Kids And Gun Death In America.


By Jueseppi B.

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Terrible tally: 500 children dead from gunshots every year, 7,500 hurt, analysis finds


From NBC News :


NBC News – About 500 American children and teenagers die in hospitals every year after sustaining gunshot wounds — a rate that climbed by nearly 60 percent in a decade, according to the first-ever accounting of such fatalities, released Sunday.


In addition, an estimated 7,500 kids are hospitalized annually after being wounded by gunfire, a figure that spiked by more than 80 percent from 1997 to 2009, according two Boston doctors presenting their findings at a conference of the American Academy of Pediatrics, held in Orlando, Fla.


Eight of every 10 firearm wounds were inflicted by handguns, according to hospital records reviewed by the doctors. They say the national conversation about guns should shift toward the danger posed by smaller weapons, not the recent fights over limiting the availability of military-style, semi-automatic rifles.


“Handguns account for the majority of childhood gunshot wounds and this number appears to be increasing over the last decade,” said Dr. Arin L. Madenci, a surgical resident at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and one of the study’s two authors. “Furthermore, states with higher percentages of household firearm ownership also tended to have higher proportions of childhood gunshot wounds, especially those occurring in the home.”


Among homes with children, rates of gun possession ranged from 10 percent in New Jersey, for instance, to 62 percent in Montana, the researchers found.


Madenci, and his colleague, Dr. Christopher Weldon, a surgeon at Boston Children’s Hospital, tallied the new statistics by culling a national database of 36 million pediatric hospitalizations from 1997 to 2009, the most recent year for which figures are available.


During that period, hospitalizations of kids and teens aged 20 and younger from gunshot wounds jumped from 4,270 to 7,730. Firearm deaths of children logged by hospitals rose from 317 in 1997 to 503 in 2009, records showed.


Patcine McAnaul visits the grave of her 3-year-old son, Will, who died in 2009.

Among those victims may have been 3-year-old Will McAnaul, who died on July 21, 2009 in Dayton, Ohio. The preschooler discovered his father’s loaded handgun under his parents’ bed and accidentally shot himself.


His mother, Patcine McAnaul, found her son, who was helicoptered to Dayton Children’s Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead from a single gunshot wound to the face.


Four years later, his family is still struggling with the loss of the little boy who loved the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Star Wars and bouncing on his trampoline. He marched through the house singing his favorite church song, “Soldier in the Lord’s Army,” whose lyrics are now etched on his gravestone.


“From the moment he could talk and walk, his main goal was to make everyone smile,” recalls McAnaul, 31. “He wanted everyone to be happy.”


Their grief has been compounded by outside blame in a society deeply divided over gun rights issues.


“That’s what I think is the hardest about this situation,” McAnaul said. “It’s not like your child died of cancer, or they died because of a drunk driver. This is a situation where people can point their finger at you. Part of you can’t blame them. And another part of you is like, ‘That’s not fair. We’re amazing parents.’”


Will’s death was a tragic accident, his mother said. After a burglary at a neighbor’s home that occurred shortly before the accident, Will’s father, Ryan McAnaul, had placed the gun “in reach,” Patcine said, adding that it wasn’t in sight when Will found it.


“I always just try to think of my husband because I feel like he gets the brunt of this,” she said. “There have been people who have said, ‘I can’t believe you guys are still married.’ And I’m like, ‘What?’ You can’t blame someone for something like that. I know how great of a dad he is. When people say that, it just breaks my heart … And I know he’s dealt with it, and still to this day he deals with the guilt of it.”


Today, the family, which includes four children, relies on their deep faith and their memory of the little boy who wanted to someday be a pilot. Patcine McAnaul started a blog, where she writes about her deepest struggles and fondest memories.


In time, she says, she grasped onto the notion that her life and her pain aren’t “my permanent sentence.” That allows her to be present for her remaining children and her husband and to move forward instead of dwelling on “the negative.”


“We have joy in our lives today,” she said. “That surprises people when they meet us.”


McAnaul said she occasionally has warned friends about leaving guns unattended in their homes where children can get to them, advising others to safely store and lock the weapons.


McAnaul leaves discussion of the larger gun debate to others, remaining meticulous in choosing her words.


“I don’t usually discuss firearms, typically because my focus is that of an Eternal perspective rather than a political debate or temporary circumstance,” she wrote in an email to NBC News.


Click here to read more.


Thank you NBC News.




How Many People Have Been Killed by Guns Since Newtown?


By Chris Kirk and Dan Kois


The answer to the simple question in that headline is surprisingly hard to come by. So Slate is collecting data for our crowd sourced interactive. This data is necessarily incomplete (click here to see why, and to learn more about @GunDeaths, the Twitter user who helped us create this interactive). But the more people who are paying attention, the better the data will be. You can help us draw a more complete picture of gun violence in America. If you know about a gun death in your community that isn’t represented here, please email a link to a news reportto And if you’d like to use this data yourself for your own projects, it’s open. You can download it here.


Update, October 27th, 2013: As time goes on, our count gets further and further away from the likely actual number of gun deaths in America—because roughly 60 percent of deaths by gun are due to suicides, which are very rarely reported. When discussing this issue, please note that our number is by design not accurate and represents only the number of gun deaths that the media can find out about contemporaneously. Part of the purpose of this interactive is to point out how difficult it is to get accurate real-time numbers on this issue.


Using the most recent CDC estimates for yearly deaths by guns in the United States, it is likely that as of today, 10/27/2013, roughly 28,577 people have died from guns in the U.S. since the Newtown shootings. Thats 317 days. Compare that number to the number of deaths reported in the news, which is 9,849 deaths, and you can see how under reported the story of gun violence in America actually is.


Slate partners with @GunDeaths for an interactive, crowd sourced tally of the toll firearms have taken since December 14, 2012


Chris Kirk is Slate‘s interactives editor, responsible for the Carlos Danger name generatorgerrymander puzzleGun Deaths project, and Friday News Quiz.


Dan Kois is a senior editor at Slate and a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine




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THIS Is Why America Needs GUN CONTROL: White Supremacist — A Convicted Felon — Has Arsenal.

By Jueseppi B.


130117-Richard-Schmidt-8p (1)Department of Justice photo: Richard Schmidt, Federal prosecutors have charged an ex-felon with illegally possessing 18 firearms, body armor and 40,000 rounds of ammunition.  An indictment in federal court in Toledo Wednesday also alleges that Richard Schmidt illegally trafficked in counterfeit clothing marked with brand names such as the National Football League, Nike and Reebok. The indictment against the 47-year-old Schmidt says he was convicted of manslaughter in Lucas County court in 1990 and so was not permitted to own guns.




From NBC News Open Channel:



Feds investigate how suspected white supremacist — a felon — obtained arsenal


By Michael Isikoff
National Investigative Correspondent, NBC News


Federal agents are trying to determine how a suspected Ohio white supremacist with a felony conviction for manslaughter acquired a cache of 18 assault weapons and other firearms, along with high-capacity magazines and more than 40,000 rounds of ammunition, according to federal law enforcement officials and court documents reviewed by NBC News.


The storehouse of weapons was discovered late last  month when FBI agents arrested Richard Schmidt,  47, the owner of a Bowling Green sporting goods store called Spindletop Sports Zone,  on charges of  marketing counterfeit goods — such as football jerseys with NFL logos — from China.


Although initially portrayed as a probe into the thriving international market for counterfeit clothing, the case took a surprising turn this week when the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Cleveland unsealed search warrants and an indictment also charging Schmidt with illegal possession of firearms.


According to the documents, FBI agents who searched Schmidt’s sporting goods store and four trailers behind it, found a  stash of weapons that included AR-15 assault rifles, Ruger and Sig Sauer semi-automatic pistols,  bulletproof  body armor and high-capacity magazines as well as ammunition.


The agents also discovered evidence of Schmidt’s ties to the neo-Nazi movement, documents show. Among the evidence seized, according to search warrants, was a video of a national convention of the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement; bumper stickers of the National Alliance party, another neo-Nazi group; a “Jewish 500” list — a supposed roster of Jewish-owned businesses — and paraphernalia from the “Waffen SS,” Adolph Hitler’s Nazi military force in Germany from the early 1930s through World War II, according to the search warrants.


A federal law enforcement official, who spoke with NBC News on condition of anonymity, said that FBI counterterrorism agents involved in the  case  had picked up evidence that Schmidt  may have been planning attacks against Jewish and civil rights groups in the Detroit area. “This is an active investigation,” said another federal law enforcement official when asked if Schmidt was believed to have been working with any others in the neo-Nazi movement.


In the indictment unsealed this week, Schmidt was charged with three counts of illegal possession of firearms, ammunition and body armor and one count of trafficking in counterfeit goods.


Schmidt’s lawyer, federal public defender Andy Hart, did not respond to a request for comment.


More from Open Channel:

Obama plan eases freeze on CDC gun violence research


Guns already allowed in schools with little restriction in many states


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The rest of the story can be found at  NBC News Open Channel.



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“The indictment said guns seized from Schmidt included pistols, shotguns and assault rifles.  An FBI affidavit filed in December says at least seven high-capacity ammunition magazines were found inside Schmidt’s sports memorabilia store in Bowling Green.”


Now will some NRAsshole Reich wingnut member of The TeaTardedRepubliCANT Pseudo-Freudian Psycho-Sexual Secret-Whore Pro-caucasian Pro-Racist Anti-LGBT Anti-Feminist Reich Wing GOPretender Conselfishservative NRA-Gun Loving Nut Bag racist white supremacist caucasian Party member, please explain to my simple mind why this above named American citizen, who just happens to have a history of racial hate crimes……has access to any weapon?


I’ll be over here while you NRAssholes and those who swear by the antiquated 2nd amendment, come up with a viable explanation.













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Ann Curry’s “26 Acts Of Kindness” Campaign

By Jueseppi B.







26 Acts Of Kindness


I was surfing blogs, and sending out New Years greeting to my fellow bloggers in the bloggersphere (did I use the form of the word blog/blogger/bloggersphere…enough yet?) when I came upon Ms. Cara Olsen’s blog….”This Little Light“.


She had an idea that just floored me in it’s simplistic beauty, to honor the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School, and their families and friends/loved ones. Upon surfing I discovered an entire movement, for giving, in remembrance of the 26 victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School.




By clicking on the link, you can fine the cards to print out….26 Acts Of Kindness



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Newtown’s heartbreak has a lot of us asking, “What can I do?” Thinking about this, Ann Curry took to social media and asked people to imagine what would happen if all of us committed to 26 acts of kindness to honor each life lost in Newtown.



#26Acts of Kindness. Are you in?

Published on Dec 18, 2012

Thousands are joining NBC News‘ Ann Curry to perform acts of kindness to honor the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy and bring light to their own communities. Are you in? #26Acts





A massive, unexpected wave of goodwill began online with a simple idea: “Imagine if we all committed 20 acts of kindness to honor the lost children of Newtown.” NBC News National and International Correspondent Ann Curry sent the message on Twitter and Facebook. The idea has evolved into a viral effort known as “26 Acts of Kindness,” in honor of the students and faculty who died at Sandy Hook Elementary.



By Ann Curry, NBC News


“After being in Newtown, I woke up the next morning and thought about what could be done. What is the answer to this kind of national suffering?  And I remembered a moment on the edge of Darfur, when I came upon a woman who was elderly and in the hospital, recovering from burns after an attack by Janjaweed militias. She was surrounded in the hospital, by younger women carrying babies, and I asked her to tell the story of how she had suffered these terrible burns all over her body. I learned that she had tried to rescue her invalid husband when her village was attacked and her house was set on fire. She tried to carry her husband out of her house and stayed so long that the thatched roof of her house came down, the hot embers giving her 3rd degree burns.  But she was unable to save her husband. Her husband died.”



Ann Curry’s inspiration for #26Acts of Kindness dates back to an experience she had while reporting on the genocide in Darfur in 2007, and the joy that giving Polaroid pictures of children brought to mothers who had never held a photograph of their kids.



“I remember walking out of that hospital, and the producer saw the look on my face. He said, “Are you okay?” And I said, “No.” And without even thinking, I remember going to our team van and pulling out a Polaroid camera I had brought on that trip. And then I went to all of these women with their children who were in the  courtyard of the hospital, knowing that they had never owned a photograph – ever – of their child.”



“I went around from woman to woman, and I took pictures of them, I took pictures of them with their child, or just of their child alone – without even thinking, just snapping pictures. The first time I did it, I remember giving a photograph to a woman, and she looked at this black square with this quizzed look on her face, and I said, “Just wait one minute! Just wait one minute,” holding up one finger. And then I watched her face melt as she watched her child’s face slowly appear on that Polaroid.”



“It made me feel better. So I went from mother to mother to mother until I ran out of film.”



“After the experience in Newtown. I thought, “What if? Imagine if everyone could commit to doing one act of kindness for every one of those children killed in Newtown.” So that’s what I tweeted. And guess what? People committed. I said in my tweet, “I’m in. RT if you’re in.” Not only did they commit to 20 acts of kindness, they wanted to up it to 26 acts of kindness for every child and adult who was lost at the school. Some even debated maybe we should include the mother, who died, at 27 acts. Some debated maybe we should include the killer as well as he was struggling and in pain.”



“What’s really remarkable to me is how many people responded. They are the ones who carried the ball. They are the ones who chose what to do. People would tweet back, “I’ve done two!” “I bought coffee for a guy in line!” “I bought toys for homeless children!” “I’ve got 18 more to go!” or “24 more to go!” – whatever number they were trying to reach.”



“I was inspired by them. So I started tweeting about what people were doing. Some people thought it was boasting when they would say “I’ve done this” or “I’ve done that.” I don’t think so. I think that whenever you show by example an act of kindness – big or small – something that spends a lot of money, or because you don’t have the money, something that doesn’t, all of it is welcome.”



“There is no judgment. I think that’s the key. If people want to do it, great. But I think that if they do it, something great happens to you.”



“When I was tweeting, I noticed that the number one trending topic was something like “ThingsIlikeaboutmyself.”  I thought, “Well, if you do act of kindness, I bet you’ll like even more about yourself.” So that’s what I tweeted.”


“I know the truth: if you do good, you feel good. It’s the most selfish thing you can do. Right now, this country wants to heal. I think the only thing comforting in the face of a tragedy like this is to do something good with it if you can. Be a part of that wave.”








Thank you Ms. Cara Olsen & your blog….”This Little Light“, for making me aware, in an indirect way, of this great cause & movement.


















I’m NOT Making This Up: Four Dead, Three Police Hurt In Pennsylvania Shooting

By Jueseppi B.






On the one week anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, comes this news:


From The Washington Post National:


Woman shot at rural church 1 of 3 killed by Pa. gunman who is fatally shot by state troopers


By Associated PressUpdated: Friday, December 21, 4:08 PM


HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. — A man fatally shot a woman decorating for a children’s Christmas party at a tiny church hall and killed two men elsewhere in a rural central Pennsylvania township Friday before he was fatally shot in a gunfight with state troopers.


The shootings began in Frankstown Township at about 9 a.m. and investigators were processing five crime scenes within about a 1.5-mile radius, authorities said at a news briefing Friday afternoon. The troopers were responding to a 911 call of a shooting in the township when they heard calls reporting at least one other shooting elsewhere, state police spokeswoman Maria Finn said.


Blair County District Attorney Richard Consiglio said that there “might be some relation” between at least two of the victims in and around the tiny village in Geeseytown, about 70 miles west of Harrisburg.


The woman at Juniata Valley Gospel Church had cooked food the day before for the funeral of the longtime pastor, said the Rev. James McCaulley, his brother. The central Pennsylvania church was still reeling from the Rev. David McCaulley’s death when the woman returned to decorate the church hall — named after the pastor of 58 years — and bullets ripped through a window, he said.


The gunman then entered and shot one of two women before he left, the Rev. James McCaulley said.


Full article at The Washington Post National.




From NBC


Pennsylvania gunman kills woman in church, two other people before dying in exchange with police


By M. Alex Johnson, NBC News Michelle Acevedo of NBC News contributed to this report.


A gunman killed three people Friday in central Pennsylvania, including a woman in a church, before police shot him dead, authorities said. Three state troopers were injured, including one who was shot twice in the chest but survived thanks to his bulletproof vest. Pennsylvania State Police said the man killed the three people at three different locations, including the church and a private home in Frankstown Township, about 75 miles west of Harrisburg.


About 9 a.m. ET, the gunman fired into the church, killing the woman, before shooting and killing a man at a private residence, police said. Those shootings may have been related, Blair County District Attorney Richard Consiglio said. As the gunman fled, his pickup truck crashed into a second vehicle, and he shot and killed the other driver, police said. The truck subsequently crashed into a car driven by one of the troopers on Juniata Valley Road near Geeseytown, and the gunman got out and began firing. The troopers returned fire, killing the suspect, police said.


The woman was killed at Juniata Valley Gospel Church in Frankstown Township, the Rev. James McCaulley, brother of the church’s late pastor, told The Associated Press. McCaulley, who was in town after having presided over his brother’s funeral Thursday, told the AP that the woman was struck by gunshots that flew through a window of the church hall as she was decorating for a children’s Christmas party.


Full report can be found at NBC



Mike Huckabee… much for your theory about prayer being what caused the Newtown School shooting….prayer preventing shootings is a myth, since this happened in a church.


Besides putting armed police in schools, maybe we should also put armed law enforcement in our places of worship as well?


Maybe we can blame this massacre on the winter solstice??







Idaho Billboard Compares President Obama To Colorado Theater Killer James Holmes

By Jueseppi B.



CALDWELL, Idaho (KBOI) – A Caldwell billboard, On Franklin Blvd in Caldwell, is raising questions in the Treasure Valley as it compares President Obama to accused Colorado killer,James Holmes.




George Dubbya Bush & Dick “The Trick” Cheney killed thousands of American troops with two, count ‘em, two illegal wars. There were also 123 mass shooting between 2/25/2005 and 9/1/2008, all during George Dubbya Bush’s Presidency. Not ONE muthafuckin billboard was erected comparing Dubbya to any of those 123 mass murderers.




Not ONE billboard.



Can you say racist caucasians?



CALDWELL, Idaho (KBOI) – A Caldwell billboard is raising questions in the Treasure Valley as it compares President Obama to accused Colorado killer,James Holmes.



The billboard on Franklin Road equates the actions of the president’s foreign policies to the acts of Holmes, who’s suspected of killing 12 people in the theater shooting.



The group that owns the board, The Ralph Smeed Foundation, says it wants to draw attention to military men and women dying overseas.


Local Democratic leaders expressed frustration Friday with a billboard in Caldwell that shows President Obama next to Colorado mass-shooting suspect James Holmes.



The billboard, operated by a foundation from the estate of the late Caldwell libertarian firebrand Ralph Smeed, says of Holmes “Kills 12 in movie theater with assault rifle, everyone freaks out” and of Obama “Kills thousands with his foreign policy, wins Nobel Peace Prize.”



Smeed Foundation contact Maurice Clements could not be reached for comment Friday.



“(It’s) way over the line, and I am not an Obama supporter,” Lynn Davis Hathaway, said on the KBOI 2News Facebook page.



A spokesman for the group says everyone has the right to their own opinion.



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Ashley Helton, who also wrote on Facebook, agrees with the group.



“It’s a free country, this group has a right to voice their opinion no matter what anyone thinks about it,” Helton said.



President Obama recently visited the Pacific Northwest – making stops in Portland and Seattle.



“I think even Ralph Smeed would object to it,” Canyon County Democratic Party communications director Judy Ferro said. “There’s no factual basis to it at all … it’s just offensive.”



Smeed’s billboard at Franklin Road and North 21st Avenue just off Interstate 84 has long stirred controversy with its anti “statism” and libertarian messages. Smeed died in 2010, but a trust was established to keep the billboard in operation.



The billboard’s message drew more than 70 comments, most of them critical, on the Idaho Press-Tribune’s Facebook page Friday.





By NBC News staff


“Offensive.” “Abhorrent.” “Pathetic.” Words like that are being used to describe a billboard in Caldwell, Idaho, that compares President Barack Obama — unfavorably — to James Eagan Holmes, the suspect in the shooting deaths of 12 people in a Colorado movie theater last week.


The sign features photos of Holmes and Obama side by side. Of Holmes, it says: “Kills 12 in a movie theater with assault rifle, everyone freaks out.” Of Obama, it says: “Kills thousands with foreign policy, wins Nobel Peace Prize.”


The electronic billboard often blares anti-Obama messages, but this one struck people as especially insensitive. It’s the work of supporters of the late Ralph Smeed, for many years a lightning-rod activist for libertarian causes in Idaho, The Idaho Statesman of Boise reported.


“This billboard is offensive to all those lives lost and affected by the shooting,” wrote a commenter on the Facebook page of KBOI-TV of Boise, which first reported the story. “Just pathetic, even if this is their expression of the 1st amendment.”



I am sick and tired of the treasonous behavior directed toward a dully elected President Of The United States based on his race, by UnAmerican backwoods cousin fuckin morons. These assholes with 3rd grade educations are not even capable of getting the facts correct when spewing dumb shit against this President.



Thats all I have to say about that.



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