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Gayle Trotter Opposed Law To Protect Women Before Testifying On Guns For Moms

Crazy Mama
"An assault weapon in the hands of a young woman defending her babies in her home becomes a defense weapon," said Trotter, a mother of six. "And the peace of mind she has ... knowing she has a scary-looking gun gives her more courage when she's fighting hardened violent criminals."




By: TBogg Wednesday January 30, 2013 11:48 am

Here is entirely reasonable mother of six, Gayle Trotter
explaining the daily grind of taking care of her kids, washing and
cleaning, making dinner, and blowing away hordes of ruffians and
scalawags intent upon breaching the sanctity of her home is order to
steal her Ethan Allen sideboard and matching china closet.
http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2013/01/30/gayle_trotter_s_fantasies_of_fighting_off_violent_men_don_t_have_anything.html

So Trotter has six kids and yet keeps an available loaded AR-15 at the ready at all times because, you know, blahs…

This will not end well.

(ADDED) Wow. Trotter is an opponent of the Violence Against Women Act. So she’s not just a terrible mother, she’s a horrible fucking human being.

http://tbogg.firedoglake.com/2013/01/30/crazy-mama/

Art Can Be Beautiful AND Sad...

and so much more:

Klimt In Syria



http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2013/01/30/the-most-beautiful-and-saddest-thing-you-will-see-today

Tennessee GOP: Report Students Who Might Be Gay

Tennessee GOP: Report Students Who Might Be Gay
Posted on 01/30/2013 at 4:30 pm by JM Ashby

A new provision added to Tennessee’s proposed “Don’t Say Gay” bill compels teachers to inform parents if they believe their child might be gay.

The bill, SB 234, still bars Tennessee teachers from discussing any facet of “non-heterosexual” sexuality with children in grades K-8. But the newest iteration also includes a provision requiring teachers or counselors to inform the parents of some students who identify themselves as LGBT. State Sen. Stacey Campfield (R), who authored the bill the first time around and again introduced it this time, calls out students who might be “at risk,” but leaves the interpretation of that behavior to the teacher.

Don’t say gay, and don’t discuss being gay with students, but please inform parents if you believe a student is “at risk” of being gay. To what end?

http://www.bobcesca.com/blog-archives/2013/01/tennessee-gop-report-students-who-might-be-gay.html

Mark Kelly's Glare




http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/01/senate-hearing-guns.php?ref=fpa

Obama' Goal?

Until we start manufacturing something that's not WAR/GUNS - things ain't gonna turn around.

Casual Observation
by BooMan
Wed Jan 30th, 2013 at 01:24:09 PM EST

The last quarter saw a 22% reduction in defense spending, which is the largest quarterly drop since 1972, during the wind-down of the Vietnam War. That, combined with mayhem caused by Superstorm Sandy, caused the economy to contract at a 0.1 annual rate. Basically, the Bush wars have been serving as a form of economic stimulus. Massive government spending on war has kept people employed. This is nothing new. The economies in England and the U.S. contracted when World War Two ended. And then they took off.

Anyone who is complaining about a disappointing fourth quarter should ask themselves if they want to live in a country where economic growth is dependent on a permanent state of war.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-30/economy-in-u-s-unexpectedly-shrinks-as-defense-spending-plunges.html
http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2013/1/30/13249/4228

Senator Leahy Catches NRA Head In EPIC Flip-Flop

POLITICS
Senator Catches NRA Head In Epic Flip Flop
By Igor Volsky and Annie-Rose Strasser on Jan 30, 2013 at 11:47 am

Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) caught National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre in a significant contradiction during Wednesday’s hearing on preventing gun violence. Since the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut the nation’s most influential gun lobby has opposed the growing bipartisan push for universal background checks, arguing that such a policy would infringe on the Second Amendment rights of law abiding Americans. But as Leahy pointed out, the group has supported the reasonable background checks in the past.

Under current law, gun purchasers buying firearms from federally licensed dealers are subject to background checks. As a result, more than 2 million applicants have been prohibited from purchasing guns. Unfortunately, 40 percent of firearm acquisitions are from individuals who are not licensed gun dealers and do not undergo any background checks. Gun safety advocates have sought to close the loophole for years and in the 1999, the NRA backed this effort.

“We think it is reasonable to provide mandatory, instant criminal background checks for every sale at every gun show,” LaPierre said during a hearing held on May 27, 1999, in the wake of the Columbine High School shooting. “No loopholes anywhere for anyone. That means closing the Hinckley loophole so the records of those adjudicated mentally ill are in the system.”
Leahy pressed LaPierre on why the organization has since changed its mind:

LEAHY: Do you still, as you did in 1999, still support mandatory background checks at gun shows? Yes or no?

LAPIERRE: We support the national check system on dealers. We were here when one of your colleagues held the hearings in terms of who would be a dealer and who would be required to have a license. If you did it for live the good and profit, yes. If you did it for a hobby, no. [...]

LEAHY: You do not support background checks in all instances at gun shows?

LAPIERRE: We do not, because the fact is, the law right now is a feel your the way it is working. You have 76,000 people that have been denied under the present law. Only 44 were prosecuted. You are letting them go. They’re walking the street.

LEAHY: Back in 1999, you said no loopholes anywhere for anyone. But now you do not support a background checks for all buyers of firearms?

LAPIERRE: The system the way it is working now is a failure. This administration is not prosecuting the people they catch. 22 states are not even putting the mental records of those adjudicated incompetent into the system. If they try to buy a gun, even if you catch them, and they try to walk away, you let them. They are criminals, homicidal maniacs, can’t mentally ill — and mentally ill. We all know that, maniacs and the mentally insane do not abide by the law.


http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2013/01/30/1515911/senator-catches-nra-head-in-epic-flip-flop/


UPDATES:
http://thinkprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/LaPierre.pdf
Here is a copy of the ad the NRA took out in 1999 saying, “We think it’s reasonable to provide for instant checks at gun shows just like at gun stores and pawn shops.”
UPDATE
The NRA broke its commitment to support background checks for “every sale” and lobbied for a watered down provision in 1999.
http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2013/01/30/1515911/senator-catches-nra-head-in-epic-flip-flop/

Ok, Now I Get It-Gun advocate tells Senate: AR-15 is ‘weapon of choice’ for women with crying babies

Gun advocate tells Senate: AR-15 is the ‘weapon of choice’ for women with crying babies

By David Edwards
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 12:08 EST


A senior fellow from the conservative Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) on Wednesday told a Senate committee that assault weapons should not be outlawed because they were the “weapon of choice” for young mothers who need a “scary-looking gun.”

At Senate Judiciary Hearing on gun violence, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) asked IWF’s Gayle Trotter, who also writes for The Daily Caller, if it would “disproportionately burden women” to ban assault rifles like the Bushmaster AR-15 used to slaughter 20 children in Newtown, Connecticut.

“Young women are speaking out as to why AR-15 weapons are their weapon of choice,” Trotter explained. “The guns are accurate. They have good handling. They’re light. They’re easy for women to hold.”


She added: “And most importantly, their appearance. An assault weapon in the hands of a young woman defending her babies in her home becomes a defense weapon, and the peace of mind that a woman has as she’s facing three, four, five violent attackers, intruders in her home, with her children screaming in the background, the peace of mind that she has knowing that she has a scary-looking gun gives her more courage when she’s fighting hardened, violent criminals.”



http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/01/30/gun-advocate-tells-senate-ar-15-is-the-weapon-of-choice-for-women-with-crying-babies/

‘You Missed That Point Completely’ - Durbin Hits Back At NRA’s Wayne LaPierre



LaPierre said. "We don't even prosecute anybody right now that goes through the system we have. So, we're going to make all those law-abiding people go through the system and then we aren't going to prosecute any of the bad guys if they do catch one. None of it makes any sense in the real world. We have 80,000 police families in the NRA. We care about safety. We support what works."

After a brief interlude by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the committee chairman, Durbin went after LaPierre.

"Mr. LaPierre, that's the point," Durbin fired back. "The criminals won't go to purchase the guns because there'll be a background check. We'll stop them from original purchase. You missed that point completely. It's basic."


Durbin's remarks drew applause from some in the audience, prompting Leahy to call for order.

http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/durbin-hits-back-at-nras-lapierre-you-missed?ref=fpa

Paranoid Much? Sen. Mitch McConnell says liberals are infiltrating conservative groups in Kentucky

Sen. Mitch McConnell says liberals are infiltrating conservative groups in Kentucky



FRANKFORT, Ky. — U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell's re-election campaign is contending that Democratic liberals are trying to infiltrate conservative groups in the state to oust McConnell next year.

Tea Party activists in the state who disfavor McConnell deny the claim, saying they are not working with any Democratic group in an effort to retire the Republican senator from Louisville.

In a campaign fund-raising email Monday, McConnell's campaign manager, Jesse Benton, said every conservative in the state needs to be aware of "an important development."

He said a report by Politico, a political journalism news group, "confirmed that (President) Barack Obama's Democratic allies are attempting to infiltrate conservative organizations across Kentucky to encourage and fund opposition to Senator Mitch McConnell."

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/01/30/181437/sen-mitch-mcconnell-says-liberals.html#storylink=cpy
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