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    by Published on 06-24-2016 06:00 AM
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    By Elizabeth Harrington

    Report: Non-military federal agencies spend $1.48 billion on guns and ammo since 2006

    There are now more non-military government employees who carry guns than there are U.S. Marines, according to a new report.

    Open the Books, a taxpayer watchdog group, released a study Wednesday that finds domestic government agencies continue to grow their stockpiles of military-style weapons, as Democrats sat on the House floor calling for more restrictions on what guns American citizens can buy.

    The “Militarization of America” report found civilian agencies spent $1.48 billion on guns, ammunition, and military-style equipment between 2006 and 2014. Examples include IRS agents with AR-15s, and EPA bureaucrats wearing camouflage.
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    by Published on 06-22-2016 06:40 AM
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    By AWR Hawkins

    During the June 19 airing of ABC’s This Week, Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) dodged questions regarding the impotency of his gun control proposal by suggesting it is not fair to judge gun control based on whether it works.
    Murphy made the suggestion in an exchange with host Jon Karl, after Karl pointed out that Murphy’s push to expand background checks to gun shows had no relevance to the details of the Pulse Orlando attack. In fact, Karl said, “Your proposal would have done nothing in the case of Orlando, it would have done nothing to stop the killing in San Bernardino.”

    Karl added that Murphy’s push to expand background checks to gun shows would not have stopped the attack on Sandy Hook Elementary either. He then asked why Murphy was spending so much energy proposing legislation that has nothing to do with the “massacre” in Orlando?
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    by Published on 06-16-2016 06:03 AM
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    By AWR Hawkins

    On June 15 Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) joined Democrats’ filibuster for gun control and suggested the Orlando terror attack provides an “opportunity” to secure new gun laws.
    Toomey was joined by Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE), who also filibustered with the Democrats.

    According to McClatchy DC, Toomey said he sees “an obvious opportunity here.” And The Hill reports that Toomey “came to the Senate floor urging his colleagues to compromise.”

    Toomey is being lobbied by Michael Bloomberg-funded Everytown for Gun Safety, which “wants Congress to give the FBI authority to block gun sales to suspected terrorists.” Suspected terrorists are already named in the terror watchlist and they are already denied the ability to pass a background check and acquire a firearm. Suspected Orlando attacker Omar Mateen was not on a watchlist and had no criminal record, so there was nothing to prevent him from passing a background check.
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    by Published on 06-14-2016 05:06 AM
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    By AWR Hawkins



    Shares of Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger & Company soared the day after the heinous Orlando terror attack.
    MySanAntonio reports that Smith & Wesson jumped approximately 11 percent, while Ruger rose 8 percent. Similar surges have occurred after other high-profile attacks as citizens have rushed to buy guns during Obama’s presidency.

    On December 7 — the day after Obama’s terrorism speech — gun stocks rose by similar numbers. NBC News’s Tom Winter, reported that Smith & Wesson stock rose 6.5 percent on December 7 and was “up nearly $2 in the [prior] week alone.” Market Watch reported that Smith & Wesson wasn’t alone. Sturm, Ruger & Co. rose over 7 percent on December 7, too.
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    by Published on 06-07-2016 06:05 AM
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    By AWR Hawkins

    FBI figures show that May 2016 was the thirteenth consecutive month of record background checks for retail gun sales.
    The current string of checks began in May 2015, when 1,580,980 background checks set the record for the month of May.

    Every month since May 2015 has continued to set a record–i.e., June 2015 had more background checks than any June on record, July had more background checks than any July on record, August more than any other August, and so on.

    Now May 2016 has broken the record set in May 2015.
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