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Posted 01 November 2019 - 01:08 PM

View PostLFC, on 28 October 2019 - 12:05 PM, said:

The NRA, desperate for a revival of its heavily tarnished brand, is suddenly claiming that there were "some NRA leaders" who found some of NRATV's content to be "distasteful and racist." The details are so insane that I thought it was from The Onion and reread the piece twice to ensure it wasn't parody. (OOF! Poe'd again!)

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Posted 12 November 2019 - 11:24 AM

Supreme Court refuses to block lawsuit against gun manufacturer brought by Sandy Hook families

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WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court refused Tuesday to shield a major arms manufacturer from potential liability in the 2012 school shooting that left 26 students and educators dead in Newtown, Conn.

The justices' action allows a lawsuit filed by parents of Sandy Hook Elementary School victims to move forward at the state level, on the allegation that Remington Arms Co. marketed the military-style rifle used in the mass shooting "for use in assaults against human beings."

The case tests the reach of a 2005 law passed by Congress to protect firearms manufacturers from being held liable for crimes committed by gun purchasers. That law was hailed by the National Rifle Association, but it included exceptions, including one for violating rules related to marketing and advertising.

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Posted 14 November 2019 - 01:07 PM

Another school shooting. Of course it won't budget the gun nutters.

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At least five people were injured — two critically — from an active shooter situation at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California early Thursday, according to authorities who spoke to the Los Angeles Times.

MSNBC and CNN reported that the suspect, who sheriffs’ officials described to the LA Times as a 15-year-old boy wearing a black hat and black clothing, was found dead.

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Posted 21 November 2019 - 02:46 PM

Untraceable gun? What's the big deal?

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The teenage gunman in the Nov. 14 shooting at Southern California’s Saugus High School used an unserialized “kit gun” that was assembled from parts, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva told the local ABC News affiliate. Villanueva said investigators were still trying to determine how 16-year-old Nathaniel Berhow came to possess the weapon, and who built it and when. “The mystery is trying to piece together who assembled what and at what point in time,” Villanueva said. The sheriff also told ABC 7 that police had still not determined a motive for the shooting and that federal agencies were helping to unlock Berhow’s smartphone. He added that some 45 interviews, including with the gunman’s mother, did not shed significant light on why the teen attacked his Santa Clarita school that day. Berhow shot five classmates, killing a 14-year-old boy and 16-year-old girl. He then shot himself in the head, according to the school’s surveillance video, and died one day later in the hospital. Officials recovered six weapons registered to the shooter’s late father in the family home.

Without a serial number, these guns are easier to buy and untraceable to authorities because they are built under the radar. This allows for minors and those with criminal records to buy firearms without a background check and without a paperwork trail. According to the ATF, 30 percent of all recovered guns in California are unserialized.

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Posted 21 November 2019 - 02:56 PM

30%! Wow.
Well, fuck.

How can I be expected to distinguish BS from reality when so much of my reality is utter BS?!

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Posted 25 November 2019 - 04:55 PM

Gun rights advocates won on several points in New York making their case that was headed to SCOTUS moot. That isn't stopping them now that Kennedy is gone and they're not only looking to keep it alive but to expand it, short-cutting the path to SCOTUS. Here's the opener of the article:

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New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. City of New York, the biggest guns case to reach the Supreme Court in more than a decade, began with a tiny dispute.

New York City offers two kinds of licenses to gun owners. A “carry” license permits them to carry a handgun for “target practice, hunting, or self-defense.” The less permissive “premises” license, meanwhile, permits gun owners to “have and possess in his dwelling” a handgun. Under a now-repealed rule, premise license holders were only allowed to bring the gun out of their home for limited purposes, including to practice shooting at seven specific gun ranges.

The plaintiffs in New York State Rifle brought a narrow challenge to this framework. As a federal appeals court explained in an opinion upholding the city’s repealed rule, some of the plaintiffs “seek to transport their handguns to shooting ranges and competitions outside New York City.” One plaintiff also owns two homes, and he wants to be able to transport the same gun between these two homes.

That’s it. They sued for a small expansion of the rights afforded to people with premises licenses. And indeed, last July, the state acquiesced: It passed a law permitting people with premises licenses to do the very thing that these plaintiffs wish to do. That renders the case moot — or so one would think.

Yet the Supreme Court has so far refused to dismiss the case as moot. And if the plaintiffs have their way, the Court will wind up deciding a much bigger question than the one it originally agreed to hear.

Paul Clement, the prominent conservative lawyer representing the plaintiffs, submitted a brief that presents the case as a grand fight over “draconian restrictions on the possession and transport of handguns.” Even though his clients already won with New York City and State changing its laws to accommodate them, Clement wants to proceed. And he’s urging the Court to see this case as a much bigger challenge than the one his clients raised in the lower courts.

That’s a highly unusual move. The Supreme Court’s rules instruct lawyers that merits briefs “may not raise additional questions or change the substance of the questions” originally presented to the Court.

In any event, it’s not hard to guess why gun rights advocates hope that this case becomes larger. The case was first brought in 2013, with the relatively moderate Anthony Kennedy on the Court. In 2019, Kennedy is gone and the more conservative Brett Kavanaugh is in his place. New York State Rifle could significantly expand Second Amendment rights now that we have a more conservative Supreme Court.

The plaintiffs’ original modest ask, in other words, made sense when they probably thought they could only win incremental victories before a relatively moderate Court. But now they most likely have five votes for something much bigger. So why not ask for a revolution?

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Posted 28 November 2019 - 11:44 AM

Now this is a different approach.

Why I can’t stop putting dildos into the hands of powerful conservatives

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With all this in mind, I read yet another news article on the GOP responses to a tragedy, and as they often do, it featured an image of a candidate proudly displaying a weapon to show his cred. Again, I felt a sense of powerlessness at a Congress that does nothing about guns and would do nothing, then I got a goofy idea to do something with it. I will freely admit it’s something very stupid, but at least I could blow off some steam and protest in my own tiny way.

I decided to take every GOP candidate/leader photo featuring a gun and replace it with a dildo.

Yes, it’s very juvenile, and I know it’s fairly pointless, but I wanted to rob the original images of any power they hold by making the same subjects appear ridiculous when the photos were altered. That’s all there is to it.

There are examples. Somebody noted that this appears to be Lindsey Graham and, if it is, the dildo is pointed in the wrong direction.

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Posted 28 November 2019 - 05:38 PM

View PostLFC, on 28 November 2019 - 11:44 AM, said:

There are examples. Somebody noted that this appears to be Lindsey Graham and, if it is, the dildo is pointed in the wrong direction.

No, it just should be held by the guy behind him.

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Posted 05 December 2019 - 02:11 PM

The NRA is not just a Russian shill but also a scam organization. It needs to be shut down.

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In the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school in December 2012, the National Rifle Association launched a grant program that it said would be instrumental in protecting students from gun violence.

The School Shield Emergency Response Program was touted as a way to help provide schools with everything from “armed security to building design and access control to information technology to student and teacher training.” And in the subsequent years, the gun lobby continued to push the idea as school shootings became more frequent.

“When People Cried, ‘Someone Do Something!’ We Did,” The NRA declared on its website. School Shield, it added, was “A Program Whose Time Has Come.”

But as the gun group promoted School Shield, questions mounted about how far-reaching the program actually was. And now, one of the NRA’s longtime vendors is claiming that the gun-rights group artificially boosted their fundraising numbers by raising money for its School Shield program while paying out only a small number of actual grants.

In an amended counterclaim filed in Texas federal court in November, the NRA’s former ad agency—Ackerman McQueen—says that the gun lobby used School Shield as a “shell” program that it did not intend to meaningfully execute.

The longtime NRA leader Wayne LaPierre, the counterclaim alleges, “boosted NRA revenue through the creation of shell programs” like School Shield, “that the NRA never had any intention or meaningful ability to execute (or execute competently).”

All told, Ackerman McQueen claimed the NRA only gave a “paltry” five grants to schools between 2012 and 2014. That revelation matches reporting from Mother Jones, which revealed that the NRA’s tax returns from 2013 to 2016 showed only three grants given to schools on behalf of the School Shield program—totaling up to $200,000.

The lack of grants were, apparently, a subject of concern internally. When Oliver North became the NRA’s president in May 2018, the counterclaim alleged he “demanded” that the NRA “make [the program] real.” The gun group announced later that year that it had given 54 grants totaling over $600,000 to public and private schools in 23 states. The program is still active, recently giving a $21,000 grant to a Missouri school.

School Shield isn’t the only program that Ackerman McQueen says was used as a shell for the NRA to raise more money. According to its counterclaim, the NRA also used its Carry Guard insurance program as a vehicle to bring in more cash without providing much benefit for its members. The program was unveiled in 2017, and offered members insurance-backed criminal and civil liability protection. It also offered three levels of concealed carry gun training before shutting down earlier this year.

The counterclaim alleged that Josh Powell, the senior NRA official responsible for Carry Guard’s development, “seemed generally dismissive of the training component of the program and kept referring to Carry Guard as nothing but an ‘insurance scheme.’” The ad firm said it resisted promoting the program until the NRA could deliver on their promises to members, and expressed that it wanted nothing to do with the so-called “scheme.”

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Posted 06 December 2019 - 01:22 PM

Moscow Mitch continues to do the NRA's bidding over siding with Americans, probably because that's where so much of the Russian money his party received was routed. They really are the completely purchased political party. Remember as you read this that Republicans are siding with domestic abusers over women all in service of the NRA. Yes, that's how sick they are.

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In the months-old Senate battle over reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, the debate keeps returning to one issue in particular: closing the so-called boyfriend loophole.

Republicans say the provision—which would prevent abusive dating partners from accessing firearms—is too political and will never make it past a GOP-controlled chamber. But documents obtained by The Daily Beast show the issue may not be as divisive as Republicans want it to seem—in fact, even Donald Trump’s Department of Justice supports it.
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Advocates have been begging legislators to close the boyfriend loophole for years. Under current law, anyone convicted of felony or misdemeanor domestic violence is barred from owning a weapon—a widely accepted restriction, given that women are five times more likely to be murdered if their abuser has a gun.

But the current law only applies to abusers who were married to their partners, lived with them, or had children with them. This creates the loophole, allowing abusers who dated their partners—but didn’t live with them or have children with them—to purchase weapons.

In April, when the Democrat-controlled House passed a bill changing the statute to include current or former dating partners, advocacy groups applauded the House for “understanding the lethal intersection presented by domestic violence and firearms.”

But the bill stalled in the Republican-controlled Senate, after the National Rifle Association threatened to negatively rate any legislator who voted to close the loophole. In an interview with The New York Times, NRA spokesperson Jennifer Baker accused Democrats of inserting the provision into their VAWA bill as a “poison pill” to make Republicans who voted against the legislation look anti-woman.

After eight months of fruitless negotiations, Senate Democrats introduced their own version of the bill in November, with language nearly identical to the House version. Days later, Republican Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) released her own version—which, unsurprisingly, kept the boyfriend loophole intact.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

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