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Mass shootings in the US are on the rise—and ordinary citizens with gunsdon’t stop them.

Mass shootings in the US are on the rise—and ordinary citizens with gunsdon’t stop them.

LEGAL: Automatic weapons ILLEGAL: French cheeses

LEGAL: Automatic weapons ILLEGAL: French cheeses

The award for worst timing in the history of ever goes to @nra_rifleman, the Twitter account for the official National Rifle Association journal. 

I really just don’t know what to say here… it speaks for itself.

The death of Trayvan Martin is unfortunate. Too bad he was unarmed because dialing 911 doesn’t appear to be a very good defense.
The Trayvon Martin Killing, Explained (via Mother Jones)
Just a quick review some of the details of this tragedy:
He followed Trayvon because Trayvon was black.
He called the police because Trayvon was black.
He jumped out of his car because Trayvon was black.
He got into a physical altercation with Trayvon because Trayvon was black.
He shot Trayvon in the chest because Trayvon was black.
He told police afterwards that he felt threatened by Trayvon because Trayvon was black.
The veracity of George Michael Zimmerman’s account of how he came to murder Trayvon Martin wasn’t questioned by police because George Michael Zimmerman wasn’t black.

The Trayvon Martin Killing, Explained (via Mother Jones)

Just a quick review some of the details of this tragedy:

  • He followed Trayvon because Trayvon was black.
  • He called the police because Trayvon was black.
  • He jumped out of his car because Trayvon was black.
  • He got into a physical altercation with Trayvon because Trayvon was black.
  • He shot Trayvon in the chest because Trayvon was black.
  • He told police afterwards that he felt threatened by Trayvon because Trayvon was black.
  • The veracity of George Michael Zimmerman’s account of how he came to murder Trayvon Martin wasn’t questioned by police because George Michael Zimmerman wasn’t black.
On Aug. 2, 2006, a man walked into Rayco Sales gun shop in Juneau and asked to look at a .22 caliber rifle. The store owner, Ray Coxe, and the man examined and talked about the gun together, and Coxe gave the man a quote — $195.
The man didn’t buy the gun and picked up his backpack as if to leave the store. When Coxe walked into the back of the store, the man, later identified as Jason Coday, took the rifle and left two $100 bills on the counter.
Two days later, the man used the rifle to murder a 26-year-old man working at the Juneau Fred Meyer whom he had never met before in an unprovoked attack. It was Juneau’s first murder in five years.
Jonathan Lowy with the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence in Washington, D.C., who is co-counsel with Mark Choate on behalf of the family of the murdered Simone Young Kim, argued that Coxe sells guns off the books then later claims that they are missing. Lowy said a previous audit of Rayco Sales found 200 guns missing from the inventory.
“To put that in context, 90 percent of gun dealers have zero guns missing from inventory,” Lowy said. “ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives), they looked at the worst of the worst as far as gun dealers in this country. Out of 800,000 gun dealers, they found 16 in the entire nation who had that sort of total.”

On Aug. 2, 2006, a man walked into Rayco Sales gun shop in Juneau and asked to look at a .22 caliber rifle. The store owner, Ray Coxe, and the man examined and talked about the gun together, and Coxe gave the man a quote — $195.

The man didn’t buy the gun and picked up his backpack as if to leave the store. When Coxe walked into the back of the store, the man, later identified as Jason Coday, took the rifle and left two $100 bills on the counter.

Two days later, the man used the rifle to murder a 26-year-old man working at the Juneau Fred Meyer whom he had never met before in an unprovoked attack. It was Juneau’s first murder in five years.

Jonathan Lowy with the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence in Washington, D.C., who is co-counsel with Mark Choate on behalf of the family of the murdered Simone Young Kim, argued that Coxe sells guns off the books then later claims that they are missing. Lowy said a previous audit of Rayco Sales found 200 guns missing from the inventory.

“To put that in context, 90 percent of gun dealers have zero guns missing from inventory,” Lowy said. “ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives), they looked at the worst of the worst as far as gun dealers in this country. Out of 800,000 gun dealers, they found 16 in the entire nation who had that sort of total.”