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There’s already a shadowy database of American gun owners…and it was created by the NRA. September 10, 2013

Posted by Erin Ptah in News Roundup.
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Slate’s ongoing tally of (reported) gun deaths in America since Newtown, through September 10.

“But in fact, the sort of vast, secret database the NRA often warns of already exists, despite having been assembled largely without the knowledge or consent of gun owners. It is housed in the Virginia offices of the NRA itself.

“A Republican state senator from Arkansas who is leading a legislative committee on the subject of giving guns to school teachers accidentally shot a teacher during an “active shooter” drill earlier this year.

“Dallas police said that Donald Maiden Jr., who had just celebrated his 8th birthday on Sunday, was playing tag outside his apartment complex on Tuesday. According to his grandmother, Maiden ran inside to get some toys and was shot as came back outside.” (Warning for some specific gruesome imagery.)

“For the first time since 1978, someone has died of a gunshot wound in Yellowstone National Park. And for the first time since 1938, the victim was a child, a 3-year-old Idaho girl who shot herself with her father’s handgun this weekend, only three years after Congress legalized guns in national parks.

“If the known, documented and disclosed costs are added up, the [Aurora theatre] shooting has cost society upward of $17 million in the first year — a very conservative estimate. And no one can predict whether that amount eventually will double, triple or worse.”

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