Baby Shot Dead By Toddler In Cleveland

A 1-year-old boy has died after being shot by a 3-year-old boy in Cleveland, police said Sunday.

Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said a 3-year-old boy is believed to have picked up the unattended gun and it went off, hitting the 1-year-old in the head.

Charges are likely to follow for the person responsible for leaving the gun unsecured.

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Bizarre Idaho Self-Defense Shooting

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OK, Fine finds guns and gun control to be a difficult topic simply because sometimes dangers do exist. Europeans are puzzled by U.S. society, which is generally more violence-oriented than theirs.  The U.S. must still be “the Wild West.”

Here, an attempted murder in Idaho is caught on camera, along with a confession.

Get Your Santa Photo With Guns At Atlanta Gun Club

“Santa’s Grotto” gun club in Atlanta, Georgia, is allowing citizens to meet Santa Claus and pose with him while holding automatic weapons including an AK-47, an AR-15 and an FN-SCAR-17.  The charity event was on Saturday the day before the second anniversary of the Sandy Hook school shooting.

Video by The Lip TV.

Gun Enthusiast Meeting In Washington State With Extreme Language

“Three Percenters” leader Mike Vanderboegh speaks to opponents of a Washington State law expanding mandatory background checks at the grounds of the State Capitol in Olympia.  The law seeks to close the “gun show loophole.”

Here, Mike Vanderboegh threatens “second amendment remedies” to Washington state background check law.

Right Wing Watch video.

He Hasn’t Taken Your Guns Yet: Ammo Catching Up With Demand, Firearms Dealers Say

According to the AP, a year after a national shortage of firearms ammunition was being felt at sporting-goods stores, Pennsylvania firearms dealers say supply is catching up with demand.

Pennsylvania newspapers report that retailers have most of the popular deer calibers in stock, and the availability of handgun ammunition is improving.

There are a couple of exceptions.

Dealers say the .243 family of rifle cartridges and the .35 Remington are in short supply as hunters load up.

George Evanisko of Doogie’s Gun Shop in Johnstown, PA says manufacturers have produced a lot of ammunition the past two years.

Last year, western Pennsylvania firearms dealers were hit by ammunition shortages for smaller .22-caliber, 9 mm and .380-caliber firearms.

New Senator Joni Ernst Of Iowa

Joni Ernst, the new Republican senator in Iowa, said during an NRA event in 2012 that she would use a gun to defend herself from the government.

“I have a beautiful little Smith & Wesson, 9 millimeter, and it goes with me virtually everywhere,” Ernst said at the NRA and Iowa Firearms Coalition Second Amendment Rally in Searsboro, Iowa. “But I do believe in the right to carry, and I believe in the right to defend myself and my family — whether it’s from an intruder, or whether it’s from the government, should they decide that my rights are no longer important.”

The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down.

CNN: Dan Rather, Piers Morgan, And Gun Control

It seems the only place to find this video is on sites by gun rights advocates – instead of sites by those interested in gun control.

In the video, Rather apparently sent shock waves through the pro-gun community by saying “There’s no excuse to have an assault weapon.”

Video from 2013.

Open Carry Enthusiast Had Gun Stolen

In Gresham, Ore., an open-carry gun enthusiast had his gun stolen by a man who saw it and robbed him at gunpoint last week.

According to Gresham police, William Coleman III was talking to his cousin at about 2:10 a.m. on Saturday while openly carrying a gun he had purchased on Friday. Majority Report video with Matt Binder.

New Research: States That Have The Highest And Lowest Rates Of Gun Death

Hawaii has the lowest rate of gun deaths in the United States, while the District of Columbia has the highest, according to new research.  That’s according to new research led by Bindu Kalesan, an assistant professor at Columbia University in New York City.  For the research, they examined all recorded gun deaths in the United States between 2000 and 2010.

Over the past decade, deaths from gun-related violence — including murders, suicides and unintentional shootings — varied widely across the United States, the study revealed. Hawaii’s rate was roughly three per 100,000 citizens. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the District of Columbia had the highest rate of gun deaths, with about 22 per 100,000 citizens.

Aside from geography, race/ethnicity also played a role in gun death rates. The national rate of gun deaths was twice as high among black people as it was among whites. The researchers noted, however, that the number of black people killed as a result of gun violence fell in seven states and the District of Columbia. Meanwhile, gun deaths involving white people fell in only four states.

Gun deaths among Hispanics also declined in four states, while gun deaths involving non-Hispanics increased in nine states, according to the study published online Sept. 18 in BMJ Open.

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The study also found that gun-related deaths increased in both Florida and Massachusetts. In these states, there were more gun deaths among whites and non-Hispanics. These states also reported an increase in gun-related murder rates.

The researchers pointed out these trends do not seem to reflect gun-control efforts and law in individual states.

For example, the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence ranked Massachusetts the third most restrictive state for firearm legislation in 2011.After Massachusetts passed a tough law restricting gun use in 1998, gun ownership rates dropped sharply, but violent crimes and murders increased. The influx of firearms from nearby states with weaker firearm laws could be to blame, the researchers suggested in a journal news release.

The study authors concluded that curbing gun violence may require reducing access to firearms and strengthening interstate border controls to prevent the transport of guns.

Aside from D.C., states with fewer gun-related deaths over the decade include: Arizona, California, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, New York and North Carolina.

Across the United States, however, the number of gun-related murders and suicides did not change between 2000 and 2010. Nationally, deaths resulting from unintentional shootings dropped significantly, the study found.

Russell Brand: Does Fox News Prefer Guns Or Racism?

The answer is “guns.”

Russell Brand is with the stars of BBC Three’s The Revolution Will Be Televised, Jolyon Rubinstein and Heydon Prowse.  They dissect a segment on Fox News about guns.