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Roll Call: Compromise Gun Proposal Gains Bipartisan Support, Raises White House Concerns

This could work. It has an appeals process like Cronyn's amendment, but more time for authorities to make their case.


After the Senate's failure to adopt gun control legislation , Sen. Susan Collins and a bipartisan coalition Tuesday announced a compromise proposal to bar some terror suspects from buying guns.

But the White House and Justice Department are holding off on backing the measure until they study its provisions. And one leading Democrat, New York Sen. Charles E. Schumer, said there are several key flaws that would need to be fixed before the proposal moves forward.

CNN's Don Lemon's interview with Shane Tomlinson's parents is heartbreaking.

Shane Tomlinson was one of the murder victims in Orlando.

Many emotional things were said, but I shuttered when she said she worried she would t be able to find a church for a funeral service because he was gay.

And then in a sweet mother's voice she said, "he so loved the lord".

I wish Swamp Rat were still around making his political posters.

I can only imagine what he would do with Trump and the GOP minions. Is he still out there doing political art? Perhaps a different style?

Question about Spousal Privilege Re: Mateen's wife

I thought spouse's could not be compelled to testify against their spouses even if the communication involved illegal behavior. And I thought this extended to reporting criminal behavior. Looks like I was wrong.

Sources: Grand jury to investigate Orlando shooter's widow

(CNN)Federal investigators digging for clues in the Orlando nightclub massacre are zeroing in on Noor Salman, the widow of gunman Omar Mateen.

What did Salman know of his plans and what might she have done to stop him? Authorities have been trying to pin her down after she apparently gave conflicting statements about what she knew of his intentions in the hours before the attack.

A U.S. attorney plans to bring evidence before a federal grand jury to determine whether charges will be brought, according to two law enforcement officials.

Gun sales surge among gays, lesbians after Orlando shooting

I'm not sure how this data is being collected or tracked (more like anecdotes), but the 233% increase in Pink Pistols membership is quantifiable.


DENVER -- Gun sales are surging in the wake of Sunday’s deadly mass shooting in Orlando, Fla. The tragedy is generating new debate over gun control reform and the right to bear arms. Gun shops typically see a spike in customers after mass shootings. But this time, many are seeing shoppers they’ve never really seen before: More gays and lesbians.


However, what’s different this time around is the clientele. Mike Smith, a firearms instructor in Colorado Springs, is one of many closely tracking the sudden surge in gays and lesbians buying weapons.

“I think right now because of what happened, people are looking for answers,” he said. “You walk into a gun shop and you expect to see people, frankly, who look like me. I think we forget we’re a country of all people, not just people who fit that predetermined mold.”

The Pink Pistols is a national gun club for gays and lesbians. It saw its membership soar from about 1,500 members on Saturday to 3,500 on Monday.

Thank you, Bernie.

Thank you to Melanie, the little folkie who sang this mic drop song at Woodstock. You found the birthday in the sun, too. Its a great song sung with great attitude.

I'm the one
I found the birthday of the sun
But all things change
And I think it's the birthday of the rain
If I never said goodbye
To all that I've known
I would never be alone
But still I will not cry, no
I'm not finished yet
So wipe the smirk from your eyes
Because if I were to hang my head
I'd miss all the rainbows
And I'd drown in raindrops instead.
But you got to know I'm the one
I found the birthday of the sun
And all, all things change
And I'm sure it's the birthday of the rain.
If I never said goodbye
To all that I've known
I would never be alone
But still I'm gonna win
I'm not finished yet, world
So wipe the smirk from your chin
Because if I were to hang my head
I'd miss all the rainbows
And I'd drown in raindrops instead
But you gotta know I'm the one
And I found the birthday of the sun
And all things change they don't stay the same
And now I'm sure it's the birthday of the rain
And all things change
Happy Birthday to the rain

Do the admins have alternative accounts for posting anonymously?

I've always wondered if you three have or had alternative accounts for posting topics anonymously. I don't mean in the sock puppet sort of way. I could see you three having a desire to participate without the baggage of being an owner or admin.

I know I've see Skinner post, but still I wondered.

Just received an email request from Bernie to donate to him and Tim Canova.

Email excerpt:

My response:

eta: Here is a link to Tim Canova's campaign site with a donation link if you wish to donate directly.

Did anyone see this tonight on PBS? The Armor of Light By Abigail Disney & Kathleen Hughes

The Armor of Light

About the Film
The Armor of Light follows the journey of Evangelical minister Rob Schenck, who is trying to find the courage to preach about the growing toll of gun violence in America, and Lucy McBath, the mother of an unarmed teenager who was murdered in Florida and whose story cast a spotlight on the state’s “Stand Your Ground” laws.
Reverend Schenck, a well-known anti-abortion activist and long-time fixture on the political far right, breaks with orthodoxy by questioning whether being pro-gun is consistent with being pro-life. In a series of uneasy conversations, Rev. Schenck is perplexed by the reactions of his friends and colleagues, most of whom are gun owners and adamant defenders of the 2nd Amendment, and who warn him away from this complex, politically explosive issue. Along the way, he meets Lucy McBath, also an Evangelical Christian, who decides to work with him. Lucy is on a difficult journey of her own, trying to make sense of the devastating loss of her murdered son, while using her grief to effect some kind of viable and effective political action where so many before her have failed.

The Armor of Light follows these allies through their trials of conscience, heartbreak, and rejection, as they bravely attempt to make others consider America’s gun culture through a moral lens. The film is also a glimpse at America's fractured political culture while demonstrating that it is, indeed, possible for people to come together across deep party lines to find common ground.


It was a really weird documentary about a born again, pro-life, anti-abortion, lobbyist Christian Minister who finds himself puzzled at his conservative congregations, friends, and colleagues were so often pro-2nd Amendment. The film follows him as he engages other Christians in a transparent attempt to turn them away from their pro-2nd orientations.

He claims that he is only concerned with the theological and moral crisis of gun ownership and gun violence, but it all leads to promoting restrictive legislation.

Everyone in the film (pro and anti) speaks in platitudes.

FWIW, I still recommend watching it.

"57% of Democrats and Democratic-leaners want Sanders to campaign until the Convention"


Since the primary season began, Sanders has won more than nine million votes and finished ahead of Clinton in eighteen states. (Clinton has won more than twelve million votes and won twenty-three states.) Sanders continues to attract large crowds—on Thursday he will be campaigning in West Virginia—and he seems likely to win more primaries in the coming weeks, including in West Virginia, on May 10th, and Oregon, on May 17th. If he were to end his campaign now, many of his supporters would be furious, and even some Democrats who aren’t necessarily backing him would be disappointed. According to new poll from NBC News/Survey Monkey, fifty-seven per cent of Democrats and Democratic-leaners want Sanders to campaign until the Convention, and just sixteen per cent think he should drop out now. Eighty-nine per cent of Sanders’s supporters said they wanted him to keep going until July. More surprisingly, perhaps, twenty-eight per cent of Clinton’s supporters agreed.
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