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From the country where shooting an unarmed black kid won’t even get you manslaughter July 14, 2013

Posted by Erin Ptah in News Roundup.
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Slate’s ongoing tally of gun deaths in America since Newtown, through July 14.

“It’s simple: stand your ground laws increase the chances that a homicide will be considered justifiable because it gives the jurors more leeway to give defendants the benefit of the doubt. But, jurors will likely give that benefit of the doubt to certain kinds of defendants and not others.” (Hint: it’s mostly the kind of defendant who is white, and who shot a black person.)

“The result of all this legislation…is that a defective BB gun can be recalled, but not a real gun with a similar defect.

Individuals who have threatened other people with guns lately: a 61-year-old in Wal-Mart (because they wouldn’t honor a coupon for $1 off).

“Kellermann found people turned those guns on themselves and others in the house far more often than on intruders. ‘In other words, a gun kept in the home was 43 times more likely to be involved in the death of a member of the household than to be used in self-defense,’ he says. […] And although gun injury prevention research was never more than a tiny percentage of the CDC’s research budget, it was enough to bring them under the fire of the NRA.”

“An insurance company based in Iowa has refused to renew coverage for Kansas schools that permit teachers and staff to carry concealed firearms on campus.” Remember, these are the people whose cash flow relies on schools being as safe as possible. Notice how their strategy differs from the people whose cash flow relies on the public buying as many guns as possible.

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