How Eric Holder spun the ‘Fast and Furious’ scandal to a lapdog media

How Eric Holder spun the ‘Fast and Furious’ scandal to a lapdog media – The general news media met the recent release of 42,000 pages of government documents, withheld for more than two years under President Obama’s one and only invocation of executive privilege, with a predictable-yet-inexcusable yawn. The documents relate to the Justice Department case “Fast and Furious” in which federal agents secretly facilitated delivery of thousands of weapons to Mexican drug cartels. The story was so significant that independent judges awarded it top investigative reporting honors two years straight. Yet many in the popular news media had declared it a political scandal of little... read more

Dems push to revive failed gun control legislation

Dems push to revive failed gun control legislation – Gun control advocates in Congress are looking to revive failed legislation strengthening background check regulations. A handful of Democratic lawmakers said Tuesday they plan to push once again for universal background checks on all gun sales in the new Congress, even though they recognize it will be an uphill battle with Republicans taking majority control. Background check legislation failed to gain traction in the outgoing Congress despite a string of high-profile school shootings that gun control advocates had hoped would turn the political tide in their favor. They say it’s only a matter of time. “When you don’t pass background checks, it’s just much more likely that someone will get their hands on an illegal gun and use it to kill their neighbors or their classmates,” said Sen. Chris Murphy... read more

Pew poll: Support for gun rights exceeds gun control

Pew poll: Support for gun rights exceeds gun control – For the first time in over 20 years, Americans support gun rights more than gun control. In a Pew Research poll released Wednesday, 52 percent are in support of the protection of gun rights and 46 percent support gun control. This is the first time in two decades that Pew has found more support for gun rights than gun control. Backing for gun rights has been on the rise since January 2013, when it had 45 percent supporting protections. During that time period, support for gun control also fell from 51 percent to its current... read more

Part of Cuomo’s assault weapons ban questioned by judge

Part of Cuomo’s assault weapons ban questioned by judge – Pro-gun lawyers and a federal appeals court judge questioned one aspect of Gov. Cuomo’s assault weapons ban Tuesday, saying its mandate that gun owners load only seven bullets into magazines with a 10-bullet capacity seems unenforceable. “If you can still buy a 10-round magazine, criminals will still load the 10 rounds,” U.S. Circuit Judge José Cabranes said during oral arguments. But the three-judge panel did not dispute the logic of the overall ban. The case is expected to reach the U.S. Supreme... read more

State lawmakers launch gun control coalition

State lawmakers launch gun control coalition – State lawmakers have launched a nationwide non-partisan coalition to combat gun violence, in part because the Congress has failed to reform gun laws, members of the group said on Monday. Some 200 lawmakers from 50 states have joined the alliance, American State Legislators for Gun Violence Prevention, said the group’s founder, Democratic New York State Assembly member Brian Kavanagh. Kavanagh told a news conference the group would focus on state-level gun control reforms, including the prevention of interstate gun trafficking and tightening background checks on... read more

African-American gun club upset their poster was taken down in City Hall

African-American gun club upset their poster was taken down in City Hall – As Pearl Harbor approaches, there’s a display in the lobby of City Hall telling the story of World War II heroes. There’s information on Native Americans who fought in the war, as well as Hispanics. And there’s also information on Dorie Miller, an African-American who received the Navy Cross award for his bravery in Pearl Harbor. There was a second Dorie Miller poster as part of the display also, but unbeknownst to the group sponsoring it, that second poster was taken down earlier in the week. That poster was created for the display by the Dorie Miller Rifle and Pistol... read more

Putnam Leaders, Firearm Owners, Continue Fight Against Gun Laws and Disclosure

Putnam Leaders, Firearm Owners, Continue Fight Against Gun Laws and Disclosure – Putnam County’s top leaders joined firearms owners Wednesday night (Dec. 3) at an energized forum-cum-rally in Carmel to attack various gun restrictions, advocate gun rights and oppose disclosure of information on gun ownership. A strategy for thwarting New York state’s sweeping 2013 gun-control law, the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement or SAFE Act, also emerged: in the New York State Legislature, abolish funding for implementing it. County Executive MaryEllen Odell, Sheriff Donald Smith, District Attorney Adam Levy and County Clerk-Elect Michael Bartolotti, now deputy clerk, all took to the podium at a workshop meeting organized by the Putnam County Firearm Owners Association. Described as a training session on state laws, the event drew over 150 participants to the Paladin Center, a private training facility for police, corporations and private... read more

Another SAFE Act ‘now what?’: mental health reports not acted upon

Another SAFE Act ‘now what?’: mental health reports not acted upon – Local law enforcement officials are confused by yet another component of the Secure Ammunition and Firearm Enforcement Act, this time the making public of the number of at-risk clients that mental health professionals have submitted to the state. Under the SAFE Act, mental health practitioners are supposed to report to the state clients who may present a danger to themselves or others by owning a gun. Those who are licensed gun owners are subject to confiscation of their guns by county law enforcement personnel. As with many other aspects of the law, however, local officials say there is no clear guidance on what the state... read more
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