In Guns We Trust

The FBI issued more than 4,000 requests last year for agents from the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives to retrieve guns from people who failed background checks

It was not immediately clear how many gun seizure requests agents successfully executed last year or how many weapons were ultimately recovered.

The American Way of Death.

64 thoughts on “In Guns We Trust

    • Lead Farmer says:

      “Walmart Shuts Down All Gun Sales in New Mexico After State Expands Background Check Requirements”
      “The New Mexico law, enacted in March after Democrats captured the reins of statewide government for the first time in eight years, expanded background check requirements for firearms sales to include transactions between private parties, a level of scrutiny that federal law does not require.
      To facilitate these sales, the new law mandates that federally licensed gun sellers such as Walmart, who are already required to conduct background checks by querying the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), assist private sellers by conducting background checks on their behalf.”
      See also: “NRA Wrote Op-Eds Published Under New Mexico Sheriffs’ Names to Protest Gun Control Bills, Documents Reveal”

      “I don’t think there is any mystery to understanding the passionate feelings people have for guns. Nobody really believes it’s about maintaining a militia. It’s about having possession of a tool that makes a person feel powerful nearly to the point of exaltation.” (Alec Wilkinson)

  1. Thoughts & Prayers™️ says:

    Tuesday’s school shooting in Benton, Ky., on Tuesday was the worst so far in 2018: Two 15-year-old students were killed and 18 more people were injured. But it was only one of at least 11 shootings on school property recorded since Jan. 1, and roughly the 50th of the academic year. Two decades ago there was another school shooting in West Paducah, about a 40-minute drive away. Three people were killed when a student opened fire into a prayer circle, and five more were injured.
    As of this 10 AM this morning President Trump had not publicly commented on Tuesday’s shooting although White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday told reporters Trump had been informed of the incident and offered “thoughts and prayers … with the victims and families there.”

  2. NFA 34 says:

    “An Arizona man who sold ammunition to the gunman in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history was charged Friday with manufacturing armor-piercing bullets, according to court documents obtained by The Associated Press.” “The records don’t say if the ammunition was used in the attack. Haig was charged shortly before holding a news conference Friday where he said he didn’t notice anything suspicious when he sold 720 rounds of ammunition to Stephen Paddock in the weeks before the attack that killed 58 people.”

  3. Collateral Damage says:

    ‘Please keep kids safe from guns’: How Trump replied to a 7-year-old’s anguished letter”(Washington Post) “…Townville’s kids joined a group that now includes more than 150,000 students, attending at least 170 primary or secondary schools, who have experienced a shooting on campus since the Columbine High School massacre in 1999, according to a Post analysis of online archives, state and federal enrollment figures and news stories. That doesn’t count dozens of suicides, accidents and after-school assaults that have also exposed children to gunfire.”
    See also “Children under fire : Almost two dozen kids are shot every day in the U.S. This 4-year-old was one of them.”

  4. Lucky punk says:

    “The showdown over the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act : A bill passing through Congress could change the way states recognize concealed carry permits” (CBS News “60 Minutes” 2/11/18) “The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act has already sailed through the House of Representatives and has the full support of President Trump. It has roughly 40 co-sponsors in the Senate where a showdown is shaping up between the gun lobby and law enforcement over states’ rights and the second amendment.”
    “Gun Control Is as Old as the Old West : Contrary to the popular imagination, bearing arms on the frontier was a heavily regulated business” (Smithsonian 2/5/18)

  5. stam·pede says:

    “Trump slump? Remington files for bankruptcy amid declining gun sales.”
    “The NRA has a new ad out, and its message is downright bizarre. The video encourages Trump supporters to destroy their TVs with a sledgehammer over “fake news.”” R. Crumb illustration:–robert-crumb-robert-richard.jpg

    • Supply and demand says:

      America’s oldest gun manufacturer filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, according to court papers filed in Delaware late Sunday. The move by Remington Arms Co. and its parent, Remington Outdoors, comes amid slumping sales at the firm founded more than 200 years ago. Stephen Jackson, Remington’s chief financial officer, said in the filing that the company has seen a significant decline in revenue and sales over the last 12 months. He said the “overall business and industry environments continue to cause significant financial hardship,” a situation that could be partly attributed to the perception that President Trump, a National Rifle Association supporter, won’t impose new restrictions on gun sales. There are no official federal statistics covering gun sales nationwide, but there have been correlations between the threat or risk of increased firearm regulation and so-called panic-buying among gun enthusiasts.

      • eideard says:

        Growing up in the Arsenal of America, my generation was the first in my family NOT to work at the Remington Arms factory in Bridgeport, CT. A firm not alone in bankruptcy provoked by pigheaded reliance on nutballs to feed recurrent floods of demand-at-any-price. The NRA’s siren call for gun lust ignored many realities — not the least of which was an end to panic buying by folks who need bigger and “better” firearms to feel virile in the face of sensible regulation. Another statistic diminishing in the era of Trumpiness.

  6. Thoughts & Prayers™️ says:

    Law enforcement struggling to combat unregulated, DIY “ghost guns.” CBS News correspondent Carter Evans explains.
    Recent school shootings in the US (FOX News 2/14/18)
    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 12:50 PM – 14 Feb 2018
    “My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting. No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school.”

    • KAPOW! says:

      Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced on Friday that she would not stand in the way of states that want to use federal grants to purchase guns for schools, emphasizing that it’s a decision for local officials to make.
      “I have no intention of taking any action concerning the purchase of firearms or firearms training for school staff under the [Elementary and Secondary Education Act],” DeVos said in a letter to Rep. Bobby Scott, the top Democrat on the House education committee.
      DeVos’ letter comes as Democrats and some education groups had asked the Trump administration not to allow federal education grants to be used for firearms after The New York Times first reported last week that the Education Department was considering the issue.
      “Student Support and Academic Enrichment grants — known as Title IV-A — are distributed to states, which allocate the money after districts draft plans on how the money would be spent.
      The statute that created the $1 billion program offers states considerable flexibility and, unlike another pot of federal money, does not ban use for firearm purchases.
      The law specifies that larger districts have to spend at least 20 percent of the money on school health and safety. The Obama administration suggested schools spend funds in that category on mental health services, nutrition programs and drug prevention.”

  7. Collateral Damage says:

    A 9-year-old wanted a video game controller from his 13-year-old sister — so he shot her in the back of the head, police say.
    “According to a 2017 report in the medical journal Pediatrics, firearms-related injuries are the third leading cause of death for children between the ages of 1 and 17 in the United States. From 2012 to 2014, an average of 1,297 children in the United States died each year from a firearm-related injury, the study showed.
    Analyzing data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, The Post’s editorial board found that “on average, 23 children were shot each day in the United States in 2015. Of the approximately 8,400 shootings, 1,458 were fatal, a death toll that exceeds the entire number of U.S. military fatalities in Afghanistan this decade.”

  8. Laugh Riot says:

    “Georgia governor candidate aims gun at teen in campaign ad. ‘Get over it,’ he tells critics.”
    The ad shows Kemp, Georgia’s secretary of state, sitting in a room filled with firearms. he holds a shotgun in his lap, cleaning it off as he speaks to the camera.
    “I’m Brian Kemp, this is Jake, a young man interested in one of my daughters,” he said.
    “Yes, sir,” a nervous Jake replies.
    “Jake asked why I was running for governor,” Kemp said before listing off several reasons, including capping government spending, cutting regulations and promoting small business.
    Finally Kemp asks, “and two things if you’re going to date one of my daughters?”
    “Respect,” Jake responds, and “a healthy appreciation for the Second Amendment, sir.”
    Kemp then closes the gun, as if it was ready to fire, pointing it toward the teenager.
    “We’re going to get along just fine,” Kemp says, as the young man grins anxiously.

  9. ИЯД says:

    The number of homicides committed using guns has gone up by nearly a third nationwide in recent years, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    The CDC found a 31 percent increase in homicides involving firearms from 2014 to 2016. In 2014, 11,008 homicides involved a gun. The number rose to 14,415 by 2016, the CDC team said.
    Guns were by far the most common weapon used in homicides, the CDC team found.

  10. Rick O'Shay says:

    “NRA dodges bullet with Ninth Circuit’s ruling on open-carry” (SF Chronicle 7/28/18) “The National Rifle Association received an unlikely gift last week when the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled in favor of open-carry of firearms. News of the decision gives the trade group masquerading as a civil liberties organization a chance to reload its campaign against American civility.
    To be clear, the court is not the villain; that Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain interprets the right to “bear arms” in the Second Amendment to mean as “on your person and for purpose of self-defense” is not unreasonable; the U.S. Supreme Court will get the final word upon appeal at a later date.”

  11. Hope says:

    The National Rifle Association says it could soon face a financial crisis that will force it to shut down some of its operations, including broadcasts by its NRA TV division. The pro-gun rights group blames a campaign by New York’s Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo aimed at discouraging insurance companies and other financial institutions from doing business with the NRA. The gun rights organization has filed a lawsuit against Cuomo and the New York Department of Financial Services in federal court, alleging that Cuomo and state regulators seek to “deprive the NRA and its constituents of their First Amendment rights to speak freely about gun-related issues and defend the Second Amendment.
    The NRA Is in Big Trouble, and Parkland Teen Activists Could Be the Reason The National Rifle Association is apparently in major financial trouble. Rolling Stone obtained legal documents filed by the NRA against the state of New York, which argue that the powerful gun-rights lobby has been losing millions of dollars as a result of new restrictions in the state. These new regulations, which restrict some NRA activities in New York, were in part prompted by youth anti-gun violence activism following the tragic and fatal shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in February. See also

  12. Mike says:

    “Meet the Ultra-Organized Teenager Masterminding Parkland’s Midterms Push” (Vanity Fair October 2018 issue) “The March for Our Lives movement began with an eruption of anguish. But changing America’s gun laws will take long-term logistical prowess. That’s where Jaclyn Corin comes in.”
    “US gun regulation debate deeply divided along racial, socioeconomic lines” (The Mainichi, Japan 9/18/18)

  13. Mike says:

    “A year ago Fourteen students died on Feb. 14, 2018, in Parkland, Fla., inspiring marches, new laws and widespread calls to stop the onslaught of gun deaths. But in the year since one of the worst school shootings in the United States, nearly 1,200 more children have lost their lives to guns in this country.” (NYT)
    ‘Since Parkland’: A remarkable project by teen journalists about kids killed by guns in America (Washington Post)
    “Since Parkland”

  14. Déjà vu says:

    “A Virginia bill designed to ban sales of large-capacity magazines similar to those used by the Virginia Beach gunman died in committee in January on a party-line vote.
    The fate of the legislation, SB1748, was so widely expected that the outcome drew virtually no public attention. For more than 20 years, Republicans and a few rural Democrats in the General Assembly have killed almost every measure aimed at restricting gun ownership.
    The GOP blocked a major push for gun control after the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings, where 33 people died. They chose instead to respond to that shooting by joining Democrats to enact mental-health reforms.” (Washington Post June 1, 2019)

  15. Health and Safety says:

    Former Texas representative and 2020 hopeful Beto O’Rourke railed against Congress late Saturday for not doing enough to stop gun violence after yet another mass shooting. After a gunman in west Texas left at least 5 dead and 21 injured, O’Rourke told voters in Virginia that “there is no reason” Americans should live with such gun violence. “Not sure how many gunmen, not sure how many people have been shot. Don’t know how many people have been killed, the condition of those who have survived. Don’t know what the motivation is, do not yet know the firearms that were used, or how they acquired them. But we do know that this is fucked up,” he said.
    “There is no reason that we have to accept this as our fortune,” he said, “And yet functionally, right now, we have.” He went on to slam Congress, which he said “will not even pass universal background checks or close those loopholes that allow people to buy a firearm when they should not be able to.” The El Paso native has become outspoken on gun control following the shooting at a Walmart in his hometown that left 22 dead and dozens injured.

    Texas Set to Ease Gun Restrictions One Day After Odessa Shooting : 10 bills set to take effect Sunday, all of which the NRA praised as “protecting your Second Amendment rights” earlier this week.

    • Fox News says:

      CNN fails to bleep out Beto’s F-bomb during gun control rant following shooting
      O’Rourke later tweeted out part of his comments from the CNN interview and dropped another F-bomb, as part of his recap.
      “Thoughts and prayers have done nothing to stop the epidemic of gun violence. Yes, this is f–ked up; and if we don’t call it out for what it is, we will continue to have this bloodshed in America,” he repeated.
      He followed up with a second tweet an hour later, defending his use of foul language and said it’s more profane for an infant to get shot, than for someone to curse on TV.
      “Profanity is not the f-bomb. What is profane is a 17 month-old baby being shot in the face,” he tweeted.

  16. Annie says:

    Claire Chase, a Republican candidate for U.S. House in southern New Mexico, shoots at a “red flag” in an online campaign ad shot in Caprock, N.M. to protest a state red-flag gun law. In the ad she challenges “Santa Fe liberals” to come and take her firearm. She then shoots a red flag with a rifle to show her displeasure with the proposed red-flag gun law.
    A bill heading to the governor’s desk would allow law enforcement to petition a court for the temporary surrender of guns by people who appear to pose a danger to themselves or others.
    Conservatives, some sheriffs and gun-rights advocates say the measure is unconstitutional.

    • Facts & evidence says:

      “Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health researchers find that strong state firearm laws are associated with fewer firearm homicides–both within the state where the laws are enacted and across state lines. Conversely, weak firearm laws in one state are linked to higher rates of homicides in neighboring states.”
      Results of the study appear in the journal Epidemiology, and are based on an analysis of county-level data on firearm homicides as they relate to state gun laws between 2000 and 2014.
      Around 14,000 Americans civilians die and over 75,000 people are treated in emergency departments because of gun violence every year. This study adds evidence that the count and composition of states’ gun laws affect within-state homicide incidence. The associations are strongest for background checks compared to other gun laws, including child access prevention laws, dealer registration laws, and licensing laws. As well as examining within-state effects, the research is one of the few studies to explore the potential effects of gun laws on homicides in neighboring states, with the results emphasizing that firearm laws spill over state lines.
      Epidemiology: “Firearm Homicide Incidence, Within-State Firearm Laws, and Interstate Firearm Laws in US Counties” (10/19/20),_Within_State_Firearm.98355.aspx scroll down for related articles

  17. Deadeye says:

    “Gab mocked for ‘The American Dream’ picture with dog holding gun at BBQ, Internet asks ‘want lead with steak’.
    Social media users also criticized the idea behind the picture which was later pointed out that it’s from the video game ‘The American Dream’, a satire about gun culture”
    The American Dream – Gameplay Trailer

  18. Fetishists says:

    Less than a day after 10 people died in the mass shooting in Boulder, Colorado, Republican Sen. John Kennedy thought comparing the problem to drunk driving would be an appropriate analogy.
    “We have a lot of drunk drivers in America that kill a lot of people,” Kennedy said during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun control on Tuesday.
    Republicans Bravely Announce Plans to Do Nothing to Stop Mass Shootings : Sorry they’re not sorry about all the senseless, easily preventable killings.

  19. 4therecord says:

    In a deep investigation, the Associated Press has uncovered that at least 1,900 military weapons have been lost or stolen in the last decade. Many of them ended up being involved in violent crimes.
    The Pentagon used to share with members of Congress the number of weapons that were either lost or stolen. Nevertheless, that requirement ended years ago. So, using the Freedom of Information Act requests, the AP reviewed hundreds of military criminal case files or property loss reports of small arms.
    According to the AP’s report, the Army and Air Force couldn’t even pinpoint the number of weapons that have disappeared in the decade between 2010 and 2019. Furthermore, the Associated Press stated the military is trying to suppress those numbers.

  20. All4fun says:

    About a week ago, a company in Utah that makes custom modifications to firearms debuted what it described as a fun new product: a kit that encases Glock handguns in red, yellow and blue Lego blocks, refashioning lethal weapons to look exactly like children’s toys.
    “We have been building guns out of blocks for the last 30 years and wanted to flip the script to aggravate Mom,” Provo-based Culper Precision explained on its website. It went on to argue that personal defense is a right granted by God and that gun ownership is protected by the Constitution before getting to the most important reason the company was selling “BLOCK19,” as the design was named, for $549 to $765, depending on the specifics.
    “There is a satisfaction that can ONLY be found in the shooting sports and this is just one small way to break the rhetoric from Anti-Gun folks and draw attention to the fact that the shooting sports are SUPER FUN!” the site proclaimed, exuding a bravado that would prove to be short-lived. “Here’s the thing. Guns are fun. Shooting is fun. 30 rounds full auto is fun.”

  21. Downrange says:

    America’s infatuation with guns is a national security threat. And it appears poised to get even worse.
    On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case challenging a New York state law that requires a license to carry a concealed weapon. In New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen, the plaintiffs argued the law violates the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms by permitting the state to issue licenses only to those who can show a particularized need.
    A majority of the justices appeared sympathetic to the association’s argument, and we now await their decision on whether they will strike down the New York statute. The court could go even further and hold that the Second Amendment protects the right to bear arms without restriction.

  22. FYI says:

    Authorities say assailants have found a new way to boost their firepower by using small, illegal devices that turn semiautomatic handguns and rifles into rapid-fire machine guns.
    Called “auto sears,” the metal or plastic pieces are fitted inside the firearms and can be purchased on the Internet or made on 3-D printers. They allow weapons to fire up to 1,200 bullets a minute.
    Semiautomatic guns fire each time a trigger is pulled; fully automatic guns continue to fire with one pull of the trigger, until emptied of bullets. Many guns have ammunition drums or magazines attached, enabling the firearm to hold dozens of bullets.
    ATF classifies auto sears as machine guns, and possessing one is a federal offense. Authorities say installing one on a gun is relatively easy. The auto sears also are known as “giggle switches.”

  23. Thoughts and Prayers says:

    In America, a child is shot every hour, and hundreds die. Here are 13 young lives lost in 2021.
    Just how many were taken by gun violence last year will remain unknown until the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention releases its data months from now. But in 2020, the number exceeded 2,200 — by far the highest total in the past two decades — and 2021′s tally is expected to be worse.

  24. Yahrzeit says:

    The “Pittsburgh synagogue shooting” was an antisemitic terrorist attack which took place at the Tree of Life – Or L’Simcha Congregation synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, during Shabbat morning services on October 27, 2018.
    Eleven people were killed and At least six others were injured, including four Pittsburgh Police officers. The perpetrator is awaiting trial.

  25. 2nd adamant says:

    How many mass shootings took place in the US in 2022?
    There is no common definition of a mass shooting – depending on which database is used, there were seven to 753 mass shootings across the US in 2022.

    According to a tally by the non-profit Gun Violence Archive, between January 1 and 23, 2023, there have been at least 39 such incidents in which four or more people were shot or killed – not including the attacker – in a single incident.

    Mass shooting comparative statistics chart

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