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JFK assassination sowed seeds of failure for gun-control efforts

JFK assassination sowed seeds of failure for gun-control efforts


CHICAGO _ When a couple armed with assault rifles slaughtered 14 people at a holiday gathering in San Bernardino, California, this month, U.S. gun control advocates saw an opportunity. President Barack Obama lamented that "in America it's way too easy for dangerous people to get their hands on a gun" and said making it harder was the only right response.

Within a day, the Republican-controlled Senate rejected an expansion of background checks for gun buyers and defeated a law barring individuals on the terror watch list from purchasing firearms. Before the Christmas break, an effort to lift a 17- year-old ban on nearly all government research into gun violence was also defeated.

The origins of this familiar impasse lie in a congressional battle nearly five decades ago following some of the most traumatic political assassinations in the country's history: a president, his brother and two civil rights leaders. The White House pushed -- and failed -- to require that guns be licensed and gun owners registered right after the killings of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy in 1968.

"The template was established in the 1960s," said Joseph Califano, chief domestic affairs adviser to President Lyndon Johnson. "With all the clout we had, we couldn't do it."
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-wp-blm-guns-4832d1f2-a97b-11e5-b596-113f59ee069a-20151226-story.html

Threats, harassment, vandalism at mosques reach record high

Threats, harassment, vandalism at mosques reach record high



(CNN)Gunshots fired into a mosque in Connecticut. Armed men protesting the "Islamization of America" outside Islamic centers in Texas. Death threats called in to mosques in Florida, Maryland and Virginia.

Anecdotal evidence suggests 2015, a year bookended by murderous attacks carried out in the name of Islam, has been one of the most intensely anti-Muslim periods in American history. A new study shared with CNN puts statistical heft behind that suspicion.

Through December 8, American mosques and Islamic centers have been the victims of vandalism, harassment and anti-Muslim bigotry at least 63 times this year, the Council on American-Islamic Relations says in the study. That's the highest number since the Muslim civil rights group began keeping track in 2009 and a threefold increase over last year.

The previous high was 53 incidents in 2010, during the controversy over the "ground zero mosque" near the site of the 9/11 attack in New York. But many of those incidents concerned bias at zoning hearings for new mosques. This year's hostilities have a sharper edge.
http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/10/living/mosques-attack-study-2015/index.html

Connecticut to limit access to guns for people on watch lists: governor

Connecticut to limit access to guns for people on watch lists: governor

Connecticut would become the first U.S. state to ban the sale of guns to people on government watch lists under an executive order that Governor Dannel Malloy, a Democrat, said on Thursday he will sign.

The measure, which Malloy said needs federal approval, would require state police to review whether a potential gun buyer was on the federal no-fly list or on a watchlist for people suspected of ties to terrorism.

It would also revoke existing gun permits issued to people whose names were found on such a list.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-connecticut-guns-idUSKBN0TT2EM20151210#bg2RKFf8I9ZFH6fU.99

When did Democrats change from opposing Republican unconstitutional rights violations to expanding them? These list were illegal from the day they were conceived and are just as wrong today.


St. Paul teachers threaten strike over school violence

St. Paul teachers threaten strike over school violence

To the president of the St. Paul Federation of Teachers — and the union’s 3,800 members — the issue of school safety is important enough to call a strike.

“Ask yourself this,” said Denise Rodriguez, who has led the union for the past year and a half. “Do students and staff deserve to come to work every day and not expect to be assaulted? … Teachers want to know who has our back with this violence.”

The assault last week of a beloved teacher at St. Paul Central has shocked parents, galvanized the union, rattled administrators and is raising troubling questions about student discipline and safety in the St. Paul Public Schools — questions that have plagued the district for the past couple of years.

But, while teachers increasingly talk about being shoved, punched and threatened by students in what they call an escalating hostile environment, no one seems to be able to quantify just how often teachers in the metro area, or elsewhere in Minnesota, are assaulted by those they teach.
http://www.startribune.com/silva-to-address-questions-of-teacher-safety-and-union-s-request-for-mediation/361318431/

The teachers want action taken to make schools safer; the superintendent wants to form a committee to study the issue for a year.

The assault mentions in the article resulted in the teacher being hospitalized with a concussion and traumatic brain injury sustained while he tried to break up a fight over sports statistics.

Town demolishes veteran's house while he has surgery

Town demolishes veteran's house while he has surgery

WEST HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — When a U.S. Navy veteran traveled from Long Island to Florida for a knee replacement, his house was the last thing on his mind. But now his memory of it is all he can think about.

Philip Williams' home was demolished in the spring by town officials while he spent about six months recuperating from surgical complications in Fort Lauderdale. Back in New York, officials in the Town of Hempstead deemed his modest two-story home unfit for habitation and knocked it down.

The 69-year-old has now waged a legal battle against the suburban New York town. He wants reimbursement — for the house and all the belongings inside.

"I'm angry and I'm upset. It's just wrong on so many levels," he said "My mortgage was up to date, my property taxes were up to date ... everything was current and fine."
http://news.yahoo.com/town-demolishes-veterans-house-while-surgery-160829466.html

Mainer who shot intruder sues landlord to keep gun

Mainer who shot intruder sues landlord to keep gun

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A disabled former lobsterman who shot an intruder after buying a gun to defend himself sued his landlord Monday over a policy that prohibits him from keeping a gun in his subsidized apartment.

Harvey Lembo, who uses a motorized wheelchair, was warned by his property management company that tenants are prohibited from having firearms after he shot an alleged burglar in the shoulder after five break-ins.

The lawsuit was filed in Knox County Superior Court.

"We're interested in ensuring that people in Mr. Lembo's position are able to enjoy their full constitution rights, including their right to lawfully possess a firearm in self-defense," said Patrick Strawbridge, his Boston-based attorney.
http://news.yahoo.com/mainer-shot-intruder-sues-landlord-keep-gun-225308533.html

Will someone come along and say he should have ran, er... drove out the other door?

How gun laws put the innocent on trial

Glenn Reynolds: How gun laws put the innocent on trial
Glenn Harlan Reynolds 8:04 a.m. EST November 9, 2015
If you care about civil rights for minorities, gun control is not the answer.


Police are horrible, racist monsters who want to lock up minorities over even trivial violations of the law! And police are also the only ones who should have guns!

These two beliefs, it seems from my observations, are often held by the same people. Yet there is a conflict: If you favor strict gun control laws, laws that will punish people severely simply for possessing a gun or ammunition, then you will wind up throwing a lot more people in jail. And many of those people will be minorities.

This was the point of a talk by George Washington University law professor Robert J. Cottrol at a Georgetown Law School conference on guns and gun rights that I attended last week. As Cottrol noted, “Gun-control laws have a tendency of turning into criminals peaceable citizens whom the state has no reason to have on its radar.”

Cottrol noted that crimes like carrying or owning a pistol without a license are what the law has traditionally termed malum prohibitum — that is, things that are wrong only because they are prohibited. (The contrast is with the other traditional category, malum in se, those things, like rape, robbery, and murder, that are wrong in themselves.)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2015/11/09/glenn-reynolds-gun-control-enforcement-takes-human-toll-column/75414186/

Does anyone really believe it will not aid the for-profit prisons if draconian gun control laws, like the Wisconsin proposed 6-year felony for possession of a semiautomatic weapon http://legis.wisconsin.gov/assembly/78/subeck/media/1149/15-3635_1-002.pdf, get passed?

Glenn Reynolds: How gun laws put the innocent on trial

Glenn Reynolds: How gun laws put the innocent on trial
Glenn Harlan Reynolds 8:04 a.m. EST November 9, 2015
If you care about civil rights for minorities, gun control is not the answer.


Police are horrible, racist monsters who want to lock up minorities over even trivial violations of the law! And police are also the only ones who should have guns!

These two beliefs, it seems from my observations, are often held by the same people. Yet there is a conflict: If you favor strict gun control laws, laws that will punish people severely simply for possessing a gun or ammunition, then you will wind up throwing a lot more people in jail. And many of those people will be minorities.

This was the point of a talk by George Washington University law professor Robert J. Cottrol at a Georgetown Law School conference on guns and gun rights that I attended last week. As Cottrol noted, “Gun-control laws have a tendency of turning into criminals peaceable citizens whom the state has no reason to have on its radar.”

Cottrol noted that crimes like carrying or owning a pistol without a license are what the law has traditionally termed malum prohibitum — that is, things that are wrong only because they are prohibited. (The contrast is with the other traditional category, malum in se, those things, like rape, robbery, and murder, that are wrong in themselves.)

Colo. students in sexting scandal could face felony charges

Source: CBS

Colorado parents are outraged and concerned as school district officials reveal new details on the "large scale" sexting scandal at Canon City High School.

The school district says the scandal involves an equal number of boys and girls -- including some who are only in eighth grade - who could face felony charges. This is forcing parents and administrators to re-evaluate how they monitor teen activity in a high-tech world, reports CBS News correspondent Carter Evans.

At an emergency meeting Thursday night, concerned parents learned that possibly hundreds of students at Canon City High may have been collecting and trading nude pictures of themselves and friends on their cell phones, like trading baseball cards.

"It was flooring to find so many and there are more we don't know about," said Principal Brett Meuli.

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/canon-city-high-school-sexting-scandal-students-could-face-felony-charges/

Mother shot in home invasion fired back, husband says

Mother shot in home invasion fired back, husband says

A community is rallying around a young mother who was shot inside her home in east Charlotte.

Semantha Bunce, 21, remains at Carolinas Medical Center with serious injuries caused by at least two gunshot wounds.

Bunce was shot by intruders who kicked in the front door to her home on Matlea Court Tuesday morning, police said. Those responsible remain on the loose.

On Wednesday, family members shared pictures of the mother and her family, including the couple’s 4-month-old son.

http://m.wsoctv.com/news/news/local/mother-shot-home-invasion-fired-back-family-says/npGTN/

I wonder if any will suggest she be charged?
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