Is there momentum in Congress for a new automatic weapons ban? Certainly, in the wake of the Tucson shootings, some anti-gun legislators vowed to restore the 10-year ban on select semiautomatic firearms and "high-ammo clips" that expired in 2004.
The first knee-jerk reactions surfaced immediately in the aftermath of the Jan. 8 shootings. Since then, the impetus appears to have waned.
Perhaps Sen. Richard Lugar's experience is the most illustrative. On Jan. 14, Lugar told Bloomberg Television’s Al Hunt that the AWB ban should be restored. The next day, the Indiana Republican said that's not what he said. Or, at least, he might have said what he said, but what he said was not what he meant.
In a strange turn of events, a group of coyote hunters stumbled upon a mountain lion in Missouri and shot it out of self defense.
The group was coyote hunting outside of La Plata, Missouri when a 130-pound lion appeared just 20 yards away. Startled by the cougar, one of the hunters shot it and one of his partners also shot as the animal ran off.
Mountain lions are uncommon in the state and attacks are almost unheard of there. It's illegal to kill mountain lions in Missouri unless they are eating livestock or threatening a human life and the Missouri Department of Conservation ruled that this shooting was indeed self defense. No charges are being pressed.
Ben Bellows and Hugh George filed a class-action law suit against Newfoundland earlier this month because they think there are too many moose in the province.
Both men were badly injured and are restricted to wheelchairs after crashing into moose in 2010. And the two men are not alone, about 40 people have signed on to the class-action suit which calls for financial assistance for the injured motorists and cutting moose-vehicle collisions in Newfoundland by 50 percent in five years. According to the BBC, there are about 700 moose-vehicle accidents in Newfoundland each year.
There are about 125,000 moose in Newfoundland, which means there is approximately 1 moose for every four Newfoundland residents.
"The government has decided to bury its head in the sand about moose-vehicle collisions, which have us all terrified," lawyer Ches Crosbie told the Toronto Sun newspaper.
Anthony Smith is more than twice my age, was run over by a van two years ago, and must use a cane to walk, yet in the weeks to come will attempt to cross the Atlantic Ocean on a raft constructed of PVC pipe. He’s doing this to prove that “…elderly people can do something interesting,” and that compared to him, I’m a wimp. OK, he’s also making the voyage to raise money for the charity WaterAid, which helps provide clean water to poor countries.
A new report from the Government Accountability Office indicates that persons using public lands in the U.S. are faced with an increasing risk of harm from armed individuals involved in illegal border activity and marijuana cultivation.
The report, states, “Some remote federal lands along the U.S. border are often used to smuggle drugs or humans into the country. According to officials, such illegal activities can damage sensitive wildlife habitat and threaten public safety.”
My identical twin sons just turned 10 years old. It’s a day I’ve been looking forward to for, oh, about a decade now.
My family has two traditional gifts for this milestone birthday. One is a first pocketknife. The other is a bicycle. Not the gimmicky tasseled-handlebar bikes that my kids learned to ride on, but real machines, with derailleurs and cable brakes. On my 10th birthday I received a three-bladed Schrade Old Timer folder and a 3-speed Schwinn.
I still haven’t decided on the specific bike my boys will get. It’s likely to be a higher-end mountain bike, one with enough adjustment that it can grow with them.
It's starting to look like this mass death of critters is not exclusive to Arkansas. We've been seeing it in the Northeast as well as in Lousiana. Luckily, someone with a lot of time on their hands has created a google map with links to many similar stories. Check it out below!