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Chris Christie vetoes law banning gang members from purchasing guns

Chris Christie vetoes law banning gang members from purchasing guns | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
New Jersey Governor and presidential hopeful Chris Christie vetoed a law that would have prevented convicted gang members from buying guns in the state.
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Another self-proclaimed straight-shooter from the right turns out to be a panderer, in this case to the NRA. Yep, got to get those votes from the far right. Now, Republicans, how do you feel about this? Anybody ready to throw your hands up in disgust? 

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The Concealed-Carry Fantasy

The Concealed-Carry Fantasy | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A tragic tally of deaths should erase once and for all the idea that citizens with concealed guns are safer.
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Who didn't go to cowboy movies way back when? Did the good guys ever carry concealed guns? Those were for gamblers, especially the dishonest ones, and bar girls, especially the ones who were planning to rob a hardworking cowboy fresh off the range and looking for a good time. I never trusted people with concealed weapons and I'm not about to start now.

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Armed Militia Converges On Montana Gold Mine, And The Feds Are Stepping In

Armed Militia Converges On Montana Gold Mine, And The Feds Are Stepping In | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The owners of a Montana gold mine sent a letter to the U.S. Forest Service earlier this month warning its employees to stay off the owners' property.

"Anyone entering onto the White Hope Mine, without previous coordination, will be charged" and arrested under Montana code, the letter read, according to court documents.

"At no time will weapons be allowed onto the White Hope Mining Claim," the letter concluded.

Except there are weapons on the White Hope Mining Claim, in the hands of armed mili
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What do you think? Should the federal government take fast and direct action to remove this challenge, wait on a court decision to tale fast and direct action, create a siege line and let these people simply surrender when they get hungry, allow this activity to go forward? My view, freeze all assets, set up a siege line, and then wait on the courts. After the courts have spoken, and assuming that they will support the government claims, a one time offer of amnesty for those turning in their guns, agreeing to be on a gun watch list, and paying a fine. For the rest, this is one time when the militarized police or national guard might be appropriately used. The implication of using "second amendment rights" is that you are expecting a gunfight and should therefore not expect to be protected from the inherent danger in that fight.

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9 Dumb Gun Accidents - ODDEE

9 Dumb Gun Accidents - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
From the man who shot himself during a road rage incident to the robber who suffered a self inflicted gunshot wound during a robbery, meet 9 people who simply should have known better.
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I protest. There is no such thing as dumb guns only dumb people. Seriously dumb people who are still being allowed to carry guns or perhaps who carry them anyway.

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7 Strange Places Americans Allow Guns - ODDEE

7 Strange Places Americans Allow Guns - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Americans loooove their guns and take them almost anywhere, but here are a few places they're allowed that made us say “wow.”
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Actually, I thought most of these were pretty reasonable except for the teacher. The big problem is that most people don't actually know how to use guns in dangerous situations. I wonder how many of the waitresses at the Shooters Grill keep those things loaded, and a kid comes in... Oh, well, such is America.

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New hunters emerge after national decline

New hunters emerge after national decline | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

A decades-long national decline in the number of hunters has prompted states to tap into a new group of hunters - people who demand locally produced food, but don't know the first thing about bagging a deer.

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I am an advocate of responsible hunting. In many instances humans have become the major predator for deer which would otherwise overrun. The big problem is making sure that the best breeding stock is not the most frequently killed. 

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G.O.P. Discovers Useful Voter Outreach Tool: Gun Sweepstakes

G.O.P. Discovers Useful Voter Outreach Tool: Gun Sweepstakes | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Online weapon giveaways have become one of the fastest growing ways for Republican candidates to build up donor lists and expand support.
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And all the Democrats ever offered me was a chance to have dinner with Barack Obama. Maybe I should become a Republican and get a gun. Sorry, but in my mind this is sick. (Not that the "dinner invitation" wasn't; I never responded to those appeals.)

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Mass. lawmakers consider gun insurance

Mass. lawmakers consider gun insurance | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
As lawmakers cast around for ways to curb gun-related violence, some are hoping the insurance market might offer incentives.
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The NRA Thinks More Guns Are The Answer. Bless Their Hearts. Then Watch This.

The NRA Thinks More Guns Are The Answer. Bless Their Hearts. Then Watch This. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

Denial is a river in Egypt, one filled with crocodiles. So let's keep it real.

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This is an important video in light of the stance that the NRA and some of the far right are taking on guns in schools.

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Mass Shootings and the Rise in Violence – By Delinda McCann | The Write Room Blog

Mass Shootings and the Rise in Violence – By Delinda McCann | The Write Room Blog | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

Some days we just have to ask ourselves, “What the Hell?”  Yesterday I needed to ask myself that question when I learned of yet another mass shooting and looked at the number of shootings this year.

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Let's consider guns and violence. An important discussion in The Write Room Blog and you can take part by commenting. 

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Michigan woman with concealed carry permit opens fire at alleged Home Depot shoplifters

Michigan woman with concealed carry permit opens fire at alleged Home Depot shoplifters | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
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A good reason for gun control, that idiots shouldn't have weapons.

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Conservatives Would Let Felons Vote and Pack Heat

Conservatives Would Let Felons Vote and Pack Heat | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Conservatives say they'll support a liberal plan to enfranchise felons only if ex-cons can have their guns back, too.
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I have no objection to persons who have served time owning guns, at least no more objection than I do to anybody owning guns. Which is to say, I think somebody with a history of violence or mental instability should not have the right to won a gun. But most ex-cons don't have histories of violence or mental illness.

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Governor Vetoes Controversial Gun Bill Over Domestic Violence Concerns

Governor Vetoes Controversial Gun Bill Over Domestic Violence Concerns | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) bucked the National Rifle Association on Thursday and vetoed a concealed carry gun bill that would have allowed some people with restraining orders issued against them for domestic violence to carry a concealed pistol.
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Congratulations Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan for putting common sense and the safety of domestic violence victims ahead of politics and toeing the party/NRA line.

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Riots as US runs out of bullets | NewsBiscuit

Riots as US runs out of bullets | NewsBiscuit | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
At 1.36 Eastern Standard Time the United States of America officially declared that they had run out of ammo. The ensuing chaos has seen riots and looting in twelve major cities, as a bewildered populace struggle to come to terms with the loss of their favourite past time - shooting classmates, Beatles and ‘anyone who isn't an albino’.
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Sometime satire really comes close. I know people who have thousands of rounds of ammunition stored and are still worried that they will run out.

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Lawmakers approve sweeping gun bill in Massachusetts House - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Lawmakers approve sweeping gun bill in Massachusetts House - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The head of the Massachusetts Gun Owners Action League, said the group supports the changes in the bill related to gun owners, particularly the requirement that police chiefs state in writing their reasons for denying licenses.
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At last, a spark of sanity can cooperation in the gun debate. Obviously, permits for weapons should only be denied for good and stated reasons, and those denied weapons should have an opportunity to challenge that decision in court. At the same time, there are people who clearly shouldn't have guns, not because guns are bad but because they have proven themselves to be dangerous people.

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The Strangest NRA Story Yet

The Strangest NRA Story Yet | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The NRA’s list of gun critics is positively loony, says Michael Tomasky.
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Perhaps it's time for the people who make and sell guns to look at their spokes-organization. They are getting worse then weird.

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'Stand Your Ground' Linked To Increase In Homicides : NPR

'Stand Your Ground' Linked To Increase In Homicides : NPR | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A controversial self-defense statute appears to produce more killings, according to a new study. Advocates for the law say it's working as designed. But researchers have different explanations about what might be happening.
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Are we becoming a society that sees guns as a solution? It seems like we are going back to the Wild West mentality.

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