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Bloomberg gun-safety group has a new target: Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Bloomberg gun-safety group has a new target: Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe

RICHMOND — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) suddenly knows what it’s like to be on the other end of a Michael Bloomberg advertising campaign.

Everytown for Gun Safety, a group bankrolled by the former New York mayor, poured $2 million into TV ads last fall in a failed bid to help McAuliffe’s party take back the state Senate.

On Wednesday, Everytown launched a social media campaign against McAuliffe, who last week stunned gun-safety advocates by announcing that he had struck a gun deal with Republican legislators and the National Rifle Association. It shows side-by-side photos of McAuliffe and the National Rifle Association’s Wayne LaPierre.

“What do VA Gov. Terry McAuliffe and NRA head Wayne LaPierre have in common?” one version reads. “Both Gov McAuliffe and NRA Head Wayne LaPierre support allowing dangerous people to carry hidden loaded weapons in Virginia.”

Again targeting a Democrat in office; but we keep hearing how Bloomie is a Dem supporter. How come we don't see headlines about his group(s) targeting Repubs...

The funny thing is, gun control gets more out of this deal. CCW reciprocity stays essentially the same but now they will get state law prohibiting abusers from ever owning firearms and the option for back ground checks is expanded. Seems a good deal to me.

The Navy's Colossal Stealth Destroyer Heads Out to Sea

The Navy's Colossal Stealth Destroyer Heads Out to Sea

BATH, Maine (AP) — The largest destroyer ever built for the U.S. Navy headed out to sea for the first time Monday, departing from shipbuilder Bath Iron Works and carefully navigating the winding Kennebec River before reaching the open ocean where the ship will undergo sea trials.

More than 200 shipbuilders, sailors and residents gathered to watch as the futuristic 600-foot, 15,000-ton USS Zumwalt glided past Fort Popham, accompanied by tugboats.

Kelley Campana, a Bath Iron Works employee, said she had goose bumps and tears in her eyes.

"This is pretty exciting. It's a great day to be a shipbuilder and to be an American," she said. "It's the first in its class. There's never been anything like it. It looks like the future."

Why is something larger than a Balitmore- class gun cruiser called a destroyer

Kalashnikov cranking up AK-47 factory in Florida

Kalashnikov cranking up AK-47 factory in Florida

The famous Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifles have been made in frigid Moscow since their inception 69 years ago. Soon, they'll be made in sunny Florida, too.

Kalashnikov USA has been approved by the city of Pompano Beach to assemble guns there.

Kalashnikov USA of Tullytown, Pa., was importing rifles made by Kalashnikov Concern, the original AK-47 manufacturer in Moscow, until 2014 when President Obama imposed sanctions against Russia following its annexation of Crimea. At that point, Kalashnikov USA severed all ties with the Russian company.

The company started making the guns in Pennsylvania last year, but is shifting manufacturing to Florida. Kalashnikov hasn't said why they are moving or how big the Pompano Beach operation will be.

Tipping point?

Police Officer Accidentally Shoots Motorcyclist, Blames Muscle Memory - Video

Police Officer Accidentally Shoots Motorcyclist, Blames Muscle Memory - Video

Footage has surfaced of a Minnesota police officer accidentally shooting a motorcyclist after stopping him for speeding. And what follows is one of the most Minnesota situation ever.

The shooting took place last June in the Twin Cities suburb of Eden Prairie, but video of the incident was only recently uncovered by local television station KMSP. In the video, Eden Prairie Police Sgt. Lonnie Soppeland pursues 21-year-old motorcyclist Matthew Hovland-Knase at speeds reportedly in excess of 100 mph. Eventually, the latter slows his motorcycle and pulls into the dirt shoulder of the road.

Soppeland quickly steps out of his patrol car, and in the process of shouting, "Get your hands where I can see him," fires a shot that hits Hovland-Knase in the arm.

In the unedited version of the video, Soppeland can be heard hissing, "Oh, sh*t. F*ck. F*ck," in much the same tone one might use after spilling really hot coffee into one's lap.

I have noticed several times in police shooting videos that the officers fire (usually two shots) immediately after drawing. That s exactly how they train on the range- draw, fire two shots, evaluate. It may be time to reconsider that routine as people will resort to base training under stress.

I am a bit acquainted with Sgt. Soppeland from when I worked in Eden Prairie a couple of years ago. I remember him as a fairly average guy, genial and not one who would be out to 'bag a bad guy'.

It is with a heavy heart and profound regret

that I am rescinding my offer of sending snacks to Oregon. I also call on other DUers to reconsider their offers of sending snacks; in particular Haribo Sugar Free Gummy Bears.

I have reflected long on this decision and concluded I cannot condone escalating the standoff by advocating the usage of Weapons of Mass Defecation.

So a group of schmucks

Successfully stormed an unoccupied building.

Is this a matter for law enforcement or the military? Have they annulled their constitutional rights? Should any be given the chance to surrender or should they all be wiped out?

I am troubled that I need even ask such questions here.

Female WWII pilots barred from Arlington National Cemetery

Female WWII pilots barred from Arlington National Cemetery

McLEAN, Va. (AP) — The ashes of World War II veteran Elaine Harmon are sitting in a closet in her daughter's home, where they will remain until they can go to what her family says is her rightful resting place: Arlington National Cemetery.

Harmon piloted aircraft in World War II under a special program, Women Airforce Service Pilots, that flew noncombat missions to free up male pilots for combat. Granted veteran status in 1977, the WASPs have been eligible to have their ashes placed at Arlington with military honors since 2002.

But earlier this year, then-Secretary of the Army John McHugh reversed course and ruled WASPs ineligible.

After Harmon died in April at age 95, her daughter, Terry Harmon, 69, of Silver Spring, Maryland, was dismayed to learn that the Army had moved to exclude WASPs. She said her mother had helped lead the effort to gain recognition for WASPs.


This is a shameful exclusion. The WASPs served a vital role and suffered a death rate of 3.5%, greater than all military services except for the Marines Corps which had a 3.7% rate. The also-excluded Merchant Marine had 4.1% of its members killed in the course of the war.

Whether they were considered "official" military at that time or not is irrelevant; they served in wartime performing the same missions as actual military members. They earned the right to be buried in Arlington. I am eligible as a retired veteran and would willingly give up my spot to allow a WASP or MM member space in Arlington.

JFK assassination sowed seeds of failure for gun-control efforts

JFK assassination sowed seeds of failure for gun-control efforts

CHICAGO _ When a couple armed with assault rifles slaughtered 14 people at a holiday gathering in San Bernardino, California, this month, U.S. gun control advocates saw an opportunity. President Barack Obama lamented that "in America it's way too easy for dangerous people to get their hands on a gun" and said making it harder was the only right response.

Within a day, the Republican-controlled Senate rejected an expansion of background checks for gun buyers and defeated a law barring individuals on the terror watch list from purchasing firearms. Before the Christmas break, an effort to lift a 17- year-old ban on nearly all government research into gun violence was also defeated.

The origins of this familiar impasse lie in a congressional battle nearly five decades ago following some of the most traumatic political assassinations in the country's history: a president, his brother and two civil rights leaders. The White House pushed -- and failed -- to require that guns be licensed and gun owners registered right after the killings of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy in 1968.

"The template was established in the 1960s," said Joseph Califano, chief domestic affairs adviser to President Lyndon Johnson. "With all the clout we had, we couldn't do it."

Threats, harassment, vandalism at mosques reach record high

Threats, harassment, vandalism at mosques reach record high

(CNN)Gunshots fired into a mosque in Connecticut. Armed men protesting the "Islamization of America" outside Islamic centers in Texas. Death threats called in to mosques in Florida, Maryland and Virginia.

Anecdotal evidence suggests 2015, a year bookended by murderous attacks carried out in the name of Islam, has been one of the most intensely anti-Muslim periods in American history. A new study shared with CNN puts statistical heft behind that suspicion.

Through December 8, American mosques and Islamic centers have been the victims of vandalism, harassment and anti-Muslim bigotry at least 63 times this year, the Council on American-Islamic Relations says in the study. That's the highest number since the Muslim civil rights group began keeping track in 2009 and a threefold increase over last year.

The previous high was 53 incidents in 2010, during the controversy over the "ground zero mosque" near the site of the 9/11 attack in New York. But many of those incidents concerned bias at zoning hearings for new mosques. This year's hostilities have a sharper edge.

Connecticut to limit access to guns for people on watch lists: governor

Connecticut to limit access to guns for people on watch lists: governor

Connecticut would become the first U.S. state to ban the sale of guns to people on government watch lists under an executive order that Governor Dannel Malloy, a Democrat, said on Thursday he will sign.

The measure, which Malloy said needs federal approval, would require state police to review whether a potential gun buyer was on the federal no-fly list or on a watchlist for people suspected of ties to terrorism.

It would also revoke existing gun permits issued to people whose names were found on such a list.


When did Democrats change from opposing Republican unconstitutional rights violations to expanding them? These list were illegal from the day they were conceived and are just as wrong today.

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