Call of Duty Blamed as Boy Admits Killing Mom with Birthday-Gift Rifle
“I’m not joking at all. She’s dead. I’m scared. I killed my mom with my .22. I don’t know why I did it,” he told the 911 dispatcher. “I tried to rape her. I tried to rape her but I couldn’t do it.” He spoke of playing Call of Duty and said his mother took it away because he got bad grades. “Something just came over me,” he said.
Crooks shot her with the .22 rifle he was given as an 11-year-old.
I don’t even know what to say. Not one part of this story made any sense. Not one thing was a good decision.
I Killed My Friend
It did not appear to anyone — including me — that residing within my family’s weapons cache might affect my life. Together, my three brothers own at least a dozen weapons and have yet to harm anyone with them. Despite their guns (or, arguably, because of them), they are quite peaceable. As for me, I have three guns, one inherited and two gifts, and I’m hardly a zealot. In fact I never had much interest in guns. Yet it is I who killed a man.
The second a problem hits this close to home, the right thing to do becomes obvious to even the most ignorant and righteous.
Senate rejects gun background checks in setback for Obama
Despite emotional pleas from families of victims of the Newtown, Connecticut, shootings and broad public support nationwide, the plan to extend background checks to online and gun-show sales failed on a 54-46 vote, six votes short of the 60-vote hurdle needed to clear the Senate.
Guns don’t kill people. Heartless, careless bastards kill people by letting heartless, careless bastards buy guns.
The International Object, February 19, 2013
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Putin apparently hopes to harness the all-American boyband’s raw romantic charm through a gig in Moscow to encourage their legions of Russian fans to reproduce ahead of Valentine’s Day.
It is quite unusual for a young woman in Afghanistan to start a technology company. How did you get started?
When the god of fiction deserts you, everything must go.
As late as 1977, two-thirds of Americans believed that it was “much better for everyone involved if the man is the achiever outside the home and the woman takes care of the home and family.” By 1994, two-thirds of Americans rejected this notion.
Literature was a blank canvas that increasingly dreamed of remaining blank. “The most beautiful and perfect book in the world,” according to Ulises Carrión, “is a book with only blank pages.”
It seems that Republicans are determined to have it both ways. Gun ownership is so sacred that it’s good to ignore the law to preserve it at all costs. Abortion is so reprehensible that it’s good to ignore the law to end it at all costs.
This is just a bone thrown to Lindsey Graham, who keeps painting himself into corners and then pleading with friends to crawl in there with him in a vain attempt to save a little face.
A 2007 Nike Internet ad showing Pistorius starting to sprint in his blades with the caption: “I am the bullet in the chamber” had already been pulled.
Feeling pumped? Confident? Angry? Good. Let’s get started.
Honestly, it was about time someone made fun of these white Southern supremacist crowds and showed their callous side.
Screenshots of reviews from the NRA Practice Range app. Lots of stars, but only because 1 star is still a star. If Apple can remove other apps for political motive, there’s no reason for this app to stay up for very long.
The NRA's anti-Obama Ad Is Not Only Tasteless But Also Totally Unrealistic
Some people are calling the NRA’s new anti-Obama ad a thinly veiled threat against the president’s children. I doubt that this was its intent, but nonetheless, it’s well beyond poor taste to use Obama’s kids to make a point. (And it’s absurd on its face: Like Jenna and Barbara Bush before them, Sasha and Malia get protection at school, as do all US presidents’ children. It’s called the Secret Service.) Between this and the Shooting Range app recently released by the NRA on iOS devices, the lobbying group’s public-relations wing is failing miserably.
1) Not to mention the kerning. I was offended mostly by the kerning.
2) The Obama’s don’t have a choice in personal security. It comes with the gig, and I’m sure they hate it. There isn’t a single sane person in the world who enjoys their personal security, because they’re—by definition—less free.
3) This little detail was pushed a little under the lead, but the NRA has an Apple-approved app? Apple bans all sorts of offensive and politically controversial apps, but the NRA gets a pass?
Speaking of the first amendment. Ladies and gentleman, Ted Nugent.
“There will come a time when the gun owners of America, the law-abiding gun owners of America, will be the Rosa Parks and we will sit down on the front seat of the bus, case closed.”
And now there’s a dent in my desk.
White House won't deport CNN host Piers Morgan
“Let’s not let arguments over the Constitution’s Second Amendment violate the spirit of its First,” is how White House spokesman Jay Carney begins the response. Although the Constitution guarantees an individual right to bear arms, it “also enshrines the freedom of speech and the freedom of the press—fundamental principles that are essential to our democracy.”
Obviously we can expect a quick apology from the petitioners.
9/11 Truther and ‘Deport Piers Morgan’ petitioner Alex Jones has brilliant meltdown during gun ‘debate’ with CNN host
“You’re a hatchet man of the New World Order,” Jones declared. Meanwhile in Florida, Hulk Hogan began thinking of a return to the ring.
I think I picked the right time to expand my blog.
Connecticut town holds drive to collect and destroy violent video games
Erardi, the father of two grown children, said he didn’t believe he has the expertise to discuss whether violent video games played a role in the shooting, when asked.
"I don’t have the expertise to share an opinion on that," he said.
Some old guy who doesn’t know anything says something on television, and then a bunch of people who don’t know anything have a witch hunt.
The NRA Myth of Arming the Good Guys
A closer look reveals that their case for arming Americans against mass shooters is nothing more than a cynical ideological talking point—one dressed up in appeals to heroism and the defense of constitutional freedom, and wholly reliant on misdirection and half truths. If only Sandy Hook’s principal had been packing heat, the argument goes, she could’ve stopped the mass killer. There’s just one little problem with this: Not a single one of the 62 mass shootings we studied in our investigation has been stopped this way…
The problem with gun owners is unfortunately the same as the problem with religious extremists: no amount of evidence will ever get them to change their mind. We can read article after article, do study after study, and try our best to explain that “guns don’t kill people, but people with access to guns do,” but it doesn’t matter. They have faith in the gun, so of course more guns are the answer.
"If zombies attack"
Ever wanted to watch a pro-gun defender get torn apart with logic? Here you go.
What does it feel like to be shot?
It’s too easy to fall down the rabbit hole of Reddit threads, but I got really lost in this one. The variety of locales and situations that people have been shot (and, thankfully, survived) is staggering. What also got to me were how many people used the thread as a joke, as a platform to make a zinger, and how easy it was to feel a canyon of sadness for a girl who had been shot by her boyfriend, and then segue to laughing about a Forrest Gump reference.
During the NRA press conference last week, (full transcript), Wayne LaPierre mentioned that various (ancient) media “portray life as a joke and murder as a way of life.” It’s the one sentence from the tone-deaf speach that resonated with me. I feel like making light of situations is a natural human coping mechanism. If this Reddit thread had no jokes in it and only serious accounts of near-fatal shootings, it would be a lot harder to get through. We can’t help but portray life as a joke. Doing it any other way is too painful to comprehend.
We need a federal agent where?
David Frum tweets the probable answer from the NRA regarding a slew of recent gunshot tragedies.
We’ll probably also need a federal agent on the dash.
As An Artist, I Hope Video Games Really Do Affect People
So along with—or, really, after—the supremely important discussions of mental health infrastructure and gun control… after we acknowledge that games can’t drive someone all the way to violence and figure out what role they really play in the mind (dangerously-perturbed or not), after we explore and exhort modern, responsible, pro-active parenting….after all that, can we talk some more about games literacy, in a society-wide sense?
That sounds like a great idea. The conversation about video games has been so defensive for so long that it’s difficult to get a word in about genuine emotional reactions from video games.