I double dog dare Wayne LaPierre and all the other gun nuts to say, in public, guns don't kill people while reading this story.
Wal-Mart parking lots are extremely violent places in gun nut states like Texas and Florida -- lots of carjackings, domestic assaults, robberies and gang shootings. Funny thing is, despite all the open and concealed carry laws, they are still violent. Dunno if there is a lot of crime in Idaho Wal-Marts but I feel safe at the Maui one.
Dok Zoom rounds up other holiday gun news, with mordant (pun intended) commentary.
UPDATE The Washington Post has a terrific -- that is, it will turn your stomach -- backgrounder on the mother who was shot with her own pacifier, with an O Henry "Gift of the Magi" holiday twist and everything.
You will be unsurprised to learn that the gun nut grandfather/father-in-law considers the shooting just one of those things but is angry at people who suggest that in well-regulated society his grandson did not have to kill his mother. Be very sure to follow the link highlighted as "grandstand."
“They are painting Veronica as irresponsible, and that is not the case,” he said. “… I brought my son up around guns, and he has extensive experience shooting it. And Veronica had had hand gun classes; they’re both licensed to carry, and this wasn’t just some purse she had thrown her gun into.”But read the whole thing.
AND ANOTHER UPDATE
Even the people who sell penis substitutes are not stupid enough to want people around them with their PSs loaded and ready to shoot (this is the entrance to a gun store):
RING OUT THE OLD
And in case you weren't reading the newspapers in 2014, Gary Legum has a partial roundup of what you missed.