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Guns have become the top injury-related cause of death for U.S. kids

Guns have become the top injury-related cause of death for U.S. kids

Data: CDC; Chart: Thomas Oide/Axios

Firearms were the leading cause of death for kids one and older for the first time in 2020, the most recent year for which CDC data is available.

Why it matters: The firearm death rate among children is steadily rising, as more kids are involved in gun-related homicides like Tuesday's mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, as well as suicides and accidents.

By the numbers: Nearly two-thirds of the 4,368 U.S. children up to age 19 who were killed by guns in 2020 were homicide victims, per the CDC. Motor vehicle crashes, formerly the leading cause of death for kids one and older, killed nearly 4,000 children.

  • Another 30% of firearm-related child fatalities were suicides, 3% were accidental and 2% were of undetermined intent.
  • Male youths were significantly more likely to be killed by guns, while vehicle crashes claimed more females.
  • There were also stark racial disparities. The firearm death rate for Black children was more than four times that of white children, and white children were still more likely to be killed by motor vehicles than guns.
  • D.C. had the highest firearm death rate, followed by Louisiana, Alaska and Mississippi.

Data: CDC; Note: States with unreported or unstable data not included; Includes unintentional, violence-related and undetermined firearm deaths; Chart: Thomas Oide/Axios

Of note: Among children younger than 1, congenital anomalies — or birth defects — were the leading cause of death in 2020, resulting in 4,043 fatalities, per the CDC.

What they're saying: "As the progress made in reducing deaths from motor vehicle crashes shows, we don’t have to accept the high rate of firearm-related deaths among U.S. children and adolescents," researchers recently wrote in a New England Journal of Medicine article that highlighted the trend.

  • The study noted that while the National Highway Safety Administration could take the lead addressing road-traffic fatalities, firearms are one of the few products whose safety isn't regulated by a designated federal agency.
  • It has taken 20 years to build a database of firearm-related deaths that includes data from all 50 states, the researchers wrote.

The bottom line: School shootings have become tragically common in the U.S., but constitute only a small fraction of gun deaths among children.


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House votes against taking up gun bill after Texas killings

House votes against taking up gun bill after Texas killings

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — An effort by Democratic lawmakers in Pennsylvania to ban owning, selling or making high-capacity, semi-automatic firearms went nowhere Wednesday as state House Republicans again displayed their firm opposition to gun restriction proposals.

The state House of Representatives voted 111-87 against the effort by Democratic Rep. Danielle Friel Otten of Chester County to take up the bill after Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff argued it should have to go through a committee first.

The bill has spent more than a year in the Judiciary Committee, where Chairman Rob Kauffman, R-Franklin, has bottled up most proposals to regulate or restrict firearms.

During floor debate, Otten said the massacre of 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday created a “moral obligation to act, today, before this happens one more time.”

Minority Leader Joanna McClinton, D-Philadelphia, listed communities across Pennsylvania that have recently been the site of gun violence.

The bill would not apply retroactively and result in people losing firearms they already lawfully bought, McClinton said.

Benninghoff, R-Centre, responded that because of the “magnitude” of the proposal it “needs to be vetted through the committee process” so that lawmakers can “get it right.”

Just one Republican, Rep. Todd Stephens of Montgomery County, and one Democrat, Rep. Chris Sainato of Lawrence County, crossed party lines in the vote to suspend the rules to allow the measure to be considered.

Both men are in swing districts and expected to face tough reelection campaigns this fall.

The GOP-majority Legislature has long rejected appeals by Democratic governors over the past two decades to tighten gun control laws, rejecting such ideas as expanding background checks or limiting the number of handgun purchases one person can make in a month.


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Inside the Intense Police Battle with Texas Elementary School Shooter

Inside the Intense Police Battle with Texas Elementary School Shooter

A lone gunman stormed into a Uvalde, Texas, elementary school Tuesday morning with multiple firearms and hundreds of rounds of ammunition intent on killing students. From his approach to the school until his death at the hands of law enforcement, police engaged the man to save as many lives as they could.

A law enforcement source described the scene at the Robb Elementary School campus on Wednesday, telling Breitbart Texas the rapidly developing tragedy involved multiple agencies banding together in impromptu fashions. The source says a Border Patrol agent, a member of the agency’s elite BORTAC tactical team, engaged with the shooter and formed a team with other authorities to push into the gunfire and neutralize the suspect.

The following is what is currently known about the timeline of events. As the investigation unfolds, specific details may emerge providing additional insights.

The source told Breitbart that law enforcement from local, state, and federal agencies rushed to Uvalde as calls for assistance went out from local counterparts. At roughly 11:50 a.m. on Wednesday, local authorities were already engaging the suspect outside the school.

Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Lt. Christoper Olivarez told CBS News that multiple police officers came under attack by the shooter. “Several police officers were shot,” he stated.

Robb Elementary School teachers were “breaking windows around the school, trying to evacuate children,” while shots were being fired inside, says Lt. Chris Olivarez, a spokesperson for the Texas Dept. of Public Safety. pic.twitter.com/GLgDZBiaVT

— CBS Mornings (@CBSMornings) May 25, 2022

Despite their efforts, the suspect gained access through a doorway shortly after the initial confrontation with police.

Officers continued to exchange gunfire with the suspect barricaded himself inside the school, the law enforcement official told Breitbart. The shooter repelled the officers using a cache of ammunition and a rifle. The source said authorities recovered a backpack containing fully loaded rifle magazines for an AR-15-style weapon. The suspect was believed to be carrying two backpacks.

At least one student was able to call 911, the source added. The student’s young age did not stop them from providing some information to authorities about the number of gunshots heard.

As authorities engaged the suspect and attempted to end the attack, word quickly spread through the small town. Groups of parents and relatives converged on the scene. According to the source, the parents and family members attempted to rush into the campus in a state of panic. Multiple law enforcement officers expended their efforts to calm the families and keep them safe from harm.

Other officers, according to the source, rushed to parts of the building breaking windows and escorting students and faculty out of harm’s way. A hastily set up command center at a nearby funeral home served to coordinate more resources. From there, all available emergency medical resources were requested and staged to respond once the school was secured.

During the chaos, law enforcement officers moved students to safety and kept family members at bay. Meanwhile, an ongoing exchange of gunfire with the suspect continued and a plan was hatched by a Border Patrol agent to storm the barricade to end the incident. According to the source, the as-yet-unidentified Border Patrol agent assisted in organizing a team of officers already on the scene who had received tactical training.

Ultimately, the team breached the classroom where the suspect barricaded himself and exchanged close-quarters gunfire with the suspect. The gunman shot the Border Patrol agent during the exchange. The agent kept his composure and managed to fatally shoot the suspect, bringing the attack to a close.

#BREAKING Multiple law enforcement sources confirm the shooter is dead.

Working to get more. I am in a location where I don’t want to move— @BillFOXLA is heading to a press conference — follow his coverage as well.

— Ali Bradley (@AliBradleyTV) May 24, 2022

Although local authorities had summoned SWAT teams and a hostage negotiator, those resources did not arrive before the makeshift team ended the situation, according to the source.

The source told Breitbart Texas that officers on the scene were horrified at the carnage they witnessed and immediately turned their focus to life-saving measures. Incident commanders summoned all available EMS technicians into the building and called for air evacuation helicopter crews.

The Border Patrol agent who neutralized the suspect sustained a gunshot wound to his foot or lower leg and was treated and released shortly after the incident. The suspect managed to kill 19 students and two adult teachers at the campus during the horrific attack. In addition, according to the source, more than one dozen suffered gunshot injuries, and some remain hospitalized.

NEW: Texas DPS tells me there are still 17 people injured this morning as a result of the mass shooting in Uvalde, TX, some in serious condition. That includes the shooter’s grandmother. I’m told he shot her in the face before he went to the school and started killing. @FoxNews

— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) May 25, 2022

Randy Clark is a 32-year veteran of the United States Border Patrol.  Prior to his retirement, he served as the Division Chief for Law Enforcement Operations, directing operations for nine Border Patrol Stations within the Del Rio, Texas, Sector. Follow him on Twitter @RandyClarkBBTX.

Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior news contributor for the Breitbart Texas-Border team. He is an original member of the Breitbart Texas team. Price is a regular panelist on Fox 26 Houston’s What’s Your Point? Sunday-morning talk show. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX and Facebook.


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President Biden delivers emotional plea for new gun restrictions after Texas school shooting

President Biden delivers emotional plea for new gun restrictions after Texas school shooting

WASHINGTON — Lamenting a uniquely American tragedy, an anguished and angry President Joe Biden delivered an urgent call for new restrictions on firearms Tuesday night after a gunman shot and killed 19 children and two adults at a Texas elementary school.

Biden spoke from the White House barely an hour after returning from a five-day trip to Asia that was bracketed by mass shootings in the U.S. He pleaded for action to address gun violence after years of failure — and bitterly blamed firearm manufacturers and their supporters for blocking legislation in Washington.

‘”When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby?” Biden said with emotion. “Why are we willing to live with this carnage? Why do we keep letting this happen?”

With first lady Jill Biden standing by his side in the Roosevelt Room, the president, who has suffered the loss of two of his own children, though not to gun violence, spoke in visceral terms about the grief of the loved ones of the victims and the pain that will endure for the students who survived.

“To lose a child is like having a piece of your soul ripped away,” Biden said. “There’s a hollowness in your chest. You feel like you’re being sucked into it and never going to be able to get out.”

He called on the nation to hold the victims and families in prayer — but also to work harder to prevent the next tragedy, “It’s time we turned this pain into action,” he said.

At least 19 students and two adults were killed at Robb Elementary School in the heavily Latino town of Uvalde, Texas, according to local officials. The gunman died after being shot by responding officers, local police said.

It was just a week earlier that Biden, on the eve of his overseas trip, traveled to Buffalo to meet with victims’ families after a racist, hate-filled shooter killed 10 Black people at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York.

The back-to-back tragedies served as sobering reminders of the frequency and brutality of an American epidemic of mass gun violence.

“These kinds of mass shootings rarely happen anywhere else in the world,” Biden said, reflecting that other nations have people filled with hate or with mental health issues but no other industrialized nation experiences gun violence at the level of the U.S.

“Why?” he asked.

It was much too early to tell if the latest violent outbreak could break the political logjam around tightening the nation’s gun laws, after so many others — including the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut that killed 26, including 20 children — have failed.

“The idea that an 18 year old kid can walk into a gun store and buy two assault weapons is just wrong,” Biden said. He has previously called for a ban on assault-style weapons, as well as tougher federal background check requirements and “red flag” laws that are meant to keep guns out of the hands of those with mental health problems.

Late Tuesday, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer set in motion possible action on two House-passed bills to expand federally required background checks for gun purchases, but no votes have been scheduled.

Biden was somber when he returned to the White House, having been briefed on the shooting on Air Force One. Shortly before landing in Washington, he spoke with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and offered “any and all assistance” needed, the White House said. He directed that American flags be flown at half-staff through sunset Saturday in honor of the victims in Texas.

His aides, some of whom had just returned from Asia with the president, gathered to watch Biden’s speech on televisions in the West Wing.

“I’d hoped when I became president I would not have to do this, again,” he said. “Another massacre.”

In a stark reminder of the issue’s divisiveness, Biden’s call for gun measures was booed at a campaign event in Georgia hosted by Herschel Walker, who won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.

Speaking at an Asian Pacific American event that was to celebrate Biden’s Asia trip, Vice President Kamala Harris said earlier that people normally declare in moments like this, “our hearts break — but our hearts keep getting broken ... and our broken hearts are nothing compared to the broken hearts of those families.”

“We have to have the courage to take action ... to ensure something like this never happens again,” she said.

Echoing Biden’s call, former President Barack Obama, who has called the day of the Sandy Hook shooting the darkest of his administration, said, “It’s long past time for action, any kind of action.”

“Michelle and I grieve with the families in Uvalde, who are experiencing pain no one should have to bear,” he said in a statement. “We’re also angry for them. Nearly ten years after Sandy Hook—and ten days after Buffalo—our country is paralyzed, not by fear, but by a gun lobby and a political party that have shown no willingness to act in any way that might help prevent these tragedies.”

Congress has been unable to pass substantial gun violence legislation ever since the bipartisan effort to strengthen background checks on firearm purchases collapsed in the aftermath of the 2012 shooting.

Despite months of work, a bill that was backed by a majority of senators, fell to a filibuster — unable to to overcome the 60-vote threshold needed to advance.

In impassioned remarks on the Senate floor Tuesday, Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., who represented Newton, Connecticut, in the House at the time of the Sandy Hook massacre, asked his colleagues why they even bother running for office if they’re going to stand by and do nothing.

“I’m here on this floor to beg — to literally get down on my hands and knees — to beg my colleagues,” he said.

Murphy said he was planning to reach out to Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn after the two had teamed on an earlier background check bill that never became law. He said he would also reach out to Texas’ other Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.

“I just don’t understand why people here think we’re powerless,” Murphy said. “We aren’t.”

Cornyn told reporters he was on his way to Texas and would talk with them later. Cruz issued a statement calling it “a dark day. We’re all completely sickened and heartbroken.”

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., who sponsored gun legislation that failed to overcome a filibuster in the Senate after Sandy Hook, said, “We’re just pushing on people who just won’t budge on anything.”

“It makes no sense at all why we can’t do common sense things and try to prevent some of this from happening,” he said.

Associated Press writers Lisa Mascaro, Michael Balsamo, Alan Fram and Farnoush Amiri contributed.


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Fortnite Pro Spouts Racial Slur, Shows Off Gun Stockpile In Widely Condemned Video

Fortnite Pro Spouts Racial Slur, Shows Off Gun Stockpile In Widely Condemned Video

A Fortnite screenshot showing a player preparing to detonate some sorta remote-controlled bomb.

An esports pro has been lambasted after a video surfaced online in which an individual, who is allegedly Fortnite Champion Series Grand Final contender Sin, shows off a fully stocked weapons closet and states, in the year 2022, that the stockpile of firearms is “just in case there’s ever a zombie apocalypse or a n*gger outbreak.” Sigh, I really do hate this world we live in sometimes.

Sin, or Sin3278, isn’t new to the game’s professional circuit. According to the player statistic tracker database Fortnite Tracker, Sin has been competing in various tournaments since at least July 2019. He made his first Fortnite Champion Series (or FNCS) appearance in October 2020, which is a pretty big deal. The FNCS is Fortnite’s most high-profile esports competition. I mean, it’s even hosted by developer Epic Games. Getting on that stage is essentially Fortnite stardom. He didn’t place that high in his initial outing but continued competing in the FNCS throughout the years. He slowly climbed the ranks, and on May 22, he and his Duos teammate Acro placed second in a semi-final competition, securing them a spot in this weekend’s Grand Finals. You can watch the tournament’s conclusion on Fortnite’s official YouTube channel.

That same day, fellow Fortnite pro and FNCS North America East competitor Nexy shared a video from Sin in which Sin, standing inside what appeared to be a very white closet, supposedly flaunted his “armory” of lethal weapons. There are several shotguns, pistols, rifles, blades, and loads and loads of ammo. All of this, Sin said in the short clip, was “just in case there’s ever a zombie apocalypse or a n*gger outbreak.” As if such a thing would be a reason to be this strapped.

“Crazy how [this] Sin3278 kid is allowed to play in grands after tweeting this,” Nexy said alongside the 13-second video. It spread quickly, catching the attention of esports watchdog Jake Lucky, who also tweeted his disbelief. Lucky subsequently shared a screenshot in which Sin doubled down on the video, confirming it’s him and saying he “never threatened anyone or said [he’s] gonna do anything.” There are other receipts of Sin’s tweets floating around as well, where he further defended the video and admitted to being “racist and proud.”

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Kotaku has reached out to Epic Games and Nexy for comment.

Acro, Sin’s teammate, has distanced himself from Sin’s statements. He tweeted that he does not “agree with” anything Sin has done or said. However, it also appears that Acro has hidden replies that show him previously reacting to Sin’s video in a more lighthearted manner, complete with the crying laughing emoji.

Kotaku has reached out to Acro and Sin for comment.

Sin’s statements have pissed off the competitive Fortnite scene. Some players, such as Jonathan “yung calculator” Weber, have tweeted that this video needs more attention from something like the FBI. Pro Alexander “Av” Vanderveen said the developer “had information about [Sin] for a week” without any enforcement happening yet. And some Black gamers, such as Apex Legends streamer Ninjayla and University of Maryland Director of Esports Sergio Brack expressed how this affects Black folks. Said Brack, “We don’t just make this stuff up. Black people are not valued, protected, or respected in this space and I’m reminded of that on a regular basis…” Lemme tell you, Brack ain’t wrong here.

As of yet, Epic Games has not publicly addressed the matter, so it’s unclear whether the video will impact Sin’s involvement in FNCS and how that’ll all play out. All this comes not long after Buffalo, New York was rattled by a hate-fueled massacre in which an 18-year-old white male shot up a local grocery store in a predominantly Black neighborhood and streamed the murders on Twitch. Government agencies like the DOJ and politicians including Attorney General Letitia James are investigating both the shooting and the streaming platform.


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Asian Americans armed themselves during the pandemic in response to racial acts, study finds

Asian Americans armed themselves during the pandemic in response to racial acts, study finds

Asian Americans armed themselves during the pandemic in response to racial acts
Geographic locations of study participants and Asian population by state. Credit: Preventive Medicine Reports (2022). DOI: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2022.101800

Asian Americans who experienced increased acts of racism at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic were more likely to acquire firearms and ammunition for self-defense, according to a study by researchers at the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University.

"Our data suggests that racism and its link to increased ownership and carrying may put Asian Americans at elevated risk of firearm injury," said Hsing-Fang Hsieh, assistant research scientist in and at the U-M School of Public Health.

Lead author Tsu-Yin Wu, professor of nursing and director of EMU's Center for Health Disparities Innovation and Studies, said the findings "also suggest an urgent need to investigate further the compounded effects of racism, the COVID-19 pandemic and firearm-related behaviors in this population."

The researchers collected data in December 2020 and January 2021 from a representative national sample of 916 adults who identified as Asian American. They looked at demographics, firearm-related risks (i.e., firearm storage and carrying), and firearm and ammunition purchases, as well as measures of racism/discrimination experiences since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hsieh and Wu said they noticed the increased hate crimes and racism acts against Asian Americans, and an increase of firearm purchases in this community at the beginning of the pandemic.

"That was concerning to us and that's how we started this study looking into whether the racism and discrimination experience by Asian Americans were linked to their increased firearm purchase," said Hsieh, the evaluation director for the National Center for School Safety and Michigan Prevention Research Center, who also is part of Public Health IDEAS for Preventing Firearm Injuries.

"We also wanted to learn how the firearms were stored and whether they were carried more frequently, as these are two indicators of increased injury risk. It could be interpersonal violence that could happen. It could be accidental, like the unsafe storage that leads to firearm injury. So that's what we are concerned about and why we did this study," said Hsieh.

The researchers found that Asian Americans who experienced more were more likely to purchase a gun and more ammunition during the pandemic, after controlling for family firearm ownership and demographics.

Asian Americans who also perceived more cultural racism—depicted negatively on and by and —were more likely to purchase a gun, and individuals who reported higher anticipatory racism-related stress declared greater intent to buy firearms.

Other key findings include the following:

  • More than half (55%) of individuals who purchased a gun since the start of the pandemic were first-time gun owners.
  • More than one-third of gun owners reported having carried a gun more frequently when they were outside their home since the pandemic.
  • About 43% reported that guns on their property were stored loaded.
  • Roughly 47% said at least one firearm was stored unlocked.
  • Racial discrimination and cultural racism are associated with gun purchase while anticipatory racism-related stress is associated with intent to purchase a gun.

The researchers said they hope their work will help develop focusing on education and prevention of firearm injuries.

"For me, as a public health researcher and nurse by training, the focus is 'How do we protect people?' Not only those people who buy the firearms and their families, but also people around them in their neighborhoods and in the larger society," Wu said.

"I'd rather devote effort in prevention. I really want us to refocus on what we can do as a health discipline in the community to educate people. There's things happening right now and how do you watch for signs of mental distress related to racism? If you notice someone around you doing unsafe behavior related to firearms, how can you be an advocate and how do you take precautions for yourself, your family and your community?"

Hsieh said one of the next steps is to look further into the influences from structural racism on such a link.

"For example, how would hate crimes, racial/ethnicity segregation and disparity in health service access come in to influence the health and firearm injury risk of Asian Americans faced with discrimination?" she said. "Also, what kind of positive factors may mitigate the harm of and prevent firearm-related injury? These are the things we would love to learn from our communities to inform preventive efforts."

The study is published in Preventive Medicine Reports.



More information: Tsu-Yin Wu et al, Examining racism and firearm-related risks among Asian Americans in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic, Preventive Medicine Reports (2022). DOI: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2022.101800

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“A Weird G36!”

“A Weird G36!”

Jonathan Ferguson, a weapons expert and Keeper of Firearms & Artillery at the Royal Armouries, breaks down more of the weaponry of Ready or Not, including the beanbag shotgun, the G36 and the UMP-45.

By and on

In the latest video in the Firearm Expert Reacts series, Jonathan Ferguson--a weapons expert and Keeper of Firearms & Artillery at the Royal Armouries--breaks down more of the guns of Ready or Not and compares them to their potential real-life counterparts.

Firearms Expert Reacts playlist - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4T78VQoWUs&list=PLpg6WLs8kxGMgYb13XjPgOKbm5O-CDq7R

If you're interested in seeing more of Jonathan's work, you can check out more from the Royal Armouries right here. - https://www.youtube.com/user/RoyalArmouries

If you would like to support the Royal Armouries, you can make a charitable donation to the museum here. - https://royalarmouries.org/support-us/donations/

And if you would like to become a member of the Royal Armouries, you can get a membership here. - https://royalarmouries.org/support-us/membership/

You can either purchase Jonathan's book here. - https://www.headstamppublishing.com/bullpup-rifle-book

Or at the Royal Armouries shop here. - https://shop.royalarmouries.org/collections/thorneycroft-to-sa80-british-bullpup-firearms-1901-2020

You can subscribe to the Armax Journal that Jonathan Associate Edited here: https://www.armaxjournal.org/


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“We’re Machine Gun Heavy”

“We’re Machine Gun Heavy”

Jonathan Ferguson, a weapons expert and Keeper of Firearms & Artillery at the Royal Armouries, breaks down more of the weaponry of Squad, including the Carl Gustav M2, the F89 Minimi and a couple of different AK variants.

By and on

In the latest video in the Firearm Expert Reacts series, Jonathan Ferguson--a weapons expert and Keeper of Firearms & Artillery at the Royal Armouries--breaks down more of the guns of Squad and compares them to their real-life counterparts.

Firearms Expert Reacts playlist - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4T78VQoWUs&list=PLpg6WLs8kxGMgYb13XjPgOKbm5O-CDq7R

If you're interested in seeing more of Jonathan's work, you can check out more from the Royal Armouries right here. - https://www.youtube.com/user/RoyalArmouries

If you would like to support the Royal Armouries, you can make a charitable donation to the museum here. - https://royalarmouries.org/support-us/donations/

And if you would like to become a member of the Royal Armouries, you can get a membership here. - https://royalarmouries.org/support-us/membership/

You can either purchase Jonathan's book here. - https://www.headstamppublishing.com/bullpup-rifle-book

Or at the Royal Armouries shop here. - https://shop.royalarmouries.org/collections/thorneycroft-to-sa80-british-bullpup-firearms-1901-2020

You can subscribe to the Armax Journal that Jonathan Associate Edited here: https://www.armaxjournal.org/


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Ron Filipkowski notes how there never seems to be supply chain issues for firearms

Ron Filipkowski notes how there never seems to be supply chain issues for firearms

First, this is just stupid … it’s as bad as all of the “if men could get pregnant” and “if my vagina were an AR-15” takes. Second, it’s just not true. But it’s Ron Filipkowski, so it’s on-brand.

As Twitchy reported earlier, Jen Psaki assured us that President Joe Biden has been on top of the baby formula shortage for months now, even though deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters just yesterday there was no “point-person” heading up the response. Filipkowski thought it would be a great idea to bring guns into the equation, although we’d not that there never seems to be supply chain issues for birth control pills or condoms either.

There never seems to be supply chain issues for firearms.

— Ron Filipkowski ???????? (@RonFilipkowski) May 11, 2022

Wrong. Now do ammo.

— Sandy 〽️ (@RightGlockMom) May 12, 2022

Not really. I’m a leftist who also owns firearms. There have been huge supply chain issues for ammunition for years. And when I say huge, I mean you couldn’t find 9mm ammo anywhere for 2 years.

— Joe Goedereis (@JoeGoedereis) May 11, 2022

Tell me you haven’t bought ammo in the past 2 years without telling me you haven’t bought ammo in the past 2 years.

— Sunni Labeouf (@medved_bjj) May 12, 2022

Apparently you don't buy firearms or keep up with their markets. Because, they did have supply issues due to the high demand – by both left and right. That is what happens when one party likes to allow crimes to occur with impunity.

— Mark A. Cushman ???????? (@MarkACushman1) May 12, 2022

There’s been a shortage on ammo since the start of the pandemic.

— T (@xtkx589) May 12, 2022

Tell me you've never tried to buy a gun without telling me you've never tried to buy a gun.

Haven't been able to find ammo for my .308 for almost two years.

— Snarky Bill Weld (@weld_stan) May 12, 2022

Try to find some ammo

— Vinnie ???????????????? (@vinniedomanico) May 12, 2022

Please elaborate on how many firearms or ammunition purchases you have made recently that led you to this conclusion.

— Dave Thul (@davethul) May 12, 2022

Yeah… not so much there now buddy. Anecdotal evidence: my son wants to purchase a lever action carbine. He put a deposit on one last year. It may or may not be manufactured this year. Could be labor. Could be supply chain. Could be demand.

— Pete Wirth (@PeteWirth) May 12, 2022

Actually there have been supply chain issues for weapons and ammo since early 2020.

— Minding My Business (@MindingMyBusy) May 12, 2022

This is extremely incorrect.

In addition to ammo shortages and price gouging, there were shortages of guns. Not only were there guns that were available, but prices went to stratospheric levels.

— A hanging Chad (@AhangingChad) May 12, 2022

That's not true at all. Like, AT ALL. Buying a gun during the pandemic was a real challenge unless you were settling for cheap garbage and ammo supply chains still haven't recovered.

I know you want to be smarmy about a topic and guns is a favorite target but this is untrue.

— Nic Redfield (@electricnic) May 12, 2022

Attention Nina Jankowicz … it seems as though we have some misinformation spreading online. Could you get someone who knows something about guns to “add context” to this tweet? Make sure to add something about President Biden sending 20 million rounds of ammo to Ukraine.

NEW: President Biden describes new assistance package to Ukraine:

• 800 anti-aircraft systems

• 9,000 anti-armor systems

• 7,000 small arms

• 20 million rounds of ammunition

• Drones

"I want to be honest with you: This could be a long and difficult battle," Biden says. pic.twitter.com/nZoIqaw4zL

— NBC News (@NBCNews) March 16, 2022

Related:

2A expert Stephen Gutowski explains what's going on with the ammo shortage https://t.co/KzfyAySMWt

— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) May 21, 2021

Recommended Twitchy Video


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Digital Arms & Hunter Token: NFTs Meet Online Firearms

Digital Arms & Hunter Token: NFTs Meet Online Firearms

Launched in 2020, Digital Arms is developing a very unique platform that opens a door for firearm enthusiasts, RPG first sight shooting lovers and crypto fans to a bold new world of NFT gaming.

With Digital Arms and its $HNTR token, users are empowered to explore, create, purchase and trade their favorite collections of digital firearms and accessories, which are exclusively provided by global brands.

What is Digital Arms?

Unlike in the real world, where arms trading is prohibited in many countries and territories, in Digital Arms, every gun running dream can become real.

Players can own, design, reskin, and upgrade any kind of gun that is available. Moreover, Digital Arms’ vision is to enable the most vivid assets thanks to the adoption of virtual reality technology.

Long story short, Digital Arms provides an interesting experience for firearms NFT trading like nowhere else can.

How Does Digital Arms Work?

Digital Arms builds a bridge to the cosmos of IP firearms and components, which promotes an interactive NFT marketplace with enhanced gaming interoperability.

Simultaneously, it aims to bring gaming and guild platforms together with metaverse immersion.

Up to now, Digital Arms has successfully signed exclusive deals for IP licensing with 8 reputable firearms brands, as well as established partnerships with a number of top names.

One of these names is Netvrk which is in the middle of creating a battle royal sandbox for devs, not to mention a list of other hot companies in numerous sectors, from finance, to blockchain and NFTs – such as Sheesha Finance, Blockchain Australia, Barrett, Primary Arms and more.

With all that effort, there is no doubt about Digital Arms’ potential to open up an unlimited blockchain world for both passionate players and investors.

In specific, Digital Arms will connect all brand firearms fans, FPS gamers, NFT traders in one same place where they can utilize the platform’s power and their creativity to build and exchange their collectible firearms with others.

Opening Up Doors

With the $HNTR utility token, users are granted access to the Digital Arms’ NFT Marketplace, where tons of different exclusive firearm brands and models are on displayed and available for trade.

Other exciting activities for Digital Arms’ members that can be carried on the platform include buying new issued digital firearms and accessories, buying digital skins, paying to reskin or equip and upgrade your digital guns.

Users are also able to buy and sell NFTs, as well as tap into hundreds of other gamification tools and features.

The Utility Token: $HNTR

$HNTR is the utility token of Digital Arms, the sole currency that fuels all functionalities of the entire network. It also offers holders some interesting options.

The token gives users the access to the NFT marketplace, and also to join a yield generation platform to earn staking rewards. $HNTR becomes the energy to create their unique NFT firepower collection for sales and trade.

Over time, the total supply of the $HNTR tokens will be released and reduced through the burning system. This deflationary system will burn 0.5% of every transaction on the platform.

With a built-in deflationary mechanism, a solid balance will be created, and system development will be constant. Meanwhile, another 0.25% of transactions will be kept in a pool, which will later be used for rewards.

Play-to-Earn

Just like most other GameFi platforms, Digital Arms offers players various ways to take part in with the community and gain profit from NFT and token holdings.

In addition to NFTs trading, the platform allows collectors to earn bonus APY% in the $HNTR token by staking their NFTs.

Digital Arms also fosters gaming interoperability thanks to their software development kit (SDK) that levels up the interoperability.

At the same time, it provides an attractive incentivization mechanism to encourage game developers to embed Digital Arms’ NFTs into their games and applications.

Digital Arms Features

Digital Arms is packing some great features that gamers and NFT collectors will enjoy. Let’s take a look.

Forging

Users can purchase, upgrade and trade digital armories, skins, accessories. Also, Digital Firearms users can forge those items in order to personalize and make their own new designs.

The more unique they are, the higher chance they can become more valuable NFTs. Of course, the popularity of the platform will also help.

Breeding

Another function that is unique to the digital world is breeding, which means players can choose to use NFT staking to generate new kinds of NFTs.

Unique identifier

Digital Arms assigns a unique identifier to each of their NFT that enacts the readability and integration by external platforms.

In particular, other video games or metaverses can read Digital Arms’ NFTs data and utilize it to recreate the gun inside their cyber environment.

This eliminates any limitation on where the NFTs can be used, and produces a boundless universe for players to discover.

In short, Digital Arms will allow the entire Metaverse to use these NFTs.

Exclusive offers

Digital Arms is one of the pioneers in NFT firearms. Furthermore, it has a huge potential to beat other competitors for being the only one to have licensing agreements for the firearm marketplace.

At this point, no rivals have been able to keep up with Digital Arms.

Digital Arms holds the full IP rights for either gaming or NFT markets, giving them the power to effectively mitigate platforms without officially secured IP rights to access to their firearms and accessories collection.

It is unlikely that any other platforms will sign exclusive contracts to unlock the accessibility to comprehensive firearm NFTs and top trending games like Digital Arms has done.

With these agreements in place, Digital Arms is preserving a leading position for the platform in the virtual firearms market for perhaps quite a long time.

Metaverse

With the rise in Metaverse development, the kind of IP that Digital Arms is bringing to the table may be a massive win for the company, and anyone who jumps into the NFT firearms game.

The Metaverse opens up the potential for open-source gaming development, and the system that Digital Arms has created should help devs to add in game items that up the value of the game, and the NFTs.

Although the current market for firearm NFT is still growing, the ongoing development of the Metaverse should act as a help for both Digital Arms, and firearms NFT holders.

The Go-To Platform for NFT Firearms

All in all, Digital Arms is undoubtedly a great marketplace for gun enthusiasts who want to get a brand-new on-chain trading experience in an immense virtual universe with numerous NFT-based activities.

Creating, designing and selling one-in-a-million pistols NFT will surely bring gun lovers a satisfaction that can never be matched in the real world. With the breeding feature that Digital Arms created, new and unique NFTs are all but a certainty.


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