In the wake of the of the horrific Sandy Hook School massacre, questions are arising about the effectiveness of the 1990 Gun Free School Zones Act (GFSZA). According to the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) the intent of gun-free school zones is to establish “policies prohibiting the possession of guns in schools and within a set distance of school buildings helps to secureOutgoing schools from gun-related violence and crime.” Congressman and former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul (R – TX), proposed to repeal the 1990 legislation in July of 2011, but his bill received no co-sponsors.
Buried deep in the latest Washington Post report about fiscal cliff talks (or the lack thereof) is this item which helps explain, albeit misleadingly, the “impasse.” Two senior White House officials said that David Plouffe, Obama’s top political adviser, crafted a plan to keep the president from getting sucked into a long, public negotiation like the one that unfolded over the debt ceiling. They said that Obama’s lowest moments in his first term came in a six-month stretch of 2011 when he acted as negotiator-in-chief on the
PORTLAND -- Nick Meli is emotionally drained. The 22-year-old was at Clackamas Town Center with a friend and her baby when a masked man opened fire. "I heard three shots and turned and looked at Casey and said, ´are you serious?,´" he said. The friend and baby hit the floor. Meli, who has a concealed carry permit, positioned himself behind a pillar. "He was working on his rifle," said Meli. "He kept pulling the charging handle and hitting the side." Content added by staff
Liberal activist and filmmaker Michael Moore says the mass murder of children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. is representative of “who we are” as Americans. “I hate to say it, but killing is our way. We began America w/ genocide, then built it w/ slaves. The shootings will continue-it´s who we are,” Moore tweeted on Sunday. Between Friday and Sunday, Moore sent out several tweets regarding the school shooting. On Friday, 20-year old-Adam Lanza shot and killed 26 people, 20 of them young children, before killing himself. Lanza also killed his mother Nancy at her home.
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who wrote the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act and authored the original assault weapons ban in the House, said Sunday that the shooting massacre in Newtown, Conn., “could be the tipping point” in advancing gun control in Congress. “Well I think we could be at a tipping point for two reasons: a tipping point where we might actually get something done. First, this was not a single incident. It followed a series of others. In the last few months, we’ve had mass shootings in Oregon and Wisconsin and Colorado,” Schumer
The gun that landed former Marine Jon Hammar in a notorious Mexican prison was legal under that country´s federal laws, according to a well-known hunting guide who leads ventures south of the border. Robert Beall, of Tall Tine Outfitters of Mexico and formerly host of the Pursuit Channel television show "World of Hunting," said the vintage Sears Roebuck shotgun that Hammar declared to Mexican customs officials in Matamoros, Mexico, Aug. 13 while on his way to Costa Rica should not have landed the 27-year-old Hammar in prison.
I think I have the Progressive/Socialist/Communist movement figured out, and the answer is God. Surprised? Read on. Humans have an instinctive desire to believe in something bigger than themselves—something all-knowing, all-seeing, all-powerful, that can make everything right when nothing seems to go right. Ask any anthropologist or archaeologist, and he or she will tell you that pretty much every culture in the history or humankind has had a set of beliefs regarding a god or gods.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) says she will introduce a gun-control bill on the first day of the next Congress: "It will ban the sale, the transfer, the importation and the possession -- not retroactively, but prospectively --" of "assault weapons" as well as high-capacity magazines. And Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said he will hold a hearing in two weeks on "this constitutional question," a reference to the Second Amendment. "That´s the starting point," he said. Feinstein, appearing on NBC´s "Meet the Press," was asked if President Obama, by not pressing for reinstatement of the "assault weapons" ban,
President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner met at the White House on Monday to discuss the imminent fiscal cliff. The meeting takes place amid reports of movement in negotiations designed to avoid the cliff, a series of tax hikes and budget cuts that kick in next year if there is no debt reduction agreement between the parties. The White House and Boehner´s office confirmed the speaker´s visit. "The President and the Speaker are meeting at the White House to continue their discussions about the fiscal cliff and balanced deficit reduction," said a statement from the White House.
Short of a plate of brisket, The Salt Lick Cookbook: A Story of Land, Family, and Love (University of Texas Press, $39.95) would surely be the No. 1 item on any barbecue lover´s wish list. As much biography as it is cookbook, it covers not just recipes but the history of one of the best known barbecue restaurants in Texas. It´s also a visual stunner, with 350 pages and breathtaking images by photographer Kenny Braun. The book occupies a special niche at CultureMap because it was co-written by Jessica Dupuy, who serves as food editor for CultureMap Austin.
The Occupy Cleveland movement ground to an anticlimactic halt last month as four of the five men accused of plotting to blow up an area bridge received prison sentences ranging from 6-11 years. “After an undercover operation, the FBI arrested the men April 30 in what the agency termed an act of domestic terrorism. The men later admitted their roles in a plan to remotely detonate improvised devices containing C-4 explosives…The men pleaded guilty in September to charges of conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction, attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction Source corrected by staff
Suppose you saw a building on fire. Would you seek counsel from the arsonist who set it ablaze for advice on how to put it out? You say, "Williams, you´d have to be a lunatic to do that!" But that´s precisely what we´ve done: turned to the people who created our fiscal crisis to fix it. I have never read a better account of our doing just that than in John A. Allison´s new book, "The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure." Allison is the former CEO of Branch Banking and Trust, the nation´s 10th largest bank.
Who doesn’t want to smash things into the moon? Well, there’s Amy Ephron of course. And no, Amy, we haven’t forgotten your inanity. (Snip) Back in January of this year two washing-machine sized probes — nicknamed Ebb and Flow by Montana school kids — linked up a couple of dozen miles above the surface of the moon. They spent most of this year zipping around the moon, in tandem, at 3,600 mph. Now that their primary mission (see below) is accomplished, and they’re running out of fuel, NASA’s sending them out in style. By crashing them
A few things you won’t hear about from the saturation coverage of the Newtown, Conn., school massacre: Mass shootings are no more common than they have been in past decades, despite the impression given by the media. In fact, the high point for mass killings in the U.S. was 1929, according to criminologist Grant Duwe of the Minnesota Department of Corrections. Incidents of mass murder in the U.S. declined from 42 in the 1990s to 26 in the first decade of this century. The chances of being killed in a mass shooting are about what they are for being struck
NEWTOWN, Conn.- A grieving Connecticut town braced itself Monday to bury the first two of the 20 small victims of an elementary school gunman and debated when classes could resume - and where, given the carnage in the building and the children´s associations with it. The people of Newtown weren´t yet ready to address the question just three days after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and a day after President Barack Obama pledged to seek change in memory of the children and six adults ruthlessly slain by a gunman packing a high-powered rifle.
As we learned during the election, Barack Obama can always count on NBC News to help him navigate his way to whatever victory he seeks. This morning, NBC´s First Read -- written by Chuck Todd and others -- is all within the context of winning the argument over the passage of laws that would restrict the law-abiding from purchasing the ability to defend themselves -- in other words, having access to guns. [emphasis added]: [T]he White House is possibly considering. “One possibility likely to be considered is a ban on high-capacity magazines, the devices attached to firearms
Previous Eurovision winners for the country have included the Queen of soft ballads Celine Dion. But this year Switzerland is putting its faith in the Salvation Army, whose guitarist is 94-years-old, to win the contest. Swiss television viewers chose the Christian missionary group´s rock tune You and Me from among five national finalists to represent the country late on Saturday. The Eurovision Song Contest, which next year will be held in Malmo, Sweden, is a kitschy fixture on the European cultural calendar and is watched by more than 100 million people across the world. Viewers and juries pick the winner
David Maraniss is an associate editor at the Washington Post and a high-powered biographer. Below is a jaw-dropping look at Mr. Maraniss´ seeming inability to put history into some kind of context when it comes to one of his own biographical subjects, President Obama: (Snip) While President Obama´s speech from last night has been praised by both right and left… The Gettysburg Address? And again, this isn’t coming from some Obama groupie at MSNBC. Maraniss is a respected "historian," someone who writes the first draft of our history when it comes to contemporary politicians like Obama and
U.S. Rep. Tim Scott, who overcame poverty in North Charleston to build a successful business and political career, will be appointed today by Gov. Nikki Haley to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Republican Jim DeMint, The New York Times and CNN reported this morning. Haley has scheduled a noon news conference to announce her pick. DeMint and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican from Seneca, are scheduled to attend. Scott, 47, would become the first black U.S. senator from the South since Blanche Bruce of Mississippi in 1881.
Police in Ridgefield, Conn., are searching for a "suspicious person" in the area after an unconfirmed report of a man carrying a rifle at a train station. Authorities, including state police and K-9 units, are scouring the Branchville train station for any sign of the man, Det. Steve Papstein of the Ridgefield Police Department told FoxNews.com. "We´re still looking in the area," Papstein said. "We don´t know if the person is armed." Just before 8 a.m., a woman called police saying she saw a white male, dressed in black, carrying what looked like a weapon over his shoulder at the train station.
Two people were wounded late Sunday when gunfire erupted at a local movie theater, sending panicked moviegoers rushing to exits and ducking for cover, police and witnesses said. A lone suspect was in custody after being wounded by an unidentified law enforcement officer, a Bexar County Sheriff´s Office spokesman said. Conditions of the two people wounded were not immediately released, nor was it disclosed where they were when they were wounded, or the type of gun that was used.Witnesses said numerous shots were fired inside and outside
It is hard to keep a straight face hearing and reading the mainstream media’s accounts of Egypt’s constitutional referendum. Reuters is typical: Yes, the sharia constitution is going to pass, but Islamists achieved only a “slim vote win” which should “embolden” the “opposition” going forward. Cases of spring fever abound in the West, but this one is clearly terminal. The sharia constitution is not winning by a slim margin. It is winning in a landslide. At the moment, the vote stands at about 56.5% to 43.5% against the “opposition” —
The legislation to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy has been turned into something of a mini auto bailout, according to those familiar with the Obama administration´s request. The request includes millions of dollars worth of cars, to be paid for by the federal government. Obama´s request, as detailed in a letter sent to Capitol Hill by the director of the White House´s Office of Management and Budget, Jeffrey Zients, includes these requests: — “This request would provide $4 million to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to replace vehicles, laboratory and office equipment,
Trenton — Legislation encouraging customers in New Jersey to carry reusable shopping bags and forcing larger retailers to slash distribution of plastic bags gets its first hearing today. The Senate bill requires retailers to charge 15 cents for each single-use plastic or paper bag they give out. It also requires retailers with more than 1,000 feet of space to reduce the number of single-use bags they distribute by 75 percent. The proposal requires retailers to sell reusable bags and switch to compostable plastic or recyclable paper bags. Supporters say the production of plastic and paper bags in the U.S.
COLUMBIA — Media reports say Gov. Nikki Haley today will appoint North Charleston’s Tim Scott as South Carolina’s next U.S. senator, making him the first African-American senator from the South since Reconstruction. The New York Times first reported the appointment, citing multiple Republican sources. Haley will make her pick official at noon today during a Statehouse press conference. Her appointee will succeed the resigning Jim DeMint, who is leaving to head up the Heritage Foundation early next year. Scott’s Washington, D.C. spokesman Sean Smith said he could not confirm reports his boss was the pick
Fox News Host Mike Huckabee moved Fox & Friends host Gretchen Carlson to tears on Monday in a discussion about God and religion in the wake of the mass murder in Connecticut on Friday. After saying that no one “should be surprised” by the attack because schools have become a place free of religion, Huckabee softened his tone. He said that Americans should no longer be ashamed of their belief in a higher power and turn to morality before the tragedy rather than after. (Snip) “I’m not suggesting by any stretch that if we had prayer in