Saturday, March 28, 2015

Harry Reid Announces Retirement

From George Jefferson

He is a perfect example of why there should be term limits in congress...He knows he cant win again so he quits to avoid the shame of losing this is the dems only chance of keeping the seat and they know it ...they will probably try to run his dopey kid which would be their mistake ...Any way it is a good day for America and the people of the state of Nevada as well as gun owners...Good bye and Good Riddance dont let the door hit ya Harry.

Harry Reid's Accident

Senator Harry Reid had a painful New Year’s Day, breaking ribs and bones in his face after falling while exercising at his home in Nevada.

The injury was sustained when Mr. Reid, 75, was using a rubber exercise band that snapped, hitting him hard and causing him to fall, a spokesman said.

Mr. Reid was taken to University Medical Center in Las Vegas, according to a statement from his office

Mr. Reid, the Senate Democratic leader, was initially taken to St. Rose Dominican Hospital in Henderson by his security detail. He was then transferred to the hospital in Las Vegas for more testing and was admitted overnight. Adam Jentleson, Mr. Reid’s spokesman, said that he was released from the hospital early Friday afternoon and returned to his home in Henderson.

Friday, March 27, 2015

The Boston Bomber's Handgun

PHOTO: Evidence presented against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the Boston Marathon bombing case included this Ruger 9mm pistol, allegedly used by the Tsarnaev brothers days after the marathon attack.


Three days after the deadly 2013 Boston Marathon explosions, investigators say bombing suspects Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev used a Ruger 9mm semi-automatic handgun to murder MIT police officer Sean Collier, carjack a young businessman, and hours later to fire on police in a vicious gunfight. Now with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on trial, witnesses and court documents have shed new light on the pistol’s curious path through a criminal underground and purportedly into the hands of the brothers who were once the most wanted men in America. 

The gun’s serial number was “obliterated” by the time U.S. law enforcement got to it, but federal investigators were able to forensically “raise” the numbers and trace its purchase to a gun store more than three years ago and 100 miles from Boston.

In November 2011, Los Angeles native Danny Sun Jr. bought the 9mm Ruger P95 at a Cabela’s hunting and fishing store in South Portland, Maine as part of a “multi-gun” purchase, law enforcement officials and a Cabela manager told ABC News. Sun Jr. later told police that at some point over the next year, he gave the weapon to Biniam “Icy” Tsegai. 

When Tsegai, an Eritrean immigrant, received the gun, federal prosecutors in Maine said he and others were the target of a multi-agency federal investigation into crack dealing out of Portland hotel rooms. Tsegai would plead guilty to drug charges in 2014. 

But back in 2012, Tsegai handed the gun off to 21-year-old Merhawi “Howie” Berhe, according to recent testimony from Stephen Silva, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s “best friend.” 

"Sun Jr. later told police that at some point over the next year, he gave the weapon to Biniam “Icy” Tsegai. "

Licensing and registration would have made that illegal. The way things are now, Mr. Sun could simply claim that it was a private transfer and he didn't know that Icy Tsegai was a criminal.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Texas May Ban Doctors From Discussing Guns With Their Patients


Think Progress

Under a proposed bill currently being considered in Texas, doctors wouldn’t be allowed to ask their patients whether there are any firearms in their homes — and could be subject to punishment from the Texas Medical Board if they do initiate any conversations about gun safety in the office.

The lawmaker who’s sponsoring the measure, Rep. Stuart Spitzer (R), is backed by the National Rifle Association and the Texas State Rifle Association. He believes that the federal government is inappropriately reaching into doctors’ offices to figure out who owns guns.

“Pediatricians are asking children away from their parents, ‘Do you have guns in your house?’ and then reporting this on the electronic health records, and then the federal government, frankly, has access to who has guns and who doesn’t,” Spitzer told the Texas Tribune in a recent interview. He added that asking about gun ownership is “not appropriate” in this setting.

But health professionals have long maintained that, as guns threaten to surpass car accidents as the leading cause of deaths among young Americans, it’s important to be able to broach this subject with their patients. About 10,000 kids are killed or injured by guns each year, many in tragic accidents that could have been prevented with more careful storage. Pediatricians want to have the opportunity to talk about how to safely store legal firearms to ensure they’re out of the reach of young children — especially if there are any signs of mental health issues in the home.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

One Florida Gun Rights Bill on Mark; Another Shot Down

Local news

Florida gun rights activists had a victorious day in the Capitol as the Republican-controlled Legislature considered two St. Petersburg lawmakers' bills, passing one through the Senate and shooting down the other.

The Senate endorsed a bill allowing lawful gun owners to carry a weapon while evacuating in an emergency, even if they don't have a concealed carry permit. Later in the day, a House panel voted down a Democrat's proposal to set more limits on shooting a gun on residential property.

Only one Republican, state Rep. Chris Latvala of Clearwater, voted with Democrats in a failed attempt to limit rights to shoot on residential property.

State Rep. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, filed the bill in response to a St. Petersburg man, Joseph Carannante, who angered neighbors and others with plans to set up a gun range in his backyard earlier this year.

Under current law, it's legal to fire a weapon on residential property, unless it's done "recklessly or negligently." Rouson argued this language isn't specific enough and said laws that give the state power to set gun policy make it risky for local officials to prosecute people in cases like Carannante's. After a torrent of negative feedback, he dismantled his range in favor of a membership at a commercial gun range.

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"Collateral" Alleyway Gunfight Breakdown

"In my opinion, probably the single best hand-gun gun fight scene in movie history."

I suppose that includes the final shot. It was a coup de grace, right?

George Zimmerman: Obama Turned Americans Against Me


Huffington Post

George Zimmerman, the man acquitted in the murder of Trayvon Martin, said President Barack Obama turned Americans against him.

In an interview posted online Monday by his lawyer, Zimmerman argues Obama shouldn't have weighed in on his case. He said "Barack Hussein Obama" was who he blamed for what his attorney called "the highest level of unfairness" in the aftermath of Martin's death.

"President Obama held his Rose Garden speech stating, 'If I had a son he would look like Trayvon.' To me that was clearly a dereliction of duty pitting Americans against each other solely based on race," Zimmerman said.

Zimmerman said he felt "prosecuted by the federal government" because of Obama's remarks, and said he thinks someone like Obama should "not interject himself in a local law enforcement matter or a state matter."

"Instead of rushing to judgment, making racially charged comments and pitting American against American, I believe that he should have taken the higher road given his position and said -- been an example, been a leader as the president should be, and say let's not rush to judgment," Zimmerman said. "As I’m sure he would want that same luxury afforded to him if he was accused of something, and asked for calm, ask for peace."

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Rachel Maddow on the Fake NY Gun Store Video

Gun Rights and Gun Control Not Mutually Exclusive - Agree or Disagree?

AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki


On March 19 Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America held a rally at the Iowa statehouse to oppose GOP efforts to repeal the current requirement that Iowans obtain a permit before purchasing a handgun.

Republican House members rightly view this permit-to-purchase requirement as an infringement on gun rights. And instead of offering a counter point, Moms Demand Action’s Ellyn Grimm said people need to understand that gun control and the 2nd Amendment are “not mutually exclusive.”

The Des Moines Register reports Grimm’s exact words: “We can protect the Second Amendment and have common sense solutions to reduce gun violence. Those are not mutually exclusive ideas, and I’m tired of our legislature and society treating it like it is.”

Hollywood is Actually Dominated by Gun Rights Fanatics


Here are 12 quotes from Hollywood stars who reject gun control arguments:
1. “I want violent crimes curbed as much as anyone, but not at the expense of our Second Amendment rights — which are there to protect us,” action star Chuck Norris wrote in a column.

2. “It’s a Second Amendment right and bad guys aren’t going to turn their weapons in, so good people need to be able to protect themselves,” actor Gary Sinise told Larry King.

3. “I think that you can't start to pick apart anything out of the Bill of Rights without thinking that it's all going to become undone,” said “Die Hard” star Bruce Willis. '”If you take one out or change one law, then why wouldn't they take all your rights away from you?”

Ohio Loosens Its Gun Laws - Not All Agree

Monday, March 23, 2015

Gun Violence Memorial Tells Stories of Victims as Young as 3 Years Old

The Washington Post

Marked with the names of the dead, the T-shirts hung in rows outside a Washington church Saturday, just as the tombstones stand in Arlington National Cemetery.

Only here, the 155 gunshot victims fell during more personal battles last year and — ranging in age from 3 to 73 — are now part of the war against gun violence in the United States.

In its second year, the “Memorial to the Lost” tribute to gunshot victims in the Washington region began a two-week stint outside Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, with a bugler playing taps and a small group reading the names of those whose tragedies have largely been forgotten since they occurred in 2014.

From there, the memorial that asks passersby to pray for the victims will move to at least 13 other locations in Washington, Virginia and Maryland before it is taken down in the fall, said Lisa Delity, a chief organizer.

Indiana Man Mistakes His Brother for Burglar - Kills Him

Local news with video

A homeowner interrupted a burglary in progress at his home Saturday afternoon and fatally shot the intruder, police said.

Investigators later confirmed the homeowner and the intruder were brothers.

American History X - "Put Your Weapon on the Ground" - Not "Drop the Gun"