“Letterman Mocks Kelly Ayotte”


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English: Portrait of United States Senator Kel...
English: Portrait of United States Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Did you see Kelly Ayotte at her town hall meetings? She has all the charm and warmth of…an ice cube…or Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader of the Senate.  Kelly showed her constituents what it is to be a GOP Lemming.  When they asked her,  “What is so wrong with universal background checks,”  Senator Ayotte regurgitated the script that all Republican stooges have memorized invoking current laws and mental health concerns. [Gun control advocates are not for creating a national gun registry.]  As is typical with Republican critics of new gun control legislation, Ayotte offered nothing new to the national conversation.  Heretofore, I thought of  Kelly as a backdrop to male GOP colleagues when they speak on TV.  It is too bad our Forefathers did not give us the option of recalling politicians who ignore the will of 90% of the people.  😦       —GoodOleWoody

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“Analysis: Senate vote shows gun-control advocates the scale of challenge”


U.S. President Barack Obama (L) speaks alongside with Vice President Joe Biden and family members of Newtown victims on commonsense measures to reduce gun violence in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington April 17, 2013. Credit: Reuters/Yuri Gripas
U.S. President Barack Obama (L) speaks alongside with Vice President Joe Biden and family members of Newtown victims on commonsense measures to reduce gun violence in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington April 17, 2013.
Credit: Reuters/Yuri Gripas

By Samuel P. Jacobs

NEW YORK | Thu Apr 18, 2013 1:35am EDT

(Reuters) – In the end, nothing could persuade enough U.S. senators to approve the most significant gun legislation in two decades:

Not the carnage from Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 children and six adults were massacred by a gunman in December, igniting a national debate on gun control.

Not the impassioned pleas of Newtown survivors’ families, whose calls for expanded background checks for gun buyers so moved a pro-gun senator from West Virginia that he became their advocate.

And not the support of President Barack Obama, who was inspired by Newtown to make gun control the first major initiative of his second term.

The U.S. Senate‘s key vote on Wednesday wasn’t exactly a rejection of expanded background checks, gun-control advocates were careful to point out.

Most senators – 54 – approved the measure, which polls indicated was backed by more than 80 percent of Americans. But because Republicans threatened to use a filibuster to block any gun proposal that did not get 60 votes in the 100-member Senate, the plan to expand background checks to sales made online and at gun shows fell short.

And just like that, the most aggressive push for gun control in a generation did, too.

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NEWS FROM THE HILL – BACKGROUND CHECKS


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News from The Hill:

Senate rejects tougher background checks on gun purchases 
By Alexander Bolton

The Senate delivered a devastating blow to President Obama’s agenda to regulate guns Wednesday by defeating a bipartisan proposal to expand background checks.

It failed by a vote of 54 to 46, with 5 Democrats voting against it. Only 4 Republicans supported it.

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Sandy Hook Father and President Obama’s Bold, Righteous Indignation


NBC News   |  April 17, 2013

Newtown dad: ‘We’ll return home disappointed but not defeated’

Mark Barden, whose son, Daniel, was killed during the Newtown mass shooting, talks about the Senate voting down expanded background checks for gun sales, during a White House event with President Obama.

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“News World news US gun control Gun control: Obama set on signing ‘strongest’ bill as Congress returns”


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By Matt Williams, New York

Barack Obama addresses gun control issues during a speech in Denver last week. Photograph: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images
Barack Obama addresses gun control issues during a speech in Denver last week. Photograph: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

President Barack Obama is set on signing the “strongest bill” possible on gun control, a White House aide said Sunday amid fears of watered down legislation and the jettisoning of universal background checks.

Congress is due to return from it spring recess on Monday with debate over America‘s lax laws on gun ownership high on the agenda.

And with an assault weapons ban seemingly dead in the water, focus is on whether Washington can push through legislation to expand background checks for all firearms purchases.

Although supported by around 90% of Americans, background checks are likely to face fierce opposition from, in the main, Republican lawmakers.

Despite lengthy negotiations, Democratic leaders have yet to strike a deal that would see the measure pass through the Senate.  FULL  ARTICLE

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THE NRA’S NEW PLAN FOR SCHOOL SAFETY


 

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“Bloomberg, NRA steel for springtime battle over gun control”


By Michael O’Brien, Political Reporter, NBC News

Capitol Hill will play host to a springtime clash over gun rights, as lawmakers prepare to take up significant gun control legislation for the first time in years.

The Senate will take up a new bill next month intended to require background checks for every firearm purchase in the country — and proponents of the legislation are girding for a major political showdown against supporters of gun rights and its principal advocacy group, the National Rifle Association.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has emerged as one of the most forceful national backers of stricter gun laws, and this weekend launched a $12 million television ad campaign meant to pressure wavering senators to support the new legislation when they return from their holiday break.    FULL  ARTICLE

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“Gun Control Advocates Fight for Background Checks”


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“Mayors Against Illegal Guns Super Bowl Commercial It’s Time”


NRA’s  Wayne LaPierre is a  F R A U D !

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“Does Obama’s gun control plan have a chance?”


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On Wednesday, President Obama initiated 23 executive actions designed to help combat gun violence. But as he himself acknowledged, there’s only so much he can do on his own. The “most important” changes, he said, need to go through Congress.

“To make a real and lasting difference, Congress too must act,” said the president. “And Congress must act soon.”

There are three main actions that the president wants Congress to take. The first is to mandate background checks for anyone who wants to buy a gun. (Right now, gun buyers who want to avoid background checks can, for instance, purchase a gun from a private seller at a gun show.) The second is to reinstate the ban on military-style assault weapons and limit ammunition magazines to 10 rounds. And the third is to confirm Todd Jones as director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Congress has not confirmed an ATF director in six years, and the president argued that doing so would improve the ability of that organization to help law enforcement in combating gun violence.

The president is also calling on Congress to ban armor-piercing bullets and pass new gun trafficking laws, pass his $4 billion plan that would provide funding for 15,000 police officers, and “end the freeze” on funding public health research on gun violence.  FULL ARTICLE

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