America's cult of guns
- According to the most recent Gallup Poll, about 60% of American are either "very dissatisfied" or "somewhat dissatisfied" with our guns laws and want change.
- Given this, and in the face of the horrors we see in our news feeds, why is the ability to buy and possess guns so rabidly protected by our leaders and so many of our fellow Americans?
- Rifles for hunting are one thing, handguns and repeating weapons -- such as the AR-15 used in Parkland, Sandy Hook and Las Vegas -- meant to destroy large numbers of people very quickly are another.
- This is due to new, strict laws put into place after a mass shooting in Tasmania that left 35 people dead.
- Donald Trump got elected, in part, because he kowtowed to this cult of guns, pretending to be a lover of weapons, even a member, although this was a veneer.
Nashville mayor demands stricter gun control after Waffle House shooting
- At at little after 3 a.m., 29-year-old Travis Reinking allegedly stormed the Waffle House restaurant in Antioch and used an "assault-type rifle" to carry out the carnage, authorities said.
- The shooting stopped only because of the heroics of a customer who heard the gunshots and hid near the restaurant's bathrooms, they said, before he rushed the gunman, wrestled the rifle from him and threw it away.
- Authorities suspect that the gunman, who is still on the loose, may have two weapons on him: a long gun and a handgun.
- This is the Antioch neighborhood's second mass shooting in seven months.
- A gunman killed a churchgoer and injured seven others in a church shooting last September, mere miles from the Waffle House.
- Rep. Jim Cooper, a Democrat whose district includes Nashville, joined the mayor in condemning the nation's gun laws.
Retail defaults are at an all-time high — here are all the bankruptcies and liquidations so far in 2018
- The women's clothing and footwear company said it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to help facilitate the sale of its Nine West and Bandolino businesses.
- The shoe seller The Walking Company, which operates 208 stores in the US, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in March.
- Remington filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in March amid slowing gun sales.
- Cosmetics retailer Kiko USA Inc filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January and said it would close all but four of its 29 stores and shut down its New York headquarters.
- Italian casual-dining chain Bertucci's filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in April and closed 15 restaurants.
- Southeastern Grocers, the parent company of the grocery chains Winn-Dixie, Harveys, and Bi-Lo, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in March.
Donations to NRA's Political Action Committee Surge in March
- The National Rifle Association’s political arm had a record spike in donations in March, even as students took part in demonstrations in Washington and around the country calling for stronger gun control.
- The NRA Political Victory Fund raised $2.4 million, up from $779,063 in February, according to its latest filing with the Federal Election Commission.
- In 2016, when the NRA spent $31 million either attacking Hillary Clinton or supporting the campaign of Donald Trump, its political action committee collected a little less than $1.5 million in its best fundraising month.
- The Florida Legislature enacted new controls on gun ownership in the wake of the shooting, including a three-day waiting period for the purchase of all firearms, limiting sales to those 21 or older, and banning bump stocks.
- The NRA also uses its lobbying arm, the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, to spend on elections -- and it spent $33 million in 2016.
Parkland student hosts livestream supporting 2nd Amendment while his classmates walk out
- Instead, he hosted an livestream with conservative commentators who discussed their support of the Second Amendment.
- Kashuv hosted the online forum -- dubbed "Walk UP!" rather than "walk out" -- on Periscope, where thousands of viewers tuned in to listen to commentators such as conservative columnist Kurt Schlichter, former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci and Andrew Pollack, whose daughter, Meadow, was killed in the Parkland shooting on February 14.
- Charlie Kirk, the founder of Turning Point USA, an advocacy group for young conservatives, pointed out that the Parkland shooting should've been prevented, not by gun violence, but by law enforcement agencies who missed the warning signs displayed by the shooter.
- Kirk also offered other methods of reducing gun violence in schools, such as having more armed guards on American campuses or placing more metal detectors in schools.
This is the 16-year-old behind the National School Walkout
- Students, many wearing orange, will walk out of their classrooms at 10 a.m. local time to stand in remembrance of the young victims of mass shootings and demand real legislative solutions to gun violence.
- It's expected to be the biggest walkout since March 14, when scores of students across the United States walked out of class to honor the Parkland victims and to make sure calls for change account for the broad context of gun violence.
- Lane and other Ridgefield students soon formed what would become the first chapter of the National School Walkout movement.
- Harking back to that tragedy, Lane said Friday's walkout is about ending the scourge of school shootings before another generation of American children grows numb to it all -- and about speaking for those whose lives it already has claimed.
National School Walkout renews calls for gun safety
- Students are calling for several measures, including banning assault weapons, high-capacity magazines and bump stocks; mandating universal background checks; placing a minimum age of 21 on all gun purchases; implementing waiting periods between a gun purchase and gun transfers and allowing families to petition a court to remove guns from individuals at risk of injuring themselves.
- In Florida, after Parkland students rallied at the state Capitol, Republican Gov. Rick Scott signed a gun bill called the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act. It raises the minimum age to buy any firearm in Florida to 21, bans the sale or possession of bump fire stocks and adds $69 million in funding for mental health services in schools.
- In Vermont, Republican Gov. Phil Scott banned bump stocks, limited the size of magazines, expanded background checks for gun purchases and raised the minimum age to purchase firearms to 21.
Teachers union dumps Wells Fargo mortgage promotion for members over bank's gun-industry ties
- The nation's largest teacher's union has ended a promotional program with Wells Fargo, citing the bank's continued ties to the gun industry.
- The American Federation of Teachers, representing 1.7 million workers, said it removed the Wells Fargo mortgage program from its member benefits site effective Thursday.
- The union had attempted to discuss its issues with Wells Fargo management but didn't get a response, it said in a letter Thursday that was reviewed by CNBC.
- Wells is a lender to gun-makers and the National Rifle Association.
- The union is part of a national wave of activism trying to get the firearms industry to improve gun safety and sales policies after another deadly mass shooting, this time at a Florida high school in February that left 17 people dead.
- Major car-rental companies, hotels, airlines and others also ended rewards and promotional programs with the NRA in recent months.
Dick's Sporting Goods will destroy all the assault rifles it pulled off its shelves
- Now the nation's largest sporting goods retailer is going to destroy those guns.
- A company spokesman wouldn't say how the guns would be destroyed.
- Dick's was one of a number of retailers that made changes to their gun sales policy after the February 14 massacre at Marjory Stonemen High School that killed 17 students and staff.
- L.L. Bean and Kroger (which sells guns through its Fred Meyer stores) both raised their minimum gun buying age to 21.
- Dick's CEO Edward Stack said he and other company executives were moved by the Parkland school shooting survivor's push for gun control measures.
- And he said the company was alarmed after learning that school shooter Nikolas Cruz had bought a gun at Dick's, although not the AR-15-style rifle used in the February 14 massacre.
U.S. Online Gun Market Takes a Hit From Wisconsin Court Ruling
- One of the biggest online gun markets in the U.S. can be held liable for negligence for a private sale of a weapon used in a fatal shooting spree, Wisconsin’s highest court said in the first ruling of its kind.
- The case was filed against Armslist.com, which allegedly sold a gun to a domestic-violence abuser who used it to murder his estranged wife and several co-workers in a 2012 attack on a spa in Brookfield, Wisconsin, the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence said Thursday in a statement.
- Armslist allegedly entered the online gun business after Craigslist, Amazon.com Inc. and other sites barred gun sales to protect the public.
- The ruling reversed a decision by a lower court that the federal Communications Decency Act barred the case.
- Guns sold through Armslist have been tied to other previous crimes, the Brady Center said in a statement.