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GunUp.com Now Selling Guns
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A great new resource for online firearms purchases is up and running.
 

NY: Westchester board Democrats say they'll push for stricter gun laws in county and beyond
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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Democrats on the Westchester County Board of Legislators vowed today to push for stricter gun laws, including a permanent ban on county gun shows and an effort to push federal officials to enact an assault weapons ban.
 

NY: Coalition of New York State Legislators Against Illegal Guns Urges Action on State Plan to Reduce Gun Violence
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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In the wake of the horrific mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut that left 20 school children and 6 teachers dead, a coalition of more than 55 New York State Legislators presented a letter to legislative leaders urging them to pass a state plan to reduce gun violence. Joined today by advocates and victims of gun violence on the steps of City Hall, the coalition unveiled an eight point plan that will yield real results.
 

NY: Local Leaders Want Armed School Officers (video)
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BUFFALO, N.Y. - Friday's NRA response drew some spirited reaction from across the political spectrum. Some prominent local leaders actually agreed with part of it. But only part of it.

When the NRA called for putting armed officers or security guards in schools, Democrats like Congressman Brian Higgins were not pleased.
 

After Newtown, Modest Change in Opinion about Gun Control
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The public’s attitudes toward gun control have shown only modest change in the wake of last week’s deadly shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Currently, 49% say it is more important to control gun ownership, while 42% say it is more important to protect the right of Americans to own guns.
 

States examining their own gun-law options
Submitted by: rick schwartz
Website: http://jack-burton.hubpages.com/hub/Assault-Weapons-Evil-Black-Rifles-or-perhaps-not

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The states are already beginning to play out the battle between the “fewer guns means less crime” and “more guns means less crime” mentalities, and while Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed a bill that would have allowed for concealed carry in schools earlier this week, states like Virginia and Texas are starting to think the matter over — and a few other states are following suit.
 

‘Assault’ — The Democrat-Media Complex Strikes Again
Submitted by: rick schwartz
Website: http://jack-burton.hubpages.com/hub/Concealed-Handguns-What-is-it-all-about

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For unbridled bias, ignorance and animus, this Reuters story on firearms has to be read to believed. Let’s start with the headline:

"Gun enthusiasts pack shows to buy assault weapons"

In case you’re slow on the uptake, the story contains no fewer than thirteen uses of the word “assault,” all of them used incorrectly. The idea is to get the reader to think that enraged gun nuts all across America are lining up to buy machine guns in order to “assault” a particular target of their ire.
 

The Paper Of Record Describes Gun Control Ideas
Submitted by: rick schwartz
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Here is the NY Times reacting to the NRA ideas on school shootings:

"Mr. LaPierre offered no support for any of the proposals made in the last week, like banning assault rifles or limiting high-capacity ammunition..."

Geez, I thought the idea was to ban high magazine clips. Well, layer upon layer of editor and fact-checker can't be wrong.
 

Pro- vs. anti-gun? Change the debate
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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For all of President Obama’s newfound determination to reduce gun deaths, there’s a reality with which he must now reckon. It’s a matter of simple math. Republicans control the House of Representatives, and shortly after the President announced Wednesday his plan to propose limits on assault weapons and high-capacity clips, they reiterated their resistance to them. This means that with an estimated 250 million guns in the nation, and nearly half of American families owning one, changes to the law won’t come by just appealing to the firearm-phobic. Instead, it’s imperative that gun safety advocates shift the politics on this issue by expanding their coalition to include law-abiding, reasonable gun owners.
 

Mother of six says school kids deserve to be protected by armed, trained guards
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“How do we protect our children?” NRA President Wayne LaPierre asked Friday morning, the one week anniversary of the horrific mass murders of 20 6- and 7-year-old students and 6 unarmed adults who died trying to protect them from the murderous rage of a coward.
Parents work to protect their kids almost every waking minute. We feed them healthy food to prevent obesity and illness, we brush their teeth to prevent cavities, we give them mittens and hats to protect them from the cold, we use child seats and seatbelts make them safer in car rides. ...
Let’s put guns into the hands of trained school guards who can protect our children. No more easy targets.
 

History of gun control is cautionary tale for those seeking regulations after Conn. shooting
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... Now gun control has roared back into the national conversation as the country reels from the horror in Newtown, Conn. President Obama and his fellow Democrats are vowing to pass a new assault weapons ban, along with other new laws to strengthen background checks on gun purchasers and limit the size of ammunition magazines.
But although Newtown has supercharged the conversation on how to stop another massacre, the history of gun control is a cautionary tale for those who push for more regulations. If past is prologue, the legislative fights ahead will be protracted and brutal — and any resulting legislation may well be riddled with loopholes.
 

Should Teacher's Carry Guns?
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There are many things we ask of teachers and students. In New York, we are in the middle of a fight about teacher evaluations—the metrics used, their weight in promotion and firing. Since the shooting in Sandy Hook, there has been talk about not only what it means to stand in front of a class but what it’s like to keep six-year-olds silent in a closet with a gunman steps away ...
In a press conference Friday, Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice-president of the National Rifle Association, said that children had been put in danger by “laws for gun-free school zones” and by having “unarmed principals.” (“How have our nation’s priorities gotten so far out of order?”)
 

NRA Chief Wayne LaPierre Calls Assault Weapon Ban 'Phony'
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National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre fired back at his critics today, defending his proposal to put armed guards in every school in the country as a way to prevent future tragedies like the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that took the lives of 20 children and six adults.
"If it's crazy to call for armed officers in our schools to protect our children, then call me crazy," the head of the powerful gun lobby said today on NBC's "Meet the Press."
 

NY: The gun owner next door: What you don't know about the weapons in your neighborhood
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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In May, Richard V. Wilson approached a female neighbor on the street and shot her in the back of the head, a crime that stunned their quiet Katonah neighborhood. What was equally shocking for some was the revelation that the mentally disturbed 77-year-old man had amassed a cache of weapons — including two unregistered handguns and a large amount of ammunition — without any neighbors knowing.
 

NY: NRA stance shows gun-debate urgency
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
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Mercifully, as it turns out, the leadership of the National Rifle Association took itself off the radar screen in the week after the slaughter at Sandy Hook Elementary School. When Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre ended the silence Friday, he was unbowed, unapologetic, and, ultimately, unhelpful and irrelevant. He left an aching and anguished public, and all those looking for a meaningful and intelligent response to the bloodletting, with clear evidence the gun group will stand its ground, no matter how many wide-eyed first-graders and their teachers are vanquished.
 

NY: Citizens must lobby to restrict gun access
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
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First and foremost, my heart, thoughts and prayers are with the innocent victims of the unspeakable, heinous crime in Newtown, Conn. I pray for the families who are mourning and grieving and still trying to come to terms with what happened to their loved ones and especially their little babies. God bless those special women who selflessly died trying to protect those little angels from the rain of bullets. The Journal News/LoHud.com Editorial Board recently hosted a panel of experts from various fields to discuss our gun culture, and the next steps after the Sandy Hook massacre. I am not an expert of any sort — I am just a grieving mother with a story to share.
 

NY: Police Wonder If They’ll Need To Confiscate Assault Weapons In Event Of Ban
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Amid talk of reinstating the assault weapons ban that expired eight years ago, police departments nationwide are thinking of ways to confiscate such weapons.

As WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported, among the departments considering taking action is the NYPD. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said if Congress were to reinstate the ban, police are wondering whether it will be their responsibility to confiscate them.

I think that is a big, big question,” Kelly said. “Do you engage in a buyback?”

Kelly said the NYPD’s existing gun buyback has been successful.

But Kelly said with hundreds of millions of guns out there, buybacks are just one small part of curbing gun violence.
 

Republicans Voice Doubts on Gun Control
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The National Rifle Association defended its call for armed guards to be placed in schools and ceded no ground on tougher gun laws, while some Republicans also questioned whether new firearms rules would help prevent gun violence.
"One more law on top of 20,000 laws" already on the books would do no good, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday. He faulted federal authorities for failing to adequately enforce existing regulations, saying that felons who attempt to buy guns rarely are prosecuted.
 

DC: NBC’s David Gregory Violated D.C. Gun Law on National TV
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NBC’s David Gregory Violated D.C. Gun Law on National TV
 

Sen. Joe Manchin: Between Obama and the NRA, another path to stopping mass violence
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In the days after the horrific tragedy in Newtown, Conn., I made it clear that I believe it is time for us to move from rhetoric to action to prevent future acts of senseless mass violence.

Since then, much has been made of those comments — some of it accurately reflecting what I said, some not. Because I am an A-rated, lifelong member of the National Rifle Association and a proud defender of the Second Amendment, some people viewed my comments as a tipping point in the debate about guns in America.
 

Will media stay focused on gun story?
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The conventional wisdom is that Newtown has just a few more days to run as a major media story.

The reporters are pulling out of the grief-stricken Connecticut town, which means no more live shots every hour. The White House press corps responded to President Obama's announcement Wednesday of a task force on gun control with the first three reporters asking about the impending fiscal cliff. And after every previous mass shooting, from Columbine to Aurora, the media's attention has soon drifted away.

But I believe this time will be different.
 

“Confiscation could be an option”
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It’s one of the most common refrains coming from the “reasonable discussion” crew as they pave the way for upcoming gun control legislation. Whether we hear it from the clucking tongues of guests on Morning Joe or from their legions of supporters on the web, the patter is the same. “No one is coming for your guns.” You’re all just being paranoid, disingenuous or worse. All we’re talking about is making little children safer. There’s not going to be anybody kicking down your doors.

But over at National Review, Eliana Johnson proves yet again the wisdom of my dear old Dad. Just because you’re paranoid, doesn’t mean they’re not out to get ya.
 

Obama to gun-control petitioners: “We hear you”
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Have a look at Pew’s new poll today to see just how tenuous his position is. Less than a week after 20 kids were killed, he still can’t get to 50 percent on whether it’s more important to “control gun ownership” than protect gun rights
 

How to Have an Unconventional National Conversation about Guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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... "... Here’s an idea: why not put 10 highly respected, highly diverse Americans on stage and hold a nationally televised conversation to define the problems and discuss potential responses. This could be followed by regional replications – conversations taking place around the country in cities, towns, and any community that would care to participate."

"The National panel might include: President Clinton, Jay-Z, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Ann Boughtin (Board Chair, Mental Health America), Dolly Parton, Alan Gottlieb (Chairman, CCRKBA), Whoopi Goldberg, Wayne LaPierre (Executive Vice President of the NRA), and General Colin Powell. Charlie Rose, President Obama, or even Bill Clinton could moderate the conversation." ...
 

Scenery chewing in the Theater of Outrage over Wayne LaPierre's unremarkable news conference
Submitted by: rick schwartz
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Read the transcript of what LaPierre said, if you haven't already, so you know what the purveyors of outrage are characterizing for their readers.
 

Shooting: Samuel Jackson says fewer guns aren't necessarily the answer
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The shootings at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., have stirred up a slew of gun-control sentiment in Hollywood.
But an actor who stars in perhaps the most gun-heavy movie of the season says that an abundance of firearms in this country isn't necessarily the problem, and that reducing them isn't automatically the answer.
"I don't think it's about more gun control," said Samuel L. Jackson, who stars as a conniving house slave in Quentin Tarantino's upcoming revenge fantasy "Django Unchained." "I grew up in the South with guns everywhere and we never shot anyone. This [shooting] is about people who aren't taught the value of life."
 

OpenCarry.org demands end to 'make-believe gun-free zones'
Submitted by: Mike Stollenwerk
Website: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=mike%20gun%20dc&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&ved=0CDEQFjAA&url=htt

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In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School murders, OpenCarry.org, a national gun rights group with over 30,000 registered members, has called for abolishing what it calls “make-believe gun-free zones.” In that organization’s press release, John Pierce, co-founder of OpenCarry.org, says it’s time “to dismantle the network of make-believe gun-free zones that attract and assist the sick people who attack the defenseless.”

Pierce says that “[a] real gun-free zone exists only where armed men and woman secure the premises and screen all entrants. Unless states and localities are prepared to physically garrison and guard [these places], then ‘aspirational policy’ must yield to common sense." . . .
 

Did NBC's David Gregory violate DC gun law on national TV?
Submitted by: rick schwartz
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NBC’s David Gregory on Sunday held up a high-capacity magazine for ammunition on national television, a possible violation of Washington, D.C. gun law.

As blog The Patriot Perspective pointed out, Gregory’s demonstration may itself have been a violation of existing D.C. gun law, where “Meet the Press” tapes.
 

David Gregory Violates DC Gun Law On National TV
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Meet the Press’s studios are located in Washington DC. This morning on “Meet the Press”, David Gregory decided to wave around a 30-round AR-15 magazine.
 

'Crazy' Wayne LaPierre of NRA continues push for guns with lies
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So now Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association, who attacks the mental health system in this country even as he sounds like he needs to be in it, goes on “Meet the Press” and continues to double down on his notion that the only way to keep our schools safe is to put armed guards at the front door and the side door and in every home room in America and maybe on every school bus, too.
The other day there was a terrific Daily News front page calling LaPierre, the NRA’s executive director, the “craziest man on Earth,” and he was clearly referencing that Sunday morning, even as he continued to sound like just one more coward made brave and tough by a gun.
 

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