All Further Articles for 2013-05-02

Thursday, May 2, 2013
My First Rifle, With Which I Shot My Sister
Another gun, another kid, another case, in the coroner's words, of "just one of those crazy accidents." The five-year-old boy (yes: five) in Kentucky who accidentally shot and killed his two-year-old sister (yes: two) did so with "My First Rifle," a .22-caliber Cricket made and marketed for "youth shooters" by Keystone Sporting Arms. Its website features a "Kids' Corner" of smiling children with their guns, and testimonials from their grateful parents. Sigh: Teach your children well, if it's not too late. "(Your rifles) are just the right size for my 5-and 7-year-olds. They are awesome and we couldn't be happier." Update : Surprise: A new study shows the NRA and other gun-rights groups spent a gazillion dollars on lobbying in the months leading up to the gun-control vote.
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The Human Thing
With at least 100 of 166 men long detained but never charged on hunger strike, many being force-fed, and the outcry from international human rights officials growing ever louder, the former Chief Prosecutor for terrorism trials there has begun a petition demanding the "folly" that is Guantanamo Bay be closed. Morris Davis ex plains why and how it's time to hold Obama to his promis e. "If any other country were treating prisoners the way we are treating those in Guantanamo we would roundly and rightly criticize that country. We can never retake the legal and moral high ground when we claim the right to do unto others that which we would vehemently condemn if done to one of us."
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Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Kids Don't Try This At Home or School or Anywhere Else, Especially If You're Black
Kiera Wilmot, 16, a good student at a Florida high school, was curious to see what would happen if she mixed household chemicals in a water bottle. What happened: it made a teeny explosion that blew the bottle top off, after which she was arrested, handcuffed, charged with a felony as an adult and expelled from school. School officials argue "actions have consequences." Nerdy critics argue science isn't a crime, and are tweeting about all the things they accidentally blew up in high school.
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