“I do not say that democracy has been more pernicious on the whole, and in the long run, than monarchy or aristocracy. Democracy has never been and never can be so durable as aristocracy or monarchy; but while it lasts, it is more bloody than either. … Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide. It is in vain to say that democracy is less vain, less proud, less selfish, less ambitious, or less avaricious than aristocracy or monarchy. It is not true, in fact, and nowhere appears in history. Those passions are the same in all men, under all forms of simple government, and when unchecked, produce the same effects of fraud, violence, and cruelty. When clear prospects are opened before vanity, pride, avarice, or ambition, for their easy gratification, it is hard for the most considerate philosophers and the most conscientious moralists to resist the temptation.” John Adams

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In a significant move, the Florida House of Representatives, under Republican control, approved a bill on Friday that proposes to reduce the minimum age for purchasing a firearm from 21 to 18.

The bill, HB 1223, also known as "Minimum Age for Firearm Purchase or Transfer," was passed with a 76-35 majority. The legislation, initially sponsored by Republican Representatives Bobby Payne and Tyler Sirois, will now proceed to the state Senate for further deliberation.

A New York jury found National Rifle Association (NRA) boss Wayne LaPierre liable in a civil case on Friday, ordering him to pay $4.3 million in damages for the mismanagement and misuse of charitable funds.

The verdict concludes a trial in the civil lawsuit brought by the Democratic Attorney General Letitia James of New York, accusing Mr. LaPierre of questionable financial practices during his tenure from 2014 to 2022.

The jury found that Mr. LaPierre violated his fiduciary duties, causing $5.4 million in damages to the NRA.

On January 22, 2024, a three-judge panel in Boston, led by Obama appointee Judge William J. Kayatta Jr., overruled a lower court opinion when it said that Mexico can continue with a $10 billion lawsuit against U.S.-based firearm manufacturers Ruger, Smith & Wesson, Glock, Barrett and Beretta. 

Report Highlights

  • Gun ownership in America increased 28% from 1994 to 2023
  • It is estimated that there are 393 million civilian-owned firearms in the U.S.
  • There are 6.06 million registered civilian firearms in America
  • Estimates show that 82,880,000 people own at least one firearm in 2023
  • Women's firearm ownership increased by 177.8% in the past years
  • Gun ownership increased more among Hispanics than any other demographic between 2017-2023 (33%)
  • Gun ownership declined by 22% in the 18-29 age group over the past six years
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The shooter who killed two police officers and a firefighter paramedic in a Minneapolis suburb during a domestic disturbance call early Sunday has been identified as a man who was already barred from owning firearms.

How about we take a close look at the 2nd amendment to the Bill of Rights?  And not just a cursory look, but rather an honest, critical, deeper look.

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

It does not say “A well regulated Standing Army being necessary to the security of a tyrannical state, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall always be infringed.”

Early Sunday morning at the Greenbrier Apartments, a woman fatally shot a man in what is being considered a case of self-defense, according to the Richland County Sheriff's Department. Deputies, who responded to the incident around 5 a.m., found that the woman had shot the man inside her apartment, where she lives with her two children.

Wednesday’s shooting at the end of the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl parade was not an act of terrorism, but the result of a dispute between a number of individuals, police say.

The New York Post quoted Kansas City Police Chief Stacey Graves saying that they had “recovered several firearms” and two of the three individuals in custody are juveniles.