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Clinton and Trump on Guns

Trump, the GOP presidential nominee, is a lifelong member of the National Rifle Association who believes the Second Amendment provides an absolute right to buy and own firearms. Democrat Clinton has advocated limiting the sales and possession of guns.

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Worse Police Shooting Ever?

The body camera video released yesterday as evidence in the up-coming 2nd degree murder trials of two Louisiana police officers isn’t particularly graphic, but it nonetheless heartbreaking. Police have released body camera footage showing two officers firing on a car and killing a six-year-old boy in Louisiana. Jeremy Mardis was fatally shot by officers Derrick Stafford, 32, and Norris Greenhouse Jr, 23, last November in Marksville as they pursued his father, Chris Few. Prosecutors and defense attorneys previously described in writing how the footage depicts the shooting, which stops less than a minute into the video. The rest of the 14 minutes of footage shows the aftermath of the shooting, as the officer with the body camera checks on the lifeless body of Jeremy Mardis while his critically wounded father lies bleeding on the pavement. When the news media covers an officer-involved shooting, they almost always get it wrong. They simply don’t have the defensive firearms training or grasp the nuances of firearms laws, or recognize what information officers are keying off of in a deadly force encounter which influences their decision to open fire. As a result, they almost always overplay how bad a shooting is, and often portray even clearly justifiable self-defense shootings by officers as criminal acts.   Read...

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Guns-Rights Advocates Explain Their Cause—and Their Game Plan

You file lawsuits to protect people’s Second Amendment rights, and your most recent one in California seeks to establish a right to “bear arms” publicly for self-defense. Why is that? We sued about seven years ago in the Peruta case in San Diego, because the sheriff there wasn’t giving out gun-carry permits unless you had “good cause.” [That case led to a defeat of the pro-gun side in the federal appeals court in San Francisco. The court gave local law enforcement officials broad leeway to deny concealed-carry licenses.] At roughly the same time, the state of California effectively eliminated by...

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How 2016 Could Be Pivotal in the Battle Over Guns

Nearly four years ago, the junior US senator from Connecticut was thrust into a national tragedy when a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. Since that day, Sen. Chris Murphy has been among the leading voices in the Democratic Party for gun control. In June, he conducted a 15-hour filibuster that helped gather nearly every Senate Democrat for a sit-in and drew widespread media coverage. Mother Jones spoke recently with Sen. Murphy about his efforts on gun violence, the fraught presidential election, and his plans to keep taking on the gun...

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