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“Dick” Shot

by on Feb.15, 2015, under Games, Health, Kids, Recreation, Toys, Weapons

Ex Vice-President Dick "Dick" Cheney started the trend. dickcheney_shotgun While on a hunting trip, he shot 78 year old Harry Whittington, a Bush-Cheney campaign donor from Austin, Texas. #shootafriendintheface The injuries from birdshot are visible on his face as Harry Whittington, the man accidentally shot a.. Whittington had a heart attack after a piece of buckshot migrated to a heart muscle, but most of the other wounds were superficial. A grateful Whittington later appeared on television to apologize for the incident.
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Medical drawing of injuries to Harry Whittington

"My family and I are deeply sorry for all that Vice President Cheney and his family have had to go through this week," Whittington said. But it was too late to prevent the new fad of shooting a friend in the face. #shootafriendintheface Six year old Yang Yang was playing with his cousin in Neijiang, in southwest China's Sichuan Province, when thy came across a gun. Yang's cousin, also six years old, picked it up and shot him in the face. yangyang3 The boys returned to their house about ten minutes later, according to their grandmother, who said, “They were crying, and Yang Yang's face had a huge hole, bleeding profusely.” yangyang2 Doctors removed all 325 pellets from the blast. yangyang1 Yang's father said that both boys were terrified at what had happened. Like Whittington, Yang is expected to survive, though there will be substantial scarring. shotgun2 But he's lucky. Shotgun wounds to the face can be much more serious. shotgun_forensic And apologizing to Dick Cheney won't make it any better.
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Inside Story

by on Jul.31, 2014, under Art, History, Technology, Weapons

Sir Thomas Overbury wrote in 1613: "All the carnall beauty of my wife, Is but skin deep." renaissance-nude-lead We don't know anything about Overbury's wife, but we've always heard that it's what's inside that counts. Gun deaths have  declined 49% since 1993, nevertheless the extensive and shocking press coverage has polarized the United States on the subject of gun violence. gun_control030413 Scientists and engineers, in addition to gun enthusiasts, can understand the beauty of the designs behind certain firearms. They are machines, designed by brilliant minds of their times, and their esthetics often reflect the thought that goes to what lays inside. gunshop_1900 These x-rays by artist Nick Veasey turn these ominous looking weapons into fascinating art. The Smith & Wesson .44 revolver sw_44_l veasey-sw44 Walther PPK ppk_silenced_2 veasey-waltherppk Magnum Research Desert Eagle magde veasey_deserteagle Mauser C96 mauc96mag   veasey_mauserc96 Franchi SPAS 12 Shotgun SPAS 12 veasey_spas12   Anschutz 1418 Riflean1418ST   veasey_anschutz M1 Garand M1_Garand veasey_m1garand     Thompson M1928 "Tommy Gun" Thompson-M1928 veasey_thompsonm1 MG42 MG42 veasey_mg42 M14 M14 veasey_m14 M16 w/ M23 Grenade Launcher M2031 veasey-m16 M60 M60GPMG veasey-m60 H&K UMP-9 hk_ump-9 veasey_hkump

Gun X-rays © Nick Veasey

The x-ray pictures make these menacing weapons look intriguing and non-threatening. They become art.

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Over A Barrel

by on Jan.26, 2013, under Crime, Culture, History, Recreation, Weapons

However you interpret it, the right to bear arms is enshrined in the Constitution of the United States. With the British violations of civil rights before and during the American Revolution still fresh in the minds of the citizens of the new country, certain rights were amended to the Constitution to ensure that they wouldn't be subject to the same tyranny from their own new government. gunfetus Some consider it to be a birthright. Kids have fond memories of their first hunting or assault rifle.

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Entire families participate in shooting activities.

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Gun owners in the US don't all hunt or keep firearms for self-protection. Shooting is a recognized sport, and there are a number of shooting events in the Olympics. There are training programs to teach kids safety and marksmanship. 200323586-001 Some of the programs are sponsored by the government. paleskids-ak47 What it really comes down to is that it's no different than any other sport or potentially dangerous recreational activity. Motorcycle riders, skydivers, ATV's... as a society we recognize that people are entitled to engage in risky behavior if they choose, and we expect them to pay the consequences if they exceed their boundaries.

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  shootingsfun68 On April 19, 1995, a truck bomb exploded outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people and injuring 500. Many of the victims were children. It was the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil up to then. No guns were involved. Not a single shot was fired. okc-bombing_3
All of the materials used to build the bomb were legally obtained. Nobody deemed it practical or reasonable to make it illegal to buy diesel fuel, fertilizer, or rent a truck.
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The twin towers of the World Trade Center were brought down by terrorists armed with box cutters. The government's reaction was to curtail rights to privacy and freedom for law-abiding citizens. We've had to learn to live with warrantless wiretaps, "extraordinary rendition", and "Homeland Security", an Orwellian sounding organization that could have come out of the Nazi or Soviet states. The TSA performs intrusive searches and infants and the disabled, while letting Richard Reid board with bombs in his shoes, and Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab take flight with an underwear bomb.
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At one time we were certain we knew what constituted an assault weapon. The most important distinguishing feature was automatic fire. But Congress believes that adding an adjustable buttstock or pistol grip, which make the weapon more manageable, or a shroud to protect your hand from the heat of the barrel, or a flash hider to help you maintain your night vision make your hunting rifle into an assault rifle. None of these additions change the fundamental way the rifle shoots but Congress believes that making them illegal will save lives.
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Here's a stock Saiga AK Sporter rifle. It's made by Izhmash Arms, the premiere manufacturer of AK-47's in Russia.
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And here's the same rifle dressed for prom. It looks like something you'd see in Call of Duty, but outside of esthetics, it's the exact same rifle. Under the current proposals, the sport style rifle might remain legal, while the tactical model wouldn't.
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Mass killings didn't come with the invention of the assault rifle. A determined killer will find the means. The deadliest school killing in US history was in 1927, at an elementary school in Bath, Michigan. A school board member named Andrew Kehoe, wired the building with dynamite.
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The school exploded at 8:45 a.m. on May 18, 1927. It was determined later that a short circuit prevented the ignition of 500 pounds of dynamite and a few sacks of gunpowder, otherwise there would have been more damage.
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After the initial blast, Kehoe loaded his truck with additional explosives and drove to the school. Thirty minutes after the initial attack, while conversing with the superintendent, he detonated the truck bomb, killing himself, the superintendent, and a few others. Kehoe’s actions killed 45 people, 38 of whom were children.
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In Newtown, Connecticut, Sandy Hook School killer Adam Lanza used an AR-15, a semi-automatic replica of the military M16 assault rifle to kill 26 people, including 22 kids. Firearm opponents want to limit the number of rounds a magazine can hold to 10, 7, or even 5.
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Adam Lanza had 30-round magazines, It was reported that all of the magazines recovered contained at least 15 rounds. Even if they were fully loaded initially, smaller magazines wouldn't have reduced the carnage.
A school shooting in Dunblane, Scotland resulted in the deaths of 16 five and six year old children, along with their teacher. Shortly after 9 a.m. on March 13, 1996, Thomas Hamilton, a 43-year-old former Scout leader, burst into the gymnasium of a primary school in the tranquil Scottish town and started shooting.
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There was a huge public reaction in Scotland, and a highly successful public campaign against gun ownership. The change in UK public sentiment regarding firearms began nine years earlier in Hungerford, Berkshire when 27-year-old Michael Ryan decided to have a day out in Savernake Forest. He took along two rifles, including a fully automatic AK-47, and a pistol. As he neared the entrance to the forest, he shot Sue Godfrey just as she was putting her children in the car to leave.
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By the end of his rampage, he had shot and killed 16 people, wounded several others, killed his mother, set her house on fire, and ultimately killed himself.
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Within a year and a half of the Dunblane massacre, UK lawmakers had passed a ban on the private ownership of all handguns in mainland Britain, giving the country some of the toughest anti-gun legislation in the world.
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Although sport shooters were angry, England doesn't have the same kind of gun culture as the United States and many thousands of weapons were voluntarily surrendered after each of those incidents. All small-bore pistols, including the .22 caliber, were included in the ban, along with rifles used by target shooters. Penalties for anyone found in possession of illegal firearms range from heavy fines to prison terms of up to 10 years.
How effectively would such a ban work in the United States? At the time of the UK ban, there were about 200,000 registered handguns in England, most owned by sport shooters. It's estimated that there are over 270,000,000 modern weapons in circulation in the United States.
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In Antoine de Saint Exupéry's Le Petit Prince, the young hero encounters a king, who rules over his tiny planet. He tolerates no disobedience, and insists that his authority must be respected. pp-king

"I should like to see a sunset . . . Do me that kindness . . . Order the sun to set . . ."

"If I ordered a general to fly from one flower to another like a butterfly, or to write a tragic drama, or to change himself into a sea bird, and if the general did not carry out the order that he had received, which one of us would be in the wrong?" the king demanded. "The general, or myself?"

"You," said the little prince firmly.

"Exactly. One must require from each one the duty which each one can perform," the king went on. "Accepted authority rests first of all on reason. If you ordered your people to go and throw themselves into the sea, they would rise up in revolution. I have the right to require obedience because my orders are reasonable."

"Then my sunset?" the little prince reminded him: for he never forgot a question once he had asked it.

"You shall have your sunset. I shall command it. But, according to my science of government, I shall wait until conditions are favorable."

"When will that be?" inquired the little prince.

"Hum! Hum!" replied the king; and before saying anything else he consulted a bulky almanac. "Hum! Hum! That will be about--about--that will be this evening about twenty minutes to eight. And you will see how well I am obeyed!"

How would gun owners in the United States react? Some gun buyback operations have gotten hundreds of weapons off the streets.

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But many of the weapons aren't operational or complete anyway, and nobody believes that criminals brought their weapons for disposal.

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Even if the government were to prohibit ownership of firearms, they are likely to discover more disobedience and less respect for authority than they would like. Our impression of the British in the US is that they politely queue for buses, and always mind the gap in the Underground. They respect law and order. And they have strict laws against private gun ownership. Simon Berni was renovating his uncle's house in the village of Dinas Powys, near Cardiff, when he encountered a false wall. berni1 After breaking it open, he discovered some items wrapped in newspapers from March 1996, just a few days after the Dunblane massacre. berni5 There was a stash of more than 30 shotguns and pistols, as well as hundreds of rounds of ammunition. berni2 They were all greased for storage and well-wrapped. berni4 One set of guns was found hidden in a space behind a wall heater. Another was discovered behind a drywall panel. berni3 Police believe that the guns were unregistered, and the owner hid them rather than turning them in when the strict new firearms laws took effect. berni7 He is thought to have died after concealing the firearms without having told anybody about them. berni8 Mr. Berni commented that he "was shocked because there weren't any bricks in the wall but a lot of shotgun barrels and hand guns. They obviously belonged to somebody who knew what they were doing as they were all greased and beautifully wrapped up in newspaper." dinas1 Police were called in to carry out a search with sniffer dogs to be sure they've found all the guns. dogs-guns
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Open Season

by on Dec.30, 2012, under Animals, Food, Weapons

Illinois has some of the toughest gun control laws in the nation. If you're determined to bring home a fresh Thanksgiving turkey, but you're in an urban area, you might have to find an alternative method.

This hunter used a 2.2L 4-cylinder to take down his bird.

A friction fit was used to secure the kill to the front of the vehicle, but we would recommend straps, and to keep it away from the heat of the engine while in transport.

Finally, this turkey is actually a vulture.

Hunting without the proper knowledge and equipment can be hazardous. If you're going out for the first time, start with something small.

This hunter was out looking for rabbit.

He was apparently confused by the big ears and mistook this baby moose for his intended prey.

The outcome wasn't good for either the car or the moose.

So remember to keep it safe by using a gun. A car is dangerous in the wrong hands.

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Cap Gun

by on Oct.25, 2011, under Food, Health, Recreation, Weapons

The Three Stooges gave us the wisdom of their generation. Don't light matches around fireworks. If the water isn't coming out as expected, don't look down the hose. Don't look down the wrong end of a firearm. If you're confused about which end that is, put down the gun and walk away.

Slow learner? Still not sure?

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Scatter Gory

by on Jul.26, 2011, under Miscellaneous

In December 2007, two men brandishing sawed-off shotguns opened fire on Joe Clarke when he answered the door of his home in Fairways, Consett, County Durham, England. The steel and lead pellets entered his back, head and neck. He still managed to get away and only escaped possible death when he took refuge at a neighbor's house. The attack allegedly stemmed from a disagreement with his former girlfriend. Eight months later, five men were charged with conspiring to murder him. The courts rejected some of the evidence based on the methods the police used to collect it, and the defendants, Paul Railton, 23, of Leeholme Court, Annfield Plain; his uncle, Gary Railton, 42, of Windermere Terrace, Stanley; Simon Cairns, 20, of South View Gardens, Annfield Plain; Neil Spoor, 39, of Earnest Terrace, Stanley and Abbie Whitehead, 23, of Pemberton Avenue, Consett, denied the charge and were all cleared along with their attorney Paul Donoghue, whose home was also searched. Doctors were unable to remove the pellets because some had penetrated vital organs. Mr Clarke said, "I have lost everything. I have been told that all the pellets lodged inside me will take 25 years off my life." He is still living with the affects of the shooting, which has left him in daily pain. "The hospital said that they have never seen anything like it.I feel as though I’m the only one serving a sentence because of what happened, and there will be no justice. The sensation was like this terrible burning feeling – I’m still in pain now. But the mental side effects are much worse than the physical injuries. I’m still scared. My life since I was shot has been hell."
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