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    Gay gun activists: Growing LGBT push to support the Second Amendment

    Gay gun activists: Growing LGBT push to support the Second Amendment - Four years ago Chris Cheng came out of nowhere to beat seasoned marksmen, police officers and veterans to win History Channel’s reality shooting competition show “Top Shot.”  “When I auditioned, I was openly gay. But I was surprised as nobody cared. They only cared how well I could shoot and represent our season,” said Cheng, who quit his job at Google after the show and is now an NRA news commentator and is releasing his first book “Shoot to Win.” “There is this stereotypical view of the gun community as anti-gay rednecks, but nothing could be further from the truth. It was interesting as the History Channel never ‘outed’ me on the show even though they had hours of footage. I asked why and they said simply that it just wasn’t relevant.”  Indeed gay rights and gun rights often go hand in hand says Gwen Patton, the rep for gay gun rights organization Pink Pistols National.  According to FBI Hate Crime Statistics, sexual orientation is the second largest motivator for bias crimes in the United States, second to racial bias, and far exceeding the number of religious or ethnically-spurred hate crimes.

    Eric Holder to Step Down as Attorney General

    Eric Holder to Step Down as Attorney General - Attorney General Eric Holder plans to announce he will resign as the nation's top law-enforcement official on Thursday but will remain in office until a successor is confirmed, U.S. officials said. President Barack Obama is expected to announce the resignation at the White House on Thursday afternoon. He hasn't yet chosen a successor, a White House official said. Mr. Holder, who has been in the job since the beginning of the Obama administration, has long signaled he plans to leave the job by the end of 2014. He could ultimately stay in his post beyond year-end if the White House's nomination process doesn't go smoothly.

    C.D.4: Rice backed by anti-gun violence groups

    C.D.4: Rice backed by anti-gun violence groups - Democratic Congressional candidate Kathleen Rice received the endorsement of two anti-gun violence advocacy groups Wednesday -- including Every Town for Gun Safety, a group launched by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.  Rice, who is running against Republican Bruce Blakeman for New York’s 4th Congressional District, was joined by the seat’s current holder Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola) at a news conference in Garden City where she touted the endorsements and called on Blakeman to state his position on gun-control measures.

    SAFE Act, and Skelos, dominate upstate Senate debate

    SAFE Act, and Skelos, dominate upstate Senate debate - State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk and her Republican Senate challenger George Amedore traded insults and blame over the locally unpopular SAFE Act and public ethics during an hourlong debate at the historic Proctor's Theater Tuesday night.  Asked whether the tough gun control law championed by Governor Andrew Cuomo should be repealed, both Amedore and Tkaczyk cited the need for background checks but said there were certain aspects of the legislation they didn't like, beginning with the way it was pushed through the Legislature.

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