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Walmart Sells Assault Weapons But Bans Music With Swear Words

Henry Blodget | Dec. 22, 2012, 9:14 PM



And music with curse words is


(First Amendment and all that), so this isn't about legality.

So why the no-cursing policy?

Wal-Mart does not display album or song titles that contain profanity...Wal-Mart selects 30-second sample clips such that only clips that do not contain profanity are made available to customers.

However, other portions of the recordings may contain profanity, and the 30-second sample clips or the recording as a whole may be deemed by some customers to be offensive, indecent or objectionable.


Wal-Mart may refuse to stock music merchandise that may not seem appropriate. However, Wal-Mart may carry some recordings that some customers might find offensive, indecent or objectionable.

So Walmart bans profanity on the grounds that some people might find it objectionable, but proudly sells assault weapons that can be used to slaughter people.

Isn't Walmart worried that some people might find that objectionable? Like the parents of children who were just murdered with an assault weapon, for example? Or the parents who worry that their children might be murdered with an assault weapon? Or anyone worried thatanyone might be murdered with an assault weapon?

Apparently not.

Apparently, in America, you'd have to be, well, un-American to find that objectionable.

Here's a nice-looking assault rifle Walmart's advertising right now on Walmart.com:

The Sig-Sauer M400 With Prismatic Scope. It's "designed for use in law enforcement and military operations." Just what every civilian Walmart customer needs.


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There Are 15,000 More Gun Stores In America Than Grocery Stores

Henry Blodget | Dec. 19, 2012, 10:38 AM


In case you are worried that guns haven't sufficiently permeated American culture, here are some startling facts compiled by Jack Date, Pierre Thomas and Jason Ryan of ABC News.

  • There are ~14,869 more gun stores in America than grocery stores.Specifically, there are 51,438 gun retailers and 36,536 grocery stores.

  • There are almost as many gun dealers in America as gas stations. There are a total of 129,817 gun dealers in the country, which include retail stores (51,438), "collectors" (61,562), pawn shops (7,356), and importers and manufacturers. Meanwhile, there are 143,849 gas stations.

  • There are more than twice as many gun stores in America as McDonalds restaurants. There are only 14,098 McDonalds.

  • American gun companies made 5.5 million new guns in 2010 and 95% of them were sold to Americans.

  • These ~5 million guns weren't nearly enough to satisfy American demand for guns in 2010, so an additional 3.3 million guns were imported.

  • There were 16.5 million background checks for gun purchases in 2010.You can get a gun unless you have a criminal record or are evidently insane.

  • 47,856 people were murdered in the U.S. with guns from 2006-2010. This was more than twice as many people as those killed by all other methods combined.

That's only the beginning.

ABC has more >

And there are a whole bunch of additional staggering American gun statistics here >

One of the favorite talking points of those who want military-grade assault weapons to remain freely available to anyone who wants them is that there aren't enough guns in America. These statistics should reveal that argument for what it is: Laughable.

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19 Unbelievable Facts About Guns In America

Blaire Briody and Maureen Mackey, The Fiscal Times | Dec. 19, 2012, 9:53 AM

It’s hard to see a grown man cry. It’s even harder when that man is the president of the United States.

Yet President Obama's emotion has been clear both times he's addressed the nation since the shooting.

On Sunday night when he spoke in Newtown, Connecticut, his sadness turned to resolve when he said, “Are we really prepared to say that we’re powerless in the face of such carnage, that the politics are too hard?”

This time, the fourth mass shooting during Obama’s term in office, the nation may have heard him.


events in Connecticuthave led to fresh calls for more limits on guns and a reinstatement of a ban on the sale of assault weapons, including the semiautomatic rifle that the Newtown gunman, Adam Lanza, used to mow down 20 six- and seven-year-olds and 6 adults.

The Fiscal Times took a look at some of the numbers associated with guns.


Mass shootings in the U.S. since Columbine in 1999.


People killed in mass shootings this year in the U.S. (not including the shooters who killed themselves). Seventy-two more people were injured.


Ratio of people killed by guns in the U.S. compared to other developed countries in the OECD. For 15-to-20-year-olds, firearm homicide rates in the U.S. are 42.7 times higher than in other OECD countries, according to a 2011 UCLA School of Public Health study.


Percent of all firearm deaths that occurred in the U.S., among the 23 developed countries looked at in the UCLA study. Eighty-seven percent of all children ages 0 to 14 killed by guns in these countries are U.S. children.


Murders from firearms in the U.S. between the years 2001-2005 alone – and nearly 8 in 10 of these murders involved a handgun, according to the FBI.


Number of signatures on a White House petition started on Friday, December 14, after the events in Newtown, demanding the Obama administration “produce legislation that limits access to guns.”

16.8 million

Applications in 2012 to purchase firearms, up from 8.5 million in 2002, according to the FBI. Kentucky saw the most firearm applications this year at 2.3 million.

$31.8 billion

What the firearms industry generated in 2011 in job creation, sales and taxes, according to theNational Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF).

30 percent

The growth of gun industry-related jobs during the recession (between 2008 and 2011), according to the NSSF.

693 percent

Rise in stock market value of Sturm, Ruger & Co., the largest publicly-traded gun maker, from Obama’s inauguration until the day before the shooting. Smith & Wesson stock was up 289 percent over that time. Since the shooting, however, both stocks have fallen more than 15 percent.


Estimated number of guns bought back in Oakland and San Francisco, California, this past Saturday, December 15. Each weapon was exchanged for $200 in cash. In Baltimore, Maryland, people sold back 461 guns the same day.


Semi-automatic shotguns and rifles bought back as part of new gun control measures in Australia after a 1996 mass shooting in which 35 people were killed. The country also prohibited private sales of guns. From 1995 to 2006, homicides by firearm in Australia plunged 59 percent – and they haven’t had a mass shooting since.


Price of a Bushmaster Model .223 on GunBroker.com, the same model used in the Sandy Hook shooting.

300 million

The approximate number of firearms owned by civilians in the U.S. as of 2010, according to the book Firearms and Violence: A Critical Review. Some 47 percent of adults report having a gun in their home, according to an October 2011 Gallup survey.

10 years

The maximum time in prison for gun possession by any of the following: someone convicted of a crime, someone dishonorably discharged from the military, a person with a history of mentally illness, or an illegal immigrant. Under federal law, private individuals are not required to conduct a background check before selling or transferring a firearm in the same state, but it is illegal to sell or transfer a firearm while knowing or having “reasonable cause” that the recipient falls into one of the prohibited categories. However, some states like California require background checks for all firearm transactions.


The percentage of the 108 million background checks processed through the federal system that were denied between 1994 and 2009, according to a 2009 report from the Department of Justice, the latest data available.

2,000 – 5,200

Gun shows that take place in the U.S. each year.


The number of laws the NRA has pushed through in the past four years making guns easier to own, carry in public, and harder for the government to track. Eight states currently allow firearms in bars.

$17 million

What the NRA spent on campaigns during the 2012 election cycle.


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