Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Followup On the True Cost of Gun Violence

Today's must read.

Miller's approach looks at two categories of costs. The first is direct: Every time a bullet hits somebody, expenses can include emergency services, police investigations, and long-term medical and mental-health care, as well as court and prison costs. About 87 percent of these costs fall on taxpayers. The second category consists of indirect costs: Factors here include lost income, losses to employers, and impact on quality of life, which Miller bases on amounts that juries award for pain and suffering to victims of wrongful injury and death.

In collaboration with Miller, Mother Jones crunched data from 2012 and found that the annual cost of gun violence in America exceeds $229 billion. Direct costs account for $8.6 billion—including long-term prison costs for people who commit assault and homicide using guns, which at $5.2 billion a year is the largest direct expense. Even before accounting for the more intangible costs of the violence, in other words, the average cost to taxpayers for a single gun homicide in America is nearly $400,000. And we pay for 32 of them every single day.

Pennsylvania Man Dies at the Shooting Range

 Keith Twiford
Local news

A shooting death at an indoor public gun range in York County last month has been ruled an accident, the York County coroner’s office announced Monday.

Keith Twiford, 22, of Harrisburg, died from a gunshot wound to the head.

Kansas Man, Presumably a Concealed Carry Permit Holder, Shoots Himself and Dies on the Way to the Hospital

Alabama 7-Year-old Shoots Himself - No Charges Expected

Local news

A 7-year-old boy was hospitalized after he apparently shot himself in the hand with a gun Monday afternoon in Leeds, according to police.

The boy apparently climbed up on top of a counter and grabbed the gun, which was on top of a refrigerator at a home on Davis Mountain Road around 4:45 p.m., Leeds Police Chief Byron Jackson said.

He shot himself in the palm, Jackson said. He was taken to Children's of Alabama hospital.

Jackson said the gun was not normally kept on top of the refrigerator, and no criminal charges are expected.

Monday, April 20, 2015

The NRA's Greatest Hero

Never forget.  The NRA's greatest hero, the one who accomplished the the most for "gun rights" was Timothy McVeigh.

Chicago Permit Holder Saves the Day

Chicago Tribune video link

John Hinckley Jr.

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Only in america would this happen, anywhere else he would be hanged
shoot the president and go live with mommy in a golf course community...
Reagan shooter finds rejection, indifference in future home

The last man to shoot an American president now spends most of the year in a house overlooking the 13th hole of a golf course in a gated community.

He likes taking walks, plays guitar and paints, eats at Wendy's and drives around in a Toyota. Often, as if to avoid detection, he puts on a hat or visor before going out.

John Hinckley Jr. lives much of the year like any average Joe: shopping, eating out, watching movies.

Hinckley was just 25 when he shot President Ronald Reagan and three others in 1981. When jurors found him not guilty by reason of insanity, they said he needed treatment, not a lifetime in confinement. The verdict left open the possibility that he would one day live outside a mental hospital.

For the past year, under a judge's order, Hinckley has spent 17 days a month at his mother's home in Williamsburg, a small southeastern Virginia city. Freedom has come in stages and with strict requirements: meeting regularly in Williamsburg with a psychiatrist and a therapist, volunteering. It has all been part of a lengthy process meant to reintegrate Hinckley, now nearing 60, back into society