Personalized or childproof guns that can only be used by a specific owner, potentially saving countless lives and preventing accidents involving children, could be viable in the US market, according to research published in the American Journal of Public Health . Gun violence killed 33,599 people in the US in 2014.
The convergence of fears over terrorism, a perceived threat of gun laws being changed and the Christmas holiday have sent gun sales soaring in what is already the busiest month of the year for firearm purchases. Last month, the FBI ran more than 2.2 million firearm background checks on potential buyers, a 24 percent increase from November 2014.
Relatives of gun violence victims and gun control advocates held a news conference in Washington on Dec. 10, 2014, two years after the Sandy Hook shooting, to urge lawmakers to expand background checks. Relatives of gun violence victims and gun control advocates held a news conference in Washington on Dec. 10, 2014, two years after the Sandy Hook shooting, to urge lawmakers to expand background checks.
What country fetishizes, lionizes, valorizes, idolizes, and sacralizes guns as much as does our United States? OK, possibly Mozambique–the only country with an AK47 on its flag, but really, it’s long past time to end this obsessive “My Precious” attachment of Americans to instruments of death. This morning, December 25, 2014, of the nine top stories from US Reuters, six were about shootings — four new ones and two about the national movement against shootings of citizens by police.
As Bloomberg-funded Everytown for Gun Safety seizes the anniversary of the Sandy Hook attack as a chance to push more gun control, it is important to note that falling deaths outnumber “school shooting ” deaths by tens of thousands each year. According to Everytown’s most recent numbers , there were 45 fatalities from “school shootings” between the December 2012 Sandy Hook attack and December 9, 2014.
With the firearm deer hunting season opening Saturday, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources encourages hunters to stop by a DNR deer check station after their successful harvest for DNR staff to collect important data from their deer and to receive their 2014 cooperator patch . A deer head or entire carcass must be presented to receive a patch.