A New Study Debunks the NRA's Claim That Guns Protect Women – The Nation.

Protesters aligned with the Women’s March rally as they begin a 17-mile march against gun violence from National Rifle Association (NRA) headquarters in Virginia, July 14, 2017. (Reuters / Jonathan Ernst)

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In the wake of Donald Trump’s election, gun sales resumed a years-long sales slump that started before Barack Obama entered the White House. Stocks in all the major gun companies plummeted after the election, and sales have not come close to returning to Obama-era heights.

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One way the gun industry has tried to revamp its image and boost sales is by presenting guns, particularly small handguns, as effective, common-sense tools for self-protection. Many gun manufacturers have shifted from heavily marketing military-style assault weapons to instead rolling out small handguns that are explicitly pitched as citizen self-defense weapons. This campaign has been aimed heavily at potential female customers—the National Rifle Association has a “NRA Women” program, which offers free training to “female gun enthusiasts

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Asheville police seize AK-47, seven other guns, drugs in apartment complex raid – Asheville Citizen-Times

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Police seized guns and drugs in a Friday morning raid in a North Asheville apartment.(Photo: Asheville Police Department)

ASHEVILLE – Police seized drugs and guns, including a stolen AK-47, in a Friday morning raid of a North Asheville apartment.

The department’s Emergency Response Team and Public Housing Unit were using a search warrant in an investigation into stolen guns when they went into the unit of Hillcrest Apartments at 6 a.m., according to police reports and department spokesman Wally Welch. Hillcrest offers subsidized rent to low-income residents.

“Officers were able to take the occupants of the residence into custody without incident, including Darion Armon Smith who is a suspect in the breaking and entering case,” Welch said.

Darion Armon Smith (Photo: Asheville Police Department)

They also arrested his mother Katrina Rene Smith. Both were in the Buncombe County Detention Facility as of Friday afternoon.

Darion Smith, 18, was charged with:

Felony breaking and entering Larceny after breaking and entering Three counts of larceny of a firearm. Three counts of possession of a stolen firearm. Possession with intent to sell and deliver crack cocaine.  Possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana  He also had warrants served on him for assault by pointing a gun and for gambling

His bond was set at $150,000.

Katrina Rene Smith (Photo: Asheville Police Department)

Katrina Smith, 35, was charged with: 

Three counts of possession of a stolen firearm Simple possession of marijuana

Her bond was set at $30,000.

Officers seized guns that they confirmed as

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North Korea dictator Kim Jong Un's executions: anti-aircraft guns, flamethrowers, mortars – Fox News

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has long been known for his excesses.

Whether it be his penchant for heavy drinking or the horrors he inflicts on the women he keeps as sex slaves, the strongman has long held his nation in fear as he rules over the Hermit Kingdom with unchecked powers. Kim, however, seems to save his most gruesome indulgences for the way he deals with people he considers enemies, traitors or subordinates.

“He’s very dangerous,” Kim Yeomyong, a North Korean defector, told Fox News’ Greg Palkot during a recent interview.

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With Kim ordering people executed for offenses as seemingly benign as petty theft or falling asleep during a military parade, Fox News has compiled a list of some of the tyrant’s most ghastly killing methods.

Anti-aircraft Guns – While these weapons were designed to take down enemy fighter jets, they have become a favorite method of execution for Kim. In 2015, reports surfaced from South Korean intelligence that the dictator’s Defense Minister Hyong Yong Chol was pulverized to death by an anti-aircraft gun after the young despot ordered his execution for falling asleep during an event and not carrying out instructions.

Hee Yeon Lim, a 26-year-old defector, recently told western media that she was part of a crowd of 10,000 ordered to watch the execution by anti-aircraft guns of 11 musicians who allegedly made a pornographic video. 

“What I saw that day made me sick in my stomach. They were lashed to the end of anti-aircraft guns,” she said. “A gun was fired, the noise was deafening, absolutely terrifying. And the guns were fired one after the other.”

She added: “The musicians just disappeared each time the guns were fired into them. Their bodies were blown to

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Staring Down the Barrel of Russia's Big Guns – Foreign Policy (blog)

This week, thousands of Russian troops, flanked by reluctant Belarusian allies, participated in the largest military exercise conducted since the Cold War. Western observers looked on in alarm. The elaborate display was complete with complicated backstories and fictitious enemies that, on paper, sound eerily similar to the Baltics and nationalist territories within Belarus. Do the U.S. and NATO allies have good reason to be concerned? Perhaps. Previous Zapad exercises proved to be precursors to very real Russian military interventions in Georgia and Ukraine.

On this week’s second episode of The E.R, FP’s executive editor for the web Ben Pauker discusses the display of Moscow’s military might with Andrew Wilson and FP’s Amie Ferris-Rotman. Zapad comes at the tail end of a sustained Russian military buildup that begin in 2008. Was the training exercise patriotic theatrics or a thinly veiled attempt at regional intimidation? And how is the show of strength playing inside Russia?

Andrew Wilson is a senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations and professor of Ukrainian studies at University College London. In addition to the Ukraine, he is an expert in comparative politics of democratization in the post-Soviet states and political technology. He is the author of Ukraine Crisis: What It Means for the West.

Amie Ferris-Rotman is FP’s Moscow correspondent. She previously reported across Russia and the Soviet Union for the Wall Street Journal and Reuters. Between Russia tours, she was Reuters’ senior correspondent in Afghanistan. Follow her on Twitter: @Amie_FR.

Ben Pauker is FP’s executive editor for the web. Follow him on Twitter: @benpauker.

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Guns Help Explain Difference In Urban And Rural Suicide Rates – HuffPost

(Reuters Health) – Suicides rates may be higher in rural America than in cities at least in part because gun ownership is more common outside of urban areas, a recent study suggests.

For the study, researchers examined data on 6,196 adult suicides from 2003 to 2015 in the state of Maryland. Overall, suicide rates were 35 percent higher in rural counties than in urban counties, the study found.

Firearm suicide rates were 66 percent higher in rural counties than in urban counties, the study also found. But there wasn’t a meaningful difference in suicide rates for cases that didn’t involve guns.

“For patients and physicians, this study further illustrates the life-or-death importance of discussing firearm ownership as a healthcare issue,” said lead study author Dr. Paul Nestadt of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore.

“Doctors need to be asking their patients about firearm access, right alongside asking about diet choices, seatbelt use, and other behavioral contributors to mortality risk,” Nestadt said by email. “This is especially true for patients at any risk for suicide.”

In particular, doctors need to pay close attention to gun use and mental health for men, the study results suggest.

That’s because 89 percent of the gun-related suicides occurred among men, and because the higher rural suicide rate was only true for men.

Firearm suicide rates were 36 percent higher for rural men than urban men. But rural women were 37 percent less likely to commit suicide than urban women, regardless of the method.

This may be explained at least in part by men tending to prefer guns as their method of suicide, researchers note in the American Journal of Public Health.

Most of the suicides in the study happened where the majority of people in Maryland live – in metropolitan areas

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