Gun Control

“Saints” Teach Gun ownership in Detroit | #OYRchallenge

America, the land of the free and home of the brave, is embroiled in a battle with on-going violent episodes in schools, city streets, homes, and other public venues. Do we re-think our politics, leadership choices, and daily behaviors leading up to these altercations? Why? We are in another era of highly politically charged rhetoric, party grievances, marginalization, quick fixes, and fast facts. We pick an object or race as the culprit. Race discrimination has garnered too much intellectual theory for a quick trip to the pulpit, so we look for something that won’t talk back. The buzz word for garnering votes is now, “Gun.”

Mixed-Race Open Carry Group Strolls Through Detroit. Guess Who Gets Arrested? | Crooks and Liars.

Gun ownership is one prominent battle of the day among communities across the US. The battle, mostly between urban crime-ridden communities suffering through gang violence, robberies, murders, and other poverty-related maladies; and suburban and rural gun-owning communities serves as fodder suppressing the voices of population marginalization, poverty, and a tanked economy.  Local and national politicians and pundits utilize this battle to garner votes, divert residents away from social corruption, and create discourse manageable by the poor and ignorant. The urbanites and insane claim guns kill people. They check social media posts and newspapers for daily reports of school shootings (infrequent, but occur), gun accidents, gun rallies, and any gun-related horror to support their problem. Most suburbanites and rural residents know that people kill people, since many have owned guns all of their lives without incident. No gun ever walked out of their closet and went on a rampage. Their doors are unlocked. Their children, at 12-year-old, attend small weapons training at the local fish and game clubs. The guns normally come out for sporting events or hunting and fishing trips. This is the heartland prospective. They are free; therefore any impingement on that freedom, as in the oppressed urban areas, must be halted immediately. And their politicians don’t want their guns tampered with either.

A group of multi-racial, – the article stressed “multi-racial,” gun owners took to the urban streets of Detroit to educate citizens on their right to carry guns and solicit questions on the particulars of national and local legislation guarding that right. The September 17, 2014 “Crooks and Liars” article goes more into the details of their interactions with law enforcement, mostly peaceful, and responses from residents, who spontaneously associated (as explained by one Black and female police officer) guns with trouble, until this group meekly explains their purpose. The group’s videos served to examine relevant points in the discourse of who are recognized as legitimate communities and those depicted as, and therefore adopt the persona of,  savage charges in need of protection and limitation; whether they personally embody these characteristics or not. Similarly, as with the word “Gun,” the groups chosen label may automatically bring the savage mind to recoil, – “Hell’s Saints.” But considering Detroit’s economic and social deprivation, reaching the bottom of most US urban areas, the moniker is definitely on point. Watch the videos.


Ferguson’s Angry Young Men #OYRchallenge

Article by Joel Anderson

This scene of Bledsoe throwing back a tear-gas canister during an attack on Ferguson, MO protesters has been seen worldwide. Not even the Palestinians, who according to social media posts, advised protesters in Ferguson, MO on dealing with tear gas attacks, witnessed such a scene in their country. These men are not angry, they are ready.

Bledsoe returning tear gas canister during police attack on Ferguson, MO protesters

Bledsoe bent down and picked the canister up, ignoring the searing heat in his right hand.“I felt like, ‘Y’all shooting at me? I’m just trying to get home,’” Bledsoe said. “I picked it up and threw it back. I never, ever, ever pictured myself throwing something at the police.”

via Ferguson’s Angry Young Men.

Gun ban would protect more than 2,200 firearms – Yahoo! News

WASHINGTON (AP)Congress‘ latest crack at a new assault weapons ban would protect more than 2,200 specific firearms, including a semi-automatic rifle that is nearly identical to one of the guns used in the bloodiest shootout in FBI history.

One model of that firearm, the Ruger .223 caliber Mini-14, is on the proposed list to be banned, while a different model of the same gun is on a list of exempted firearms in legislation the Senate is considering. The gun that would be protected from the ban has fixed physical features and can’t be folded

via Gun ban would protect more than 2,200 firearms – Yahoo! News.

BREAKING Colorado Approves “High Cap” Mag Ban Bill | The Truth About Guns

“After an epic debate, Colorado Democrats advanced stricter gun-control measures Friday, ensuring that the state will be held up as an example in a national fight over tougher firearm laws,” reports.

via BREAKING Colorado Approves “High Cap” Mag Ban Bill | The Truth About Guns.

The Resistance Begins: New York Gun Owners Refuse to Register :

English: Andrew Cuomo, 11th United States Secr...

Even government officials admit that forcing New Yorkers to register their guns will be a tough sell, and they are apparently aware that massive non-compliance will be the order of the day. “Many of these assault-rifle owners aren’t going to register; we realize that,’’ a source in the Cuomo administration told the Post, adding that officials expect “widespread violations” of the new statute.

via The Resistance Begins: New York Gun Owners Refuse to Register :.

Boy, 15, shoots three adults and two kids dead with assault rifle in bloody shooting rampage | Mail Online

Gregory Griego

The massacre ignited a fiery debate on gun control and resulted in President Obama’s push last week to ban assault weapons and intensify background checks on those purchasing guns.

via Boy, 15, shoots three adults and two kids dead with assault rifle in bloody shooting rampage | Mail Online.


The Gun-Control Fight Harry Reid Can’t Win – The Daily Beast

Harry Reid

“We hear a lot about guns and self-defense, and that’s good, I understand,” he said from the podium, then said that he carried a weapon during his days as head of Nevada’s Gaming Commission. “But for me, guns are more than that. In fact, for me the most important part of guns, as far as I am concerned, in my personal life, is the recreational aspect of guns.”

“These weapons become our friends. This weapon is my friend,”  he added.

via The Gun-Control Fight Harry Reid Can’t Win – The Daily Beast.

Christian Oberender, Convicted Killer, Gets Gun Permit And Buys Arsenal Of Weapons

 Christian Oberender

He was arrested on Jan. 2 for being a prohibited person in possession of firearms, according to the Herald-Journal. As investigators looked into Oberender’s case, they realized the convicted criminal was allowed to get a gun permit without raising any red flags because the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) didn’t have a fingerprint card from his 1995 murder and there was no case disposition. Carver County Chief Deputy Jason Kamerud told the Herald-Journal that “any purchasing of guns by him was never legal but it was possible because the disqualifiers weren’t in place.”

via Christian Oberender, Convicted Killer, Gets Gun Permit And Buys Arsenal Of Weapons.


Gun advocates hold rally at NM Capitol – Times Union

Gun Rally at NM Capitol

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP)Gun rights advocates rallied Saturday at the New Mexico Capitol as part of a national series of events aimed at protesting new gun control proposals.

The “Guns Across America” rally in Santa Fe drew hundreds of gun owners and their supporters from around the state, holding signs in opposition to President Barack Obama’s sweeping package of federal gun control proposals.

via Gun advocates hold rally at NM Capitol – Times Union.


Gun advocates protest at state Capitol – Times Union

Anti-Gun Control Rall | Albany, NY State Capitol

ALBANY – Thousands have descended upon the state Capitol Saturday in protest of new state legislation that aggressively tightens New York‘s restrictions of assault-style weapons and ammunition.

Protesters gathered from around the state, fighting the bitter cold with vigorous chants of “We the People” and “Freedom.”

via Gun advocates protest at state Capitol – Times Union.