The AR-15 has to go, by Amanda Marcotte, Salon

Meet Jon Stokes: Former editor at Wired, founder of Ars Technica, and a man who really, really loves his AR-15. It’s a gun he hastens to explain is “technically a Sig Sauer MCX,” in case you were worried that his piece at Medium defending his beloved weapon would be anything but a tone-deaf temper tantrum by a man who appears to love things more than people.

“If, for you, my AR-15 ownership is prima facie evidence of my mental instability, sexual inadequacy, lack of a conscience, or what-have-you, then I honestly don’t care what you think about this issue,” Stokes scoffs, before writing his loving, erotic ode to this gun in a fashion that does very little to dissuade the reader from concerns regarding lack of conscience or sexual inadequacy.

It’s a little unclear why Stokes felt this week, of all weeks was the proper time to write his engorged tribute to his favorite toy. I realize that he really wants the world to know that his precious is imbued with awesome stopping power, but the grim fact of the matter is that the news cycle this week has done more to show off the dazzling kill abilities of the AR-15 than anything Stokes could write. If you are in doubt, here is a point-by-point comparison.

“This is all part of the reason why I, a civilian, ‘need’ a military-grade combat weapon,” Stokes explains. “I don’t want to shoot and miss; I don’t want the gun to jam because it’s dirty or cold; and I don’t want to hit my target and then have it run off into the woods and die lost and wounded because I didn’t ‘bring enough gun’.”
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Read the whole thing. It’s a brilliant juxtaposition of the selfish gun loon against the chaos and death his weapon of choice caused in Orlando. These guys drive the profits of the industry.

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Family of AR-15 Inventor: He Didn’t Intend It for Civilians

NBC News Tony Dokoupil

“Our father, Eugene Stoner, designed the AR-15 and subsequent M-16 as a military weapon to give our soldiers an advantage over the AK-47,” the Stoner family told NBC News late Wednesday. “He died long before any mass shootings occurred. But, we do think he would have been horrified and sickened as anyone, if not more by these events.” …

The ex-Marine and “avid sportsman, hunter and skeet shooter” never used his invention for sport. He also never kept it around the house for personal defense. In fact, he never even owned one. …

“What has happened, good or bad, since his patents have expired is a result of our free market system,” Stoner’s family said. “Currently, a more interesting question is ‘Who now is benefiting from the manufacturing and sales of AR-15s, and for what uses?'”

That’s the question for the rest of us.
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See the following for the answer to who gets rich off of mass murder:

Fully Loaded: Inside the Shadowy World of America’s 10 Biggest Gunmakers

They’ve kept their fingerprints off laws designed to protect their businesses — especially one that shields them from liability for crimes committed with their products.

By Josh Harkinson | June 17, 2016

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The Trump effect: Could Arizona go blue for the first time in 20 years?

by Philip Rucker, WaPo

Arizona is not the only red state where Trump is vulnerable. In Georgia, Democrats dream of capitalizing on the large black and growing Latino populations to put the state in play. And in Utah, one of the nation’s most solidly Republican states, a recent poll had the race tied. Resistance to Trump among Mormons, who make up a majority of Utah’s voters, is intense; Romney is a leader of the “Never Trump” movement.

The Mormon resistance may have an effect in Arizona as well. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints counts more than 400,000 members here, which is roughly 6 percent of the state’s population. If enough Mormons vote against Trump or stay home, it would depress his vote total.

The swing vote here traditionally is moderate Republican women — and doubts about Trump’s character has softened his support with this block. Arizona has a celebrated history of electing female executives, including Brewer and her predecessor, Democrat Janet Napolitano, which is another reason Clinton’s allies feel bullish.

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One Person, One Gun

by Adam Gopnik

Once again, the overriding lesson, as settled as social science can ever be, remains: If we had gun laws like the gun laws of most countries that resemble ours, we would have lower levels of gun violence, as they do. That would not mean that we would have no gun violence. It means that we would have less gun violence. Deranged fans would not casually assassinate young singers, and young men would not be sending desperate texts to their heartbroken mothers. It is possible to believe both that Islamist terrorism is real and that Islamist terrorism is uniquely empowered here because of the availability of guns designed to kill many people very quickly. It is impossible to make gun terrorism impossible. But it is easy to make gun terrorism hard. It begins with controlling the weapons that terror loves.

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“I Used an Assault Rifle in the Army. I Don’t Think Civilians Should Own Them.”

By NATE BETHEA

These weapons are intended for the battlefield. I don’t want an assault rifle, because I don’t want to think of my home country as a battlefield. I don’t want civilians to own assault rifles, because I think the risks outweigh the rewards. If people really do believe that they need them, maybe it’s because they see a battlefield where others don’t. …

I don’t want to believe that we live in a place so dangerous as to require these weapons. Maybe I’m naïve. Maybe I’m just waiting to be victimized. I’d rather be naïve and hopeful than face the alternative: the howling terror, the sensation that danger is kept at bay only by that familiar weight, those familiar clicks, and what comes after.

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The effort to replace Trump

By The Washington Post
Published: Saturday, June 18th, 2016 at 12:05am

“This literally is an ‘Anybody but Trump’ movement,” said Kendal Unruh, a Republican delegate from Colorado who is leading the campaign. “Nobody has any idea who is going to step in and be the nominee, but we’re not worried about that. We’re just doing that job to make sure that he’s not the face of our party.”

The fresh wave of anti-Trump organizing comes as a growing number of Republicans have signaled that they will not support Trump for president. …

In a statement Friday, Trump dismissed the plots against him.

“I won almost 14 million votes, which is by far more votes than any candidate in the history of the Republican primaries,” Trump said. “I have tremendous support and get the biggest crowds by far, and any such move would not only be totally illegal, but also a rebuke of the millions of people who feel so strongly about what I am saying.”

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We must study (gun) violence to understand it

Gun-loons insist gun control is impossible and pointless. The bad guys are the problem, they say. Yet the bloody industry tool, the NRA, fights every effort to study this violence. They don’t want the truth to be known because they fear it will limit the profitability of their bloody industry. We must study violence to understand it — including violence involving guns. Push the NRA aside.

WebMD News from HealthDay
By Robert Preidt
HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, June 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) — On the heels of yet another senseless gun massacre in the United States, the nation’s leading physicians’ organization is urging more research into gun violence.

Specifically, the American Medical Association (AMA) said Tuesday that a long-standing ban on federal government research into gun violence must be lifted to better understand and tackle the problem.

The AMA is now pledging to lobby Congress to overturn 20-year-old legislation that has prohibited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from researching the issue.

“Even as America faces a crisis unrivaled in any other developed country, the Congress prohibits the CDC from conducting the very research that would help us understand the problems associated with gun violence,” AMA President Dr. Steven Stack said in a news release from the group.

Such research would also help “determine how to reduce the high rate of firearm-related deaths and injuries,” he said.

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