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DC gun law gets hearing before Washington appeals court

DC gun law gets hearing before Washington appeals court

WASHINGTON (AP) — Appeals court judges had tough questions Tuesday for attorneys defending a District of Columbia law that makes it difficult for gun owners to get concealed carry permits.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit heard arguments Tuesday in two cases involving the law, which requires people who want to carry a gun in public to show a "good reason to fear injury" or another "proper reason" to carry the weapon. Reasons might include a personal threat, or a job that requires a person to carry or protect cash or valuables. Fewer than 100 people have been granted a concealed carry permit under the law, and lower court judges have disagreed on whether it is likely constitutional.

During oral arguments Tuesday, Judge Thomas B. Griffith suggested that the law means that a woman who lives in a dangerous neighborhood, is frightened and wants to carry a gun for self-protection can't and is limited to "running" if attacked or "learning martial arts."

"Why should someone show a need for self-defense?" said Griffith, who asked numerous questions of lawyers arguing for the city. At one point he told a city attorney that her argument was "absurd."

Good question- "Why should someone show a need for self-defense?"

Even cheerleaders are kneeling during national anthem

Even cheerleaders are kneeling during national anthem

Athletes across the country have been sitting or kneeling during the national anthem in recent weeks to protest police brutality and racism.

But a football game in Washington, D.C. may mark the first time a squad of cheerleaders has taken a knee during the song.

Cheerleaders at Howard University joined a national protest on Saturday afternoon by kneeling during the anthem at the AT&T Nation's Football Classic at RFK Stadium.

Zachary Johnson, executive president of Howard's school of communications, posted a photo of the cheerleaders to Twitter during the game. It's since attracted more than 6,700 retweets and almost 10,000 likes.

You can now buy a real D-Day tank

You can now buy a real D-Day tank

A collection of 120 vehicles, including tanks, armored cars, motorcycles and warplanes, is going under the hammer in France on Sunday.

Auction house Artcurial said each of the vehicles played a role in key moments of the war, from the D-Day landings and the battle of Normandy to the liberation of Paris.

Hundreds of other military artifacts, including helmets, uniforms and other equipment, are also being auctioned.

The centerpiece of the auction will be a M4 Sherman tank, expected to fetch up to $440,000. The vehicle, which is in working order, was one of the tanks used in the battle for Paris in August 1944.

I will never get stuck in the snow again.

'Fault in Our Stars' couple: Dalton Prager dies

'Fault in Our Stars' couple: Dalton Prager dies

As the end approached, Katie Prager spoke to her husband from afar, unable to be with him.

Dalton Prager, the husband from the real-life "Fault in Our Stars" couple, died Saturday afternoon at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis at the age of 25, his parents told CNN.

Katie was in hospice in Flemingsburg, Kentucky, when her husband passed away. The couple FaceTimed as Dalton was dying, said Debra Donovan, Katie's mother.

"She told him that she loved him," Donovan said. "We don't know if he heard her."

Better a good life than a long life.


U.S. sailor gives birth on aircraft carrier after experiencing mysterious stomach pains

U.S. sailor gives birth on aircraft carrier after experiencing mysterious stomach pains

A third class petty officer on the Dwight D. Eisenhower aircraft carrier checked into the ship's medical clinic with stomach pains Saturday only to learn she was pregnant — and nine hours later, she delivered a healthy baby girl, Navy Times reports. "Both the mother and the baby are healthy and are doing well," said 5th Fleet spokesman Cmdr. Bill Urban.

Had the mother known she was pregnant, she would have left operational command at 20 weeks — and would never have been deployed to the Persian Gulf, where the Eisenhower was stationed. As such, the aircraft carrier wasn't exactly stocked for an infant: Baby formula, diapers, and an incubator were all flown out to the ship once it became clear the officer was pregnant. Luckily, the family practitioner on the carrier was certified in childbirth and a number of other personnel in the medical department also knew how to deliver and care for a baby. After a few hours, the mother and her newborn were airlifted to Bahrain.

"While it would have been preferred to send her to her homeport earlier, per policy, we are now focused on caring for the health and welfare of our sailor and the newest member of our Navy family," Urban said.

So the uniform wasn't shrinking after all...

Time to ban one of America’s favorite weapons

Time to ban one of America’s favorite weapons

NO matter how many times the gun lobby says it, more guns won’t make Americans safer.

That’s especially true of semi-automatic rifles like the AR-15. America has seen again and again the lethal cost of these weapons of destruction deployed in civil society, from Newtown, Conn., to Orlando, Fla., to San Bernadino, Calif., to Umpqua Community College to Mukilteo.

Although these so-called “assault weapons,” fitted with high capacity magazines, are used in a small fraction of America’s gun homicides, they are terrifyingly powerful when deployed. Such weapons resulted in 155 percent more people shot and nearly 50 percent more people killed compared to other mass shootings, according to an analysis by the gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety.


Washington should join them. Attorney General Bob Ferguson did the state a favor this week announcing a plan to push a ban of semi-automatic, military-style weapons like the AR-15 rifle through the state Legislature. His advocacy should help lawmakers have a robust conversation about the trade offs of banning assault rifles and high-capacity magazines.

In the interest of honest discussion, can we completely drop the claim "no one is talking about banning guns"?

Hello from the DFL booth

"We all do better when we all do better"
US Senator Paul Wellstone

Sadly I missed Senator Klobuchar. She was book signing earlier today.

Supporting Republican candidates

First, I am well aware of the TOS.

However I have seen some posts stating that some specific issues are worth supporting Republican if they agree with Democrats on those issues. I vehemently oppose single issue voting but always allow that I may not know all of the answers.

To DU members in general,

Is there one, or more, single issue(s) which warrant supporting a Republican over a typical Democratic candidate.

{To be clear, I am referring to an otherwise average Democratic candidate. Not splitting hairs over a DINO or off the charts left-wing candidate.}

Federal judge denies UT professors' request to block implementation of campus carry

Federal judge denies UT professors' request to block implementation of campus carry

AUSTIN — An effort by three University of Texas at Austin professors to block the implementation of the state's divisive campus carry law has failed, after a federal judge on Monday denied their request for a preliminary injunction.

U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel, ruling just two days before classes begin at UT, rejected the key arguments made so far against the firearms measure. Among those were the notions that allowing guns in classrooms violates free speech and equal protection rights.

Though the lawsuit to overturn the law remains alive, the judge said the professors had "failed to establish a substantial likelihood of ultimate success on the merits of their asserted claims."

"It appears to the court that neither the Texas Legislature nor the Board of Regents has overstepped its legitimate power to determine where a licensed individual may carry a concealed handgun in an academic setting," he wrote in an 11-page opinion.


This ruling affects an injuction the three professors requested until a full trial can be held.

Gabby Giffords’ Gun Control Group Endorses Two Republican Senators

Gabby Giffords’ Gun Control Group Endorses Two Republican Senators

The gun control group founded by Gabby Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, has endorsed two Republican Senators in tough re-election fights as it seeks to expand its outreach.

In an op-ed on CNN Monday, Americans for Responsible Solutions backed Sens. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Mark Kirk of Illinois, who are both facing tough re-election races in a year in which Democrats hope to regain control of the Senate.

The two sitting Senators voted in favor of gun control proposals after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, where 20 children were killed.

“In the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook, Republican Sens. Pat Toomey and Mark Kirk broke from the gun lobby and supported a bill to help prevent felons, domestic abusers and the dangerously mentally ill from obtaining firearms at gun shows and online,” wrote Giffords and Kelly in the op-ed.


The Giffords are naturally free to support whomever they choose. DU TOS is to support Democrats, but naturally GCR"A" host approves of supporting Republicans over Democrats.

Gun control is a single issue, party is irrelevant (as we saw when Gun Control cheered the election of teapartier Tom Cotton, showing Sen. Pryor what happens to Dems who don't support all gun control)

But let's look at how the Democratic opposition stacks up.
-Tammy Duckworth, Democrat, combat vet, lost both legs in Iraq. Pro-choice, pro-ACA, supports comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship for those in the country illegally, would admit 100,000 Syrian refugees into the United States. Rated 7% by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record.

-Katie McGinty, Democrat, has not held an elected office. Served as an environmental advisor to Vice President Al Gore and President Bill Clinton, pro-business, supports gay marriage, Affordable Care Act, she is also pro-choice. Scored 100% on CeaseFire Pennsylvania survey, Expanding state background checks to cover the private sale of long guns, Requiring background checks for ammunition sales, Requiring firearms dealers to tell the police when a customer fails a background check

So someone explain how Gun Control is not single issue? Why should we (Democrats) support Republicans (who happen to have supported some gun control) over these Democrats?
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