Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Nelson, Ga., follows Kennesaw's example in mandating gun ownership for households, while Connecticut looks to strengthen gun controls — both attempts to improve safety.
After passing a law requiring gun ownership for each household, the little town of Nelson, Ga., was the talk of the nation this week. Monday's passage of the city's Family Protection Ordinance was reported by The Huffington Post, which noted the city council's agenda said the ordinance was a deterrent to potential criminals. It also said it is "opposition of any future attempt by the federal government to confiscate personal firearms." Kennesaw, Ga., passed a similar law years ago and Kennesaw Police Lt. Craig Graydon told Kennesaw Patch he was not surprised another city had opted for a similar ordinance. He said for years he had fielded calls from reporters around the world interested in the city's famous 1982 gun law. With some …
Saturday, February 23, 2013
The vice president said recently he keeps two shotguns in his own home.
Vice President Joe Biden recently caused a stir when he told people at a roundtable discussion that if they were worried about protecting themselves at home, a shotgun would be more beneficial than an AR-15. This was being debated in the context of the Obama administration’s calls to renew the federal assault weapons ban. In a Fox News story, Biden was quoted as telling the group that he instructs his wife to use a shotgun in the event of a problem. He reportedly said he’s told his wife to walk out onto the balcony and fire two blasts from the double-barreled shotgun. “I promise you whoever’s coming in is not gonna,” Biden is reported as saying. “You don’t need an AR-15 (assault rifle). It’s harder to aim. It’s harder to use and in fact …
Friday, February 22, 2013
In remembrance of the December shootings in Newtown, Conn., demonstrators asked U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall to support gun safety laws. The demonstration was held at the Gwinnett Justice Administration Center in Lawrenceville.
A group of concerned citizens stood with signs outside the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville Thursday (Feb. 21) to call for support of reasonable gun safety laws. The rally took place a little more than two months after the Dec. 14, 2012, shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Twenty-six people, mostly young children, lost their lives when a gunman opened fire in the school. MoveOn.org sponsored the event urging U.S. Representative Rob Woodall, R-GA — whose office is housed in GJAC — to take action on gun safety. “We ask Rep. Woodall to listen to his constituents and stand up for common sense reforms that will reduce gun violence,” said Kathleen Allen in a press release. Allen is a Norcross …
Sunday, January 27, 2013
The event at the fairgrounds in Lawrenceville continued through Sunday.
The continuing national debate on guns played out in a big way Saturday (Jan. 26) in Gwinnett County. There was a large turnout at a gun show at the fairgrounds in Lawrenceville. According to myfoxatlanta.com, the line at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds wrapped around the complex just to get inside. "People are starting to understand that they need to look out for their own safety," gun show vendor Bruce Greenfield said in a video with the Fox5 article. "There's a sense of fear...," vendor Fred Augat also said in the video. Did you attend the gun show in Gwinnett? Are you surprised by the large turnout? Share your thoughts in the comments below. The gun-control debate heated up earlier this month when President Barack Obama proposed a …
Sunday, January 6, 2013
A burglar was shot by a Loganville homeowner Friday morning, but what could have happened had she not been armed?
Guns, whether or not to have one, whether or not to ban certain types and whether or not to make public the names of permitted owners — all of these are questions on the minds of many since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings last month in Connecticut. Lawmakers at local and federal levels are looking for ways to ease people's fears and to protect the public from such random acts of violence. How to do it, however, is where the difficulties become evident. The latest controversy has been around a choice by a New York newspaper to publish the names of permitted gun owners as reported in The Huffington Post. A Connecticut lawmaker, in the state still reeling from the Sandy Hook tragedy, also wants all the names of the permitted gun …
Thursday, December 27, 2012
In the wake of the shootings in Connecticut, many are calling for stricter gun control and smaller ammunition magazines, but the National Rifle Association’s Wayne LaPierre claims that it isn’t all about the guns. He's asking us to look to video games.
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Is it possible that desensitization due to over-exposure to violence can be a factor in mass murders such as perpetrated in Connecticut? That’s one possible theory. But Rowell Huesmann and Eric Dubow of the Aggression Research Program at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan think it is more than that. Games may provide a script that makes these murderers more confident in their actions. And while most teens reject the “script” as flat-out wrong or fictional, there are those who are psychologically damaged that do not reject this common script. “We must strive to find ways, without trampling on the right of free artistic expression, to reduce youth exposure to violence in life and in the mass media," say …
Monday, December 17, 2012
Friday's shooting massacre at a Connecticut elementary school has ignited the gun control debate.
Friday's shooting tragedy at a Connecticut school has again brought the topic of gun control to the forefront. Twenty elementary school children were among the 27 people killed when a gunman opened fire inside a kindergarten class at Sandy Hook Elementary. Adam Lanza, who killed his mother first, was identified as the shooter. He killed himself as a finale to the massacre. Immediately the debate turned to gun control with advocates saying stricter gun controls are obviously needed. This is the fifth time this President has had to visit the families of mass shooting victims. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, however, said Friday "was not the day" to discuss gun control. But the President made it clear that this does bring the topic …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Some say it shows the need for more gun control, others say it highlights the dirty little secret of head injuries in the NFL, and yet others say it puts a spotlight on domestic violence. What do you think the biggest lesson is?
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot and killed the mother of his child and later himself this past Saturday morning. Proponents of gun control immediately cited it as another reason for stricter gun control. Strong Second Amendment supporters were quick to point out some of the other issues involved. This story in The Huffington Post talks about head injuries in the NFL, and this one in The Washington Times talks about previous reports of domestic violence. Maybe it'll turn out that concussions, or traumatic brain injury, played some role in sparking those unconscionable actions. And maybe that will make a parent prioritize player safety should he or she allow a child to play football. Maybe the image of a hulking 25-year-old …