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The impossibility of gun control
The Star
The Navy Yard massacre won't revive the gun debate in Congress for a simple reason: There is no gun-control agenda this side of a total ban and confiscation that would have stopped Aaron Alexis. The Toomey-Manchin bill could have passed Congress unanimously. The assault-weapons ban could still be in place. Gun-controllers could have achieved their long-ago goal of barring the private purchase of handguns. And every step of his mayhem at the Washington Navy Yard would have been unimpeded.
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Ordinance outlaws fake guns where real ones are banned
Carrollton Leader
The Carrollton City Council has amended the city's firearms ordinance to make it clear that the displaying of fake or facsimile firearms are illegal in any public place. At a regular meeting on Aug. 20, the council voted 6-0 to add wording to that was already in place that stated, "It shall be unlawful for any person to display or brandish a facsimile firearm in a public place." The amendment adds: "or any place a firearm is prohibited by state law within the corporate limits of the city."
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Are guns the problem?
Every time there's a shooting tragedy, there are more calls for gun control. Let's examine a few historical facts. By 1910, the National Rifle Association had succeeded in establishing 73 NRA-affiliated high-school rifle clubs. The 1911 second edition of the Boy Scout Handbook made qualification in NRA's junior marksmanship program a prerequisite for obtaining a BSA merit badge in marksmanship. In 1918, the Winchester Repeating Arms Co. established its own Winchester Junior Rifle Corps. The program grew to 135,000 members by 1925. In New York City, gun clubs were started at Boys, Curtis, Commercial, Manual Training and Stuyvesant high schools. With so many guns in the hands of youngsters, did we see today's level of youth violence?
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Do we overreact to people carrying guns?
If you're new to Texas you may not know that it is perfectly legal to carry a rifle or other long gun out in the open in most cases. So why were police called and a school put on lockdown when someone reported seeing a man with a rifle near Winn Elementary in Northeast Austin? Austin ISD Police Chief Eric Mendez says, "We're going to err on the side of precaution and we're going to make sure the students are safe. We don't know where the individual is that's reported to have a long gun. We don't know what the individual's intent is."
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Guns at school? If there's a will, there are ways
The New York Times
The slim, black 9 mm handguns that the Arkensas school superintendent David Hopkins selected for his teachers weigh about a pound and slip easily into a pocket. Sixteen people, including the janitor and a kindergarten teacher, wear them to school every day. Although state law prohibits guns on campus, Hopkins found a way around it.
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Virtual sidearm simulation used in training gun owners
Statesman Journal
A new high-tech firearm simulator is providing more training opportunities for firearm owners — without the cost of ammunition. Blackwater Tactical has set up its new firearm simulator, calling it the first of its kind in Salem, Ore. "It's a way for us to teach firearm skills from the ground up with a safe environment that fosters those skills to use with a real firearm," said Blackwater Tactical co-owner Wayne Floyd.
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Letter: Veterans need gun permits to prevent mass shootings
The Daily News Journal
Greg Segroves, a Daily News Journal reader, writes: "I heard 'His Majesty King Barack the 1st' and I hope the last, on the news saying that these mass shootings have to stop. We all know what that means: more laws and executive orders that infringe on our Second Amendment rights rather than realistically dealing with the problem. I do agree with "His Excellency" on one thing. These shootings need to stop."
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Jordan Bennett suspended from school for pretend finger gun
Huffington Post
A child playing cops and robbers at school was suspended for the day after using his finger as a pretend gun. Jordan Bennett, an 8-year-old Florida boy, spent the day playing video games with his older brother after his school suspended him for the day, WFTV reported. Bennett allegedly pointed his finger like a gun and said "pow pow," prompting the school to suspend him.
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Stopped driver flees with Texas officer's gun
Police are searching for a suspect who took a gun from an officer during a traffic stop in southeast Houston. An HISD police officer stopped a white Mercury Marquis for a traffic violation. The driver had an altercation with the officer and took his gun. Then the suspect sped away.
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