In the weeks following Florida’s Parkland high school massacre, a new fervor has set in when it comes to challenging the formerly bulletproof National Rifle Association (NRA)–and the organization is beginning to take some significant hits. Whether it’s the powerful emotions created by angry, grieving Parkland students, or a collective consciousness snap at the news of yet … [Read more...] about What do Maui’s legislators think of the NRA?
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By Jacob Shafer Kill or be killed. In the jungle it’s ironclad law; in human society it’s anything but. Yes, we condone killing in certain extreme cases—during war, as punishment for the most heinous crimes and, sometimes, in self defense. Even then, however, it comes wrapped in layers of practical and moral ambiguity. It’s no surprise, then, that the Trayvon Martin case … [Read more...] about Deadly Force: Where does Hawaii draw the line between homicide and self-defense?
The headlines from Apr. 17 were pretty scary: “Isle Gun Registrations Soared During 2011,” reported the Honolulu Star-Advertiser (subscription required) while Maui Now said that “Hawaii Firearm Permits at Record High in 2011.” All the stories, from television, newsprint and the web, used the same word to highlight a new report from the state Attorney General’s office: “record.” … [Read more...] about Does A New Report From The Attorney General Say Hawaii Residents Are Rushing Out To Buy Guns?
Interesting item in the December 4 Honolulu Advertiser about how gun ownership in Hawaii has shot up in the early part of this century. In 2000, there were 13,600 guns registered in the state;last year, there were just under 26,000. And experts expect the number to rise even more, as Obama strikes fear into the hearts of firearm enthusiasts who believe they'd better buy 'em now … [Read more...] about Hawaii Gun Ownership on the Rise: Do You Feel Safer?