“Ceci n’est pas une religion.” (via @MoAsumang) Edit: Oh. I just realized that, in the Magritte original The Treachery of Images, the thing about the painting of the pipe is that it’s a representation of a pipe, not actually pipe, etc. On that level, what does this painting/picture say? That attack weapons are a religion but …

Homeowner Who Shot Unarmed Elderly Man With Alzheimer’s Wandering His Property Won’t Be Charged | ThinkProgress

A few early morning thoughts on this tragedy: Another case in the endless stream of questionable self-defense. Self-defense lethal through the omnipresence of guns. Second case I read today where the justice system seems to swing in favor of someone with a higher standing within the established power structure. After all, self-defense isn’t always applied …

No one is talking about forbidding law-abiding, mentally sound citizens to purchase nonmilitary-style weapons that don’t hold more bullets than we have digits. The point is to ensure that we don’t sell military weapons with extended clips to the public and that the guns we do sell are purchased only by responsible people. And, once …

IN the days following the Newtown massacre the nation’s newspapers were filled with heart-wrenching pictures of the innocent victims. The slaughter was unimaginably shocking. But the broader tragedy of gun violence is felt mostly not in leafy suburbs, but in America’s inner cities. The right to bear arms typically invokes the romantic image of a …

What do we know about guns in the home and violence? Consider a 2004 study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. Researchers sought to determine whether having a firearm increases the risk of a violent death in the home and whether risk varies by storage practice, type of gun, or the number of guns …

Why Do People “Need” M4 Type Assault Rifles?

According to the NY Times, the shooter in Newtown used a Bushmaster M4 assault rifle. There are barely any reasons for this type of weapon to exist at all, and absolutely no real reason for civilian models of this weapon to exist. I heard discussion of using these weapons for self-defense; some even stated that …