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US House adjourns as Democrats multi-task: Simultaneously dance on graves in Orlando, sit on floor in DC

June 23, 2016
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The Hill The Hill    

"House GOP leaders opted to send lawmakers home a day early for a holiday recess as Democrats threatened to stretch a widely publicized sit-in over gun control into a days-long demonstration. The House adjourned for the Independence Day recess shortly after Republicans voted to pass an emergency funding package to combat the Zika virus after 3 a.m. Thursday. ... Democrats continued their sit-in after the House adjourned at 3:14 a.m., but the crowd began to thin considerably given the late hour. Still, more than two dozen Democrats remained on the floor, including several who wrapped themselves in blankets. Members of the House Democratic whip team will meet later Thursday morning to discuss the next steps." (06/23/16)

http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/284567-house-gop-starts-recess-early-after-failing-to-quell-democrats-sit  

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LGBT gun rights group sees membership skyrocket after Orlando shooting

June 21, 2016
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USA Today    

"The Senate has blocked four gun measures, two from each party, in the wake of the Orlando massacre. Here's what each measure would have done. Dylan West says the Pink Pistols gun club in Atlanta has been a stagnant group since he joined a year ago. But that's all changed now. The gun club for LGBT people has roughly doubled in size to 230 members following this month's nightmarish shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub that left 49 dead and 53 injured." (06/21/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/06/20/lgbt-gun-rights-group-sees-membership-skyrocket-after-orlando-shooting/86147114/  

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US Senate fails to pass victim disarmament amendments

June 21, 2016
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Hartford Courant    

"Unable to come to agreement on competing proposals to bar suspected terrorists from purchasing firearms and make changes to background checks on gun sales, the U.S. Senate Monday failed to advance four [victim disarmament] amendments raised in the wake of [nowhere near] the nation's deadliest mass shooting. The proposals needed 60 votes to move forward. The Republican-backed amendments received only 53 votes. The Democratic amendments failed 44-56 and 47-53." (06/20/16)

http://www.courant.com/politics/hc-murphy-blumenthal-senate-gun-vote-20160620-story.html  

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SCOTUS to New York, Connecticut regimes: Screw the Constitution, do whatever you want

June 21, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"The Supreme Court has rejected challenges to assault weapons [sic] bans in Connecticut and New York, in the aftermath of the shooting attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, that left 50 people dead. ... Connecticut and New York enacted bans on assault weapons [sic] and large-capacity magazines [using] the December 2012 massacre of 20 children and six educators at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut [as a pretext]." (06/20/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/supreme-court-leaves-state-assault-weapons-bans-place-39987790  

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Senate blocks gun-grabbing measures offered in wake of Orlando shooting

June 20, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"The Senate as expected on Monday rejected four partisan gun measures offered in the wake of the Orlando massacre. Two Republican proposals would have increased funding for the national background check system and created a judicial review process to keep a person on a terror watch list from buying a gun; two Democratic measures would have expanded background checks to private gun sales and allowed the Justice Department to ban gun sales to suspected terrorists. Ahead of the votes, the chamber's Democratic and Republican leaders gave no indication they expected any of the measures would get the bipartisan support needed to advance." (06/20/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/06/20/senate-gun-vote-after-orlando-shooting/86143418  

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Victims ask judge to throw out frivolous/malicious Sandy Hook lawsuit

June 20, 2016
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CBS News CBS News    

"A judge today will begin weighing whether a gunmaker should face trial over the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. A lawsuit blames the manufacturer, distributor and seller of the rifle used in the massacre, where more than 20 students and educators died. Since the lawsuit was filed last October, gunmakers have fought to get it thrown out. They'll have one more chance at today's hearing at Bridgeport Superior Court in Connecticut, when both sides will present their cases." (06/20/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/gun-industry-tries-to-have-sandy-hook-lawsuit-thrown-out/  

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NRA: Orlando nightclub patrons shouldn’t have been armed

June 20, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"Unlike Donald Trump, top leaders of the National Rifle Association said Sunday they don't believe patrons at a nightclub where 49 people were killed last weekend should have been armed for self-protection. 'I don’t think you should have firearms where people are drinking,' said NRA Vice President Wayne LaPierre on CBS's Face the Nation. Those comments seemed to conflict with the presumptive GOP presidential nominee's statement Saturday suggesting that the clubgoers at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando should have been armed when Omar Mateen opened fire with an assault weapon at 2 a.m." [editor's note: One more example of why the NRA is considered by some to be the biggest anti-Second Amendment lobby in the US - SAT] (06/18/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/06/19/orlando-nightclub-patrons-shouldnt-have-been-armed-nra-says/86113928  

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Senate nears deal to vote on doomed victim disarmament proposals

June 16, 2016
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Politico    

"After a marathon Democratic filibuster and pitched negotiations on gun control measures, senators are finally nearing a bipartisan deal -- but only to hold votes that are highly likely to fail. On Thursday morning, the Senate Republican Conference held a special caucus meeting on what amendments they would put forward to match a background checks proposal from Democrats, senators said." (06/16/16)

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/06/senate-vote-gun-restrictions-224426  

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US Senate Democrats demand more Orlando-style massacres

June 16, 2016
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Bloomberg    

"Senate Democrats held the Senate floor for hours on Wednesday threatening to hold up a spending bill as they sought new gun restrictions, while vulnerable Republicans signaled willingness to compromise on proposals to [violate the right to keep and bear arms and deny Americans due process of law]. Three days after a shooter used an assault rifle [sic] to kill 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Connecticut Senator Christopher Murphy said he was prepared to stand 'as long as I can' to force consideration of two gun-related amendments. One would bar purchases of weapons by anyone on the terrorist watch list and another would aim to extend background checks to cover weapons sold at gun shows." (06/15/16)

http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-06-15/democrats-press-for-gun-curbs-with-threat-to-halt-spending-bill  

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AMA dances on Orlando victims’ graves, busks for return to using CDC as anti-gun-rights propaganda mill

June 16, 2016
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CBS News CBS News    

"On the heels of yet another senseless gun massacre in the United States, the nation's leading physicians' organization is urging more research [sic] into gun violence. Specifically, the American Medical Association (AMA) said Tuesday that a long-standing ban on federal government research [sic] into gun violence must be lifted to better understand and tackle the problem. The AMA is now pledging to lobby Congress to overturn 20-year-old legislation that has prohibited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from researching [sic] the issue." [editor's note: Tax-funded propaganda disguised as epidemiology is not "research" - TLK] (06/15/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/gun-violence-research-ban-must-be-lifted-american-medical-association/  

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SCOTUS to consider whether to hear assault weapons [sic] ban challenge

June 14, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"Fresh off the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history [sic], the Supreme Court will consider whether to hear a challenge to the assault weapons ban passed in Connecticut after the Newtown elementary school massacre of 2012. A petition from gun rights groups is on the high court's list for consideration at Thursday's private conference, but the justices are unlikely to take the case. Just last December (five days after a terrorist attack killed 14 people in San Bernardino, CA) they refused to hear a challenge to a Chicago suburb's ban on such semi-automatic weapons. The Connecticut law was signed by Gov. Dannel Malloy in April 2013, four months after 20 students and six educators were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Expanding on an earlier assault weapons ban in the state, it banned more than 100 types of firearms along with magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition." [editor's note: Sigh ... No, "the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history" was Wounded Knee, followed by Waco - SAT] ((06/14/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/06/14/supreme-court-connecticut-guns-assault-weapons-newtown-orlando/85867644  

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Second Amendment ruling: Which concealed carry laws affect you?

June 12, 2016
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"Here in Atlanta, a person can walk into Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport with a concealed gun in a case -- or for that matter, a loaded assault-style rifle carried openly. As long as the person is licensed, there’s nothing the police can do. In Los Angeles, however, walking outside your home with a concealed gun remains illegal unless authorities have decided you have 'good cause' to carry. A major Second Amendment decision on Thursday from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals intensified (and perhaps enshrined) this growing divide across the United States in how, where, and why Americans may carry weapons in public. In a 7-to-4 en banc decision, the Ninth Circuit ruled that authorities in California and eight other states under its jurisdiction can control who may carry concealed guns in public." (06/10/16)

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2016/0610/Second-Amendment-ruling-Which-concealed-carry-laws-affect-you  

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Petraeus, Kelly launch victim disarmament group

June 11, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"Retired U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus, who has long resisted calls to run for political office, is teaming up with retired NASA astronaut Mark Kelly to create a new group urging greater gun control. The two announced on Friday that they were launching Veterans Coalition for Common Sense to encourage elected leaders to 'do more to prevent gun tragedies.' The group will feature veterans from every branch of the military who are urging lawmakers to toughen gun laws, the organization said in a news release." (06/10/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/10/politics/david-petraeus-mark-kelly-gun-control/index.html  

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TX Appeals Court: No right to carry concealed weapons in public

June 9, 2016
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"Dealing a blow to gun supporters, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday that Americans do not have a constitutional right to carry concealed weapons in public. In a dispute that could ultimately wind up before the Supreme Court, a divided 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said local law enforcement officials can place significant restrictions on who is allowed to carry concealed guns. By a vote of 7-4, the court upheld a California law that says applicants must cite a 'good cause' to obtain a concealed-carry permit. Typically, people who are being stalked or threatened, celebrities who fear for their safety, and those who routinely carry large amounts of cash or other valuables are granted permits." [editor's note: Okay wait now ... "no right to carry concealed" ... has some very disturbing side effects - SAT] (06/09/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/us/article/Court-No-right-to-carry-concealed-weapons-in-7973394.php  

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Dog bites man: Key victim disarmament group endorses Clinton

June 5, 2016
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"A major [victim disarmament] group has endorsed Hillary Clinton, offering a lift to her campaign in a tighter-than-expected primary race in California and as she tries to pivot to a general election matchup with Donald Trump. The group, Everytown for Gun Safety [sic], announced its endorsement Friday, the day after its National Gun Violence Awareness [sic] Day campaign. ... Everytown was founded in 2014 by Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York, who put in $50 million of his own money in an effort to form a group that could rival the National Rifle Association." (06/03/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/nation/article/Key-gun-control-group-endorses-Clinton-in-2016-7962511.php  

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CA: Assembly pressing on with victim disarmament bills

May 19, 2016
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Sacramento Bee    

"California Assembly members will continue pushing a sweeping package of gun control bills, dismissing concerns that the legislative focus could conflict with Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom's ballot initiative. ... Bills promoted by Assembly Democrats include measures that would limit people to buying one long gun a month, expand the list of people who can get a restraining order barring gun ownership, broaden a ban on assault weapons [sic] and regulate components that can be used to build homemade guns." (05/19/16)

http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article78466572.html  

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IL: Senate panel advances new victim disarmament scheme

May 19, 2016
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Chicago Tribune Chicago Tribune    

"The Illinois Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday advanced a firearm trafficking bill designed to crack down on straw purchasers of weapons. House Bill 6303 now goes before the full Senate. Last month, the House advanced the measure. ... [State Senator Christine] Radogno said the people the law would target are those who cannot be issued an Illinois Firearm Owners Identification card. The bill creates the offense of firearms trafficking, and makes it a Class 1 felony for trafficking the firearm alone, and a Class X for trafficking the firearm and ammunition." (05/18/16)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/daily-southtown/news/ct-sta-radogno-gun-legislation-st-0519-20160518-story.html  

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US judge strikes down DC concealed-carry gun law as likely unconstitutional

May 18, 2016
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Washington Post    

"A federal judge has ruled that a key provision of the District’s new gun law is likely unconstitutional, ordering D.C. police to stop requiring individuals to show 'good reason' to obtain a permit to carry a firearm on the streets of the nation’s capital. In imposing a preliminary injunction pending further litigation, U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon reignited a running battle over the Second Amendment in the District and its courts where three different judges have now weighed in with varying conclusions." (05/17/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/us-judge-strikes-down-dc-concealed-carry-gun-law-as-likely-unconstitutional/2016/05/17/d36d35dc-1c49-11e6-8c7b-6931e66333e7_story.html?wprss=rss_crime&tid=sm_tw_pl  

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CA: Ninth Circuit rules in favor of gun store

May 17, 2016
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The Daily Caller    

"The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Monday ruled that that the Second Amendment right of gun buyers extends to protect gun retailers from being excluded from an area. The ruling was based on the challenge to an Alameda County, California ordinance that stated that a gun store must be located at least 500 feet away from any residentially-zoned district, elementary, middle or high school, pre-school, day care center, another firearms retailer or an establishment where liquor is sold or served." (05/16/16)

http://dailycaller.com/2016/05/16/ninth-circuit-rules-in-favor-of-california-gun-store/  

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GA: Deal vetoes campus carry bill

May 4, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"Georgia's governor is vetoing a bill allowing concealed handguns on public college campuses, he said Tuesday, the day he had to act or allow the legislation to become law. After a bill that detractors said would have allowed conservative Christians to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, which Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed earlier this year, House Bill 859 may have been the most contentious. Just last week, students rallied on the University of Georgia campus in opposition to the bill. Meanwhile, members of the National Rifle Association have urged Georgia gun owners to speak out in favor of enacting it." (05/03/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/05/03/georgia-campus-concealed-guns-bill/83889954  

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CT: Malloy to sign new victim disarmament bill

May 4, 2016
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Western Journalism    

"A controversial new bill calling for the surrender of firearms owned by anyone accused of domestic violence won final approval in the Connecticut state Senate. The bill is expected to be approved by Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy. Under the bill, people accused of domestic violence will be required to turn over their guns within 24 hours."

http://www.westernjournalism.com/connecticut-governor-poised-to-sign-controversial-bill-that-will-affect-gun-owners/  

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TN: Campus carry becomes law without governor’s signature

May 2, 2016
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Fox News Fox News    

"A bill allowing staff and faculty at Tennessee's public colleges and universities to be armed on campus became law Monday without the Republican governor's signature. Gov. Bill Haslam said in a statement that he disagreed with the bill for not allowing institutions 'to make their own decisions regarding security issues on campus.' But the governor acknowledged that the final version of the measure had addressed concerns raised by college administrators during the legislative process by including provisions protecting schools from liability and a requirement to notify law enforcement about who is armed on campus. 'Ultimately, this legislation was tailored to apply to certain employees in specific situations,' Haslam said." (05/02/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/05/02/tennessee-campus-carry-becomes-law-without-governors-signature.html  

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VA: Liberty University to allow handguns in dorms next fall

April 28, 2016
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Fox News Fox News    

"Liberty University will allow students with concealed handgun permits from the state to keep their weapons in their dorms beginning next fall. The News & Advance reports those students would need permission from the school first. The guns would be kept in safes inside the residence halls at the private Christian university. The policy change was given the go-ahead by the university's board of trustees last week. University President Jerry Falwell Jr. announced last year that eligible students could carry guns anywhere on campus. Previously, students who qualified could carry guns anywhere except residence halls." (04/27/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/04/27/liberty-university-to-allow-handguns-in-dorms-next-fall.html  

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CT: Clinton does the Watusi on Newtown kids’ graves in effort to firm up primary lead

April 21, 2016
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Fox 61 News    

"Democratic Presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton will make a campaign stop Thursday ahead of next week's state primaries. Clinton is ahead in the latest Quinnipiac poll. She has a 51-42 percent lead over Bernie Sanders among likely Democrat primary voters in Connecticut. The former Secretary of State will hold a discussion on gun violence at 11:30 a.m. at the Wilson-Gray YMCA in Hartford where she will sit down with family members of gun violence victims about her commitment to enact [victim disarmament] measures as President." (04/21/16)

http://fox61.com/2016/04/21/clinton-to-visit-hartford-thursday-to-talk-about-gun-violence/  

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WV: Homeowner shoots two intruders

April 19, 2016
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Charleston Gazette-Mail    

"Police say a Fairmont homeowner has shot two intruders, killing one of them. Fairmont police said in a statement that the 80-year-old homeowner told officers a woman wanted to use his phone for an emergency early Tuesday. After the woman was let inside, two men followed her and demanded items. One of them pulled out a pellet or BB gun. The homeowner then shot the men." (04/19/16)

http://www.wvgazettemail.com/news/20160419/police-intruder-fatally-shot-at-fairmont-home  

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