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  • Former White House Advisor: Obama Was ’Angry’ After Senate Killed Gun Control

    03/17/2015 10:06:59 AM PDT · by rktman · 65 replies ^ | 3/16/2015 | Charlie Spiering
    Former Senior White House advisor Dan Pfeiffer admits that one of President Obama’s angriest moments in the White House was after the Senate blocked his push for gun control. “I think one of the most angry I’ve seen him was after the Senate failed to pass background checks in 2013,” Pfeiffer explained in an interview with broadcaster Charlie Rose.
  • Lawmakers rally around expanded background checks for gun sales

    03/05/2015 2:49:24 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 40 replies
    The gun battle is raging on Capitol Hill. Lawmakers will introduce new gun safety legislation Tuesday expanding background checks to prevent criminals and people who are mentally ill from buying guns. Most gun shops are already required to conduct background checks, but the rules don’t apply to firearm sales made online and at gun shows. The Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act would close this loophole and expand background checks to all gun sales. “This bill is anti-criminal, and will help keep spouses, kids and communities safe by preventing dangerous people from getting guns,” said Rep. Mike Thompson...
  • After evolution kerfuffle, Time finds Scott Walker’s high school science teacher for comment

    02/16/2015 8:24:34 AM PST · by Kyle Olson · 32 replies
    The American Mirror ^ | 2/15/15 | Olaf Ekberg
    Did the mainstream media – or Time magazine, specifically – ever try to find Barack Obama’s high school teachers? Unlikely, but the magazine managed to dig up Gov. Scott Walker’s high school science teacher for her reaction to Walker’s “punt” of a question about evolution.
  • ABC-TV REPORT: Harry Reid Fast-Tracked Visas to Chinese 'Investors' (sub rosa system exposed)

    02/03/2015 6:47:25 AM PST · by Liz · 37 replies ^ | 2/3/15 | DANIEL HALPER
    ABC-TV reports on suspicious visas being fast-tracked -- and the role top Democrat, Harry Reid, played. Officials overseeing a federal program that offers an immigration short-cut to wealthy foreign investors have ignored pointed warnings from federal agents and approved visas for some immigrants suspected of having committed fraud, money laundering, and even one applicant with alleged ties to a child porn website, an ABC News investigation has found. The shortcomings prompted DHS concerns that the boutique immigration program would be exploited by terrorists, according to internal documents obtained by ABC News. “It is shocking,” said Sen. Charles Grassley, an Iowa...
  • Federal Agents Investigating Firm Involved in US Visa Program

    02/03/2015 5:26:05 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 3, 2015 | By BRIAN ROSS and MATTHEW MOSK
    Federal agents in Los Angeles are investigating an L.A. shipping firm and its Iranian-born owner who for years have participated in and promoted an obscure U.S. immigration program -- allowing the company to recruit wealthy foreign investors to receive visas and potentially Green Cards, law enforcement sources told ABC News. Whistleblowers inside the federal agency that oversees the immigration have been deeply frustrated by an inability to de-certify the company, even after they became aware of the investigation and saw the company’s name surface in an alarming internal Department Homeland Security memo. The memo outlines concerns that Iran’s Revolutionary Guards...
  • Green-card sale: Harry Reid pressured Homeland Security to approve EB-5s for Vegas project

    02/03/2015 8:54:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/03/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Harry Reid loves the EB-5 program — and now we know why. The visa grants residency status for those who invest $500,000 or more in a US venture, assuming that the applicant can pass a background check for emigration. DHS supposedly prevents fraud and worse by conducting these background checks, but it turns out that Reid’s only interested in another kind of check entirely. ABC News’ Nightline did an exposé of the EB-5 program, showing that officials twist arms (or have theirs twisted) to bypass the background checks in order to get favored individuals into the US (via Daniel...
  • Whistleblowers: US Gave Visas to Suspected Forgers, Fraudsters, Criminals

    02/03/2015 8:42:59 AM PST · by ColdOne · 8 replies ^ | 2/3/16 | BRIAN ROSS and MATTHEW MOSK via Nightline
    Officials overseeing a federal program that offers an immigration short-cut to wealthy foreign investors have ignored pointed warnings from federal agents and approved visas for some immigrants suspected of having committed fraud, money laundering, and even one applicant with alleged ties to a child porn website, an ABC News investigation has found. The shortcomings prompted concerns within the Department of Homeland Security that the boutique immigration program would be exploited by terrorists, according to internal documents obtained by ABC News.
  • PBS Gun Poll Gets Pummeled

    12/17/2014 6:36:55 PM PST · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Internet polls measure the ratio of people who have enough interest to participate in the given poll. has put up an Internet poll with the responses noted above.   You can see that the poll is getting hammered by second amendment supporters.   The message, loud and clear, is that of people who are interested enough to answer the poll, second amendment supporters outnumber disarmists by  24 to 1.   This is one of largest differentials that I have seen in second amendment related Internet polls.  A couple of weeks ago, we had one in Florida that was 15 to 1. ...
  • FL: Felon Shot Days after being Disarmed

    12/09/2014 2:55:59 PM PST · by marktwain · 24 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In Florida, a 32 year-old career criminal was captured as he resisted arrest after committing multiple felonies.  It was particularly notable because he had been arrested for illegal possession of a firearm just a few days previously.   Wilford McCloud is accused of breaking into several cars before he was chased by an off-duty Brevard County deputy.  From As Holton attempted to arrest McCloud, the man was reportedly violently resisting, which led to Holton shooting McCloud. (snip) McCloud was arrested just days before for carrying a concealed firearm by a convicted felon and has an extensive record. Trying to...
  • Sasse stumbles on NRA question days after being endorsed

    09/27/2014 10:05:42 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 15 replies
    Nebraska Watchdog ^ | 9-18-14 | Deena Winter
    LINCOLN, Neb. — There were few surprises during Sunday’s U.S. Senate debate, except when the frontrunner, GOP nominee Ben Sasse, seemed to stumble on a question about gun rights just days after being endorsed by the National Rifle Association. Sasse earned the highest NRA rating a candidate can get without a voting record, and marked the group’s only endorsement in the general election. But he seemed confused when asked a question about background checks at gun shows by Colleen Williams, anchor for NTV, an ABC affiliate in Kearney. Here’s what she asked: “With countless national incidents, high profile shootings in...
  • Biden: ‘Tea Baggers’ Preventing New Gun-Control Laws

    07/08/2014 12:47:30 AM PDT · by Innovative · 43 replies
    National Review ^ | July 7, 2014 | Andrew Johnson
    Vice president Joe Biden has disparaged gun-rights advocates as “tea baggers,” CNN host John Walsh told reporters today. ... ‘They’re all scared sh*tless of the NRA, aren’t they?’” (said John Walsh) “‘John, every one of them,’” the vice president replied, according to Walsh. “‘Because the NRA will run a tea-bagger against you. . . . They’ll put 5 million bucks against you.’”
  • Firm That Vetted Snowden Gets New $190M Contract

    07/03/2014 12:16:43 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 14 replies
    Newser ^ | July 3 2014 | Kevin Spak
    Newser) – You might think that giving a green light to Edward Snowden and Aaron Alexis and allegedly fraudulently submitting 660,000 other background checks without actually completing them would prevent you from getting future government contracts. But you'd be wrong, because the Department of Homeland Security has awarded a $190 million contract to US Investigations Services, the Wall Street Journal reports. Why? Because USIS hasn't actually been suspended, and, as one immigration official explained, unless there is such a suspension in place, "by law and policy, we have to go with the lowest bidder." USIS isn't barred, the Office of...
  • Civilian who killed Sailor at Naval Station Norfolk identified

    03/28/2014 6:36:00 AM PDT · by wtd · 34 replies
    WTKR ^ | March 27, 2014 | Holly Henry, Reed Andrews and Marissa Jasek
    Civilian who killed Sailor at Naval Station Norfolk identified "Norfolk, Va. – The civilian gunman accused of killing a sailor aboard the destroyer Mahan on Monday night before being fatally shot is Jeffrey Tyrone Savage, the Navy announced on Thursday. The Navy says Savage, 35, drove his 2002 Freightliner through Gate 5 just after 11 p.m. He then went to Pier 1 and left the truck and tried to get onto the USS Mahan. He was stopped by security there and that’s when a struggle started. They say Savage disarmed a petty officer of the watch and Savage then used...
  • Bypassing Congress, DOJ to Announce Expansion to Gun Background Checks

    03/03/2014 10:26:31 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 110 replies
    The Department of Justice (DOJ) is preparing to announce an expansion of background checks based on executive orders president Obama issued in January 2013. According to The Hill, the expansion consists of "three changes to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS)."
  • U.S. Civil Rights Comm. Panel Blasts Policy Making Job Background Checks Discriminatory

    02/21/2014 5:01:26 PM PST · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | February 21, 2014
    A new Obama administration policy that says criminal background checks are discriminatory against minority job applicants is “deeply flawed,” according to half of the commissioners who sit on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, the independent and bipartisan federal agency created by Congress decades ago. The administration has gone after companies that use criminal background checks to screen job applicants, claiming in lawsuits that the probes disproportionately exclude blacks from hire. In the last year the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency that enforces the nation’s workplace discrimination laws, has sued two large companies that screen criminal background...
  • WA:The only question that matters may not be asked in Olympia

    02/02/2014 5:33:10 PM PST · by marktwain · 25 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 28 January, 2014 | Dave Workman
    When former Congresswoman Gabrielle “Gabby” Giffords appears today in Olympia to testify in favor of Initiative 594, the 18-page gun control measure being sold as a “universal background check” requirement, only one question should be respectfully asked: How would adoption of this measure have prevented the kind of thing that happened in Tucson in January 2011? That's the incident in which Giffords was shot in the head by a gunman who killed six people and wounded 12 others, including the former congresswoman. She will be accompanied today by her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly.The question is a fair one. There...
  • Some realities to consider before passing more gun-control bills

    01/21/2014 7:34:55 PM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 12 January, 2014 | John Lott
    John R. Lott Jr. is president of the Crime Prevention Research Center and the author of "More Guns, Less Crime" The new year has brought yet more gun-control regulations. President Obama announced new executive orders on background checks. Connecticut citizens stood in long lines to register their guns, and, next door in New York City, registration lists are used to confiscate them. While the research by criminologists and economists keeps showing that gun control doesn't work, technological advances and practical problems mean the laws are increasingly likely only to disarm the law-abiding. In the era of 3D printing, you won't...
  • Obama administration proposes new executive actions on gun background checks

    01/03/2014 11:53:26 AM PST · by Zakeet · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 3, 2014
    The Obama administration on Friday proposed two new executive actions to make it easier for states to provide mental health information to the national background check system, wading back into the gun control debate after a months-long hiatus. One proposal would formally give permission to states to submit "the limited information necessary to help keep guns out of potentially dangerous hands," without having to worry about the privacy provisions in a law known as HIPAA.
  • WH admits Obama briefly stayed with uncle [reversing a previous statement......]

    12/05/2013 11:59:03 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 62 replies
    December 05, 2013, 02:12 pm WH admits Obama briefly stayed with uncle By Mario Trujillo The White House confirmed on Thursday President Obama had met his uncle, Onyango Obama, who was granted legal residency to the country this week — reversing a previous statement. The White House had previously told The Boston Globe that the president had never met his uncle, after Onyango — referred to as Omar — was arrested in 2011 for drunk driving. But it revised its statement on Thursday, saying the press office had not actually asked the president about his relationship with his uncle before...
  • Club for Growth launches ads for Cochran’s primary challenger (The Fight Is On! Video at link)

    10/21/2013 7:11:14 PM PDT · by Viennacon · 13 replies
    The Washington Compost ^ | 10/21/2013 | Aaron Blake
    The conservative Club for Growth on Monday launched a new ad campaign in support of Sen. Thad Cochran’s (R-Miss.) primary challenger – the latest in a quickly launched campaign against the longtime senator. The Club and another conservative group, the Senate Conservatives Fund, both endorsed state Sen. Chris McDaniel in the race last week. The Club’s new ad pitches McDaniel as a “Constitutional conservative with backbone” who has “stood up to the big spenders in both parties.” It makes no mention of Cochran, but instead pitches McDaniel as an alternative to business as usual in Washington and shows pictures of...
  • Gun Control Rally Turns into Gun Rights Rally as Pro Gun Supporters Replace the Speaker

    09/01/2013 5:10:11 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 12 replies
    Gun 'n Freedom ^ | 9/1/13 | Jonathan S.
    In Columbus, Ohio a few members of the Mayors Against Illegals Guns group tried to rally support for universal background checks. But with dismal numbers they were soon drowned out by the numbers of pro gun supporters that showed up. “As a gun owner, I’m a responsible person and I think it’s responsible to ask to have all gun owners have a background check,” said Blanche Luczyk. “It’s just common sense. Any responsible person who is willing to take the ownership of a gun should be willing to have that background check.” Luczyk was one of a half dozen members...
  • Feds Push States to Ban “Discriminatory” Background Checks

    08/29/2013 10:48:19 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 45 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | August 29, 2013
    Pressured by the federal government, states and municipalities across the U.S. are adopting senseless measures restricting employers from asking job applicants about criminal history. The Obama administration claims criminal background checks are discriminatory because they disproportionately exclude minorities—especially blacks—from hire. That’s why the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency that enforces the nation’s workplace discrimination laws, is spending taxpayer dollars suing companies that run criminal background checks on job applicants. Besides litigation, the administration is working behind the scenes by offering local governments “guidance” on passing measures banning criminal background checks. The laws are known as “ban the...
  • Teens who Murdered Baseball Player Too Young to Legally Own Firearms

    08/21/2013 1:08:16 PM PDT · by Kip Russell · 34 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | Aug 21, 2013 | Nick Leghorn
    Yesterday, CNN was all over the story of three teenagers in Oklahoma who shot and killed a baseball player who was walking down the street just to watch him die. It’s a horrific story, and these teens definitely deserve to fry, but as with every other gun-related story the mainstream media picks up on, it’s being used to demonize the NRA and further the gun control agenda. But consider the following: these teens were too young to legally purchase firearms in the first place. So, in fact, the proposed gun control bill that Democrats still have their panties in a...
  • Obama EEOC Blasted in Background Check Discrimination Ruling

    08/16/2013 10:00:20 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | August 16, 2013
    The Obama administration’s claim that criminal background checks discriminate against minority job applicants suffered a lashing from a federal court that found the allegations “laughable,” “distorted,” “cherry-picked,” “worthless” and “an egregious example of scientific dishonesty.” That kind of whipping from a federal judge has got to hurt though it’s unlikely to deter the administration from spending more taxpayer dollars to file frivolous lawsuits against employers who use the checks to screen job applicants. Judicial Watch wrote about this a few weeks ago when the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency that enforces the nation’s workplace discrimination laws, sued...
  • States attorneys now opposing fed's opposition to criminal background checks for new hires

    07/27/2013 7:09:05 PM PDT · by Innovative · 18 replies
    FoxNews ^ | July 27, 2013 | FoxNews
    Attorneys general across the country are fighting back against new Obama administration guidelines on businesses using criminal background checks for job applicants and two federal lawsuits that followed, calling both "a quintessential example of gross federal overreach." The nine attorneys general sent the letter Wednesday to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which in April 2012 voted in favor of the new guidelines that warn such checks can discriminate against African-Americans because they being are arrested at a disproportionate rate compared to the rest of the U.S. population.
  • The Chilling Effect of Background Checks on Second Amendment Rights

    07/02/2013 5:29:26 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 2 July, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    The existing background check law has a tremendous chilling effect on the exercise of Second Amendment rights. Most of the people denied the right to buy a gun are false positives. That is, they are falsely denied. It is a travesty of justice that tens of thousands of people are denied their rights by this system every year. MyFoxTampa reports:  The law requires licensed gun dealers to check with law enforcement before making a sale, which in this state is the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The goal is to prevent felons -- and people who don't qualify -- from...
  • Obama Administration Sues Dollar General And BMW For Discrimination

    06/22/2013 5:48:21 PM PDT · by LD Jackson · 33 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 06/22/13 | LD Jackson
    Aren't you glad we have a federal government that is watching every move we make over us? What would we do without them? I found this latest story at What Would The Founders Think. They wrote about it first in February of this year and now the story is coming to fruition. If you are a business owner, ie. someone who employs one or more people, this should give you reason for concern. Once again, the government is sticking its nose where it doesn't belong. Fox News - The Obama administration is suing Dollar General and a BMW facility in...
  • Companies Sued For Trying To Avoid Hiring Convicts

    06/12/2013 5:28:11 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 33 replies ^ | June 12, 2013 | Editorial
    In 1963, the great civil rights leader Martin Luther King said it was his hope that black Americans would no longer be judged on their color of their skin, but on the content of their character. Fifty years later, the Obama administration's Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says King got it wrong. The EEOC launched two lawsuits against private companies this week over their use of criminal background checks, claiming that in rejecting applicants with proven criminal records, they somehow discriminated against minorities under a disparate impact clause in their guidelines. Aside from the inherent and insulting racism in that presumption...
  • Zinger of the day! Sen. Cruz blasts Obama with one ‘blogger-grade sarcasm’ question (HILARIOUS!!!)

    06/19/2013 8:18:48 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 23 replies
    Twitchy ^ | June 19, 2013 | Twitchy Staff
    Anyone know if President Obama intends to perform background checks on the Syrian rebels before providing them weapons?— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) June 18, 2013 Oh, senator! That was beautiful. No wonder it has been retweeted nearly 3,000 times and counting.Twitter users agreed and gasped for breath over Sen. Ted Cruz’s zinger. Heh heh. RT @SenTedCruz: Anyone know if Pres Obama intends to perform background checks on the Syrian rebels before providing them weapons?— Roger von Oech (@RogervonOech) June 18, 2013 Hah! RT @SenTedCruz: Anyone know if President Obama intends to perform background checks on the Syrian rebels before...
  • Perform Criminal Background Checks at Your Peril

    02/16/2013 3:38:58 PM PST · by a5478 · 55 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 14, 2013 | James Bovard
    The EEOC ignored that judicial thrashing and pressed on. Last April, the agency unveiled its "Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions," declaring that "criminal record exclusions have a disparate impact based on race and national origin."
  • Bosses could be forced to hire more workers with criminal records under new equality guidelines

    02/24/2013 6:40:36 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 29 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | February 24, 2013 | Staff
    Employers in the U.S. may soon have to hire more workers with criminal backgrounds under new equality guidelines issued by the federal government. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s guidelines warn companies against rejecting minority applicants who have committed a felony or other offense, recommending that those companies eliminate policies which ‘exclude people from employment based on a criminal record.’ According to the EEOC, civil rights laws already prohibit employers from selectively hiring job applicants who are of different ethnic backgrounds but have matching criminal histories. The latest update from the EEOC was issued out of concern that employers might disproportionally...
  • Schumer Tells Bloomberg How to lie to Americans

    06/14/2013 4:41:28 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 June, 2012 | Dean Weingarten
    In a Politico article, Chuck Schumer explains how an anti-freedom ad should be structured to obtain support of normally pro-freedom people. He advises this approach: “Now I’m an NRA member. I’m proud of that,” Schumer narrated, taking on the persona of a Nevada gun shop owner. “My daddy was, his daddy before him, and my kids are going to be NRA members. But on this one? Background checks? They’re wrong. That background check ain’t gonna affect me. I’m a law-abiding citizen. It’ll just affect felons, spousal abusers, people [who are] mentally ill. So on this one, I don’t agree with...
  • Employment [criminal background] Checks Fuel Race Complaints

    06/12/2013 5:31:20 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 20 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 11, 2013 | SCOTT THURM
    Federal regulators Tuesday accused two large employers of improperly using criminal-background checks in hiring, the latest salvo in a contentious debate over whether such screening amounts to discrimination against black applicants. In complaints filed in federal courts in Illinois and South Carolina, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said two companies discount retailer Dollar General Corp. and a U.S. unit of German auto maker BMW AG generally barred potential employees based on the criminal checks, when they should have reviewed each applicant. The commission said the policies had the effect of discriminating against black applicants. The suits underscore increasing government scrutiny...
  • Report: DHS Halted Background Checks to Meet Flood of Amnesty Requests

    06/11/2013 9:12:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/11/13 | Mike Flynn
    In advance of his successful reelection, President Obama took executive action to defer, for two years, deportation for illegal immigrants who entered the country as children. The result was a flood of requests to the immigration service for the temporary amnesty. As a result of this demand, according to documents obtained by Judicial Watch, the Department of Homeland Security cut back on the legally-required criminal background checks of these immigrants. The revelation raises questions of how the agency could handle a blanket amnesty of all illegal immigrants. In October 2012, Judicial Watch, acting on a
  • Anti-gunners caught using deception for foreign minions to influence NV polls

    06/07/2013 8:05:18 PM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Reno Gun Rights Examiner ^ | Governor Sandoval | Mike Searson
    As the controversial "Universal Background Check" Senate Bill 221 awaits Nevada Governor Sandoval's veto, anti-gun forces have pulled out all stops in an attempt to persuade the governor to sign it. The latest is by deception through calls to the governor's office from out of state cronies, feigning the number to look like it originates in Nevada. (snip)Had SB 221 just contained the mental health provisions, even a dyed-in-the wool firearms enthusiast like myself could have supported it. Unfortunately this was not the case, a gun control poison pill was slipped into it.SB221 would force all private firearms transfers in...
  • Giffords Group Lobbies Chris Christie Pick Pro Background Check Sen

    06/07/2013 9:58:20 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 11 replies
    Capitol ^ | 5 Jun 13 | Reid Pillifant
    In an email to supporters this afternoon, Americans for Responsible Solutions, the gun control group formed by former congresswoman Gabby Giffords, urged New Jersey governor Chris Christie to appoint an interim senator who supports background checks. "Senator [Frank] Lautenberg cannot be replaced," Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, wrote in the email under the subject line "Chris Christie's Big Decision." "However, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie must now select a successor. And he should pick one who supports expanding background checks to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the deranged." Christie announced yesterday that he'll hold...
  • Report: Sharp drop in gun violence, but most killings still involve firearms

    05/07/2013 2:40:00 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 48 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 7, 2013 | Jerry Markon
    Gun violence has dropped dramatically nationwide over the past two decades, but nearly three-quarters of all homicides are still committed with a firearm, the Justice Department said... The report, by the department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics, painted an encouraging picture of long-term trends at a time of divisive political debate over guns and legislation to regulate them. Firearms-related homicides declined 39 percent between 1993 and 2011, the report said, while nonfatal firearms crimes fell 69 percent during that period. The biggest setback for the White House was the defeat of a compromise measure to expand background checks for firearms purchases....
  • The Elite Media Hates You

    04/29/2013 5:53:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies ^ | April 29, 2013 | Dan Holler
    It doesn’t matter whether you’re on the far left, far right or somewhere in the middle, there is absolutely no denying the rise of the tea party has altered America’s political landscape. And the elite media is making clear, in no uncertain terms, they despise this type of change. Last week, Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) voted against the Schumer-Toomey gun bill because her constituents were opposed to the bill. On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, former lawmaker Joe Scarborough and his sidekick Mika Brzezinski lit into her: MIKA: She is defending her vote saying her office was flooded with calls from constituents...
  • Reid bill would require background checks to purchase explosive powders

    04/25/2013 5:45:42 AM PDT · by opentalk · 199 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 24, 2013
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday introduced a bill that would require background checks to be run on anyone buying explosive powder, a reaction to last week's Boston Marathon bombing. Reid introduced the bill, S. 792, for Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), who has been out sick for much of the year. But in a press statement, Lautenberg said the Boston bombing shows that background checks are needed for explosive materials. "It defies common sense that anyone, even a terrorist, can walk into a store in America and buy explosive powders without a background check or any questions asked,"...
  • Yarmuth: U.S. Senate's failure on gun bill will lead to public backlash and stronger reforms

    04/21/2013 1:22:24 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 28 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 4/21/2013 | Ryan Alessi
    The collapse of efforts in the U.S. Senate to expand background checks to more gun sales will inspire a renewed effort by Americans to push for reforms, predicted Democratic U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth of Louisville. “I think we’re a long way from finished on this. As a matter of fact, I think the disbelief of the American public over what happened in the Senate will almost guarantee that we get some kind of action,” Yarmuth said at the beginning of his interview with Pure Politics on Thursday night. Yarmuth said he expects the ultimate legislation will be stronger than what...

    04/20/2013 8:30:58 PM PDT · by imardmd1 · 19 replies
    Delaware General Assembly ^ | 04/18/2013 | Delaware Legislature
    Federally licensed firearms dealers (FFLs) are required to perform criminal history background checks on prospective firearms purchasers. However, when the sale or transfer of a firearm does not involve a licensed dealer, no background check is required. This is an enormous loophole—one in which convicted felons, minors and other prohibited purchasers can readily avoid background checks and more easily acquire guns. This bill would require that a criminal history background check be performed in connection with the sale or transfer of all firearms, with a few exceptions noted below. Background checks would be performed by licensed firearms dealers, who are...
  • Pit bull defenders bite back at NC bill that would require background checks for new owners

    04/20/2013 2:32:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Raleigh News & Observer ^ | April 19, 2013 | Anne Blythe
    Pit bulls might have a reputation among some as rough, gruff dogs from tough neighborhoods. But the breed’s advocates are fiercely loyal and quick to fight back against their bad rap sheet—as Rep. Rodney Moore, a Democrat from Mecklenburg County, found out this week. Moore, a small-business consultant who has owned pit bulls, introduced a bill Tuesday that would require anyone taking ownership of the much-maligned dogs to submit to a criminal background check. The proposal also targets Rottweilers, mastiffs, chows, Perro de Presa Canarios and any “wolf hybrids.” … The bill, which was co-sponsored by Rep. Larry Pittman, a...
  • The rush to a bad gun-control law

    04/18/2013 2:07:07 PM PDT · by IndePundit · 7 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 4/15/2013 | David Rivkin & Andrew Grossman
    Those who support stricter gun control fear that the passage of time since the Dec. 14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School will result in further watering-down of measures. They should not, however, discount the risk that attempts to shave a few weeks or months off the usual legislative process will result in bad laws, with unintended and lasting consequences. While pro-gun forces may overstate the case against expanded background checks — they are not, for example, a prelude to disarming the citizenry — President Obama and his allies have understated the difficult legal questions posed by extending the background-check...
  • Celebrity hive mind outraged by gun control vote (tweets at link)

    04/18/2013 5:30:35 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 42 replies
    We know we’re not famous actors who earn a living playing make-believe, but would it be OK if just for today we pretended all of this righteous outrage was inspired by the Kermit Gosnell trial?
  • Manchin: I’m not done with universal background checks (Toomey: "I'm done")

    04/18/2013 10:09:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/18/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    In the wake of perhaps the worst political failure of Barack Obama’s term short of his 2010 midterm loss, the President vowed to continue to push forward on gun-control measures, especially background checks. One of the lead Senators on that effort appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe to insist that the fight isn’t over. Joe Manchin insisted that he could convince enough of his colleagues to flip on the background checks, at least: The public face of a failed amendment to expand background checks for gun purchases promised to continue pushing his legislation Thursday, saying he’ll work with skittish Democrats who...
  • Feinstein: Background Checks Would Not Have Stopped Newtown

    04/18/2013 6:12:59 AM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 8 replies
    CSPAN via Breitbart ^ | 4/17/2013 | Dianne Feinstein
    "Mr. President, I'm sure background checks will stop many would-be murderers but they would not have prevented Newtown. (snip) "Let me be clear, universal background checks are very important I strongly support them but they would not have prevented the tragedy in Newtown."
  • Bloomberg: If You Sell a Gun to Your Son, 'There's Something Wrong in Your Family'

    04/17/2013 6:14:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies ^ | April 15, 2013 | Elizabeth Harrington
    ( – If you sell a gun to your son, “there’s something wrong with your family," says New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. In a radio appearance on Friday, Bloomberg, a gun control activist and co-chair of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, praised the legislation that is now moving forward in the Senate. The bill would require universal background checks for most sales of firearms, including those online and at gun shows. “The only thing it would not cover is if you sold a gun to your son, for example,” Bloomberg told radio host John Gambling. “Number one, I don't know...
  • Even Though Manchin Says His Expanded Background Checks Bill Will Fail, Keep Calling Your Senators

    04/17/2013 6:51:10 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 11 replies
    4/17/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Despite what Manchin has said, keep calling your Senators. A tactic to get people (who will call their senators to tell them they do not support Manchin's bill) to ease up on calling their senators??? Hmmm....
  • Schumer goes nuts over alternative gun measure

    04/16/2013 6:03:50 AM PDT · by marktwain · 38 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 15 April, 2013 | Dave Workman
    Anti-gun New York Sen. Charles Schumer went so far overboard with remarks about an alternative measure to his background check bill during a weekend interview that it appears he is trying to demonize the package because it presents a more palatable option to his colleagues in the Senate. It is Schumer’s “background check” bill that the alternative measure introduced by Senators Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey could derail this week, and the New Yorker clearly isn’t liking it. In a report broadcast by Westchester County’s News 12 and Newsday, Schumer alleged, “This legislation could change Times Square into the OK...
  • At least four Republican senators likely to vote yes on gun purchase background-checks bill

    04/15/2013 8:47:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 85 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/15/2013 | AllahPundit
    Just Toomey, Collins, Kirk, and Maverick John McCain so far, but expect a few more to flip soon. Jeff Flake’s on the fence but he’s probably worried about voting no on gun control across the board when fellow Arizonan Gabby Giffords is campaigning hard against it in the media. (Since McCain’s apparently voting yes, Flake has some cover to follow suit.) Dean Heller has also been galloping towards the center ever since his close call against Shelley Berkley in last year’s Senate race in purplish Nevada. That’s six Republicans — normally enough to break a filibuster when the Senate’s 55...