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11 Things That Were Banned In The United States Before Guns

The fight for common sense guns laws is still going strong.

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We have all the data we need to tell us that stricter gun laws save lives. There are countries that have outlawed all personal firearms and have has zero mass shootings since. So, what is wrong with America? It seems like we can outlaw everything including a ham sandwich but we can't do anything about guns.

1. Bow and arrows.

Now, rarely, if at all, do I ever see anyone walking with a bow and arrow, but seeing how most states allow hunting 7 days a week and archery is a known sport popular in many areas, I wouldn't find it too odd to see someone with it. So it's a bit of a head scratcher to know that in Nome, Alaska is it illegal to carry a bow and arrow, when generally speaking bow and arrow hunting is permitted in the rest of the state.

2. Wearing masks.

While it might be odd to see people randomly walking around in masks, it's even odder to know that it's actually illegal in some places. In Walnut City, California, you can be fined or jailed for coving your face with a mask---even on Halloween.

3. Throwing snowballs.

In Aspen, Colorado, snowballs are literally considered to be a form of a "missile." The law provides that it is "unlawful for any person to throw any stone, snowball, OR OTHER MISSILE.." And don't think this is just one of those weird, outdated laws that someone forgot to erase. They take it seriously!

4. Internet cafes.

In 2013, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law House Bill 155, which banned all computers and smartphones in cafes. Now, the law was aimed to crackdown on illegal gambling, but it was so badly worded that it actually made internet cafes unlawful. The law is still in effect, so all the college students without wifi will just have to keep crowding themselves into Panera.

5. Sex toys.

It's a good thing Bedroom Kandi is based out of Atlanta, Georgia and not Sandy Springs, Georgia, because in Sandy Springs they like to police what you do with your private parts. An ordinance on the books actually makes it illegal to buy sex toys in Sandy Springs. And although someone is looking to get the law overturned, it's currently being enforced.

6. Second-hand pot smoke.

Both medicinal and recreational marijuana is illegal in most states still, which is ridiculous that in of itself, but in Idaho, you can be fined up to $300 or spend up to 90 days in jail just for being in the same house where marijuana is being used.

7. Getting married.

Again with policing private parts, in the state of Nebraska, it's illegal to get married if you have an STD. Now, I'm sure the law's purpose was to "protect?" But it's also disgustingly invasive and outright weird.

8. Sharing your Netflix password.

The jail simply isn't big enough! Of all the Netflix and Hulu passwords I've had, none have been my own, and that's the God's honest truth. In Tennessee, it is illegal to share your password for any paid subscription or streaming service.

According to Tennessee Governor, Bill Haslam, the law is mainly targeted at hackers who steal and then sell log-in information. However, the law also makes it a crime for anybody to share their log-in information and allow access to media downloads for free. If you live in Tennessee, this could mean a year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.

9. Being gay.

It's not a complete shock that in 2019, millions of Americans are still homophobic af, but you'd at least think our laws would protect the LQBTQA community rather than make their lives hard. Nope!

In Texas, the law prohibits "deviate sexual intercourse" between people of the same gender.

10. Collecting rain water.

A handful of state and local governments prohibit the collection of rainwater, even in a pond, as one Oregon man who was sentenced to 90 days in jail for, knows. Apparently, the government owns the rain, so if you're thinking of ways to protect the environment by collecting and purifying your own water (like many in other "shithole" countries do), think again! You need a permit for that.

11. Lemonade stands.

I'm sure we have all seen stories on the news about kids having their little lemonade stands shut down, or Permit Patty's threating to call the police on terrified little back kids, well, it's true, lemonade stands aren't immune to government over-regulation. You also need a permit for that! And some places even require an entire kitchen.

You know what isn't illegal or over-regulated? Guns! Go figure.

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10 Deadliest School Shootings in U.S. History

These are ten of the most savage attacks on American innocence.
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School shootings in America trace back as early as the Settlers and Indians .

Over the years, attacks on schools have gotten progressively more brutal, senseless and deadly. Motives behind such occurrences are often blamed on social cliques and bullying or the perpetrators often suffer from mental illnesses or addiction.

Here are the 10 deadliest school shootings in American history:

10. West Nickel Mines Shooting

On October 2, 2006, milk-tank truck driver Charles Carl Roberts opened fire on a small Amish schoolhouse in Bart Township, Pennsylvania. Prior to going to the school, Roberts left a suicide note at home for his wife and children.

Roberts entered the one-room schoolhouse and ordered all the boys to leave, as well as one pregnant woman and three parents with infants. He ordered the remaining ten girls against the wall and held them hostage.

Sisters Mariah and Barbara Fisher, ages 13 and 11, courageously asked to be shot first in exchange for the lives of the other young girls; some were as young as six years old. Roberts killed Mariah and wounded Barbara. In addition, he shot eight out of the 10 girls, killing five of them.

9. Oikos University Shooting

43-year-old One L. Goh committed Oakland, California's deadliest mass killing on April 2, 2012, at the Korean Christian college Oikos University. Witnesses testify Goh stood up in his nursing class and ordered everyone against the wall at gun point.

One student recalls him yelling, "Get in line..I'm going to kill you all!" before firing. He killed seven people and wounded three others.

8. California State Fullerton Massacre

Custodian Edward Charles Allaway was reported as going "postal" on July 12, 1976 at California State University in Fullerton, California. The 37-year-old employee of the institute had a history of violence and mental illness, and was later diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic.

He was found insane by the judge of his trial for the murders. He called the police after killing seven people and wounding two others, and turned himself in. His motives behind the mass murder included him believing the university library was screening pornographic movies his wife was forced to appear in.

He is currently receiving medical treatment for his condition at the Patton State Hospital.

7. Red Lake Shootings

The Red Lake Indian Reservation in Red Lake, Minnesota will never quite be the same after events which occurred at the senior high school on March 21, 2005.

16-year-old Jeffrey Weise killed his grandfather (a tribal police officer) and his girlfriend. He then robbed his grandfather of police weapons and bullet proof vest, before ultimately driving to Red Lake Senior High School where he killed seven people and wounded five others.

Weise took a total of 10 lives that day, including himself. He committed suicide in a classroom after exchanging fire with police.

Witnesses reported Weise smiled while shooting his victims and questioned multiple students about their faith before firing.

6. Umpqua Community College Shooting

On October 1, 2015, 26-year-old Christopher Harper-Mercer committed the deadliest mass shooting in Oregon history. He killed nine people and injured seven others at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.

He spared one person in the classroom he opened fire in, only to deliver a message to the police for him. Mercer was described as "hate filled" by those who knew him. In addition, he identified himself as a White Supremacist, anti religious and suffered from long term mental health issues.

Some theories behind the mass shooting were Mercer falling below a C average, putting him at risk for suspension, as well as him not being able to pay the tuition bill due.

He ultimately committed suicide after the attack.

5. Enoch Brown School Massacre

The Enoch Brown School Massacre is one of the first documented school shootings in U.S. history. On July 26, 1794, four Lenape Indians entered a Settler's schoolhouse in Delaware where they massacred school master Enoch Brown and nine children; they were shot and scalped.

Two children survived the attack and four others were kidnapped and taken as prisoners. This event is considered one of the most notorious incidents of the Pontiac War.

4. Columbine High School Massacre

High school seniors Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, may have not committed the deadliest school shooting in the U.S., but their killing spree at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado is considered one of the most infamous attacks in history.

It sparked numerous debates, including gun control, anti-depressant drugs and the influence social cliques, violent video games and bullying have on the mental health of high school students.

Harris and Klebold spent countless hours preparing for the events on April 20, 1999, which were documented in their "Basement Tapes." The tapes contained footage of the two boys having target practice with illegally obtained firearms, as well as a suicide message and apology to their parents.

Their ultimate goal was to be responsible for more victims than the Oklahoma City bombing, an event the boys idolized. The morning of the shootings, Harris and Klebold encountered one of their few friends Brooks Brown in the school parking lot.

Brown was one of the few students the shooters considered a friend; they told him to leave campus immediately because "something bad was about to happen."

Reports claim the boys targeted jocks, taunted people for their belief in Christianity and made jokes with each other while they killed their peers. Harris and Klebold took the lives of 13 people and injured 24.

They committed suicide in the library together.

3. UT Tower Shooting

On August 1, 1966, former Marine sharp-shooter Charles Whitman unleashed havoc on the campus of University of Texas in Austin, Texas.

Whitman positioned himself on the observation deck at the very top of the U.T. Tower; it was the perfect place for a sniper to have his pick of targets, considering you could see the entire campus from his vantage point.

He killed 14 people and wounded 31 others. Prior to his attack on campus, Whitman killed his wife and mother.

Post autopsy, it was theorized that Whitman's behavior might have been caused by a tumor found in his brain. Doctors and psychologists attribute the tumor to his impulsive, irrational behavior and his lack of a conscience.

This theory was supported by records of Whitman seeking professional help prior to the shooting for "overwhelming, violent impulses" he felt he couldn't control.

2. Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting

20-year-old Adam Peter Lanza is responsible for arguably the most senseless and brutal attack on a school in U.S. history.

On December 14, 2012 Lanza shook the town of Newtown, Connecticut when he attacked Sandy Hook Elementary School. Lanza killed his mother, before entering the school where he killed 26 people and inured two others; the majority of his victims were children aging from five to 10 years old.

He committed suicide upon completion of the attack. This shooting in particular confused both the media and authorities, because Lanza never offered a motive or reasoning behind the murder of his mother nor the horrendous mass slaying of innocent children.

1. Virginia Tech Massacre


Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia came under attack on April 16, 2007. Senior student Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 people and injured 17 more in two attacks – one in a co-ed dormitory, the other in the Engineering, Science and Mechanics building.

He is noted as committing the deadliest attack on a school in U.S. history.

Cho was previously diagnosed with severe anxiety disorder; among the tapes he personally mailed to NBC news, Cho expressed his hatred for the wealthy, compared himself to Jesus Christ and explained that he was forced to commit the mass shooting due to voices in his head.

Virginia Tech has held the number one spot as deadliest school shooting for five years.

Holocaust survivor Liviu Librescu was a professor in the Engineering, Science and Mechanics department at the school, who was famously remembered for using his body as a barricade against the door during the attack; Librescu was killed during the attack but managed to hold the door closed long enough for all of his students to escape out the window.

Cho ultimately committed suicide following the shooting.

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Time To Decide If You Would Publicize A Photo Of Your Death

The #MyLastShot campaign is encouraging adversaries of gun violence to willingly publish photos of their death if it results from gun violence.

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Students from Columbine High School along with activists in the movement against gun violence have created an organization called My Last Shot. The concept is simple, to sell stickers for those who support the movement to put on personal belongings such as cell phones or IDs. These stickers state "In the event that I die from gun violence, please publicize the photo of my death." There is a space for the owner of the sticker to sign and the hope is that law enforcement and media will then publish photos of gun violence deaths no matter how graphic.

The originators of My Last Shot say that they noticed how moved the public was by graphic pictures of Emmett Till, who was an adolescent black boy killed by lynching. Till changed the state of racial violence in the United States and, while we are far from eradicating the problem entirely, seeing a young boy's body in the state that Till's was left in was powerful enough to alter opinions. The thought is that if the public can see real photos of bodies destroyed by guns, they will be more likely to support gun reform.

This issue is important because when gun violence occurs, especially in schools, the media and the public is quick to not publicize the specific deaths out of respect for families of victims. Legislators offer their thoughts and prayers for families but no effective legislation is ever passed. The creators of My Last Shot want to encourage young people, including students, to speak with their families and make it clear that they want their death to be used for progress in the event that they die from gun violence. These stickers give permission for personal photos to be shown and personal stories to be told. This movement has the potential to humanize gun violence and show the country who this really affects.

Beyond the actual showing of photos and telling of stories, putting this sticker on a personal ID or phone shows solidarity for the issue at hand. Gun violence in the United States is not ending any time soon, and progress is slow to pass legislation that will actually do something to fix the problem. It is time for people who truly want to change to stand up and show how important this issue is. Think of how many times in a day someone sees your ID or your phone. A sticker with such a statement shows unwavering support for this important issue, giving you a silent way to show your solidarity with victims of gun violence and show people in your life how dire the state of gun violence has become.

I know that I will be ordering a sticker and speaking with my family about what I want if I am a victim of gun violence. I want to make a difference in whatever way possible and in the event that I become a statistic for this very important issue, I want to be more than a number. If I'm a victim of gun violence, I want to know that I put every precaution in place to make a real difference, even if I'm not here to see it.

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