Thursday, March 02, 2017

One of the places Americans agree about guns are background checks.

August 13, 2015

Two years (click here) after the failure of Senate legislation to expand background checks on gun purchases, the public continues to overwhelmingly support making private gun sales and sales at gun shows subject to background checks. Currently, 85% of Americans – including large majorities of Democrats (88%) and Republicans (79%) – favor expanded background checks, little changed from May 2013 (81%)....

That has always been the case, but, because of Republican obstructionism the bills written were never passed into law. Today, the new administration is attacking the provisions that do exist.

February 28, 2017
By Merrit Kennedy 

President Trump signed (click here) a measure into law Tuesday that rescinds an Obama-era rule aimed at blocking gun sales to certain mentally ill people.

The GOP-majority Senate passed the bill by a 57-43 margin earlier this month, following a House vote to overturn the rule.

The Obama administration policy "would have required the Social Security Administration to report the records of some mentally ill beneficiaries to the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System," as The Two-Way has reported. "Those who have been deemed mentally incapable of managing their financial affairs — roughly 75,000 people — would have been affected by the rule."

It was strongly opposed by the National Rifle Association, and as NPR's Jessica Taylor reported, "Republicans argued it infringed upon Second Amendment rights by denying due process."...

Got that, if you are elderly you can purchase a gun even though a guardian needs to write the check. Some of that is somewhat reflected in other capacity such as voting. The disabled elderly can vote if proven competent regardless of their guardianship otherwise. But, President Obama didn't bring this to bear to be mean, he did it to save lives.

Am J Public Health. 2012 March; 102(3): 396–400.
By Brian Mertens, BA and Susan B. Sorenson, PhD

In the United States, (click here) more than 17 million people aged 65 years or older own a firearm. They have the highest rate of suicide by a firearm, and recent data suggest that a disproportionate number apply to carry a concealed weapon. At least one new handgun has been designed and marketed for older people....

That designer gun can be fired regardless of paralysis.

In 2008, Constitution Arms, a New Jersey–based firearms manufacturing company, announced plans to produce the Palm Pistol, a single-chamber firing mechanism that could be fired via a squeeze ball instead of the standard trigger...

Where there is a dollar to be made, hell awaits.

There is only one reason to use this handgun. It sure ain't for hunting.

The link to the article doesn't work when transferred. Kindly see addresses below regarding this disgusting product.

Accepted on: Aug 4, 2011

Current Considerations About the Elderly and Firearms

Brian MertensBA, and Susan B. SorensonPhD

At the time that this article was written, Brian Mertens was with the Health and Societies program, and Susan B. Sorenson with the School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

Correspondence should be sent to Susan B. Sorenson, School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania, 3815 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (e-mail: Reprints can be ordered at by clicking the “Reprints/Eprints” link.

Peer Reviewed


B. Mertens originated the idea, wrote the first draft, and contributed to revisions. S. B. Sorenson supervised the development of the article, analyzed data, drafted sections of the article, and contributed to revisions.

This is the kind of garbage Americans get from Republicans. They cater to cronies regardless of the unethical and dangerous extreme to our society.

Outlawing this type of handgun from the elderly is a pubic health issue.

The article can also be obtained from the "American Journal of Public Health."

The focus is on marketing vulnerability. The elderly differ as well in emotional status. Basically, it looks as though the Republicans want to resolve the "Baby Boomer" issue through violence.

To tap into the expanding elderly market, which, as a group, has substantial disposable income, manufacturers and service providers must create and provide products and services that the elderly want and can use. Firearms are no exception. Long guns (rifles and shotguns, which law enforcement officers describe as the weapon of choice for home protection) can be heavy and awkward to handle. Given the various infirmities and physical limitations that develop with age, it may be reasonable to assume that, if an elderly person wants to purchase a firearm, he or she will likely buy a handgun.

In anticipation of a firearm purchase, an elderly person may turn to a variety of informational sources. They may, like many people who are interested in purchasing a firearm, consult their friends and families for advice and information. They may also seek advice from staff at the more than 62 500 federally licensed firearm dealers in the United States or refer to printed sources for information. Some regional newspapers include firearm advertisements in their classified ad section. The United States also has nearly three dozen different monthly or semimonthly magazines about firearms. Photographs, product reviews, and the large print of several magazines make them a useful resource for elders. At least one firearms magazine addresses the elderly directly. The Armed Senior Citizen, a monthly column in Concealed Carry Magazine, is available in print and online. Columns such as “Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks” and “Senior Citizen Defensive Realities” advise senior citizens on how they can protect themselves with a gun....