Gun violence researchers at UC Davis are racing to save the ATF's gun violence data before Trump blows it away

Magdalena Cerdá and Garen Wintemute are epidemiological researchers with US Davis's Violence Prevention Research Program; when they witnessed the Trump administration's mass-deletion of publicly funded EPA research, they feared gun violence stats would be next. Read the rest

Chair made out of gold-plated AK-47s

Rainier Weber pays tribute to Rainier Weber with this chair, "upholstered in luxurious hand woven fabric from London and Venice" and matching lamp. The 22k-plate set is $127,000. (via Crazy Abalone) Read the rest

Florida man shot cat that "looked at him like he owned the place"

Orlando News 6 reports that a Florida man shot a cat that shat in his yard, telling officers it "looked at him like he owned the place". The cat was paralyzed and had to be killed, reports Loren Korn.

"It was just a poor judgment call," the man, who declined to share his name, said of his decision to shoot. He said he didn't know it was someone's pet but admitted to shooting at cats before, never hitting one.

"It was not my intention to hurt that cat. All I wanted to do was get it out in front of my walkway, stop pooping. For the flies and the smell is just horrendous," he said

The man said he has several health issues and is on disability. He hopes to be only punished with a fine instead of a felony, fearing he might lose his income if charged.

"I'll be homeless. Might be a death sentence for accidentally shooting some cat," he said.

Isn't "fantasizing about being the real victim" the center square on Florida Man Bingo? Read the rest

Watch these guys blast stuff with homemade glass shotgun slugs

YouTuber TAOFLEDERMAUS will try to shoot ammunition made of anything viewers send or suggest. After a glassblower named Sam sent them some handmade glass slugs, they shot them with pretty crazy results. Read the rest

12-year-old boy pulls gun on girl and demands Chicken McNugget

A 12-year-old boy demanded a Chicken McNugget from a girl who had just bought some, then held a gun to her head and asked again.

She pushed the gun away and boarded the train, and he was later taken into custody, police say. The New York Police Department says the gun has not been found, and it remains unclear whether it was real or a replica. They say the boy was released on Thursday, and the case has been referred to the family courts.

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Charleston shooter Dylann Roof found guilty in racist 2015 massacre of 9 black church members

A jury in South Carolina today convicted Dylann S. Roof in the racially motivated killings of 9 black people in a church in Charleston. He faces the possibility of a death sentence.

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Sandy Hook Promise releases a powerful PSA about gun violence

You can find more information on the Sandy Hook Promise website. Read the rest

Guitar made from shotgun that still shoots

Rev. Peyton of the Big Damn Band plays a three-stringed "Guitgun" that he designed and Bryan Fleming fabricated.

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Happy Gunsgiving!

From Glock, makers of fine handguns and honest tweets about America's Thanksgiving roots in pie and lethal force.

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Ballistic gel "farts" after a bullet passes through it

Ballistic fart

This Imgur video shows a bullet of unknown caliber passing through a block of ballistic gelatin, "a testing medium scientifically correlated to swine muscle tissue") followed by a mysterious explosion within the gelatin (one Imgur commenter says it's just "the fire tetrahedron of, oxygen, fuel & heat" trapped in the gel) which produces the most satisfying little fart when it's done. (via JWZ) Read the rest

Gun fight from Collateral explained shot for shot

Michael Mann's Collateral has one of the simplest and most startling shootouts in movie history. Even though it's short and unvarnished—every bullet fired in a single stationary camera shot interrupted only to see Jamie Foxx's reaction—actor Tom Cruise gets every motion just right.

In this video, Larry Vickers, a retired special forces veteran, carefully recreates the scene moment by moment, explaining the rationale behind each action. It's striking how much care Mann and Cruise took to get it right, given Hollywood's usual cartoon gunplay. [via]

Here's the original for reference:

(I also like how Collateral was shot digitally just as the technology matured, giving it a weird, evocative look that's reminiscent of both VHS and 16mm, and now seems perfectly mid-2000s) Read the rest

Mario theme performed with trumpet and handgun

Charlie Cook performs cover versions of songs with a gunslinging twist. Read the rest

Leatherman MUT: great-looking successor to the Skeletool

There was a time when I had a lot of multitools: it started innocently, with a classic Leatherman "pocket survival tool," which I carried everywhere, and because when you have a multitool, everything looks like a screw, bottlecap, thing-in-need-of-sawing/scissoring, or filing, I used it all the time. Read the rest

Video: Mall cop pulls gun on driver who knocked over traffic cone

CBS News's Betty Yu reports that San Jose's Westfield Valley Fair mall is being sued after one of its guards, Francis Lancaster-Abraham Fielding, pulled a gun on a driver who knocked over a traffic cone. Read the rest

Black voter registration is inversely correlated with black death at police hands

Correlation is not causation, and the data-set is awfully small (39 incidents), but computational epidemiologist Maimuna Majumder is working with what's available, because the federal government won't fund research into gun fatalities, and does not require states to gather data on police use of force. Read the rest

Shooting at South Carolina's Townville Elementary school injures 1 teacher, 2 kids. Teen suspect arrested.

Two students and a teacher were injured in a shooting today at Townville Elementary School in Anderson County, South Carolina. A teenager identified as the shooting suspect is now in police custody.

“A bad man came to our school today,” 4-year-old Townville student Amber Jolly told a television news reporter.

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NRA is spending $3m on pro-Trump ad that says Clinton "will leave you defenseless"

The Citizens United ruling says that organizations like the NRA can spend as much as they want to support political candidates, provided that they don't coordinate with the campaign, which means that it's just a happy coincidence that the day after Donald Trump called on gun enthusiasts to assassinate Hillary Clinton and federal judges, the NRA announced that it would spend $3M on the most-expensive-to-date pro-Trump ad, which would focus on Hillary Clinton's alleged plan to "leave you defenseless" by taking away your guns. Read the rest

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