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House Democrats Ready Raft Of New Gun Control Bills

Roll Call reports: The House Judiciary Committee will consider three gun control bills when it convenes September 4, an early return from a summer break that could lob political pressure onto Senate Republicans to respond to recent mass shootings. The committee announced Friday it will mark up a bill to outlaw large capacity magazines along with a bill that would …

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Fox Poll: 59% Say Trump Is “Tearing Country Apart”

Fox News reports: In the wake of two mass shootings, overwhelming and bipartisan majorities of voters favor background checks on gun buyers and taking guns from people who are a danger to themselves or others, according to the latest Fox News Poll. Two-thirds also support a ban on “assault weapons,” although that majority is largely driven by Democrats. An equal …

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Axios: Ivanka Calling Lawmakers On Gun Control Bills

Axios reports: Ivanka Trump has quietly been making calls to members of Congress in the days following the deadly mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso to gauge where they stand on pending gun legislation, sources familiar with her conversations told Axios. Members she has privately spoken to include Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who she called last Wednesday while he …

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Sebastian Gorka Compares Gun Control To Nazism

Media Matters reports: Salem Radio Network host Sebastian Gorka referenced the ahistorical claim that Adolf Hitler used gun regulation to carry out the Holocaust while appearing on a Sinclair Broadcast Group show devoted to the recent mass shootings in El Paso, TX, and Dayton, OH. Two years ago, Gorka, a Sinclair contributor and former White House aide, wore a medal …

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Coulter Rages After Trump Backs Background Checks

Talking Points Memo reports: Conservative commentator Ann Coulter mocked President Trump on Friday for signaling support for negotiations in the House and Senate over stricter background checks for gun purchases in the wake of several mass shootings. Coulter was an initial supporter of the president, even penning a book, “In Trump We Trust: E Pluribus Awesome!” during the 2016 campaign, …

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McConnell Willing To Consider Background Checks

The Associated Press reports: Shifting the gun violence debate, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday he now wants to consider background checks and other bills, setting up a potentially pivotal moment when lawmakers return in the fall. The Republican leader won’t be calling senators back to work early, as some are demanding. But he told a Kentucky radio station …

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Pelosi To Trump: Call Back The Senate For Gun Action

Just in from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: In light of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s continuing obstruction, Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent a letter to President Donald Trump today requesting he call the United States Senate back into session immediately under his powers in Article II Section 3 of the Constitution to consider House-passed bipartisan gun violence prevention legislation, in the …

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200+ Mayors Demand Senate Gun Control Session

The Associated Press reports: More than 200 mayors, including two anguished by mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, are urging the Senate to return to the Capitol to act on gun safety legislation amid criticism that Congress is failing to respond to back-to-back shootings that left 31 people dead. In a letter Thursday to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and …

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OHIO: GOP Governor Backs New Gun Control Measures

USA Today reports: A crowd of frustrated mourners yelled at Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Sunday night to “do something” about gun violence. DeWine said he heard them. “Some chanted ‘do something’ and they were absolutely right,” DeWine said at Tuesday morning news conference. “We must do something, and that is exactly what we are going to do.” DeWine unveiled …

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Democrats Call For Special Session On Gun Violence

Roll Call reports: Democrats in the Senate have steadily called for a special session to address gun violence after a spate of deaths by assailants armed with assault weapons. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for an end to the Senate’s August recess after mass shootings in Texas and Ohio claimed more than two …

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Murdoch’s New York Post: Ban Assault Weapons Now

From the editorial board of the New York Post: The NRA is falling apart at the seams these days — with insiders profiteering from hysteria-driven fundraising finally exposed. Far wiser to appeal now to the (much more numerous) Americans who hunt or keep guns for self-defense but are appalled by the endless string of mass shootings. Come up with answers. …

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TODAY: Gays Against Guns Protest In Times Square

Just in via press release: Who: Gays Against Guns is an inclusive direct action group of LGBTQ+ people and their allies committed to nonviolently breaking the gun industry’s chain of death —investors, manufacturers, the NRA, and politicians who block safer gun laws. What, When, Where: At 1:00pm ET on Sunday August 4, GAG (Gays Against Guns) will gather on the …

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NRA Host: Suing Gunmakers Is “Tyrannical Persecution”

“It is an outrageous proposal, it is an anti-freedom proposal, and it is persecution. And in fact, I could also throw it onto the list of tyranny. Because when you use your government to persecute a group of people — whether it’s gun manufacturers, whether it’s you or me — that is tyrannical behavior and the only reason he does …

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DALLAS: Masked Gunman In Militia Gear Dead After Shootout With Police At Federal Courthouse [VIDEO]

The Dallas Morning News reports: A man in a mask, combat gear and glasses was shot and killed Monday morning after he opened fire outside the Earle Cabell federal courthouse in downtown Dallas. No one else was injured. FBI Special Agent in Charge Matthew DeSarno identified the shooter as Brian Isaack Clyde, 22 at a news conference on a street …

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Dem Bill Would Repeal 2005 Ban On Suing Gunmakers

NPR reports: House and Senate Democrats introduced legislation Tuesday they say will allow victims of gun violence to have their day in court. The Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act aims to repeal federal protections blocking firearm and ammunition manufacturers, dealers and trade groups from most civil lawsuits when a firearm is used unlawfully or in …

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NRA Host Ridicules Gun Panic At DC’s Pride Festival

“How desperate and devious is The New York Times when it comes to attacking the Second Amendment? Apparently so desperate they now write about mass shootings that never happened. False alarms. “The anti-gun opinionator Charles Blow actually wrote about young women marching in a parade in D.C. who frantically banged on his hotel door. They thought there was a shooting, …

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VIRGINIA: Governor Calls Legislature Back For Special Session On Gun Control After Latest Mass Shooting

The Associated Press reports: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Tuesday he will summon lawmakers back to the state Capitol to consider a package of gun-control legislation, saying last week’s mass shooting in Virginia Beach calls for “votes and laws, not thoughts and prayers.” Northam, a Democrat confronted with a Republican-controlled General Assembly in the middle of an election year, also …

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JAPAN: Mass Stabbing Leaves Two Dead, 16 Injured, Trump Offers “Prayers And Sympathy” To Victims

The Associated Press reports: A man carrying a knife in each hand and screaming “I will kill you!” attacked a group of schoolgirls and adults just outside Tokyo on Tuesday, killing two and injuring 16 others, officials said. Most of the victims were children who were lined up at a bus stop near Noborito Park in the city of Kawasaki …

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ALABAMA: Man Dies After His Gun Discharges While Changing Child’s Diaper At Chuck E. Cheese [VIDEO]

Birmingham’s ABC affiliate reports: A father has died after last weekend’s accidental shooting in the parking lot of Chuck E. Cheese’s in Vestavia Hills. The Jefferson County Coroner has identified the victim Timothy Roshun Smith Jr. He was 22. Lt. Michael Keller with Vestavia Hills PD confirms Smith and his daughter were shot in the restaurant’s parking lot while Smith …

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New Zealand Parliament Outlaws Assault Weapons

The Associated Press reports: New Zealand’s Parliament on Wednesday passed sweeping gun laws that outlaw military style weapons, less than a month after mass shootings at two mosques in the city of Christchurch left 50 people dead and dozens wounded. A bill outlawing most automatic and semi-automatic weapons and banning components that modify existing weapons was passed by a vote …

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