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Taking criminal sentencing seriously, a good judge sentences killer to 3,318 years behind bars

The loopy bastard who shot up a cinema in?the?US has just been sentenced in a proper way reflecting the seriousness of his offending.

The man who unleashed a murderous attack on a packed Colorado movie theater was ordered Wednesday (Thursday NZT) to serve life in prison without parole plus 3,318 years – the maximum allowed by law – before the judge told deputies, “Get the defendant out of my courtroom, please.

“The gallery applauded the remark by Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. as he gaveled the hearing to a close, ending a grueling three-year wait to see the gunman brought to justice. Survivors, relatives and a handful of jurors who were in the courtroom cheered and then hugged prosecutors and law enforcement officers. Some wiped away tears.

Samour ordered 28-year-old James Holmes to serve 12 consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole, one for each of the people he killed in the July 20, 2012, attack on a crowded movie theater.

He then added another 3,312 years for 70 convictions of attempted murder, and six years for an explosives charge. ?? Read more »

Photo Of The Day

Photo: Jon Hilmarsson   Angel or Jesus appears in Northern lights. Beautiful formation in the most vivid northern light display I have ever seen over mountain Akrafjall in the west part of Iceland.

Photo: Jon Hilmarsson
Angel or Jesus appears in Northern lights. Beautiful formation in the most vivid northern light display I have ever seen over mountain Akrafjall in the west part of Iceland.

Image of Christ the Redeemer

Appears In The Aurora Borealis Above Iceland

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Never mess with the NRA

Politicians keep on trying to unreasonably control guns in breach of the Second Amendment and the NRA keep on hammering them. The NRA are strong and successful advocates for their members, they never back down.

You’d think the politicians would learn. Turns out they are slow learners…perhaps even retarded.

A populist backlash against Colorado?s new gun-control laws claimed its third political casualty on Wednesday as a Democratic state senator resigned her seat rather than face a recall vote that could have cost her party control of the chamber.

For Democrats in this swing state, the resignation of the senator, Evie Hudak, was a sign of the growing political cost of?their votes last winterto expand background checks and limit the size of ammunition magazines ? measures once hailed as breakthrough victories in the effort to respond to mass shootings.

Polls show that voters embrace aspects of the new laws. But the measures have infuriated gun advocates and Republicans, and have become political liabilities in a state where the gun debate is shaped by traditions of hunting and sport-shooting, as well as by the shadows of mass shootings at?Columbine High School?and the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora. ? Read more »

Gun control lobby, shot down in a blaze of glory

The Atlantic examines the results of the Colorado recall where two anti-gun senators were given the arse by voters.

Ever since the Senate voted down gun-control legislation in April, some advocates have remained convinced there was still hope. As of Tuesday, that hope is officially dead.

On Tuesday, two Colorado state senators, both Democrats, were?recalled by voters?for their votes in favor of gun control. Gun-rights advocates instigated the recall drives; the National Rifle Association spent $360,000, sending mailers and?airing television ads?calling the lawmakers “too extreme for Colorado.” Gun-control proponents, buoyed by donations from New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg, outspent their opponents five to one. But the NRA turned the money against the lawmakers, painting them as pawns of fancy-pants out-of-state liberal interests. And the NRA won.? Read more »

Some facts about Guns and why liberals calling for control are wrong

Time for some real facts about guns and gun?control?in the wake of calls for assault rifle bans.

You will see why the liberal wankers who call for such things are completely wrongheaded.

Fifty-five million kids went to school on the day that 20 were massacred at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. Even in the United States, therefore, the chances of a child?s dying in a school shooting are remote. As my friend Steven Pinker demonstrates in his monumental study of human violence,?The Better Angels of Our Nature, our perception of danger is easily distorted by rare events. Is gun violence increasing in the United States? No. But it certainly seems to be when one recalls recent atrocities in Newtown and Aurora. In fact, the overall rate of violent crime has fallen by 22 percent in the past decade (and 18 percent in the past five years).

We still have more guns and more gun violence than any other developed country, but the correlation between guns and violence in the United States is far from straightforward. Thirty percent of urban households have at least one firearm. This figure increases to 42 percent in the suburbs and 60 percent in the countryside. As one moves away from cities, therefore, the rate of gun ownership doubles. And yet gun violence is primarily a problem in cities. It is the people of Detroit, Oakland, Memphis, Little Rock, and Stockton who are at the greatest risk of being killed by guns.

Oh, more guns in the countryside but less gun crime…boy that’s inconvenient.

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Face of the Day

A girl weeps at a ceremony mourning the victims of the shooting that killed 12 people at a cinema in Aurora, Colorado