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2020 Firearm Injuries Up More Than 70%-Worse in Black and Hispanic Young Men

Gun injuries reported by hospitals as per 1 million patients.

Increase broken down by race.

https://ehrn.org/articles/2020-firearm-injuries-up-more-than-70-worse-in-black-and-hispanic-young-men


Analysis by AXIOS

Why it matters: The findings bolster preliminary data showing a surge in gun violence across the country.
What's happening: There are three big factors, with the weight for each in dispute — there are lots of politics around it.

1.Some experts point to the pandemic's unique social and economic pressures and disruptions.
2.The initial surge coincided with last summer's protests over police violence. Many in law enforcement point to changes in policing following the protests, including a pullback amid declining trust. This created an environment where shooters could feel more emboldened.
3.Gun sales have increased throughout the pandemic. Firearms background checks spiked in spring 2020 and haven't come down.
The findings: Firearms injuries that resulted in a documented health care visit began spiking in late spring 2020, according to data compiled by the Epic Health Research Network. They peaked in October.

After dipping last fall and early winter, firearm injury rates surged again in the spring, with June 2021 levels 64% higher than in 2019.
People of color were particularly vulnerable — firearm injury visits increased by 76% for Hispanic patients and 89% for Black patients, while rising 40% for whites.


Last week I posted this DATA POINT:
50 percent — the increase in gunshot injuries at pediatric trauma centers in Houston since 2020. Similar trends have been seen across the country, including in Fort Worth, Hartford, and Memphis, according to a new article.
https://time.com/6095664/children-killed-in-shootings-pandemic/


Guns just make everything better. Road rage? Add guns! Domestic violence? Add guns! Pandemic? Add an epidemic of guns! And the children! Just think of the interesting conversations they'll have over the scars they carry for the rest of their lives. Because . . . guns.

When are we going to finally get sick of this shit and change things? It's within our power.

DATA POINT

50 percent — the increase in gunshot injuries at pediatric trauma centers in Houston since 2020. Similar trends have been seen across the country, including in Fort Worth, Hartford, and Memphis, according to a new article.

https://time.com/6095664/children-killed-in-shootings-pandemic/

Machine gun fire increasingly heard on US streets. Yeah, MACHINE GUNS!

https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2021/09/15/atf-says-auto-sears-are-becoming-more-common-in-twin-cities/
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The sound of automatic gunfire is becoming all too common in some Twin Cities neighborhoods.

That has the ATF actively searching for people who have devices that turn semi-automatic weapons into automatic weapons. Field agents are finding more of those devices being used in crimes across the state.


There's a video at the link. Gunners will always find a way. It's crazy making. An inexpensive device that replaces the trigger mechanism in readily available guns turns them into full auto machine guns capable of firing 700 times a minute and with high capacity magazines can be reloaded in less than a second! People are selling this shit to anyone who has cash! What the fuck is wrong with us???

Oh! For those who thought bump stocks were now "illegal", they're not. After the 2017 Las Vegas shooting that killed 60 and wounded more than 400 Donald Trump instructed the ATF to classify them as machine guns. A circuit court overturned that, so they are for sale again at your favorite gun store.

Meanwhile there's another device, a 'forced reset trigger'. It also emulates a full automatic machinegun. The ATF is questioning the legality of this device and, of course, the maker is suing the ATF. See, it all hinges on the definition of machine gun. Literally the verbiage of a 1934 law, not the actual function of the gun. It's nutz.

Targeting Gunmakers in the Courts

Better than having them target us

Among the scores of industries covered in Violation Tracker, one of the most under-represented is the business of producing firearms. That’s not because gunmakers are particularly virtuous, but rather because there are few laws and regulations for them to violate. Federal oversight of the industry is pretty much non-existent.

The few penalties that have been imposed on companies such as Remington, Beretta, Colt’s Manufacturing, Smith & Wesson, and Sturm, Ruger have had nothing to do with their specific activity.

Instead, they have been imposed by agencies such as OSHA that oversee companies of all kinds.

The penalty total for each of these firms is no more than a few hundred thousand dollars—a trivial amount for an industry whose products do so much harm.
http://www.progressive-charlestown.com/2021/08/targeting-gunmakers-in-courts.html



The article also points out that the industry has enjoyed near impunity is the court system due to the 2005 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.

Both the Sandy Hook Families vs Remington and Mexico vs Gun Makers lawsuits are cited as novel ways to hopefully hold the industry accountable for the death, injury and misery it causes. Sadly the last line in the piece is far too true:
"Significant change is not likely to happen any time soon, but meanwhile any challenge to the gun’s industry’s impunity is welcome."

As long as politicians can be bought by the death merchants little will change. As long as our voices are silent little will change. As long as our votes are worth less than gun money little will change.

The gun culture has declared war on the United States.

Second amendment sanctuaries are becoming a threat to the security of the country and government at all levels.

DOJ intervenes in lawsuit against Missouri state law attempting to invalidate federal gun regulations

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday filed a 28-page statement of interest in a lawsuit filed by the city of St. Louis challenging a Missouri state law that prohibits enforcement of federal firearms laws and subjects state and local law enforcement officers to civil suits and monetary penalties.
https://www.jurist.org/news/2021/08/doj-intervenes-in-lawsuit-against-missouri-state-law-attempting-to-invalidate-federal-gun-regulations/

Second amendment sanctuaries have been symbolic only and without the force or effect of law. The US Constitution clearly makes federal law the supreme law of the land that is superior to any state or local law. It's real simple. Article VI, section 2 says in no uncertain terms the following: “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding. “

However, recently the Second Amendment movement and the militia movement that it feeds is becoming a direct challenge to the very structure of American democracy. In the last year more than 1,000 cities, counties, townships, and villages declared themselves “sanctuaries” where “unconstitutional” gun laws will not be enforced.

For the most part 'second amendment sanctuaries' are just pandering to the gun nuts by bloviating politicians who would rather prostitute themselves to guns than govern. The only thing localities can legally do is withhold resources to enforce federal laws, they cannot interfere with federal or local agents enforcing those laws. The Missouri law does just that by placing punishment on anyone attempting to enforce those federal laws about guns. It is a direct assault on the Constitution of the United States.

Learn about the gun sanctuary movement here: https://www.thetrace.org/2020/01/second-amendment-sanctuary-movement/

It seems irony is not dead; gunners are citing the Constitution to overthrow the Constitution.

What the fuck is wrong with us?

"PLCAA is not going to be an issue for us,"

said Steve Shadowen, the lead attorney for the Mexican government. “We had enough confidence in our claims to say we’ll litigate them in [the gun industry’s] home court.”

According to the lawsuit, more than 180,000 people were killed with guns in Mexico between 2007 and 2019. More than 70 percent of all firearms recovered in violent crimes originated in the U.S.

The lawsuit names seven American gunmakers and one distributor as defendants: Smith & Wesson; Beretta; Glock; Colt; Sturm Ruger; Barrett; Century Arms; and Interstate Arms.
https://www.thetrace.org/2021/08/mexico-gun-companies-plcca-lawsuit/

The Mexican government is suing US gun makers for failing to control their distribution and feeding gun trafficking into their country. The PLCAA has protected gun makers from civil litigation for almost every possible misuse of or distribution of guns.

Mexico's lawyers argue that Congress only intended the PLCAA protections to apply inside U.S. borders. Since Mexico’s suit deals with injuries to Mexican citizens on Mexican soil caused by violations of Mexican law, PLCAA does not apply. Legal voices disagree over the validity of the suit's premise and protections offered by the PLCAA but this has a 50:50 chance of being a winning strategy. Time will tell.

Bottom line is that we need to get rid of the PLCAA which affords protections to gun makers and sellers that NO OTHER CONSUMER PRODUCT ENJOYS.

Family of Anthony Huber, killed by Kyle Rittenhouse, files suit against city of Kenosha

The family of Anthony Huber, who was fatally shot by Kyle Rittenhouse during riots in Kenosha, Wis., last summer, filed suit in Milwaukee on Tuesday, alleging that the city of Kenosha and its police and county sheriff’s departments openly conspired with White militia members, which gave them “license … to wreak havoc and inflict injury.”

In the first major federal lawsuit against the city, police and county resulting from the riots in August last year, attorneys say that Rittenhouse and other gunmen were given preferential treatment because of their race. If Rittenhouse were Black, the complaint reads, the “defendants would have acted much differently.”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/08/17/kyle-rittenhouse-kenosha-lawsuit/

The courts really are the last resort when it comes to guns, gun violence and the abuses of 'second amendment rights'.

San Francisco Sues Three Online Retailers for Selling 'Ghost Guns'

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/18/us/sf-ghost-guns.html

In a civil complaint filed in California Superior Court, District Attorney Chesa Boudin accused the companies — G.S. Performance, BlackHawk Manufacturing Group and MDX Corporation — of marketing a range of products in the state that furnish buyers with parts and accessories that can be quickly assembled into a functional firearm.

The suit claims that the companies, which explicitly say their products comply with federal and state laws, are targeting buyers who want to evade criminal background checks and buy guns without traceable serial numbers. The plaintiffs are seeking to outlaw sales of such parts.


These kits usually sell for as much as or more than legitimate serialized guns from a licensed dealer. Why, prey tell, would anyone pay more for and have to do machine work to assemble a gun that's cheaper to buy on the open commercial market?

Could it be that they're FELONS?

It shouldn't take more than two functioning brain cells to figure this out.

Can anyone guess what this ad is selling?

Of course the caveat that googleing the website is not fair.



Anybody?

Hint: it's not body armor or a bra.

Give up?

It's a company that manufactures trigger replacement parts for popular handguns.

Just proof that gunners are all just enthusiasts of shooting sports and aren't motivated by penis stimulation at all . . .

How pro-gun laws endanger the rest of us and hamper police work.

NEW from THE TRACE: Missouri’s “Second Amendment Sanctuary” law could complicate police efforts to solve gun crimes. Ten other states this year have enacted laws that prohibit state and local police from enforcing federal gun restrictions. But Missouri goes further by allowing fines of $50,000 dollars for agencies whose officers violate the statute. City and county officials have said that the law may stop police from testifying against gun offenders in federal court, tapping federal resources to solve local shootings, or working with federal agents to disrupt firearms trafficking. Meanwhile, victim advocates and law enforcement officials say it could hamper attempts to disarm abusers and prevent local authorities from reporting stores for failing to run background checks. Jennifer Mascia has more on the state’s new law, which goes into effect on August 28.
https://www.thetrace.org/2018/08/nibin-contra-costa-crime-lab-gun-violence/
https://www.thetrace.org/2021/08/missouri-second-amendment-sanctuary-law-gun-crime/

Why are guns so important that they seem to have rights not afforded to other inanimate objects?

The gun industry has money. Money buys politicians. Local politicians sell for less than Federal politicians. That's why all this gun nuttery is happening at the state and local level.

Ordinary people have VOTES if we would just pay attention and use them.

This is from the daily newsletter for The Trace. The Trace is a non-profit award winning news organization originally funded by Everytown for Gun Safety. https://www.thetrace.org/
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