Posts Tagged ‘guns’

March 30th, 2023 - 12:35 pm § in Politics, Republicans, Schools & Colleges

GOP House leader wants to talk about school shootings

“House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said legislation alone can’t prevent school shootings and that the U.S. must also have some kind of serious talk,” Huffington Post reported on Thursday, March 30, 2023, in the aftermath of a private Christian school massacre (read story here). M[...]

February 24th, 2023 - 2:54 pm § in Law and Courts, Politics, Republicans, Schools & Colleges

Guns in schools news for 2/24/23

“A 2-year-old girl, 13-year-old boy, 15-year-old boy and two 16-year-old boys were shot in the schoolyard of the James G. Blaine School at about 5:52 p.m. Thursday, according to Philadelphia police.” (Read story here.) “A male juvenile suspect has been arrested at a high school bas[...]

February 22nd, 2023 - 1:37 pm § in Law and Courts

The Supreme Court doesn’t care about gun violence

Last year’s Supreme Court decision in the Bruen case is “upending gun laws across the country,” Huffington Post says (see story here). That’s because the court changed the rules about how gun laws are reviewed for constitutionality, in a way that’s very bad for public s[...]

February 14th, 2023 - 4:54 pm § in Law and Courts, Politics, Republicans

Prosecutors and judges go too easy on gun violations

There have been 67 mass shootings in the U.S. in the first 45 days of 2023. It’s obvious we’re not doing a good enough job of keeping guns away from people who shouldn’t have them. That’s because Republicans and the Supreme Court are blocking nearly all gun control efforts, l[...]

February 2nd, 2023 - 4:47 pm § in Law and Courts, Politics, Republicans

GOP judges rule wife-beaters are entitled to guns

“A federal law that prohibits people subject to domestic violence restraining orders from possessing firearms is unconstitutional,” a three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Thursday, February 2, 2023 (read story here). The Fifth Circuit, which is based in the De[...]

January 25th, 2023 - 8:32 pm § in Law and Courts

Res ipsa loquitur

That’s a “legal Latin” term describing a common law doctrine taught to first-year law students in their torts class. A “tort” is negligence or other wrongful behavior that results in harm, giving rise to liability for injury or damage. A car accident is a common example[...]

January 17th, 2023 - 11:46 am § in Law and Courts, Politics, Republicans

Baby with a gun? Lock his dad up!

Prosecutors should go to the mat with Shane Osborne, 45, of Beech Grove, Indiana, whose diaper-clad toddler was seen roaming the halls of an apartment building with a loaded gun and going “pow-pow-pow!” (photo, left). Osborne (photo, right) is an ex-felon who can’t have a gun. Stat[...]

January 1st, 2023 - 8:10 pm § in Misc.

Innocent travelers don’t stash guns in peanut butter jars

A passenger tried to sneak a gun through security at New York’s JFK airport by stashing its parts (and ammo) in peanut butter jars. He was caught (see story here). Neither the man, who is from Rhode Island, nor the airline, or his destination, were identified. All the story says is he could be[...]

December 3rd, 2022 - 1:33 am § in Law and Courts

Should this trigger-happy cop stand trial for murder?

Rajan “Raj” Moonesinghe, 33, was shot and killed at his home by an Austin, Texas, police officer on November 15, 2022. He’d just returned home, and thinking his house was being burglarized, walked around outside with a rifle, then fired two shots into his house. A neighbor had called polic[...]

November 26th, 2022 - 8:18 pm § in Politics, Republicans

Guns aren’t free speech

“Firearms are frequently becoming part of political life as Republicans loosen restrictions on carrying guns in public,” Raw Story says (in a story here). “Across the country, openly carrying a gun in public is no longer just an exercise in self-defense — increasingly it is a soa[...]