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One person killed, two injured in unrelated motorcycle crashes

One person killed, two injured in unrelated motorcycle crashes | Gov't and Law Branches of Gov't | Scoop.it
One person is dead and two others were injured in two unrelated motorcycle crashes last night.
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This just proves that we need to drive safe. We need to make sure that we are paying attention while we drive. I hope that this makes people reazlize that we need to drive safe, the two that survived are very lucky, and I hope that this changes their driving habbits.

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Andrea Pastorino's comment, May 17, 2013 5:57 PM
Car accidents are always sad, but motorcycle's are even worst. What are the chances to survive when you fall from one of those, maybe going 70 miles/ hour? People should pay way more attention that what they do. If you can't get distracted while you drive a car, you have to pay even more attention when you drive a motorbike.
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MN DNR warns drivers about turtle crossings

MN DNR warns drivers about turtle crossings | Gov't and Law Branches of Gov't | Scoop.it
ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reminding drivers to be aware of turtles crossing roads.
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HAHA I never knew that the news would focus on turtles crossing the road! But it does raise an interesting point about safe driving. We need to pay attention to the turtles!! No but we do need to pay more attention when we drive.

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Man shot and killed at Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport, authorities say

Man shot and killed at Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport, authorities say | Gov't and Law Branches of Gov't | Scoop.it
A man was shot and killed Thursday in a pre-screening area at Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, authorities said.
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Not trying to sound insensitive, but this one made me laugh a little on the inside. Why go to an airport, shoot the ceiling, then try and kill yourself. Umm that seems a little silly. So now that the guy is dead, we dont know if he had a motive, or was just another wannabe terrorist.

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Rhode Island moves toward approval of same-sex marriage

Rhode Island moves toward approval of same-sex marriage | Gov't and Law Branches of Gov't | Scoop.it
Rhode Island is moving toward becoming the 10th state in the nation to approve same-sex marriage, with a vote scheduled Wednesday in the full Senate.
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Really, we are still on this topic?! C'mon people!! I dont see how this is such a big deal, I do understand why it is so controversal (probably spelt that wrong, oh well) but still, let people get married!! Honestly, if states would just let gay people get married, people will forget its a law in a few years anyway! Just let the gay people get married, SHEEESH!! :)

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Andrea Pastorino's comment, April 27, 2013 1:32 PM
I agree. I can't understand why people, in 2013, still fight against homosexual unions. According to me, it's just a matter of selfishness. I honestly can't see what difference it's going to make to people if gay couples can finally get marry. There is going to be none. In fifty years our sons and grandsons will see this moment of history as we see the Racial Segregation: a stupid, nonsense battle to keep ancient prejudices instead of turning our heads toward the future.
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CNN video on Facebook - CNN.com Video

CNN video on Facebook - CNN.com Video
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Interesting video. I didnt know that the FBI would ask the public for help, granted I havnt paid attention to the news that much before I was in this class. But I think the photos of these two men need to be shown everywhere. They need to be found. Its one thing when a terrorist group does something like this (either way, its an awful terrible thing) but it is a whole different story when it is two "American" citizens doing the terrorizing. I hate people these days... LOL JK. :)

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Michael Chmielewski's comment, April 19, 2013 1:19 PM
I agree that it is kind of funny that they ask the public for help. I wonder if they get a lot of insight from the public or not. These men were American Citizens?! That scares me so much...now America's people are turning on it's own country.
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Background check plan defeated in Senate, Obama rips gun bill opponents

Background check plan defeated in Senate, Obama rips gun bill opponents | Gov't and Law Branches of Gov't | Scoop.it
Senate Democrats are trying desperately to round up a bipartisan coalition in advance of a critical round of gun-control votes Wednesday afternoon, as fence-sitting Republicans began to peel away and new polling showed ebbing public support for tightening...
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So it didnt pass, am I suprised? Nope, not at all. I mean did they really think that it was going to be easy?! That is just silliness. I think that they should come up with some othe bills, or amendments. I think that there needs to be more gun control and blahh blahh, you know how it goes. But very good article. :)

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Suspect in Lone Star College slashing spree fantasized about killing people, planned attack, police say

Suspect in Lone Star College slashing spree fantasized about killing people, planned attack, police say | Gov't and Law Branches of Gov't | Scoop.it
DEVELOPING: At least five people have been stabbed inside a building at Lone Star College’s Cy-Fair Campus in Texas, an EMS spokesman says.
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Well this guy is a little crazy. He fantasized about killing people since elementary school? Shouldnt his parents/guardians noticed something interesting about him? I think that I would notice if my child wanted to kill some people. So since this guy wanted to stab a couple people, does this mean that they are going to try and regulate knives too? Well I guess we will see wont we. 

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Andrea Pastorino's comment, April 13, 2013 8:05 PM
This guy definitely has mental problems and he should receive help. He actually should have received it a long time ago, because I'm sure that he's showed signs of his madness since he was a kid. This is the stuff that we should prevent, weapons or not weapons
Michael Chmielewski's comment, April 14, 2013 10:18 AM
Wow, this guy is very crazy. Who would fantasize about stabbing people to death since being a child? And now he just runs around slashing innocent people's faces up? This is not right. There aren't many people like this out there, but when there are, something new needs to be done. The problem is, what can we do about this?
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Former university student found dead in dorm planned larger attack

Former university student found dead in dorm planned larger attack | Gov't and Law Branches of Gov't | Scoop.it
A former University of Central Florida student found dead in his dorm room of an apparent suicide likely planned a larger attack, officials said Monday.
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I think this goes really well with the possible ban on certain weapons. There are other weapons that people could use to kill people. It not just guns. Obviously bombs are illegal, but clearly people are finding ways to get them, or make them. So how could this not be a future problem. People are going to find a way to get illegal weapons. Sadly, shootings like Aurora, and Sandy Hook will never stop, there is always going to be some psyco that wants to shoot up a public place. I know this article isnt realated to the ban on guns, but I thought that they have a small connection, and it just takes one crazy person to kill a bunch of people. Banning guns isnt going to stop this problem.

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Political Parties: News & Videos about Political Parties - CNN.com

Political Parties: News & Videos about Political Parties - CNN.com | Gov't and Law Branches of Gov't | Scoop.it
A Catholic priest, a rabbi, an evangelical minister, a Sikh, a Greek Orthodox archbishop and two Mormon leaders walk into the Republican National Convention.
Gaberiel Ottensman's insight:

I disagree. I think that Obama is a good president. Yes, he has made some mistakes, but I truely believe that he has/had good intentions. I definitlely wouldnt be able to fill Obamas shoes, and I think we as a nation take having a president for granted. I also think that the golf joke was un called for, and talking about his family, and his family life. I personally think that you need to leave your home life out of politics. 

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Andrea Pastorino's comment, March 23, 2013 6:37 PM
I think that it's always easier to talk when you're not directly involved, when the burden on responsibility doesn't weight on your shoulders. I don't like who judge in a superficial way. I'm sure Sn. Marco Rubio has his reasons but I still don't like the way he explains them.
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Obama wants school groups to get White House tours

Obama wants school groups to get White House tours | Gov't and Law Branches of Gov't | Scoop.it
(CNN) -- Full public tours of the White House don't appear to be coming back any time soon, but President Obama says he wants to figure out a way certain school groups can still gain access to the famous address.
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I think that they should definitly have tours for schools. It would be a great learning experience. It is literally a once in a life time opportunity. It will also give people a good chance to get an idea of what its like to be living/working in the white house. The white house is a mystery on the the inside, and to get the chance to get inside, and see a part of that mystery, would be an amazing experience.

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Illinois House Democrats advance gun ban amendments, Republicans withhold votes

Illinois House Democrats advance gun ban amendments, Republicans withhold votes | Gov't and Law Branches of Gov't | Scoop.it
Rep. Jil Tracy, R-Quincy, said Republicans did not vote on any of the amendments, which were brought to the House floor without going through the normal committee process.
Gaberiel Ottensman's insight:

Great article, just saying, but I agree that semi automatic weapons should be regulated, but not completely, I think that you should have to get a special permit, and pay some sort of fee, or tax to own a semi- automatic weapon. Also, if they are going to ban semi- automatic weapons, they might as well ban shot guns and pistols, etc. Because a person who has a gun is perfectly capable of killing someone with a bolt action gun. A gun is a gun, they both shoot a bullet (when someone pulls the trigger) and they both do damage, so banning just semi-automatic weapons is a step in the "right" direction, but I think that there are other things that they could do to reduce gun violence.

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Michael Chmielewski's comment, March 10, 2013 9:54 PM
You are definitely on the right track with the semi-automatic thing. It is senseless to completely ban a useful gun when other guns can do the same damage.
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27th Amendment gets publicity in budget battle

27th Amendment gets publicity in budget battle | Gov't and Law Branches of Gov't | Scoop.it
One of the least known constitutional amendments is getting a lot of publicity as a wild card in the ongoing budget battle in Washington.
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So, this realtively new Amendment has gotten more attention now that the sequester has kicked in. Amendment 27 states that "No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened,”. So if you read on, it says that this amendment would help move the debt ceiling to may 18th, 2013, which would be rediculous. I personally think that the debt ceiling, and sequester thing should just be done and over with, and that we should all buckle up for a bumpy ride. Pushing the date farther and farther back wont solve anything, that just gives us "the government" the chance to spend more money, and not have to worry about it for a fiew more months.

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MsHaeussinger's comment, March 10, 2013 4:27 PM
Good story! This is not often discussed because most voters don't pay much attention.
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14 states sue to block health care law

14 states sue to block health care law | Gov't and Law Branches of Gov't | Scoop.it
Officials from 14 states have gone to court to block the historic overhaul of the U.S. health care system that President Obama signed into law Tuesday, arguing the law's requirement that individuals...
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I don't think that people should be forced to buy health care. There are thousand and thousands of people who can't afford it, thats why they dont have it in the first place. Making it a law that you have to have health care goes against the constitution stated in the article, so no wonder people (states) are sueing. Health Care should be an individual choice, not a law. Silly Obama.

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Andrea Pastorino's comment, March 2, 2013 5:10 PM
I think Obama is aiming to a great goal but this isn't probably the best way to reach it. In fact it would be beautiful if everyone could have access to a health care, because it still represents a big problem of the country. However it is wrong to impose it as a national system and probably also impossible to realize.
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Crews gain ground against NW Minnesota wildfire

Crews gain ground against NW Minnesota wildfire | Gov't and Law Branches of Gov't | Scoop.it
Firefighters are getting the upper hand on a wildfire that's destroyed
several structures near the northwestern Minnesota town of Menahga.
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This is crazy!! But it is good that they are getting it under control. I dont have much to say about this, but I don't know how I havent heard about this. But hopefully they will be able to get it under control completely.

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Florida man accused of calling 911 80 times for 'Kool-Aid, burgers and weed'

Florida man accused of calling 911 80 times for 'Kool-Aid, burgers and weed' | Gov't and Law Branches of Gov't | Scoop.it
A St. Petersburg man is accused of misusing the 911 system to request that he wanted Kool-Aid, burgers and weed to be delivered to him.

Via Andrea Pastorino
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I have never laughed so hard about a news topic. Who calls 9-1-1 dispach saying "uh yea, I uh, need some Kool-aid, burgers, and some weed"?! silly people...

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Andrea Pastorino's curator insight, May 1, 2013 8:36 PM

This is for sure a funny one. This man is accused of calling 911 about 80 times..... he asked them to deliver Kool-Aid, burgers and weed.. He is going to be processed.. and he never even got his stuff!

Shawnigan Lake School Law 12's curator insight, April 27, 2014 6:57 PM

A man is accused of misusing the 911 telephone operator, he called 80 times for Kool-Aid, burgers and weed. No charges have been set yet, but when he was being transported back to the station he chewed on the foam of the metal caging in the back of the police car. 

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Biden eulogizes slain MIT cop, says "terrorism as a weapon is losing"

Biden eulogizes slain MIT cop, says "terrorism as a weapon is losing" | Gov't and Law Branches of Gov't | Scoop.it
Vice President Joe Biden asserted terrorism is losing while eulogizing Sean Collier, the MIT campus cop killed by the suspected Boston Marathon bombers.
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I totally agree, terrorists should just stop, they are losing this battle. The U.S isnt going to bend, we are going to stay strong, and we are going to push through everything that is thrown at us. OBviously terrorism isnt going to stop, but like Biden said, "We have suffered. We are grieving. But we are not bending, we will not be intimidated, " (CNN).

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Biden says 'knock-off jihadis' can't break American spirit

Biden says 'knock-off jihadis' can't break American spirit | Gov't and Law Branches of Gov't | Scoop.it
(CNN) - The brothers accused of planting bombs at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, and later murdering a police officer in Cambridge, are "twisted, perverted, cowardly knock-off jihadis" who failed to instill fear in the American people,...
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Biden is one hundred percent right!! Some "knock-off jihadies" arent going to break the strenght of America. We pushed through 9-11, the biggest terror attack on the United States, what makes a couple wannabe terrorists think that they can scare us?! The terrorists will never win, America is too strong of a Nation, when it comes to showing pride, Americans show a lot of it, we arent going to let two low life, wannabe terrorists get the best of us, especially if we stayed strong through 9-11. :)

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Boston bombing victim "was not alone when she died," nurse says

The nurse who tended to Boston Marathon bombing victim Krystle Campbell near the finish line during her final moments of life would like to meet her parents in the hopes he could give them some solace in their grief.
Gaberiel Ottensman's insight:

So on a somewhat happier note, some faith has been restored in humanity. This nurse tired to save one of the bombing victims. This article shows that random people can show so much compassion to another person, and or family. It just makes me sick that someone would have the guts to blow up their own people. I really hope that they find these two men, and show them the pain that they have put these families through. Its an unforgivable crime.

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Andrea Pastorino's comment, April 21, 2013 1:41 AM
This just made me really sad. I can't realize how a human being can imagine to hurt others in this way. Randomly. Without mercy. Cowardly. It's just so awful. I liked this small story of love found in such a deep tragedy
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Police say suburban Phoenix man killed wife over fear he has HIV and then killed adult son

Police say suburban Phoenix man killed wife over fear he has HIV and then killed adult son | Gov't and Law Branches of Gov't | Scoop.it
Police in a Phoenix suburb say a man fatally stabbed his wife because he feared he might have given her the AIDS virus and then also killed his adult son.
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Well look, another stabbing. Sounds like stabbings are going to become a problem doesn't it? Since guns are getting banned, people are stabbing!! Just kidding, but seriously, a person who is crazy shouldn't be able to buy a weapon. He stabbed his wife because he feared that he got AIDS from her... well dude, she is your wife, you shouldnt stab her for giving you AIDS, you're the one that married her, and we all know what married people do in the bed room, so dude, its your fault, not hers, so, maybe you shouldnt have stabbed her, just saying. ;)

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Andrea Pastorino's comment, April 21, 2013 1:46 AM
Once again, this is not a matter of "Guns or not Guns". This case shows the other part of the problem, the one that is hard to control: how can you stop someone who lost his mind from killing? You can't. This man clearly shows madness and it was impossible to prevent something like that. This act does not have other explainations
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Obama sends Congress $3.77T spending plan, riles both sides

Obama sends Congress $3.77T spending plan, riles both sides | Gov't and Law Branches of Gov't | Scoop.it
President Obama is sending Congress a $3.77 trillion spending blueprint that seeks to achieve an elusive grand bargain to tame runaway deficits by raising taxes further on top earners and trimming popular benefit programs such as Social Security. ...
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Well, this is interesting. I think that if he plans on spending "only" $3.77 trillion, well good luck. He plans on raising taxes and other stuff like that, the only thing that caught my attention was that it was 65 days after the "legal deadline" so, was it really that hard to come up with some sort of agreement, or solution? They should have been able to do this in the beginning...

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Colorado governor to sign 3 gun control bills

Colorado governor to sign 3 gun control bills | Gov't and Law Branches of Gov't | Scoop.it
After witnessing two of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history, Colorado is expected to pass a series of gun control laws Wednesday.
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I agree 100% that guns dont need to be banned, but need to have some limitations. I agree that guns should only be able to carry a certain amount of rounds. But I personally think that if they are going to continue selling military grade weapons, they should sell them as is, and not have any add on features like lazor sights, and stuff like that. 

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Rand Paul is Right

Rand Paul is Right | Gov't and Law Branches of Gov't | Scoop.it
Editors Note: Jane Harman is director, president and chief executive officer of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
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I don't think that president, or anybody should have the authority to tell the military to use a drone on a U.S civilian. Even if that person is proven to be plotting some sort of terrorist attack, they should still not use a drone on them. They have successfully been arresting suspected terrorist. So we dont need to take it further by using drones. Many innocent people could be killed or injured, it would also cost the U.S millions of dollars do this; reconstruction of buildings, resupplying the drone with fuel, rockets, etc, so I think they have better things to be concentrating on... oh you know, like our debt problem!! Using a drone to kill a U.S citizen also just seems wrong on so many levels. 

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Andrea Pastorino's comment, March 16, 2013 2:20 PM
I agree. I think that there are alternative solutions to the use of drones. In fact, a drone attack would involve massive area's damages and its cost would surely be very high. I don't think the U.S intelligence really needs this kind of technology, not for this application at least.
MsHaeussinger's comment, March 17, 2013 4:58 PM
If you are a civilian plotting against the U.S. government you have technically turned yourself into an enemy combatant - wouldn't we want to defend ourselves from these people, regardless of where their passport is from?
Michael Chmielewski's comment, March 17, 2013 10:53 PM
It could be a good idea but it is way too big of a risk, PLUS the US just simply doesn't have the money for it. There are risks like injuring others or changing an innocent persons life negatively.
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DC Can Be Bipartisan —to Trash 4th Amendment

DC Can Be Bipartisan —to Trash 4th Amendment | Gov't and Law Branches of Gov't | Scoop.it
Democrats and Republicans cannot agree on a budget, how to avoid the fiscal cliff, gun control, or much of anything, but there's apparently one thing they can agree on—trashing the Fourth Amendment....
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This may be a fiew months old, but I do not think that they should throw out the fourth amendment. I personally think that it is a very important one, it protects people privacy. Spying on people is obvioulsy creepy, but its also violating a sense of self worth in my eyes, because if the Gov't is watching everything that you do, that would just drain people of sanity, people would be super careful of everything that they do, and ahh, I just dont think that they should throw it out.

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Obama Says No Way to Avoid Gay Marriage Case

Obama Says No Way to Avoid Gay Marriage Case | Gov't and Law Branches of Gov't | Scoop.it
Citing the principle of equality that drove the nation's founding, President Barack Obama spoke out Friday against California's ban on gay marriage and said the Supreme Court should strike it down.
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I think that it is great that Obama is fighting the ban on Gay marriage in California. Obama himself was against gay marriage, but that changed during his re-election campain. I personally think that it is great that Obama spoke out against the ban of Gay marriage, also, I personally think that Gay marriage shouldn't be banned, I don't agree with the whole concept of marrying a same sex partner, but I think that love is love, and you cant change that.

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Andrea Pastorino's comment, March 9, 2013 11:37 AM
I really appreciate Obama's campaign in favor of Gay's rights and in particular the possibility of a Gay marriage. Maybe The President is going down the road of love, leaving the ruinous one of the war. I personally don't understand why should we prevent two people to get married if they are in love. It doesn't matter if they are belonging to the same sex, why should we prevent them to realize their dreams?
Make love, not war.
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Despite emotional hearing, weapons ban given little chance of passing

Despite emotional hearing, weapons ban given little chance of passing | Gov't and Law Branches of Gov't | Scoop.it
Sen. Dianne Feinstein proceeded undeterred in seeking an updated version of the now-expired assault weapons ban she sponsored in 1994.
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I agree that military grade weapons should be controlled more, but not completly. They saying goes "Guns don't kill people, People kill people" and that is onehundred percent correct, I mean yea, the gun fires the bullet, the that person is the one who pulled the trigger, its not like someone is going to go to court saying "Hey! This gun walked into my house and killed my family" no, thats rediculous! So I personally believe that their shouldnt be a ban on guns, but... more controll over who buys what.

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