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Name: Sean
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Hometown: Asheville NC
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Current location: Arlington VA
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So Hillary just told Chris Wallace

She does not want to see Heller overturned but does want Congress to enact reasonable gun control laws. The Heller piece won't endear her to those who support gun confiscation.

'It's a matter of survival': the black Americans fighting for gun rights

For Randall, who leads one of a small but growing number of groups organising and training for the armed self-defence of black areas, the stakes are high. Only 10 days before our sit-down, a young black man named Micah Johnson shot 14 police officers in the downtown area, killing five. The increasing friction between the black community, the police, and rightwing or white supremacist activists who’ve been drawn to Dallas in the wake of the killings has been noticeable, he says.

Randall’s group may be in a radical minority, but he is part of a much larger body of African American opinion which is pro-firearms and pro-second amendment. Not everyone in that category shares Randall’s broader political views, but many see guns as a way of being safe in a country that is dangerous for black citizens.
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In 2014, Pew found that 19% of black Americans reported owning a gun, compared with 41% of white Americans. More recent surveys indicate a slight weakening in what overall is strong black support for greater gun control. But other data from late in 2014 suggests that more than half of black Americans still think that owning a gun makes someone safer.

If we accept the accuracy of these figures, there seems to be a large gap between the number of people who think guns would make them safer, and the number who actually go out and get a firearm.



https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jul/27/african-american-black-gun-rights-second-amendment

Massachusetts AG told: Gun directive is a 'whole new law'

So Healey's unilateral decision to ban firearms that aren't actually banned by Massachusetts' assault weapons law has drawn a rebuke from 58 lawmakers, including 14 Democrats:

Angered by her announcement last week that her office will step up its enforcement of the state's assault weapons ban, a bipartisan group of 58 lawmakers sent Attorney General Maura Healey a letter over the weekend opposing "in the strongest possible terms" her decision and the way she announced it.

Healey last week announced that she will crack down on enforcement of the state's 1998 assault weapons ban, specifically focusing on what she called "copycat" versions or duplicates of firearms banned under that law.

A gun qualifies as a forbidden copycat if it is "substantially similar in construction and configuration" to one of the banned guns or has interchangeable key parts, according to the enforcement notice.

"For the last 18 years, the law has been implemented and enforced consistently, both by your office and your predecessors," the legislators wrote. "Your new directive, which has been presented by your office as nothing more than a closing of 'loopholes' in the current law, appears in fact to be much more than that: the enforcement of a whole new law that unfairly infringes on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners in Massachusetts."


More here - http://www.telegram.com/article/20160725/NEWS/160729463

Watching CNN coverage and Van Jones (and others) thinks that the Dems need to do a better job

Standing up against the killing of police officers. This is a politically charged issue. Thoughts?

On edit, "and others" refers to other CNN commentators.

"Yes, of course Donald Trump can win" - article from the WaPo

Excerpt from the article:

Clinton is a uniquely flawed candidate. She has been in the national eye for a very long time and people have largely made up their minds about her. It is very hard for her to change those perceptions. What that means is she has a hard and relatively low vote ceiling; no matter what she says or does (or what Trump says or does) there is a rock-hard group of people who will not vote for her.

In a binary choice election — which is what this is — Trump benefits from the fact that he is simply not Clinton. What's happened to date in the race — pre-GOP convention — is that support has peeled off Clinton but not gone to Trump. Rather, it's moved to "undecided." The GOP convention, as Philip Bump documented here, led to some movement to Trump. Hence the tightening in polls.

What this all means is that the race is close today and there's plenty of reason to believe it will stay like that all the way until the election. For those who say Trump can't win, you probably said he would have never made it this far. All assumptions need to go out the window in an election like this one. Trump seems to understand that.


Trump is a terrible candidate, completely unsuitable and it is appalling that he even in in the discussion for the presidency. At the same time, Hillary has been in the public eye for so long that I don't expect her numbers to change much for better or worse. People made up their minds a long time ago about whether they will vote for her. Another article I read stated that this election almost comes down to a generic Dem against a generic Republican, and we need to make sure and get out the vote in November.

Rest of the WaPo article here - https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/07/25/yes-of-course-donald-trump-can-win/

This is the type of senseless crime

That doesn't make national news but that occurs entirely too often across this country. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/car-stolen-from-68-year-old-man-slain-after-pumping-gas-found-burned-in-dc/2016/07/22/dd030c2a-5024-11e6-aa14-e0c1087f7583_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-cards_mhp-card-local%3Ahomepage%2Fcard

A majority of these types of crimes are committed by people who either are convicted felons that should not have a gun or purchased their gun illegally. This criminal obviously wasn't dissuaded by DC's strict gun control laws and ban on public carry.

"An Indian rape survivor was allegedly raped again by the same five men"



What is wrong with people? And what is wrong with the justice system in some countries?

A 20-year-old college student was found in the roadside bushes of a small northern Indian city last week, raped and left for dead. In the days afterward, a shocking possibility came to light: Her attackers may be the same five men who had raped her three years earlier but were out on bail. They allegedly raped her again because she had been so steadfast in her case against them.


https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/07/17/an-indian-rape-survivor-was-allegedly-raped-again-by-the-same-five-men/?hpid=hp_rhp-moretopstories2_no-name%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

538's take on the state of the race

Nate has Hillary's win chances at 65% but thinks there is a "high" or "very high" level of uncertainty in the outcome. PA, OH and FL are the key states and all three are close. He thinks Hillary should be concerned that these states are so close after the money spent there. http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/election-update-10-questions-about-where-the-2016-race-stands/

The Turkey coup

Rattled me a bit. I always thought of Turkey as a fairly stable country, and a military coup there reminds me that every country is susceptible to these types of acts.

NY Times/CBS Poll Hillary 40% Trump 40%

"Poll Finds Emails Weighing on Hillary Clinton, Now Tied With Donald Trump"
Hillary Clinton has emerged from the F.B.I. investigation into her email practices as secretary of state a wounded candidate with a large and growing majority of voters saying she cannot be trusted, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.

As Mrs. Clinton prepares to accept the Democratic Party’s nomination at the convention in Philadelphia this month, she will confront an electorate in which 67 percent of voters say she is not honest and trustworthy. That number is up five percentage points from a CBS News poll conducted last month, before the F.B.I. released its findings.

Mrs. Clinton’s six-percentage-point lead over the presumptive Republican nominee, Donald J. Trump, in a CBS News poll last month has evaporated. The two candidates are now tied in a general election matchup, the new poll indicates, with each receiving the support of 40 percent of voters.


http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/15/us/politics/hillary-clinton-donald-trump-poll.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0

I still think Hillary has a slight lead nationally but the polls show a tightening race. The debates will be crucial, as will the get out the vote. If Dems turn out Hillary will win.
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