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South Africa's domestic violence disaster

Feb 14, 2013 1:17 PM PT

It is shocking that Oscar Pistorius would (allegedly) murder his girlfriend. But such events are all too common in South Africa. In December, I wrote about a South African friend who was stabbed to death by her husband.

That culture of domestic violence is not a black/white issue. It persists throughout the country. There are no easy solutions to it--and banning guns is not the answer, since men seem willing to hurt women with whatever comes to hand. We don't have the same cultural problem in the USA, but culture is part of the problem.

Toy Gun Makers in the Crosshairs

Feb 13, 2013 6:32 AM PT

The toy gun industry has experienced a backlash, as they struggle "to strike a delicate balance between profit and sensitivity."

"I have heard that toy guns that look like real weapons have slowed down in general, but toy weapons that are whimsical, fun and colorful, those have not been affected," said Beaver Raymond, co-founder of the Marshmallow Fun Company, a toymaker.

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Time to tug the ol' gun control heartstrings

Feb 12, 2013 8:54 AM PT

In response to Gun Control May Be "In Vogue" But It's Not Popular:

Doubtless that's why we're getting a big gun-control show at the SOTU tonight, complete with human props.  This issue is the quintessential example of emotion triumphing over reason.  Gun control sometimes polls well for a while in the abstract, after a big gun-related media freakout, but support always evaporates when the public takes a deep breath and begins thinking about the specific proposals on the table.  It only takes about ten seconds for people to remember that the police will most likely be visiting the site of their violent murder to investigate the crime, not to protect them.

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Julia, Get Your Gun!

Feb 11, 2013 8:29 AM PT

For years the feminists' underlying message to women was that they needed the government to support and protect them.  How empowering!  In 2012 the Obama campaign told us the story of Julia -- a woman who needs government from cradle to grave. 

Before conservatives give up on the "women's vote," I saw this hopeful headline in the New York Times, "Rising Voice of Gun Ownership is Female."  From the article:

In the debate over firearms regulations, the voices of gun owners have largely been those of men. But at firing ranges across the country, a growing number of women are learning to use firearms and honing their skills.

Women’s participation in shooting sports has surged over the last decade, increasing by 51.5 percent for target shooting from 2001 to 2011, to just over 5 million women, and by 41.8 percent for hunting, according to the National Sporting Goods Association.

Gun sales to women have risen in concert. In a survey last year by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, 73 percent of gun dealers said the number of female customers had gone up in 2011, as had a majority of retailers surveyed in the two previous years.

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