Tuesday, May 7, 2013
A Kentucky boy accidentally shot his 2-year-old sister to death with a gun he got for his birthday.
Two-year-old Caroline Sparks loved playing outside, singing, and her 5-year-old brother, who accidentally shot her to death last week with the .22-caliber rifle he got for his birthday. CNN reports the children's mother had stepped outside for just a few minutes when the accident occurred. It was the third time in about a month that someone was shot to death by a child under 6. The boy's gun was a Crickett rifle marketed specifically for young children as "my first rifle," the CNN story said. The gun stocks come in colors such as pink and blue. Officials in Kentucky noted that gun ownership among young children is common in the area. “It’s a normal way of life, and it’s not just rural Kentucky, it’s rural America – hunting and shooting and…
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Nelson, Ga., follows Kennesaw's example in mandating gun ownership for households while Connecticut looks to strengthen gun controls - both attempts to improve safety - but which is the most effective?
Wednesday, April 3
After passing a law requiring gun ownership for each household, the little town of Nelson, Ga. was the talk of the nation this week. The City Council approved the ordinance maintaining it was a deterrent to potential criminals. Kennesaw, Ga. passed a similar law 21 years ago and the city's Police Lt. Craig Graydon told Kennesaw Patch that he was not surprised another city had opted for a similar ordinance. He said for years he had fielded calls from reporters around the world interested in the city's famous 1982 gun law. With some exceptions, the ordinance requires that every homeowner in Nelson be required to own a gun. The exceptions include convicted felons, those who suffer from certain physical or mental disabilities and anyone who …
Saturday, March 30, 2013
The 'campus carry' provision was a sticking point in the 2013 legislation.
The controversial Georgia legislation aimed at loosening gun restrictions went down to the wire in the 2013 General Assembly -- and did not pass. Senate Bill 101 never came to a vote on Thursday (March 28), the final day of the 2013 Georgia legislative session. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the legislation got hung up on the provision that would allow firearms to be carried on college campuses. Senate Bill 101 also would have allowed guns in churches, and allowed local school boards to arm administrators. Reportedly, House and Senate negotiators had agreed, after urging by Gov. Nathan Deal, to allow concealed weapons permit holders to carry weapons on college campuses -- with the stipulation that permit holders between 21 …
Friday, January 18, 2013
President Obama said the laws, including universal background checks and a renewed ban on assault rifles, would lead to "fewer atrocities like the one that happened in Newtown."
Friday, January 18
Alongside Vice President Joe Biden and a group of children who had written in support, President Barack Obama signed a proposal to Congress on Wednesday to strengthen United States gun laws. These included universal background checks, limiting the number of bullets in a clip and renewing a ban on military-grade assault rifles. "If America worked harder to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people, there would be fewer atrocities like the one that occurred in Newtown," the president said. Obama listed some specific measures, including a 10-round limit on magazines for firearms, and asked Congress to confirm Todd Jones to fill the long-dormant role of chief for the Bureau of Alchol, Tobacco and Firearms — and briefly mentioned other …