Smith & Wesson Fights a Case in New Jersey. Gun Control Could Be the Winner. – The New York Times

“She places her gun in a red leather handbag and gets into her car. The gun, in her bag, sits in the front seat of the vehicle as she drives to work. She then brings the gun, still in the bag, to a meeting with colleagues at the office. She then takes the gun, in her bag, to lunch, where she sits at an outdoor cafe. After that, she goes to the gym — and the gun comes with her. Finally, she goes to a shooting range, where she takes the gun out and fires it at a target. “Nice pistol,” says the man next to her.

That’s the plot of a television commercial for Smith & Wesson.

However, almost everything in the ad would be illegal in at least 35 states if the woman did not have a concealed carry permit, which the ad ignores.

A largely overlooked lawsuit is playing out in New Jersey about the way Smith & Wesson advertises its wares, but the truth is the case is about much more than advertising. The outcome could have profound implications for the gun industry.

In business and policy circles, and within the gun industry itself, the case is seen as the country’s most consequential legal battle over the future of gun control.”

One Week in April, Four Toddlers Shot and Killed Themselves – The New York Times

“KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Sha’Quille Kornegay, 2 years old, was buried in a pink coffin, her favorite doll by her side and a tiara strategically placed to hide the self-inflicted gunshot wound to her forehead.She had been napping in bed with her father, Courtenay Block, late last month when she discovered the 9-millimeter handgun he often kept under his pillow in his Kansas City, Mo., home. It was equipped with a laser sight that lit up like the red lights on her cousins’ sneakers. Mr. Block told the police he woke to see Sha’Quille by his bed, bleeding and crying, the gun at her feet. A bullet had pierced her skull.”

Source: One Week in April, Four Toddlers Shot and Killed Themselves – The New York Times

This story breaks my heart. To be allowed to buy a gun, a citizen should have to go through a background check, buy a license, take a course, and pass a difficult exam. Hand guns should only be owned by law enforcement, professional security personnel, and military. Hand gun violence is reported to be much lower in countries with strict gun controls.

I am not sure that the adults who made these mistakes should be prosecuted as felons. They have been punished by their loss. We need less incarceration, and more support for the poor, the careless and even the stupid. Instead of destroying them and their families further, take away permanently, their right to own guns.

The Right to Sue the Gun Industry – The New York Times

“The question of whether the lawsuit will be allowed to proceed is at issue because Congress, prodded by the gun lobby, in 2005 foolishly granted the gun industry nearly complete immunity from legal claims and damages from the criminal use of guns.The Sandy Hook parents argue that their suit should continue because that law, the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, allows claims against companies — gun shop dealers, for example — if they knew or should have known that the weapons they sold were likely to risk injury to others. The parents contend that the maker of the Bushmaster is no less culpable because it knowingly marketed a risky war weapon to civilians.”

Source: The Right to Sue the Gun Industry – The New York Times

In Other Countries, You’re as Likely to Be Killed by a Falling Object as by a Gun – The New York Times

“Ms. Bailey was right: Being killed by a falling object is extremely rare. On average, about 680 Americans each year die this way, or about two people per million. The accident was seen as so unusual that it became national news, covered by CNN, The Los Angeles Times, MSN and The Daily Beast.Yet in other developed countries, there is another cause of death that is just as rare: homicide by gun.In Germany, for example, about two out of every million people are fatally shot by another person each year — making such events as uncommon there as the campers’ deaths in Yosemite. Gun homicides are just as rare in several other European countries, including the Netherlands and Austria. In the United States, two per million is roughly the death rate for hypothermia or plane crashes.”

Source: In Other Countries, You’re as Likely to Be Killed by a Falling Object as by a Gun – The New York Times

On Guns, We’re Not Even Trying Firearms take a life every 16 minutes in America, and we’re not even working on remedies. nytimes.com|By Nicholas Kristof

Saint Nicholas, “It’s too soon to know exactly what happened in San Bernardino, but just in the last four years, more people have died in the United States from guns (including suicides and accidents) than Americans have died in the wars in Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq combined. When one person dies in America every 16 minutes from a gun, we urgently need to talk about remedies.”

Firearms take a life every 16 minutes in America, and we’re not even working on remedies.
nytimes.com|By Nicholas Kristof

How Gun Traffickers Get Around State Gun Laws – The New York Times

“In California, some gun smugglers use FedEx. In Chicago, smugglers drive just across the state line into Indiana, buy a gun and drive back. In Orlando, Fla., smugglers have been known to fill a $500 car with guns and send it on a ship to crime rings in Puerto Rico.In response to mass shootings in the last few years, more than 20 states, including some of the nation’s biggest, have passed new laws restricting how people can buy and carry guns. Yet the effect of those laws has been significantly diluted by a thriving underground market for firearms brought from states with few restrictions.”

Source: How Gun Traffickers Get Around State Gun Laws – The New York Times

A New Way to Tackle Gun Deaths The passivity of politicians has simply enabled mass shootings. It’s time for a new approach to gun violence. nytimes.com|By Nicholas Kristof

Nicholas Kristof: “What we need is an evidence-based public health approach — the same model we use to reduce deaths from other potentially dangerous things around us, from swimming pools to cigarettes. We’re not going to eliminate guns in America, so we need to figure out how to coexist with them.

First, we need to comprehend the scale of the problem: It’s not just occasional mass shootings like the one at an Oregon college on Thursday, but a continuous deluge of gun deaths, an average of 92 every day in America. Since 1970, more Americans have died from guns than died in all U.S. wars going back to the American Revolution.”
…. “Daniel Webster, a public health expert at Johns Hopkins University, notes that in 1999, the government listed the gun stores that had sold the most weapons later linked to crimes. The gun store at the top of the list was so embarrassed that it voluntarily took measures to reduce its use by criminals — and the rate at which new guns from the store were diverted to crime dropped 77 percent.

But in 2003, Congress barred the government from publishing such information.

Why is Congress enabling pipelines of guns to criminals?”

The passivity of politicians has simply enabled mass shootings. It’s time for a new approach to gun violence.
nytimes.com|By Nicholas Kristof

Obama Condemns ‘Routine’ of Mass Shootings, Says U.S. Has Become Numb – The New York Times

“States and countries that have gun limits have far fewer gun deaths than those that do not, he said. “So we know there are ways to prevent it,” he said.
He pointed out that the government responds to mine disasters by insisting on safer mines, to weather disasters by improving community safety, and to highway deaths by fixing roads and insisting that drivers wear seatbelts.”

Source: Obama Condemns ‘Routine’ of Mass Shootings, Says U.S. Has Become Numb – The New York Times