The article today in Forbes starts this way and is highly recommended:
With the midterms just over a month away New York City’s former mayor Michael Bloomberg is spending at least $50 million to make his gun-control agenda part of this election. His gun-control group Everytown for Gun Safety has endorsed more than 100 federal and state candidates.
Bloomberg’s groups have been pushing for sometime to get businesses to ban guns in their facilities. On Monday, Panera Bread announced that it was asking customers not to bring guns to its restaurants” ((314) 984-1000). But much of the media coverage has been misleading and simply asking people not to bring their guns with them won’t have any legal effect. …
Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety put together a video about the risks that guns supposedly pose for women. Two points about this video:
1) This ex-husband could have seriously wounded or killed the woman without any help from a gun.
2) The presence of a gun in this case would have made a much bigger difference in the woman’s ability to defend herself than it would for a man. …
Here are some of the headlines on Target’s statement on guns in their stores.
Christian Science Monitor: “Target goes gun-free, becoming biggest US retailer asking customers to disarm”
Financial Post: “Target Corp to customers: Your guns are not welcome in our stores, even where allowed by law”
USA Today: “Target says ‘No’ to guns inside store”
USA Today: “Target ‘respectfully requests’ shoppers don’t pack heat”
The Daily Kos: “Target Speaks: No Guns”
Huffington Post: “Target: Don’t Bring Guns Into Our Stores”
WSJ: “Target Asks Customers to Keep Guns Out of Stores“
Here is one headline that gets the idea correct.…
The Fox News piece starts this way:
Is there an epidemic of school shootings? Parents are understandably fearful, but their fear is unjustified. Schools are relatively safe places, and they have gotten much safer.
While even one death is too many, the number of children killed in school shootings has declined over the last couple of decades.
Mark Glaze, the executive director of Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown For Gun Safety until earlier this month, told the Wall Street Journal that the policies that they propose enacting wouldn’t stop these attacks:
“Because people perceive a mismatch in the policy solutions that we have to offer and the way some of these mass shootings happened, you know, it is a messaging problem for us, I think.
Updated school shooting data is available here.
(Click on a figure to make it larger.)
Using data from the National School Safety Center, Slate, Michael Bloomberg (as viewed on June 13, 2014), and CNN shows a significant drop in firearms deaths at schools over the last 20 years, though there is a difference when one breaks it down separately for K-12 and universities.…
The newest piece in the Philadelphia Inquirer starts this way:
The shootings last week at Seattle Pacific University and on Tuesday at a high school near Portland, Ore., both occurred at places that banned guns — gun-free zones. The shooting last Wednesday in Canada also took place where citizens were not allowed to carry guns.
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Bloomberg’s cases involve shootings near a school and a large percentage are gang shootings after hours. While gang fights over drug turf are an important problem, they are a very different issue with different solutions than the mass public shootings where the goal is to kill as many people as possible. …