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Senator Al Franken: 'We in Congress are failing the American people'

The investigation is ongoing and many details are still emerging, but we know this. The 49 men and women who lost their lives on Sunday night were murdered by a man with hate in his heart. Perhaps even hate directed within and with an assault weapon in his hand. Madam president, following each and every tragic shooting, one thought haunts me, and that is that we in Congress are failing the American people. We have failed to answer their repeated calls to address gun violence in this country. We have failed to take steps necessary to make our communities safer and as a result, we are complicit in creating the circumstances that give rise to these events. We can't pretend that this part isn't on us.

Now, our state of Minnesota has a proud tradition of responsible gun ownership. Generations of minnesotans have learned to hunt from their parents, their grandparents, their aunts and uncles, friends and neighbors. But when I speak to constituents on this issue, the message is clear: Minnesotans want congress to take commonsense steps to reduce gun violence and ensure their families' safety. There is a balance to be struck here, and I strongly believe that we are capable of striking that balance. The second amendment doesn't protect the rights of everyone to carry whatever weapon he likes in anyplace he wishes, for whatever purpose he wants. The second amendment does not entitle criminals, potential terrorists or people with serious mental illness to carry guns. It does not entitle Americans to own guns designed to slaughter scores of people in seconds.


Corbin Reiff on honor, duty and Donald Trump

Just a small warning, I’m about to go on a bit of a rant:


Irvine, TX Says NO To Trump?

Apparently, Donald Trump is coming to the Dallas/Fort Worth area tomorrow. He is planning on holding a rally in Irving. Irving should be prime Trump territory, where they arrest 13 year old muslim boys for building home-made clocks, and the mayor is a very outspoken Islamophobe. But Irving today rejected the Trump campaigns request to hold a rally here tomorrow because his campaign didn’t bother to ask the city until yesterday! Irving PD says it needs more than 48 hours to prepare for an event like a Trump rally.


Luckovich: Actions.


Dear god:


Fox News poll: Obama approval rating highest since 2012

President Obama's approval numbers are higher than any time since 2012, with more approving of his job performance than not, according to a new poll.

A majority of voters, 51 percent, approve of Obama's job performance in the Fox News poll released Tuesday evening, while 46 percent disapprove.

The last time Obama's approval rating was at 50 percent or better in the poll was in October 2012, a month before he won reelection, when approval was also 51 to 46 percent.

Obama's high approval in the last year of his tenure has allowed Democrats to rely on him going after Donald Trump, the Republican vying to replace him as president.


Colbert draws swastika to explain Trump's response to Orlando shooting


Retired Maj. Gen. Eaton on Trump’s Charge: "It is disqualifying, as far as I'm concerned."

In response to Trump's charges, Senior adviser to VoteVets.org, Retired Major General Paul Eaton, a former commander in Iraq, said the following:

"Trump's attack against the courageous American men and women who heroically worked to restore law and order in Iraq is at once uninformed and irresponsible, and is testimony to why Mr. Trump is unqualified to serve as Commander in Chief of the finest troops on the planet.

"From saying he doesn't like POWs because they were captured, to trying to get disabled veterans kicked out from in front of Trump Tower, to belittling service by calling his sexual exploits in the 80s his "personal Vietnam," it is clear Trump has no respect for military service, or the people who serve.

"For him to smear our troops and veterans as he has, it is disqualifying, as far as I am concerned."


Has The NRA Lost O'Reilly?

O'Reilly Calls For Gun Restrictions: “High-Powered Weaponry Is Too Easy To Get”
Bill O'Reilly: “The Second Amendment Clearly States The Government Has A Right To Regulate … In The Name Of Public Safety”

BILL O'REILLY (HOST): Now, the right wing responsibility. There is too much gun crime in the USA, and high powered weaponry is too easy to get. That's the fact. So let's deal with it. We all have the right to bear arms, but we don't have the right to buy and maintain mortars. Even if you feel threatened by gangsters or a New World Order. No bazookas, no Sherman tanks, no hand grenades. That's because the Second Amendment clearly states the government has a right to regulate militias, made up of individuals. They have that right in the name of public safety.

Therefore, Congress should debate what kind of weapons should be available for public sale. And the states, the individual states should decide what kind of carry laws are good for their own people. New laws are definitely needed in the age of terrorism and mass murder. The FBI and other federal agencies need the power to stop suspected terrorists or other evil doers from buying weapons.

That law needs to be very precise. Also, gun dealers all across America should be required to report the sale of certain kinds of guns, heavy weapons, directly to the FBI. Not handguns, not talking about that, but other weapons that would be defined by Congress. That is a sane approach, and would make it a lot tougher for the Omar Mateens of the world to get the weaponry to kill, although as Talking Points has stated many, many times, no society will ever stop all gun crimes, especially in a country which has hundreds of millions of guns already in circulation.


The Candlelight Vigil

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