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Self-aiming sniper rifle can be pwned over the Internet


The $13,000 Trackingpoint sniper rifle is vulnerable to wifi-based attacks that allow your adversary to redirect bullets to new targets of their choosing.

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"Armed man" was actually armed with musical instruments

DO-NOT-USE-DO-NOT-USE-DO-NOT-USE-DO-NOT-USE In Tongham, England, police responded to a call about a man walking around with a shotgun. Turned out, he was carrying two didgeridoos.

"Due to the nature of the call, armed officers were sent to the scene," a police spokesperson told getSurrey. "The police helicopter was also deployed. A search was carried out and a man was located in the area. Officers established that he was in fact carrying two didgeridoos and the incident was closed."

'Death comes soon' to U.S., wrote Facebook user believed to be Louisiana gunman

A police officer stands at the entrance to a movie theatre, near flowers left for victims of a Thursday night shooting, in the theatre in Lafayette, Louisiana July 24, 2015. John Russell Houser, an Alabama drifter, opened fire inside the crowded movie theater, killing two women, police said, in the latest act of random gun violence to shock the United States. REUTERS/Lee Celano.


A police officer stands at the entrance to a movie theatre, near flowers left for victims of a Thursday night shooting, in the theatre in Lafayette, Louisiana July 24, 2015. John Russell Houser, an Alabama drifter, opened fire inside the crowded movie theater, killing two women, police said, in the latest act of random gun violence to shock the United States. REUTERS/Lee Celano.

God hates rampage killers.

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Are remote-firing gun drones legal?

gundroneHere's a new second-amendment thing for America to fight about: drones equipped with remote-controlled firearms! Is it legal? Is it stupid?

"This is as stupid as loading a gun, getting it ready to fire, and handing it to your dog," says one attorney specializing in firearms law. Which isn't, of course, to say that its illegal.

The video above depicts the device—a handgun mounted on a quadcopter—shown to Hopes and Fears' panel of experts. It might not be very accurate, but hey: who needs accuracy if the target's a crowd? (Previously.)

Bill would close South Carolina "gun law loophole" that let shooter own firearm

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A "clerical error" allowed Charleston spree killer Dylann Roof's purchase of a firearm. Rep. James Clyburn wants the loophole that permitted this closed off.

Clyburn's (D-South Carolina) bill aims to end the "default proceed" rule. The rule currently allows federally licensed firearms dealers who have initiated a background check to sell the firearm if they have not been notified by the FBI within three business days whether or not the sale of a firearm to a certain individual would violate federal laws.

In other words, as it stands, if a background check isn't completed within a certain period, 'lil Anton Chigurh gets a gun.

Gun Dog: “Part dog, part gun, all cop!”

A short film from a few years ago by 39 Degrees North: GUNDOG. “Part dog, part gun, all cop!”

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Australian comedian Jim Jefferies on guns and gun control

jimjefferies "Protection? What the fuck are you talking about? You have guns because you like guns." [NSFW. video link]

Guns don't kill criminals as often as criminals use guns to kill innocent people

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There is one justifiable use of a privately owned gun to kill a criminal for every 34 murders committed with a firearm in America. Looking at the horrible gun death statistics recently shared by the Violence Policy Center, I can only shake my head and wonder what it'll take to reform America's love of guns.

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Uber bans guns

guns The taxi-ish service has forbidden drivers and customers from carrying firearms.

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Unbelievable boy's toy gun ad from 1964: “Johnny Seven OMA (One Man Army)”

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TV ads for kids' toy weapons like this 1964 spot for “Johnny Seven OMA (One Man Army)” were so much more barbaric in the 1960s--but gun violence numbers in America were lower back then.

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Texas plans to loosen gun laws proceed

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Investigators still aren't clear on the details of what went down over the weekend between biker gangs in Waco, Texas, that killed 9, but politicians know what needs to be done: more guns!

On Monday, deliberations over a bill that would allow for the open carrying of handguns in Texas went on as scheduled in the state’s Senate. Lawmakers offered support for the measure, which has already passed Texas House. “This bill does not have anything to do with what went on yesterday," a state senator remarked. This sentiment was echoed by others, including Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who told the AP on Monday: "The shootout occurred when we don't have open carry, so obviously the current laws didn't stop anything like that.”

Dont mess with Texas: please mop up the blood.

Explore the world's most dangerous countries at Homicide Monitor

x 2015-05-10 at 5.34.16 PM A gorgeous interactive website shows where all the murders are. The US is mysteriously worse than the rest of the developed world—it's almost as if something lethal was just lying around everywhere waiting for someone to get angry.

HOWTO make headphones out of old bullets

Got some extra .40 cal casings kicking around and want to cosplay the scene in the Dark Tower books where the gunslingers stick bullets in their ears to block out the siren call of the "thinny?"

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The 17 states where guns kill more people than cars do

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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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Defensive gun ownership is a farce

Sam

The story that gun owners defend themselves in numbers large enough to justify the tragic number of accidental gun deaths is pure fantasy.

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Cops cancel "let us search your house for guns" program

Police in Beloit, WI planned to fight gun-violence by asking citizens to let them come into their houses and search for guns, but not many people were interested in this offer.

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