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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
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