entity charged with tearing things up and killing people would have a higher safety standard than the civilian market?

Not that the technology doesn't exist, the Armatix IP1 was introduced years ago and it surpasses the durability standard of the firearms industry, works in the rain, soaked in oil or blood and can only be fired by the one user. BUT the gunners found a weakness: if an assailant were to wrestle the gun from the user and had a large magnet that he held in his left hand which crossed over the pistol to the right side of the gun it would override the electronic safety, Total failure to the point that the one gun store that carried it got death threats!! Hmm, what is the likelihood of an assailant having a magnet and forcibly taking the gun then placing the magnet in the precise place while under duress and in a physical altercation so he could defeat the electronic safeguards and shoot you? So that's why we can't have nice things . . .

Still only a small group want less gun regulation, about 9% of voters. If you want your voice heard you need a megaphone made of MONEY. You and I can't do it alone. It takes many voices giving few dollars each. [link:https://blog.greatnonprofits.org/9-organizations-making-progress-towards-gun-control/|Talk to these organizations.
March 24, 2022

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