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Ben Carson: 'Body With Bullet Holes' Preferable to Gun Control

(Rolling Stone) Carson took to Facebook Monday night to answer a question about whether the recent mass shooting in Roseburg, Oregon, changed his thoughts about the Second Amendment.

"There is no doubt that this senseless violence is breathtaking," Carson wrote, "but I never saw a body with bullet holes that was more devastating than taking the right to arm ourselves away."


The States With The Most Gun Laws See The Fewest Gun-Related Deaths

(National Journal) While it’s cer­tainly true that a num­ber of factors con­trib­ute to the high rates of gun vi­ol­ence in the U.S., a com­par­is­on of state laws versus rates of shoot­ing deaths does show a cor­rel­a­tion. The states that im­pose the most re­stric­tions on gun users also have the low­est rates of gun-re­lated deaths, while states with few­er reg­u­la­tions typ­ic­ally have a much high­er death rate from guns.


Alabama Congresswoman Asks DOJ To Investigate DMV Closures

(TPM) The U.S. House member representing Alabama's only majority minority district district has requested that the Department of Justice investigate the closure of 31 driver's licenses offices in the state as a possible violation of her constituents' constitutional right to vote.

Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL) released a letter Monday to Attorney General Loretta Lynch asking the department to investigate the closures in a state which requires government-issued photo IDs to vote. Eight of the 14 counties in Sewell's district will be without a DMV, the letter said.


Mark Kelly calls for nationwide gun-control campaign

(The Hill) Mark Kelly, the husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was seriously injured in a mass shooting, is calling on people across the country to pressure Congress for more gun control in the wake of a mass shooting in Oregon.

Kelly, who founded Americans for Responsible Solutions, a group in favor of tighter firearm restrictions, said 40 percent of guns are sold without background checks.


Ben Bernanke: More execs should have gone to jail for causing Great Recession

(USA Today) "I think there was a reasonably good chance that, barring stabilization of the financial system, that we could have gone into a 1930s-style depression," he says now in an interview with USA TODAY. "The panic that hit us was enormous — I think the worst in U.S. history."

With publication of his memoir, The Courage to Act, on Tuesday by W.W. Norton & Co., Bernanke has some thoughts about what went right and what went wrong. For one thing, he says that more corporate executives should have gone to jail for their misdeeds. The Justice Department and other law-enforcement agencies focused on indicting or threatening to indict financial firms, he notes, "but it would have been my preference to have more investigation of individual action, since obviously everything what went wrong or was illegal was done by some individual, not by an abstract firm."


Shooter's Dad: “If Chris hadn’t been able to get ahold of 13 guns, this never would have happened”

(Addicting Info) That’s just the thing. It seems that the guns were legally purchased. This obviously deranged individual had access to guns that he never should have had. In this version of the NRA’s America, these things happen because we live in a culture where people believe that anyone and everyone should be able to get as many guns as they want, as often as they want, whenever they want. To that end, we have the Chris Harper Mercers of the world shooting places up when their already fragile minds finally snap.


Planned Parenthood: “It is extraordinary that someone running for president would lie in that way”

(The Hill) Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards took Carly Fiorina to task for her “lie” about a video that purports to show a live-birth abortion at a women’s health center

“It is extraordinary that someone running for president would lie in that way,” Richards said in an interview on NBC's “Meet the Press” aired on Sunday. “This has been completely discredited by every reputable news source. And yet Carly Fiorina seems to continue to repeat the same lie.”


This Is Not OK America: "More preschoolers are shot dead each year than police officers"

(NYT) First, we need to comprehend the scale of the problem: It’s not just occasional mass shootings like the one at an Oregon college on Thursday, but a continuous deluge of gun deaths, an average of 92 every day in America. Since 1970, more Americans have died from guns than died in all U.S. wars going back to the American Revolution.

In America, more preschoolers are shot dead each year (82 in 2013) than police officers are in the line of duty (27 in 2013), according to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the FBI.

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