Jan
01
Shop owners report rise in firearm sales as buyers fear possible new laws

Rainier Arms, a gun dealer in Auburn, Wash., receives great Yelp reviews for its responsiveness. But a call to the dealer on Friday led to a full voice mail box, and an e mail to its sales team drew this automatic response: “Thank you for contacting Rainier Arms for your AR 15 needs. Due to an overwhelming response to the latest political climate, we are experiencing longer than normal response times.”
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Jan
01
Iowa: Right-to-Carry permits climb in second year of law

The number of Iowans with permits to carry concealed weapons increased dramatically again this year, the second year of relaxed laws governing their issuance. Through the first 11 months of this year, sheriffs in Iowa’s 99 counties had issued 37,327 permits. Those permits, combined with the 102,795 permits issued in 2011    the first year after Iowa went from a “may issue” to a “shall issue” state    brings to more than 140,000 the number of Iowans licensed to carry weapons.
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Jan
01
Lott: Guns can save lives

Has anyone noticed that these mass shootings at public schools increased after the 1995 Gun Free School Zone Act? Passed with good intentions, banning guns would supposedly make schools safer. But law abiding citizens, not criminals, obey these bans. Instead of making places safer, disarming law abiding citizens left them sitting ducks. Killers go where victims can’t defend themselves. In the Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooting, out of seven theaters showing the Batman movie premiere within 20 minutes of the suspect’s apartment, only one banned permitted concealed handguns. The suspect didn’t go to the closest nor the largest, but to the one that banned self  defense. Time after time the story is the same.
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Dec
31
Armed civilians and mass shootings

In response to last week’s massacre in Connecticut, Mother Jones has put together a “study” on mass shootings that makes a pretty bold claim: In the wake of the slaughters this summer at a Colorado movie theater and a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, we set out to track mass shootings in the United States over the last 30 years. We identified and analyzed 62 of them, and one striking pattern in the data is this: In not a single case was the killing stopped by a civilian using a gun. There are a couple of major problems here with arguing that armed civilians don’t stop mass shootings. One is that when armed civilians are present, they often stop mass shootings before they can become mass shootings. One of the criteria Mother Jones used to define mass shootings is that “the shooter took the lives of at least four people.” So then, consider the following:
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