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  • Arm The Teachers: Gun Control Petition Finds Its Political Opposite

    12/18/2012 6:48:22 AM PST · by marktwain · 62 replies
    inquisitr.com ^ | 15 December, 2012 | Patrick Frye
    <p>The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut has led the nation to launch into an increasingly bitter argument over gun control laws. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, this has led to a White House petition that demands lawmakers meet “for a bipartisan discussion resulting in a set of laws that regulates how a citizen obtains a gun.” Some have suggested moderate gun reform and others like Obama are pushing for outright gun bans. A new White House petition is saying that the United States should arm the teachers as a solution to school shootings.</p>
  • Abortions In The United States (VS death by guns?)

    12/18/2012 6:39:33 AM PST · by haffast · 5 replies
    ALL - American Life League ^ | Last updated July 26, 2012 | ALL - American Life League
    Abortions in the United States Total number of abortions in the U.S. 1973-2011: 54.5 million+ 234 abortions per 1,000 live births (according to the Centers for Disease Control) Abortions per year: 1.2 million Abortions per day: 3,288 Abortions per hour: 137 9 abortions every 4 minutes 1 abortion every 26 seconds These statistics include only surgical and medical abortions. Because many contraceptive measures are abortifacients (drugs that induce or cause abortions), it is important not to overlook the number of children killed by chemical abortions. Since 1965, an average of 11 million women have used abortifacient methods of birth control...
  • A Possible Explanation Of Why There Are So Few Female Mass Murderers

    12/18/2012 6:36:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/18/2012 | Ryu Spaeth, The Week
    The emerging profile of Adam Lanza, the suspected shooter in the school massacre in Newtown, Conn., is depressingly familiar. He has been described as being socially awkward and a loner. He reportedly had Asperger's syndrome — a high-performing form of autism — and may have been afflicted by other psychiatric problems. And he was male. His sex almost goes without saying. According to Mother Jones, 62 mass shootings — defined as a single spree that killed at least four people — have been carried out in the U.S. since 1982. Only one was perpetrated by a female. In 2006, Jennifer...
  • THE LEFT'S DISHONEST WAR ON GUNS

    12/18/2012 6:34:03 AM PST · by shortstop · 12 replies
    boblonsberry.com ^ | 12/18/12 | Bob Lonsberry
    The key to the gun banners’ success will be divide and conquer. If they can convince hunters and householders that assault rifles and high-capacity magazines are “too much,” they will succeed. If gun owners stand together, the Second Amendment will be preserved. If they don’t, it will be endangered. Coming months will show which it is. In the wake of the heartbreaking mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary, Democrat politicians across the country have pushed hard to capitalize on the tragedy to advance one of their long-held political passions – banning guns. Grandstanding politician after grandstanding politician – some wiping...
  • Rhode Island prof demands NRA chief’s “head on a stick”

    12/18/2012 6:32:36 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 35 replies
    College Insurrection ^ | 18 Dec 2012 | College Insurrection
    ...Then declares himself a Twitter martyr because people quoted what he said Erik Loomis is an assistant professor of American history at the University of Rhode Island. He also blogs at “Lawyers Guns and Money” blog. In reaction to the murders in Connecticut, Loomis tweeted that he had never been so angry except maybe for the invasion of Iraq (I guess 9/11 was chopped liver to him), and that he wanted the NRA chief’s “head on a stick”:
  • America Doesn’t Need Gun Control, It Needs Lunatic Control

    12/18/2012 5:52:29 AM PST · by expat1000 · 75 replies
    frontpagemag.com ^ | Daniel Greenfield
    Here are some excerpts from a compelling piece written just this year. Madness, Deinstitutionalization & Murder (hat tip I Own the World.) For those of us who came of age in the 1970s, one of the most shocking aspects of the last three decades was the rise of mass public shootings: people who went into public places and murdered complete strangers. Such crimes had taken place before, such as the Texas Tower murders by Charles Whitman in 1966,1 but their rarity meant that they were shocking. Something changed in the 1980s: these senseless mass murders started to happen with...
  • Chuck Todd : If your kid’s playing “Halo” for 3 hours a night, make sure he doesn’t have a problem

    12/18/2012 5:33:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/18/2012 | AllahPundit
    Via Mediaite, I like this clip because it captures the essence of the Do Something gun-control impulse, even though Todd's not talking about guns. The "Halo" games have sold 50 million copies worldwide. Microsoft estimates that people collectively have spent five billion hours playing them. Violent crime has been declining for 40 years and mass shootings are no more common now than they used to be. I'd bet that, if anything, video games reduce violent crime by providing an innocuous outlet for thrill-seeking. But who cares? The point of Do Something isn't to craft a policy response carefully tailored to...
  • Banning ‘Assault Weapons’ Is Not the Answer (Well-intentioned, but ineffective)

    12/18/2012 5:27:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/18/2012 | The Editors
    In the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, numerous Democrats have called for legislation banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Unfortunately, such bans are empty gestures, certain to offend many law-abiding citizens but highly unlikely to reduce gun violence. Simply put, so-called “assault weapons” are nowhere near the root of the American violence problem. According to FBI data, of the two-thirds of murders that involve firearms, about 69 percent involve handguns rather than rifles or shotguns of any kind. Most estimates place the contribution of assault weapons to gun crime at around 1 or 2 percent. These numbers...
  • Obama’s money misunderstanding: Raising revenue by raising taxes doesn’t work

    12/18/2012 5:25:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/18/2012 | Richard Rahn
    In times past, political leaders would lay out their domestic and foreign policies in clear, coherent terms. President Obama talks about getting our fiscal house in order but fails to propose any meaningful spending cuts. His proposals to increase the tax rate on the top 2 percent of taxpayers would fund the government for eight days, assuming no behavioral change by those whose feathers are being plucked. In the real world, we know people will spend a great deal of time and effort to avoid paying high marginal tax rates. In high tax states such as California and New York,...
  • Invincible Ignorance

    12/18/2012 5:08:57 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 12/18/12 | Thomas Sowell
    Must every tragic mass shooting bring out the shrill ignorance of "gun control" advocates? The key fallacy of so-called gun control laws is that such laws do not in fact control guns. They simply disarm law-abiding citizens, while people bent on violence find firearms readily available. If gun control zealots had any respect for facts, they would have discovered this long ago, because there have been too many factual studies over the years to leave any serious doubt about gun control laws being not merely futile but counterproductive. Places and times with the strongest gun control laws have often been...
  • CHANGE OF HEART: Conservative Joe Scarborough stuns with call for gun control (Barf Alert)

    12/18/2012 4:57:15 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 33 replies
    http://www.nydailynews.com ^ | December 17, 2012 | Kristen A. Lee
    Joe Scarborough, the Republican congressman turned MSNBC host, stunned viewers on Monday with a wrenching 10-minute monologue confessing to a change of heart on gun control following the devastating massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods Suspends Sales Of Semi-Automatic Rifles

    12/18/2012 4:56:56 AM PST · by John W · 127 replies
    FOX 17 ^ | December 18, 2012 | Robb Westaby
    NEWTOWN, Conn. (CNN) – Dick’s Sporting Goods, one of the largest sporting goods retailers in the world, says it has removed all guns from its store nearest to Newtown, Connecticut, and is suspending the sale of certain kinds of semi-automatic rifles from its chains nationwide. The move was made out of respect for the victims and families of last week’s Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting “during this time of national mourning,” the store said in a statement Tuesday morning. “We continue to extend our deepest sympathies to those affected by this terrible tragedy,” the statement said. It was unclear how...
  • Fail. Less Than 200 Anti-Gun Leftists Turn Out for March on NRA Headquarters in Washington DC

    12/18/2012 4:53:46 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    thegatewaypundit.com ^ | 17 December, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    Only 200 liberals marched to the NRA headquarters in Washington DC today. The Huffington Post reported: Organizers estimated that around 200 people participated in the protest on Monday, including some political staffers who worked nearby and took some personal time to show their support for gun control.
  • Newtown, Connecticut: There Is No "Why"

    12/18/2012 4:42:11 AM PST · by servo1969 · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 12-18-2012 | Neal Boortz
    The first I heard of the horrific shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton was from the security guard at the gate returning to my home in Naples. He was in shock, and you could see that he had been crying. I headed to my condo and turned on the TV … and still have trouble believing what I saw --- what had happened. By now all of us – even those who are glued to soap operas and entertainment news shows 24/7 – know the story, so there’s no need to go over the hideous details again....
  • Hillary Clinton Recovering at Home, Reviewing Benghazi Report

    12/18/2012 4:29:52 AM PST · by bryan999 · 33 replies
    "The investigation, conducted by an appointed Accountability Review Board, was ordered by Clinton in October. Nuland told reporters today that the board has completed its work. She said Secretary Clinton received the report on Monday and is reviewing it at home."
  • Grassley, Reid, Manchin: Let's debate gun violence (Here we go again!)

    12/18/2012 4:23:02 AM PST · by tobyhill · 14 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 12/18/2012 | ap
    Even as most Republicans played it safe and initially said little about the politically treacherous issue of gun control, a senior GOP senator has called for a study of both gun violence and mental health issues. Sen. Charles Grassley made his suggestion as formerly pro-gun Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday it's now time to place gun control on the table.
  • Perry: Let teachers carry guns in wake of massacre(TX)

    12/18/2012 4:21:10 AM PST · by marktwain · 36 replies
    theeagle.com ^ | 18 December, 2012 | AP
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry indicated Monday that he supported allowing teachers and administrators to carry concealed handguns in response to the Connecticut school massacre that left 20 children dead.
  • HOUSTON DEM PRECINCT CHAIR: STOP GUN VIOLENCE BY SHOOTING NRA MEMBERS

    12/18/2012 4:16:36 AM PST · by lowbridge · 68 replies
    breitbart ^ | december 17, 2012 | awr hawkins
    Over the weekend, Houston Democrat Precinct Chair John Cobarruvias tweeted, "Can we now shoot the #NRA and everyone who defends them?" This, apparently, is part of what he calls "hard-hitting political commentary" on his blog "Bay Area Houston." Prior to the asinine tweet broaching the subject of shooting NRA members as a solution to gun violence, Cobarruvias had spent some of his "hard-hitting political commentary" mocking conservatives -- or as Cobarruvias himself put it, by "laughing and puking on GOP Tea Baggers."
  • Op-Ed: Netanyahu, Here's the Real Story of Beit Ezra in Hevron

    12/18/2012 3:42:48 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/12/12 | David Wilder
    Following the Six-Day War in 1967, past residents of the Old City in Jerusalem who had been expelled during the War of Independence in 1948 asked for, and were granted a meeting with then Defense Minister Moshe Dayan. They requested permission to return to their homes and property in the Old City, confiscated and occupied by Jordan. Dayan consented, and, as a result, Jerusalem’s Jewish Quarter today flourishes. Simultaneously, past Hevron inhabitants, Jews who had been expelled in 1929, and again in 1936, requested a similar meeting with Dayan, in order to return to their homes in the recently liberated...
  • Mystery man seen next to N. Korean leader likely to be arms development official: Seoul

    12/18/2012 3:26:46 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2012/12/18
    Mystery man seen next to N. Korean leader likely to be arms development official: Seoul SEOUL, Dec. 18 (Yonhap) -- A mystery man seen standing next to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in recent commemoration ceremonies is likely to be the head of the country's arms development center, a Seoul official said Tuesday. Wild media speculation emerged over the identity of the middle-aged man after he was seen standing next to Kim during the country's commemoration ceremonies for late leader Kim Jong-il on Sunday and Monday. North Korean figures' positions at official events are key signs indicating their ranks and...