The cover story for Mother Jones this month is about Bob Dowlut, NRA's general counsel, "who for 30 years has been the architect of the National Rifle Association's legal and cultural agenda." (Gawker)
Monika Bauerlein, co-editor of Mother Jones, emailed me and said that Dowlut, as a teenager, "was sent to prison for shooting his girlfriend's mother [shot three times at close range], but then had his conviction thrown out for police misconduct. It's a deeply reported and yes, empathetic story about what must have been a complicated trajectory."
Just days after yet another mass shooting in America, Tennessee’s Lieutenant Governor says Christians who are ‘serious about their faith’ should consider buying guns. The unbelievably idiotic decree to God-fearing citizens by Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey (R) was delivered via Facebook, where indeed, so many idiotic decrees are delivered.
Motor vehicle deaths continue to drop in the US this century. Firearm deaths continue to rise. If the CDC’s WISQARS data holds its path since 2013, guns will soon be America’s top killing machine. The 17 states (and one district) in order are:
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