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    by Published on 09-02-2015 05:29 AM
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    By AWR Hawkins

    On September 1 GOP presidential hopeful Jeb Bush told students at Miami’s La Progressiva Presbyterian that gun control laws should be handled on a state-by-state basis rather than through the federal government.

    Bush said, “The federal government shouldn’t be involved in gun laws because the country’s very different,” indicating that in some parts of the country guns are more deeply woven into the culture than in others. Therefore, he contended that gun laws should be decided by legislators who are closer to the people rather than in DC.

    According to KHBS/KHOG-TV, Bush said, “You go to a rural area, where guns are part of the culture, (and) to impose laws from Washington that are going to work in New York City, or work in a rural area, makes no sense.”
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    by Published on 09-01-2015 05:22 AM
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    By AWR Hawkins

    On August 30, Andy Parker, the father of slain WDBJ reporter Alison Parker, indicated he has already “been in contact with Mark Kelly” and with associates of Michael Bloomberg to get his best trajectory for a gun control push.

    Breitbart News previously reported that Andy began pushing gun control on August 26—the very day his daughter was murdered—and by August 30, he was pushing issues for which Mark Kelly and Bloomberg-sponsored groups have also campaigned.

    For example, he called for the closure of so-called loopholes in background checks, for the expansion of background checks, for more more regulations on gun show sales, and for the implementation of “gun violence restraining” orders in Virginia.
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    by Published on 08-31-2015 05:31 AM
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    By AWR Hawkins

    A new study conducted by the University of Chicago Crime Lab, inmates in the Cook County jail said they get they guns on the streets from “personal connections” rather that outlets like guns shows and the internet.

    The study focused on “inmates who were facing gun charges or whose criminal background involved gun crimes.”

    According to the Chicago-Tribune, Crime lab co-director Harold Pollack said the study shows that “some of the pathways [regarding guns] people are concerned about don’t seem so dominant.” He said very few inmates indicated using gun shows or the internet. Rather, they get the guns in undetectable ways on the street. He said the inmates know they run the risk of being caught by police but “were less concerned about getting caught by the cops than being put in the position of not having a gun to defend themselves and then getting shot.”

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    by Published on 08-28-2015 05:42 AM
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    By AWR Hawkins

    Following Allison Parker’s August 26 shooting death at the hands of former station employee Vester Lee Flanagan, her father, Andy Parker, vowed to “shame politicians” into supporting more gun control.

    According to Mail Online, Andy said, “I am going to do something, whatever it takes, to shame legislators about closing loopholes in background checks to make sure crazy people don’t get guns.”

    But here’s problem—there are no “loopholes” in the background check system and, although Flanagan was admittedly angry and churning inside, there were no legal grounds on which to deny him a gun purchase. No one has come forward to show that he had a criminal record or an order to undergo a psychiatric evaluation or involuntary mental health treatment, so no criteria exists to deny him a gun purchase.
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    by Published on 08-26-2015 05:49 AM
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    By AWR Hawkins

    In a case regarding a specific gun control law which bans “unauthorized aliens” (illegal immigrants) from possessing firearms in the United States, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit did the work of a contortionist by upholding the law while also pointing out that they “see no principled way to carve out the Second Amendment and say that the unauthorized (or maybe all noncitizens) are excluded.”

    In a word—illegal immigrants have Second Amendment rights too.

    The case was titled United States v. Meza-Rodriguez, and the decision was handed down on August 20.

    The Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel reports that the decision was written by Judge Diane Wood “for a panel that included Judges Frank Easterbrook and Joel Flaum.”

    As for the background to the case, Wood explained that “Mariano Meza-Rodriguez, a citizen of Mexico, was arrested in August 2013… [and found to be] carrying a .22 caliber cartridge.” Because he did not have “documentation” to show that he was in the United States lawfully, he was charged as being in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(5), which forbids illegal immigrants from possessing firearms in the United States.
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