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  • NEW VPC ALITO MACHINE GUN VIDEO (EMAIL from VPC fighting Alito)

    01/20/2006 5:11:36 PM PST · by Dan from Michigan · 27 replies · 1,052+ views
    VPC EMAIL | 1-20-06 | Josh Sugarmann
    To Violence Policy Center Action Network Members: ALITO NEWS-- As you know, in 1996 Supreme Court Nominee Samuel Alito issued a minority opinion arguing for repeal of the 1986 federal ban on the transfer and possession of new machine guns by civilians. As part of its public education efforts, this week the Violence Policy Center released a new, short, web-based video illustrating the firepower of machine guns. You can view the video at http://www.vpc.org/alito-video.htm. Please forward this e-mail to as many people as you can to show them the devastating effects of these banned guns. Please call your Senators at...
  • Samuel Alito’s Views Could Imperil Most Federal Gun, Ammo, and Explosives Laws (VPC)

    01/10/2006 3:08:26 PM PST · by Dan from Michigan · 69 replies · 1,370+ views
    Supreme Court Nominee Samuel Alito’s Views Could Imperil Most Federal Gun, Ammo, and Explosives Laws, New Violence Policy Center Backgrounder Shows Washington, DC--The Violence Policy Center (VPC) today released a backgrounder on Supreme Court nominee Judge Samuel Alito. Key aspects of the document include: Supreme Court nominee Judge Samuel Alito voted to strike down the 1986 federal machine gun ban in the case U.S. v. Rybar, [103 F.3d 273 (3d Cir. 1996)]. Judge Alito was the lone dissenter in the decision upholding the conviction of a gun dealer who sold illegal machine guns at a Pennsylvania gun show. Application of...
  • BRADY CENTER ANNOUNCES OPPOSITION TO NOMINATION OF JUDGE SAMUEL ALITO TO US SUPREME COURT

    01/10/2006 3:06:32 PM PST · by Dan from Michigan · 16 replies · 544+ views
    BRADY CENTER ANNOUNCES OPPOSITION TO NOMINATION OF JUDGE SAMUEL ALITO TO US SUPREME COURT Alito’s Judicial Activism In Machine Gun Case Prompts Brady Center’s First-Ever Opposition to Supreme Court Nominee For Immediate Release: 12-20-2005 Contact Communications: (202) 289-7319 Washington DC - The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence announced today that it is opposing the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court. This is the first time the Brady Center has opposed a Supreme Court nomination. Judge Alito’s nomination poses serious dangers to the safety of our communities, our families, and our children, as evidenced by his...
  • 2005 Heisman Winner - Reggie Bush - USC

    12/10/2005 5:54:55 PM PST · by Dan from Michigan · 97 replies · 4,834+ views
    ESPN | 12-10-2005
    No surprises here.
  • FBI: Michigan ranks third in number of reported hate crimes (Behind Jersey and California)

    FBI: Michigan ranks third in number of reported hate crimes DETROIT (AP) — Michigan ranks third in the nation in the number of reported hate crimes, and officials say those figures appear to be growing. Officials of law enforcement and civil rights organizations held a news conference Tuesday in Detroit to try to stem the increase, pointing out their enforcement and education efforts against bias. "The more these things occur, the more resources we're going to pour into them," said Daniel Roberts, special agent in charge of the FBI's Detroit field office. Michigan had more than 500 hate crimes in...
  • Grandmother, 32, faces fake AMBER Alert charge

    11/13/2005 5:36:10 PM PST · by Dan from Michigan · 18 replies · 1,018+ views
    Muskegon Chronicle ^ | 11-11-05 | Lisa Medendorp
    Grandmother, 32, faces fake AMBER Alert charge Friday, November 11, 2005 A 32-year-old Muskegon Township woman has been charged with a misdemeanor after her report of a missing baby and teenage mother -- which resulted in an AMBER Alert Tuesday night -- was proven to be false, authorities say. Christina Faith Petrongelli, of 2535 Friendship Lane, may have been afraid state welfare inspectors were going to take her granddaughter away because of recurring care problems, authorities said. She was arraigned Wednesday before 60th District Judge Andrew Wierengo III and is free on a $1,000 personal recognizance bond. Technically, the charge...
  • Detroit mayor stages come-from-behind win in re-election

    11/09/2005 8:07:04 AM PST · by Dan from Michigan · 35 replies · 1,114+ views
    ap ^ | 11-9-05 | David Runk
    Detroit mayor stages come-from-behind win in re-election 11/9/2005, 10:29 a.m. ET By DAVID RUNK The Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — Voters gave Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick the second chance he asked for in a come-from-behind victory, although he said he recognized that his tough re-election bid sent many supporters fleeing. The charismatic 35-year-old credited the support of those who remained loyal — religious leaders, campaign volunteers and family — as he gave thanks to God in an early morning speech Wednesday.
  • 18-year-old write-in candidate elected Hillsdale mayor

    11/09/2005 8:05:08 AM PST · by Dan from Michigan · 152 replies · 7,122+ views
    AP ^ | 11-9-2005
    18-year-old write-in candidate elected Hillsdale mayor 11/9/2005, 8:30 a.m. ET The Associated Press HILLSDALE, Mich. (AP) — An 18-year-old high school student has been elected mayor after mounting a write-in campaign to oust the 51-year-old incumbent. With all the votes counted, Michael Sessions had 732 votes to 668 for Mayor Doug Ingles, according to unofficial figures posted on the city's Web site. A cheer went up in the Sessions home when the results were announced over the radio. The Hillsdale High School student lives with his parents and 13-year-old sister Sarah. Scott and Lorri Sessions at first had doubts about...
  • Worst 10 states for auto-deer collisions

    11/08/2005 5:50:39 AM PST · by Dan from Michigan · 191 replies · 5,661+ views
    CNN/Money ^ | 11-4-05
    Worst 10 states for auto-deer collisions Pennsylvania has the highest number of accidents, according to a survey by insurer State Farm. November 4, 2005: 12:59 PM EST NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Pennsylvania ranks first among the top ten worst states for vehicle-deer collisions, according to an insurance survey published Thursday. Citing claim statistics, auto insurer State Farm said that drivers in Pennsylvania experienced more deer collisions than any other state between July 1, 2004 and June 30, 2005. State Farm estimates that 1.5 million vehicles collide with deer every year, resulting in 150 motorists deaths and $1.1 billion in vehicle...
  • HOW SAMUEL ALITO TOOK A NO-BRAINER CASE AND STEPPED WAY, WAY OUT OF THE MAINSTREAM (Guns)

    11/01/2005 3:31:20 PM PST · by Dan from Michigan · 43 replies · 1,794+ views
    HOW SAMUEL ALITO TOOK A NO-BRAINER CASE AND STEPPED WAY, WAY OUT OF THE MAINSTREAM For Immediate Release: 11-01-2005 Washington, D.C. - In 1986, President Ronald Reagan signed the McClure-Volkmer Act, which severely weakened federal gun laws, but had one redeeming provision: it banned transfer and possession of machine guns not legally owned when the Act went into effect. Since then, criminals have repeatedly tried to escape culpability for illegal possession of machine guns by arguing that the ban is unconstitutional. The courts have unanimously upheld the law as constitutional; every Circuit Court of Appeal to consider the issue has...
  • "MACHINE GUN SAMMY," A PERFECT HALLOWEEN PICK (Brady campaign slams Alito)

    10/31/2005 9:14:42 AM PST · by Dan from Michigan · 105 replies · 2,242+ views
    Brady Campaign gun grabbers ^ | 10-31-05 | Peter Hamm
    "MACHINE GUN SAMMY," A PERFECT HALLOWEEN PICK For Immediate Release: 10-31-2005 Contact Communications: (202) 898-0792 Washington, D.C. - How could it have gone in any other direction, from a White House that just gave blanket immunity to the gun industry, which refuses to bar terrorists from buying guns, that broke a campaign promise and put Uzis and AK-47s back on America’s city streets, and insisted that records of gun purchases be destroyed before the sun sets on them twice? It had to be a Supreme Court pick that favors legal machine guns. In 1996, Judge Samuel Alito was the sole...
  • Samuel Alito on Second Amendment

    10/31/2005 8:22:54 AM PST · by Dan from Michigan · 41 replies · 1,926+ views
    The Volokh Comspiracy ^ | 10-29-2005 | Dave Kopel
    Second Amendment Tea Leaves for Corrigan, Sykes, Luttig and Alito: In Re Four Possible Supreme Court Nominees. In the case of Love v. Pepersack, Judge Luttig concurred in an opinion rejecting a section 1983 claim for an erroneous denial of a handgun license by the state of Maryland. Judge Luttig's concurrence stated, in its entirity: "I concur only in the judgment reached by the majority, and I do so only because Gardner v. Baltimore Mayor and City Council, 969 F.2d 63 (4th Cir. 1992), is the law of the circuit." The Gardner case involved a narrow interpretation of substantive due...
  • STATEMENT OF CSGV EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JOSHUA HORWITZ ON GUN INDUSTRY IMMUNITY BILL (Wahhhhhhhhhh!)

    10/25/2005 8:22:28 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 12 replies · 370+ views
    Coalition to Stop Gun Violence ^ | 10-20-05 | Josh Horowitz
    STATEMENT OF CSGV EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JOSHUA HORWITZ ON GUN INDUSTRY IMMUNITY BILL This bill is based on a series of fabrications and half-truths, and its supporters have twisted the facts in an attempt to defend the indefensible -- the idea that gun sellers should be shielded from the legal consequences of their own misconduct. The National Rifle Association and its allies have claimed that civil lawsuits are a threat to the U.S. firearms industry, yet many of the gun makers involved in irresponsible distribution practices that put firearms in the hands of criminals are foreign corporations. The supporters of this...
  • President Commends House for Passing the "Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act"

    10/20/2005 8:08:51 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 10 replies · 342+ views
    White House ^ | 10-20-05 | George W Bush
    President Commends House for Passing the "Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act" I commend the House for passing the "Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act." Our laws should punish criminals who use guns to commit crimes, not law-abiding manufacturers of lawful products. This legislation will further our efforts to stem frivolous lawsuits, which cause a logjam in America's courts, harm America's small businesses, and benefit a handful of lawyers at the expense of victims and consumers. I look forward to signing this legislation into law.
  • Soldier leaves gun in toilet

    10/17/2005 9:36:19 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 56 replies · 1,227+ views
    Ananova ^ | 10-18-05
    Soldier leaves gun in toilet A soldier's weapon has been missing for two days after it was left in a supermarket toilet during a military exercise. An army captain put her waistband holster on top of the cistern in a disabled loo during an exercise on and then left it behind, the Sun reports. The captain, reportedly based at barracks in Chicksands, Bedfordshire, soon realised her blunder and rushed back to the Sainsbury's store in Hitchin. But the US-made Sig Sauer 9mm automatic had gone, along with 13 blanks also in the holster. Hertfordshire police said that the loaded pistol...
  • The Finest Court in the Nation : Hooray for Michigan justice

    10/13/2005 7:56:01 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 13 replies · 634+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | 10-13-05 | Patrick Wright
    The Finest Court in the Nation Hooray for Michigan justice. Among the people recently mentioned as potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees, Maura Corrigan and Robert Young were relatively unknown. But both are noteworthy representatives of what may be the finest court in the nation. For the past six years, the Michigan Supreme Court has been a leader in attempting to restore a proper balance between the judiciary, the legislature and the people. The bloc that constitutes the court's frequent majority--Justices Clifford Taylor, Stephen Markman, Corrigan, Young and, often, Elizabeth Weaver--has consistently refused to substitute its policy preferences for those of...
  • (Geoffrey) Fieger to run for attorney general

    10/12/2005 8:12:19 AM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 27 replies · 656+ views
    The Oakland Press ^ | 10-12-05 | SVEN GUSTAFSON
    Fieger to run for attorney general SOUTHFIELD - He's baaack. After several years of maintaining a relatively low profile, wellknown legal eagle Geoffrey Fieger announced Tuesday his intention to run for state attorney general in 2006 on the Democratic ticket. Never one to mince words, Fieger used a news conference at his Southfield office to accuse incumbent Attorney General Mike Cox and Republicans in general of bankrupting the state and kowtowing to corporate interests. He singled out Cox, accusing the fi rst-term prosecutor of not doing enough to advance consumer protections and of giving jobs to campaign contributors. "At a...
  • So many houses, so few buyers (Ann Arbor real estate bubble)

    10/09/2005 7:28:41 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 38 replies · 1,712+ views
    Ann arbor News ^ | 10-9-05 | Mike Ramsey
    An oversupply in housing that has been troubling other southeast Michigan communities has hit Washtenaw County in full force. The result has been stagnant home values for the past two years. There's also evidence that values may be depreciating slightly as competition forces down prices. Experts say the poor Michigan economy, coupled with a flood of new houses, has created the strong buyer's market. "The inventory is greater than Ann Arbor really has ever seen,'' said Elizabeth Brien, a leading agent with the Charles Reinhart Co., a real estate firm dealing with properties throughout Washtenaw County. "And I think it's...
  • Smoke ban 'to include all pubs'

    10/08/2005 10:18:47 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 4 replies · 389+ views
    ananova ^ | 10-9-05
    Smoke ban 'to include all pubs' Smoking may be banned in all English pubs, rather than just those which serve food, reports suggest. But officials declined to confirm reports that Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt is planning to restrict tobacco in pubs to "smoking carriage" rooms with no staff, no bar and no food. A Department of Health spokeswoman said that there had so far been no change in the policy outlined in this year's White Paper, which would exempt pubs that do not serve food from the smoking ban. But she added: "Ministers are still considering the response to the...
  • DNR confirms Montcalm County (West MI) deer found with encephalitis

    10/05/2005 6:53:56 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 2 replies · 283+ views
    ap ^ | 10-5-05
    DNR confirms Montcalm County deer found with encephalitis 10/5/2005, 3:41 p.m. ET The Associated Press FAIRPLAIN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has confirmed that a deer found in Montcalm County's Fairplain Township, which is east of Greenville, tested positive for Eastern equine encephalitis. With the addition of this case announced Wednesday, five deer in Michigan recently have tested positive for the deadly disease, which also poses a health risk to humans. Four infected deer were found late last month in neighboring Kent County's Cannon and Plainfield townships. Michigan is only the third state where the...
  • VPC Recommendations for Securing Firearms and Ammunition During Disasters

    09/30/2005 9:10:54 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 39 replies · 738+ views
    VPC ^ | Josh Sugarmann
    VPC Recommendations for Securing Firearms and Ammunition During Disasters As another potentially devastating hurricane barrels toward the U.S., the VPC offers a series of recommendations to ensure that large inventories of guns and ammunition held by local Federal Firearms License (FFL) holders are secure in order to prevent the gun violence that marred rescue and recovery efforts in New Orleans in the wake of Katrina. "Emergency officials who prepared Louisiana's plan for responding to a major hurricane never guessed that one of their duties would be to protect aid workers from gunmen, one of the state's senior disaster officials said...
  • Governor's husband gets call from `Commander in Chief' creators

    09/30/2005 7:41:56 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 8 replies · 551+ views
    AP ^ | 9-30-05 | KATHY BARKS HOFFMAN
    Governor's husband gets call from `Commander in Chief' creators 9/30/2005, 4:34 p.m. ET By KATHY BARKS HOFFMAN The Associated Press LANSING, Mich. (AP) — In the new ABC drama, "Commander in Chief," the character played by actor Kyle Secor goes from being chief of staff to the vice president — who happens to be his wife — to being dragged through the White House kitchen and asked about the daily menus once his wife becomes president. Dan Mulhern knows a little bit of what first man Rod Allen is going through. Mulhern, a former management consultant, had to quit his...
  • Judge John Roberts on Second Amendment

    09/15/2005 7:12:34 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 148 replies · 3,896+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 9-14-2005 | Russ Feingold and John Roberts
    FEINGOLD: Let's go to something else then. I'd like to hear your views about the Second Amendment, the right to bear arms. This is an amendment where there's a real shortage of jurisprudence. You mentioned the Third Amendment where there's even less jurisprudence, but the Second Amendment's close. So I think you can maybe help us understand your approach to interpreting the Constitution by saying a bit about it. The Second Amendment raises interesting questions about a constitutional interpretation. I read the Second Amendment as providing an individual right to keep and bear arms as opposed to only a collective...
  • U.S. HOUSE BANS GUN POSSESSION BY SEX OFFENDERS (VPC EMAIL)

    09/14/2005 8:45:50 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 46 replies · 1,438+ views
    VPC EMAIL | 9-14-2005 | Josh Sugarmann
    U.S. HOUSE BANS GUN POSSESSION BY SEX OFFENDERS Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2005 15:10:51 -0500 Dear Violence Policy Center Action Network Member: Today members of the U.S. House approved on a voice vote an amendment offered by Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) to prohibit gun possession by individuals convicted of misdemeanor sex offenses against minors. The Nadler amendment is necessary to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous, known sex offenders. Although current federal law prohibits the transfer to, or possession by, a person convicted of a felony sex offense, it is legal under federal law for persons convicted of...
  • Guns At Work (Clintonite Robert Reich pushes for OSHA total gun ban in all workplaces)

    08/24/2005 3:15:02 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 93 replies · 1,619+ views
    The American Prospect ^ | 8-18-05 | Robert B Reich
    Guns At Work Big business and the gun lobby are going at it over workplace firearms. Will the Bush administration pick sides? By Robert B. Reich Web Exclusive: 08.18.05 Listen to the evening news and you’re likely to hear a grizzly story about a disaffected worker or estranged spouse or dissatisfied customer arriving at a workplace and going ballistic. It’s all too common. About 17 employees are murdered every week in American workplaces by someone with a gun, making gun-related killings the third-biggest safety hazard facing American workers -- right after vehicles and machines. In fact, gun-related homicide is the...
  • Former Red Wing Bob Probert arrested in Windsor bar for violating bail

    08/22/2005 9:18:49 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 5 replies · 289+ views
    AP ^ | 8/22/05
    Former Red Wing Bob Probert arrested in Windsor bar for violating bail 8/22/2005, 8:28 p.m. ET The Associated Press WINDSOR, Ontario (AP) — Former Detroit Red Wings enforcer Bob Probert was arrested at a bar for violating conditions of his bail. Probert had been out on bail after being charged with resisting arrest and assaulting an Ontario Provincial Police officer on July 1. Police say he was arrested by provincial police without incident on Friday at Johnny Shotz Billiards Bar Cafe and charged with violating a condition to not be in an establishment that serves liquor. Probert, 40, was also...
  • Woman charged with trying to smuggle Chinese immigrants

    08/19/2005 9:59:23 AM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 7 replies · 534+ views
    AP ^ | 8-19-05
    Woman charged with trying to smuggle Chinese immigrants 8/19/2005, 7:25 a.m. ET The Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — A Wayne County woman faces federal charges after investigators said she attempted to smuggle Chinese immigrants into the United States from Canada. Delecia Carter, 21, was released on a $10,000 bond in U.S. District Court in Detroit. She's the third person charged in the court with such a crime this week. Carter was arrested early Thursday after customs agents found four Chinese women hiding in the back of her Cadillac Escalade as she drove into Detroit from Windsor, Ontario. Court documents say...
  • Highway Robbery: $286 Billion (Bush and Congress - "fiscal conservatives")

    08/13/2005 3:58:26 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 11 replies · 408+ views
    Human Events ^ | 8-12-2005 | John Berthoud
    Highway Robbery: $286 Billion by John Berthoud Posted Aug 12, 2005 George Orwell’s 1946 classic Animal Farm is a tale of the rising up of the long downtrodden animals to overthrow the hated humans and establish a new order. Under new management, the farm seems to move in the right direction for a while, but the pigs slowly decide that the lifestyle of their former masters was pretty good, and consequently morph into a ruling class indistinguishable from that which they displaced. Originally intended by Orwell to parody the Soviet revolution of 1917, one can now see parallels to the...
  • NCAA nixes nicknames (Central Michigan and Saginaw Chippewas balk)

    08/05/2005 10:34:48 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 43 replies · 2,944+ views
    NCAA nixes nicknames Use of Native American mascots, logos banned in postseason play By MATTHEW B. MOWERY Sun Sports Writer In response to yet another outside body trying to influence whether or not Central Michigan University and other schools should employ Native American nicknames, the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe issued a sharply-worded rebuke: Stay out of our business. Advertisement After the NCAA announced Friday afternoon that it would prohibit its member institutions from displaying mascots, nicknames or imagery during any of its 88 postseason championship tournaments, the Tribe issued a joint press release with CMU. The rich relationship that the...
  • DeVos selects former Bush strategist as senior adviser (Michigan 06 Governor race)

    08/03/2005 5:56:31 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 17 replies · 512+ views
    AP ^ | 8-3-05
    DeVos selects former Bush strategist as senior adviser 8/3/2005, 5:32 p.m. ET The Associated Press LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A former campaign strategist for President Bush has signed up to help Dick DeVos in his bid to become Michigan's next governor. Matthew Dowd is the DeVos campaign's new senior adviser, the campaign announced Wednesday. DeVos, a Republican, wants to take on incumbent Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm in the 2006 election. Dowd was a strategist and pollster for George W. Bush and Dick Cheney in the 2004 election. He previously was senior adviser to the Republican National Committee and was director...
  • NRA Launches National Boycott Against ConocoPhillips

    08/01/2005 6:42:34 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 84 replies · 2,461+ views
    NRA ^ | 8-1-05 | Wayne LaPierre
    NRA Launches National Boycott Against ConocoPhillips Monday, August 01, 2005 LaPierre says NRA will “spare no effort or expense” to defend firearm freedom of employees of anti-gun corporations -- NRA billboard campaign unveiled: “ConocoPhillips is No Friend of the Second Amendment” (IDABEL, OK) – Vowing to “spare no effort or expense,” NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre launched an aggressive billboard advertising and national boycott campaign against energy giant ConocoPhillips, in response to the corporation’s anti-gun policy and actions. “Across the country, we’re going to make ConocoPhillips the example of what happens when a corporation takes away your Second Amendment...
  • Blagojevich vetoes three pro-gun bills

    08/01/2005 6:35:35 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 17 replies · 523+ views
    Blagojevich vetoes three pro-gun bills July 31, 2005 BY ASSOCIATED PRESS Gov. Rod Blagojevich vetoed three bills Sunday that were backed by gun-rights advocates, saying the measures would have weakened laws aimed at keeping firearms out of the hands of criminals. One bill called for the Illinois State Police to purge background check data 90 days after the check is performed. The measure also would have required background checks on potential firearms buyers at gun shows, but Blagojevich signed separate legislation on Friday that accomplished that same goal. Richard A. Pearson, executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association, has...
  • Thank You (from a defeated VPC)

    08/01/2005 1:36:46 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 8 replies · 864+ views
    EMAIL from VPC | 8-1-05 | Josh Sugarmann
    Dear Violence Policy Center Action Network Member: Last Friday, by a vote of 65 to 31, the U.S. Senate passed S. 397, a bill shielding the gun industry from certain types of civil litigation. Click here to see the Reuters story on the vote which cites the VPC: http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=politicsNews&storyID=2005-07-29T234038Z_01_N29544354_RTRIDST_0_POLITICS-CONGRESS-GUNS-DC.XML Thank you to everyone who called and e-mailed their Senators to urge them to vote against this bill. To see how your Senators voted, click here: http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=109&session=1&vote=00219 The bill will now move to the U.S. House of Representative--which has passed similar legislation in the past--for action. Following Senate passage Friday, the...
  • Brady Campaign - Majority of the US Senate in "Unholy Alliance" with NRA

    07/29/2005 5:22:22 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 45 replies · 868+ views
    Majority of the US Senate in "Unholy Alliance" with NRA Senate takes away rights of victims of gun violence Despite the efforts of our Senate allies, a majority in the United States Senate, eager to accommodate the wishes of NRA and gun corporation lobbyists, voted today after a seven year fight to strip the legal rights of innocent victims of gun violence and give sweeping legal immunity to reckless and unsavory gun dealers. Why would they do such a thing? Well, as Senator Edward Kennedy put it in his speech on the floor of the Senate: "An obvious answer is...
  • FINAL ROLL CALL on S397 and ALL AMENDMENTS - Ban on junk lawsuits against firearm manufacturers

    07/29/2005 4:37:37 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 60 replies · 1,476+ views
    THOMAS ^ | 7-28-05 | Thomas
    First off, there is one typo on the THOMAS SITE. The Kennedy Amendment was NOT agreed to like it said there. It failed 2-1. FINAL VOTE YEAs ---65 Alexander (R-TN) Allard (R-CO) Allen (R-VA) Baucus (D-MT) Bennett (R-UT) Bond (R-MO) Brownback (R-KS) Bunning (R-KY) Burns (R-MT) Burr (R-NC) Byrd (D-WV) Chambliss (R-GA) Coburn (R-OK) Cochran (R-MS) Coleman (R-MN) Collins (R-ME) Conrad (D-ND) Cornyn (R-TX) Craig (R-ID) Crapo (R-ID) DeMint (R-SC) Dole (R-NC) Domenici (R-NM) Dorgan (D-ND) Ensign (R-NV) Enzi (R-WY) Frist (R-TN) Graham (R-SC) Grassley (R-IA) Gregg (R-NH) Hagel (R-NE) Hatch (R-UT) Hutchison (R-TX) Inhofe (R-OK) Isakson (R-GA) Jeffords (I-VT)...
  • VPC sends email alert on S397 (lawsuit against gun manufacturers)

    07/29/2005 10:54:11 AM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 10 replies · 361+ views
    VPC email | 7-29-05
    Dear Violence Policy Center Action Network Member: The U.S. Senate will vote TODAY on legislation to shield the gun industry from some civil liability (S. 397). This would make the firearms industry, which is already exempt from federal health and safety regulation, the most protected consumer product manufacturer in America. Please call your Senators TODAY and urge them to vote YES on the Reed Substitute to S. 397! (Background information on the Reed substitute is below.) Call your Senators through the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121, or look up your Senators' contact information here: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm THANK YOU! *** BACKGROUND SUPPORT...
  • LIVE THREAD - Senate Debate S.397 - FOUR amendments will probably be voted on.

    07/29/2005 10:15:43 AM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 273 replies · 3,976+ views
    CSPAN 2 | 7-29-05
    Heads up. I hope we have the votes.
  • Senate rejects Levin effort to expose reckless gun dealers to lawsuits

    07/28/2005 7:22:29 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 25 replies · 607+ views
    AP ^ | 7-28-2005 | Laurie Kellman
    Senate rejects Levin effort to expose reckless gun dealers to lawsuits 7/28/2005, 9:27 p.m. ET By LAURIE KELLMAN The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate sparred Thursday over legislation to shield the firearms industry from some lawsuits, rejecting an argument by Michigan Sen. Carl Levin that gun makers and others are liable if they irresponsibly allowed a criminal to obtain a weapon and use it to kill or wound. "We should not protect those folks from their own reckless conduct, their own negligence," Levin said. The Democrat's amendment to allow some suits by victims of gun crimes failed 62-37....
  • Suspect jumps from police car (through 8 inch window opening onto I-96)

    07/28/2005 9:54:39 AM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 13 replies · 784+ views
    Ann Arbor News ^ | 7-28-05 | Art Aisner
    Suspect jumps from police car Squeezing through 8-inch window opening, man hurls himself onto I-96 Thursday, July 28, 2005 BY ART AISNER News Staff Reporter The suspect was being taken from Redford to the Livingston County Jail on an outstanding warrant by a Hamburg Township police officer when he complained of feeling ill and began spitting on the back of the patrol car as if vomiting, said Lt. Brian DeNoyer of the Hamburg Township Police. The officer lowered the rear passenger window to give the suspect fresh air and the man positioned himself on the rear door and jumped headfirst...
  • Michigan farmers say U.S. crackdown threatens labor shortage (Immigration)

    07/27/2005 10:22:47 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 76 replies · 968+ views
    ap ^ | 7-28-05
    Michigan farmers say U.S. crackdown threatens labor shortage 7/28/2005, 12:18 a.m. ET The Associated Press OLD MISSION, Mich. (AP) — Farmers in northwestern Michigan's fruit belt say that fears of a federal crackdown on illegal immigrants are leaving them desperately short of labor this harvest season. Farmers, migrants and state labor department officials say federal authorities have stepped up raids on fruit farms and nearby communities. The federal government says it is not so. Josh Wunsch of Wunsch Farms on the Old Mission Peninsula in Grand Traverse Bay, a prime cherry-growing area north of Traverse City, says he and his...
  • Live Thread - S397 - Gun Lawsuit Bill on Floor in Senate

    07/27/2005 8:51:16 AM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 137 replies · 1,744+ views
    CSPAN | 7-27-05
    Heads up. We need to look out for an ugly gun ban, gun show ban, 50 caliber ban, and .30-30 ban.
  • Former Lions QB Hipple sacks knife-wielding attacker, police say

    07/26/2005 6:34:19 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 30 replies · 1,386+ views
    AP ^ | 7-26-05
    Former Lions QB Hipple sacks knife-wielding attacker, police say 7/26/2005, 7:26 p.m. ET The Associated Press NORTON SHORES, Mich. (AP) — After spending a decade getting sacked in the NFL, former Detroit Lions quarterback Eric Hipple apparently learned a little something about bringing down an opponent. He tackled and helped disarm a knife-wielding man shortly after the man slightly injured a third person at a party in Norton Shores, just south of Muskegon, police said Tuesday. Hipple, 47, whose 10-year pro career spanned the 1980s, was not hurt. Lt. Jon Gale said Douglas Davies, 24, of the North Muskegon area,...
  • S.397 On Senate Floor!--Final Vote Expected This Week! (Gun lawsuits, amendments)

    07/26/2005 4:44:25 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 20 replies · 1,175+ views
    NRA-ILA ^ | 7-26-05
    S.397 On Senate Floor!--Final Vote Expected This Week! Tuesday, July 26, 2005 This afternoon, the U.S. Senate invoked cloture on the motion to proceed to S. 397, "The Protection of Lawful Commerce In Arms Act." S. 397 will now be debated on the Senate floor over the next few days. Now is your final chance to contact your U.S. Senators and urge them to pass S. 397 without any anti-gun amendments! Some of the possible anti-gun amendments expected to be offered to S. 397 include: .50 caliber rifle bans Semi-auto bans Bans on gun shows Amendments to gut the provisions...
  • July 28 - US Senate candidate Keith Butler in Livingston County Michigan (Free event)

    07/26/2005 3:41:40 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 3 replies · 414+ views
    The Livingston County Teenage Republicans are having a Meet the Candidate night this Thursday, July 28 featuring US Senate Candidate Keith Butler. Keith Butler is running against Debbie Stabenow. He's a solid conservative and is the only Republican to win in the last 30 years in the City of Detroit. He's an excellent speaker and barring any surprises such as Mike Rogers or Candice Miller running, will have my vote in the 2006. I encourage everyone Mid Michigan or SE Michigan to come to this event and hear him speak. This is free to all conservatives and republicans. Meet the...
  • Child shoots younger brother with grandmother's gun

    07/26/2005 12:37:30 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 49 replies · 711+ views
    AP ^ | 7-26-05
    Child shoots younger brother with grandmother's gun 7/26/2005, 12:39 p.m. ET The Associated Press SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — Police are investigating the shooting of a 4-year-old boy, apparently by his 6-year-old brother who used a gun found under his grandmother's bed. The 53-year-old grandmother woman was babysitting the boys Thursday when the older boy fired the .22-caliber revolver and hit his brother's right side, authorities said. The little boy was taken to Covenant Medical Center, where doctors said the wound was not life threatening, The Saginaw News reported. Police said the details of the shooting are still unclear. "Grandma gives...
  • A call to arms against the NRA (Mentions John Roberts)

    07/25/2005 10:04:43 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 24 replies · 818+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | July 25, 2005
    A call to arms against the NRA The gun-huggers at the National Rifle Association will not be holding their 2007 convention, as had been planned, in Columbus, Ohio. Lucky Columbus. Of course, the NRA would never even consider N.Y.C. This city does not believe in blowing the heads off small animals. Or people. Which is why it wants to get tougher on illegal weapons. Guess what group is opposed? City officials are trying to cut off the plague of weapons at its source by suing gun makers and distributors that carelessly deliver their wares to unscrupulous dealers who, in turn,...
  • GOP Sen. Santorum Rules Out 2008 Bid

    07/25/2005 3:33:44 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 59 replies · 934+ views
    ap ^ | 7-25-05
    GOP Sen. Santorum Rules Out 2008 Bid The Associated Press Monday, July 25, 2005; 4:59 PM WASHINGTON -- Republican Sen. Rick Santorum said Monday he has no intention to seek the presidency in 2008.
  • Girlfriend sentenced to life in scalding death of toddler

    07/23/2005 4:08:06 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 28 replies · 1,527+ views
    The Oakland Press ^ | 7-23-05 | Korie Wilkins
    Girlfriend sentenced to life in scalding death of toddler Web-posted Jul 23, 2005 Judge gives mandatory sentence to 28-year-old By KORIE WILKINS Of The Oakland Press PONTIAC - With tears streaming down her face, the woman convicted of scalding her boyfriend's daughter to death apologized, saying she never meant to harm the child. Letitia Johnson, 28, will spend the rest of her life in prison after being convicted of first-degree murder earlier this month. A jury deliberated for two hours on the matter after the three-day trial. Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Rudy Nichols handed down the mandatory sentence in...
  • Rehnquist Redux

    07/22/2005 11:26:19 AM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 28 replies · 806+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | 7-22-05 | MANUEL MIRANDA
    Rehnquist Redux Why Ralph Neas and Ann Coulter are both wrong about John Roberts (SNIP) and on the Far Right Instead, let's turn, as my cousin-in-law probably did not, to "far-right wacko" Ann Coulter. The day after the nomination the columnist offered criticism of Judge Roberts from the right, calling the next justice, a "Souter in Roberts' clothing." Some conservatives might want to dismiss Ms. Coulter. Not me. She is always provocative (that is a good thing), and a powerful writer. In questioning whether Judge Roberts will be the kind of justice whose rulings will reflect the values of social...
  • Montana gov. mentioned as 2008 contender

    07/20/2005 11:57:46 AM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 22 replies · 604+ views
    Montana gov. mentioned as 2008 contender BOB ANEZ Associated Press HELENA, Mont. - Gov. Brian Schweitzer sits in his Capitol office, scanning a recent Roll Call article in which pundits float his name as a possible presidential contender. They say the "rancher-politician from Big Sky Country" might be the Democrats' "best shot to take back the White House." Schweitzer tosses the article aside. "These people are kooky," he says. Schweitzer, in office barely 200 days, has drawn unusual attention for the new chief executive of a state usually on the sidelines when it comes to national politics. His victory as...