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Fact-Checking Feinstein on the Assault Weapons Ban

by Lois Beckett ProPublica, Sep. 24, 2014, 11:57 a.m.

In the ten years since the federal assault weapons ban expired, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has kept trying to renew the law, which she authored. In a press release this month honoring the 20th anniversary of the ban, she wrote, “The evidence is clear: the ban worked.”

But gun violence experts say the exact opposite. “There is no compelling evidence that it saved lives,” Duke University public policy experts Philip Cook and Kristin Goss wrote in their book “The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know.”

A definitive study of the 1994 law 2013 which prohibited the manufacture and sale of semiautomatic guns with “military-style features” such pistol grips or bayonet mounts as well as ...

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Courage

We’re surrounded by a world that demands we submit, succumb and believe in nothing. It takes courage to face a world at its worst — knowing what must be done, won’t be done unless you do it. It’s what Good Guys do. Join the 5 million men and women of the NRA.

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A plea for constitutional literacy on Constitution Day

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By Ben S. Carson – The Washington Times – Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Earlier this summer, I managed to perplex, perhaps even offend, a famous TV interviewer when I declared I wanted a federal government that followed the U.S. Constitution. Seemingly aghast, the interviewer went so far as to suggest my position was a “highly charged thing to say.” Imagine that. A journalist who, owing to the Constitution, has…
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Why Do Democrats Keep Trying to Ban Guns That Look Scary, Not the Guns That Kill the Most People?

by Lois Beckett ProPublica, Sep. 12, 2014, 4:23 p.m.

Over the past two decades, the majority of Americans in a country deeply divided over gun control have coalesced behind a single proposition: The sale of assault weapons should be banned.

That idea was one of the pillars of the Obama administration’s plan to curb gun violence, and it remains popular with the public. In a poll last December, 59 percent of likely voters said they favor a ban.

But in the 10 years since the previous ban lapsed, even gun control advocates acknowledge a larger truth: The law that barred the sale of assault weapons from 1994 to 2004 made little difference.

It turns out that big, scary military rifles don’t kill the vast majority of the 11,000 Americans murdered with guns each year. Little handguns do.

In 2012,...

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KochLand

The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) today launched a $400,000 television ad campaign highlighting Terri Lynn Land’s Senate campaign’s support from the out?of-state oil billionaire Koch Brothers, who have used Michigan as a dumping ground for pollution. The first ad, “Koch Land,” begins airing this week in the Grand Rapids media market.

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