Tuesday 12th of November 2019

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WASHINGTON — The Senate on Monday failed to advance four separate measures aimed at curbing gun sales, the latest display of congressional inaction after a mass shooting.

Eight days after a gunman claiming allegiance to the Islamic State killed 49 people in an Orlando, Fla., nightclub, the Senate deadlocked, largely along party lines, on amendments to block people on the federal terrorism watch list from buying guns and to close loopholes in background check laws. Families of gun violence victims looked on from the Senate chamber as the votes were held.

Further action on gun safety measures or mental health provisions seemed unlikely before the fall election, given the rush to finish a series of spending bills and the relatively limited time that Congress will be in session before November.

In addition, the four gun measures were attached to legislation that contains several other thorny issues, such as the question of whether to take passports away from terrorism suspects, which suggests there will be little chance for further debate.


Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, has been working on a compromise, disliked by both party leaders, that would bar the sale of guns to terrorism suspects who appear on either the government’s no-fly list or the so-called selectee list of people who receive additional scrutiny at airports. That bill, which is not as broad as the Democratic watch-list measure that failed on Monday, could surface later in the week.


read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/21/us/politics/gun-vote-senate.html?_r=0

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The US Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to laws in two states that restrict ownership of semi-automatic firearms.

On Monday, justices rejected an appeal of an October decision by the Second US Circuit Court of Appeals, which upheld laws in Connecticut and New York that prohibit civilians from owning certain semi-automatic rifles and high-capacity magazines.

The laws bar access to the same gun used by Omar Mateen, the man who killed 49 people and wounded 53 others in a terrorist attack on an Orlando nightclub last week.


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Time to occupy the House to demand action. #NoBillNoBreak #DisarmHatepic.twitter.com/C7BZpzNvxL

— Rep Donna F Edwards (@repdonnaedwards) June 22, 2016

Rep. John Lewis, the civil rights leader and Democratic congressman from Georgia, isleading a sit-in on the House floor to demand a vote on a bipartisan bill that would prohibit the sale of guns to suspected terrorists on the government's no-fly list. Because the House hasn't been gaveled into session, C-Span is not broadcasting the event, and photography is not permitted in the chamber.

But Mother Jones reporter Hannah Levintova is at the Capitol, documenting the scene at the sit-in. Here's what she witnessed:

Rep. Lynch says he's a rules guy, was nervous about a sit-in at first. "But when they shut off this mic, and they shut off the cameras…"

— Hannah Levintova (@H_Lev) June 23, 2016

"…and would not let members of Congress stand up for the people who sent us here, well now it was time to get into some good trouble"

— Hannah Levintova (@H_Lev) June 23, 2016

12 hours in, we're ready to stay the night. (Thanks to my staff for the sleeping bag) #holdthefloor pic.twitter.com/a9SForKPDe

— Elizabeth Esty (@RepEsty) June 23, 2016

Incredible video of @replouiegohmert yelling "radical Islam killed these people" at #NoBillNoBreak pic.twitter.com/ziHdc5eYBO

read more: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/06/nobillnobreak-sit-still-going-strong-house


i cried...


Michael Brown’s Mom, on Alton Sterling and Philando Castile

Alton Sterling is dead. Philando Castile is dead. My son, Michael Brown, has been dead for almost two years now.

Death isn’t pretty for anyone, but what these families now face is the horror of seeing their loved one die over and over, in public, in such a violent way. They face the helplessness of having strangers judge their loved one not on who he was or what he meant to his family but on a few seconds of video. Mr. Sterling died in a very lonely way, surrounded by his killers. Can you imagine a lonelier death? Mr. Castile died with his girlfriend and her young daughter watching as he was gunned down.

Sometimes it seems like the only thing we can do in response to the police brutality that my son and so many other black boys and men have suffered is to pray for black lives. Yes, they matter, but is that changing anything? What is going to be different this time?

There is again an uproar, and people are going to once again do a lot of talking about black-on-black crime versus white-on-black crime. Truth is, black on black crime is perpetuated by systemic injustice and social ills. But, real talk, this debate is meaningless so long as we still live in a world where a black man can get killed for selling cigarettes on the street, where a black boy can get killed for waving a toy gun.

It’s a problem when you look to the law as a protector and it comes into your community and shoots people dead with no remorse or consequences. It is a problem that you have some law officers trying to do the right thing, and then others who bring shame on the badge.

Someone asked me what I would say to Mr. Sterling’s family, if I had the chance. To tell the truth, I wouldn’t know what to say. When Michael was killed, people tried to talk to me, but I was in shock; I didn’t know how to respond. I know enough now to advise well-meaning people to pause before offering kind words. So many told me, “I am so sorry for your loss.” After a while, all the “sorrys” bled together, and at the end of it, nothing changed. Let Mr. Sterling’s family members grieve with the people in their lives who knew him before everyone else saw these shocking images and felt they had to put their two cents in.

The mothers I’ve met along the way — Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mother; Wanda Johnson, Oscar Grant III’s mother — we’ve helped one another cope, and we’ll try to do the same for Mr. Sterling and Mr. Castile’s families. I’ll never forget meeting Samaria Rice, the mother of Tamir Rice. I looked at this strong woman and was amazed to think that she was just starting a horrible journey, one that will never end, one that I am still on.

When their children are killed, mothers are expected to say something. To help keep the peace. To help make change. But what can I possibly say? I just know we need to do something. We are taught to be peaceful, but we aren’t at peace. I have to wake up and go to sleep with this pain everyday. Ain’t no peace. If we mothers can’t change where this is heading for these families — to public hearings, protests, un-asked-for martyrdom, or worse, to nothing at all — what can we do?

Since I lost my son to a police shooting, I’ve done a lot of thinking. I’ve gone to therapy, as have my other children. I’ve started a foundation in Michael’s honor. I’ve campaigned in St. Louis to mandate body cameras on police officers at all times. We cannot assume that justice will be done. So I will never stop talking about my son or fighting for justice for him.

People will try to twist the words of Mr. Sterling and Mr. Castile’s families and turn them into something ugly. These men will be called “thugs” and much, much worse. It’s already happening. Click on the comments section of any article you read about their deaths, and you will be shocked by the racist comments of people who insist — insist — that they obviously deserved to die.

So what would I say to their families? When you’re ready, and if you need me, I’ll be there for you. But the people I would really like to say something to are the ones who claim that justice will prevail. Whose justice? When justice comes to the one who didn’t pull the trigger, that’s when I’ll believe you.

Lezley McSpadden is the author of “Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil: The Life, Legacy and Love of My Son Michael Brown.”

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And now, the police is being shot at... Self-defence or revenge?...

read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/08/us/3-dallas-officers-killed-at-protest-over-police-shootings.html


Meanwhile 20 US armed forces veterans kill themselves DAILY...


horror and regrets...

American country music stars expressed horror after Sunday's mass shooting in Las Vegas turned a three-day open-air festival into a scene of carnage, and one said it forced him to change his opposition to gun control.

The Route 91 Harvest festival, promoted as a "three-day neon sleepover" attracted fans from across the United States to hear country's biggest stars, including Jason Aldean, Eric Church and Sam Hunt.

At least 59 people were killed by a 64-year-old gunman who released a hailstorm of bullets into the festival site.

Police said the gunman's motives remain unknown.

Caleb Keeter, a guitarist with the Josh Abbott Band, which played the festival earlier on Sunday, said he had been a lifelong supporter of the right to bear arms, "until the events of last night. I cannot express how wrong I was".

"We need gun control RIGHT. NOW.

"My biggest regret is that I stubbornly didn't realise it until my brothers on the road and myself were threatened by it," Keeter said on Twitter.

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mad and weaponized...

Devin P. Kelley escaped after he was caught sneaking guns onto an Air Force base, according to a police report. This revelation came as authorities continued to seek a fuller portrait of Kelley and probed a breakdown in military protocols that failed to flag a domestic violence conviction that should have kept him from buying firearms.

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