Two rampage killer attacks today in California. Great job, America.

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One attack took place at the University of California Merced campus: 5 stabbed, suspect commits suicide by cop. Another attack in San Diego, in a mixed residential and business area north of the city core known as Banker's Hill. The San Diego shooting is an "active situation" at the time of this blog post. Read the rest

Bizarre automatic handgun with "horseshoe" magazine

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This very odd handgun is a c.1925 French "Union" automatic pistol with "a 35-round "horseshoe" magazine to provide maximum capacity without overly hampering the gun's handling." (Forgotten Weapons)

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A peek inside Iraq's most notorious weapons market

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The fun-loving Chinese journalists in this segment manage to out-VICE VICE. 侣行 On the Road is billed as “a homemade outdoor reality show” featuring an "extreme couple" who love adventure. The pair and their team got some great footage of an open-air weapons market in Sadr City.

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Guns don't kill people, dogs with guns kill people

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Following up on their highly successful data-driven charticle about toddlers shooting people to death in America, the Washington Post publishes a new infographic about all the people being shot to death by dogs.

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This 3D-printed, portable railgun fires slugs at 560 miles per hour

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David Wirth 3D printed a 20lb railgun that fires copper-plated tungsten slugs with 1,800 joules of energy, firing them at 560mph, with so much force that they vaporize on contact with a steel-backed target. Read the rest

Guns Don't Kill People, Toddlers Do

A man shows a girl how to hold an airsoft gun at a 2013 NRA meeting. [Reuters]

This year in America, people are being shot by toddlers on a weekly basis. Check out this infographic on 2015 U.S. shooting stats, from the Washington Post's grim data-crunchers.

From The Washington Post's Wonkblog:

This week a 2-year-old in South Carolina found a gun in the back seat of the car he was riding in and accidentally shot his grandmother, who was sitting in the passenger seat. This type of thing happens from time to time: a little kid finds a gun, fires it, and hurts or kills himself or someone else. These cases rarely bubble up to the national level except when someone, like a parent, ends up dead.

But cases like this happen a lot more frequently than you might think. After spending a few hours sifting through news reports, I've found at least 43 instances this year of somebody being shot by a toddler 3 or younger. In 31 of those 43 cases, a toddler found a gun and shot himself or herself.

Gun law reform now.

[HT: Kashana Cauley]

A young NRA member, gets her photo with a non-toy rifle at an NRA convention [REUTERS]

A man shows a boy how to sight down an electronic rifle at an NRA meeting. [Reuters]

A young girl with a working handgun at an NRA convention. [REUTERS]

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Christians ‘serious about their faith’ should get a handgun carry permit, says TN politician

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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.

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What it's like to do a lockdown drill with kindergarten kids

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At Launa Hall's public school, they do regular "lockdown" drills with all the kids, including her 4- and 5-year-old kindergarten students, who have to be crowded into a locked closet and convinced to stay silent without terrifying them so much that they start crying. Read the rest

Shooting at locks in an attempt to open them

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If you don't have the patience to learn lockpicking, and a bolt cutter isn't dramatic enough, you might try shooting at the lock. Achieving success is more difficult than movies would have you believe though. (Demolition Ranch)

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"Crisis actors": a conspiracy theory that re-victimizes shooting survivors

"Social threat" is the psychologists' term for the urge to recast events that threaten our identities in new lights; it's the phenomenon behind some gun advocates' insistence that mass shootings are false-flag ops cooked up by governments to take away Americans' guns. Read the rest

Cops mistake students' telescope for rifle, fortunately no shots fired

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A group of Fargo, North Dakota police officers confronted two men they thought were mounting a rifle on a tripod behind a garage at night. One man appeared to be wearing a tactical vest. Turned out that the "tactical vest" was a sweater and the two college students were just setting up a telescope behind their house to check out the moon.

NDSU student Levi Joraanstad told WDAY 6 that he and his buddy thought that it was just a couple of their neighbors trying to prank them by shining bright lights at them and yelling.

"I was kind of fumbling around with my stuff and my roommate and I were kind of talking, we were kind of wondering, what the heck's going on?," Joraanstadt said. "This is pretty dumb that these guys are doing this. And then they started shouting to quit moving or we could be shot. And so at that moment we kind of look at each other and we're thinking we better take this seriously."

Apparently the cops apologized when they realized that they had misread the situation. "Better safe than sorry," said one of the officers. Read the rest

Mythbusters proves Walter White's boobytrap works

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Gun enthusiasts show up at Pokémon finals, police catch 'em all

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Kevin Norton and James Stumbo were arrested this weekend near the Pokémon World Championship after showing up with a 12-gauge shotgun and an AR-15 they boasted about on social media. Read the rest

Regal promises security-theater bag-searches in America's largest cinema chain

Going to the movies is getting airportified: your knapsacks, bags and purses will be searched on the way in to stop you from carrying in guns that you don't stick in your waistband or in a shoulder-holster. Read the rest

City commissioners approve shooting range/restaurant that serves booze

Daytona Beach, Florida commissioners approved a combination 12-lane indoor gun range and restaurant, that serves alcohol, to open in the city. Read the rest

Airport security confiscates three year old's fart gun

The eagle-eyed aviation security humans at Dublin Airport prevented a desperate toddler from boarding a flight while in possession of a Despicable Me Fart Blaster: "We don’t make the rules but we apply the rules consistently." (via Lowering the Bar) Read the rest

10 totally insane videos of handmade rubber band guns

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Some of the artisanal rubber band guns in these crazy videos are faithful replicas of real guns.

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