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San Francisco sues gun companies for selling disassembled high-capacity magazines disguised as gun repair kits

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Those sly gun companies. They know exactly how to get around California gun legislation... until they get caught.

Via KTVU:

San Francisco is suing three gun accessories companies and one gun show promoter for selling disassembled high-capacity magazines disguised as gun magazine repair kits in violation of California law.

The gun magazines are like the ones that were used to massacre people in Connecticut and Colorado. The disassembled versions were sold online.

How reassuring to know they were looking out for our Second Amendment right to more efficiently mass murder children.

I'm proud to say that home state of California bans the sale of new high-capacity magazines, so this was a big no-no.

The companies being sued are 44Mag Distributing in Oregon, Exile Machine in Texas, and Copes Distributing in Ohio.  Gun show promoter B & L Productions in Utah is also named in the suit.

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Pres. Obama uses executive power to move gun safety agenda forward

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President Obama is doing what he can to prevent more gun deaths. Amazing, isn't it, that gun zealots think the ability to gun down a couple of dozen children within a five minute span is less important than legally brandishing a weapon that nobody needs to own?

Remarkable, isn't it, that their needless paranoia about the big bad black man in the White House and his non-existent stomping on their constitutional rights takes precedence over common sense solutions to assault weapons and other firearms falling into the wrong hands?

Every little tiny inch of movement on gun safety measures helps to save lives. But to the NRA, it's not their members who matter, it's the gun industry and all that cash they pour into the NRA's pockets.

Via The Hill:

The president has used his executive powers to bolster the national background check system, jumpstart government research on the causes of gun violence and create a million-dollar ad campaign aimed at safe gun ownership.

The executive steps will give federal law enforcement officials access to more data about guns and their owners, help keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill, and lay the groundwork for future legislative efforts.
 
It is unclear whether the National Rifle Association (NRA) will challenge any of the executive actions in court.

If you missed the president's passionate speech yesterday, it's right here.

The move, and several more like it, is aimed at strengthening the quality and quantity of records contained within the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), according to a DOJ spokeswoman.

For years, federal law enforcement officials and gun control advocates have complained that the NICS gun records are not complete, making it easier for people with criminal records and mental illnesses to buy guns

Ooo, scary! Better start hoarding more guns in case the guv'mint comes after you! Seriously, why are gun owners more afraid of an elected official who has never made a move to go after them (let alone go after real criminals like the ones in the Bush administration), and less afraid of (and willing to arm) those who have actually committed mass murder?

More terrifying details here about how that power-hungry Marxist Kenyan dictator, President Obama, is trying to keep more Americans from being slaughtered.

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Dep't. of Irony: Harry Reid’s office thinks GOP filibuster threat on gun measures is "outrageous"

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Per Livewire, here is the message coming out of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's office after Ted Cruz said he would use "any procedural means necessary" to thwart the proposed gun safety legislation that President Obama was so passionate about today:

"While this threat is entirely unsurprising, it's outrageous that these senators are unwilling to even engage in a debate over gun violence in America," Reid's spokesman Adam Jentleson said in a statement to TPM. "No matter your opinion on this issue, we should all be able to agree with President Obama when he said that the children and teachers of Newtown, along with all other Americans who have been victims of gun violence, at least deserve a vote."

Jentleson and Reid are absolutely right, the measures do deserve a vote, and if there were any justice, they would pass with flying colors.

But rather than common sense and decency, we're seeing the same old GOP obstruction. How’s that gentleman’s agreement with Mitch McConnell workin’ for ya, Harry?

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VIDEO-- Pres. Obama: "I haven't forgotten those kids! Shame on us if we've forgotten" #Newtown. "Turn that heartbreak into something real."

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UPDATE: As Obama Calls On Nation To Remember Newtown, Rubio Pledges To Block Gun Reform

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President Obama spoke at the White House on common sense gun safety proposals. Here are some highlights:

The grief doesn't ever go away. That loss, that pain sticks with you.

That agony burns deep in the families of thousands, thousands of Americans who've been stolen from our lives by a bullet from a gun over these last hundred days.

Everything they lived for and hoped for taken away in an instant.

I called on Congress to give these proposals a vote, and in just a couple of weeks, they will.

All of [the reforms] are consistent with the Second Amendment, none of them will infringe on the rights of responsible gun owners. What they will do is keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people who put others at risk. This is our best chance in more than a decade to take common sense steps that will save lives.

If there is a step we can take that will save just one child, just one parent, just another town from experiencing the same grief that some of the moms and dads who are here have endured, then we should be doing it! We have an obligation to try.

None of these ideas should be controversial. Why wouldn't we want to make it more difficult for a dangerous person to get his or her hands on a gun? Why wouldn't we want to close the loopholes that allows as many as many as 40% of all gun purchases to take place without a background check? Why wouldn't we do that?

90% of Americans, 90%, support background checks... more than 80% of Republicans agree! More than  80% of gun owners agree! Think about that. How often do 90% of Americans agree on anything?

There's absolutely no reason why we can't get this done.

There are some powerful voices on the other side that are interested in running out the clock or changing the subject or driving out the majority of the American people to prevent any of these reforms from happening at all. ... Their assumption is that people will just forget about it.

Let me tell you, the people here don't forget... Hadiya's mom hasn't forgotten.

...We've moved on to other things? That's not who we are.

Less than 100 days ago that happened. And the entire country was shocked. The entire country pledged we would do something about it and this time would be different. Shame on us if we've forgotten!

I haven't forgotten those kids. Shame on us if we've forgotten.

Nothing is more powerful than millions of voices calling for change.

Speak up! We need your voices in this debate!

We need everybody to remember how we felt 100 days ago and make sure that what we said at that time wasn't just a bunch of platitudes, that we meant it.

Tears aren't enough... Speeches aren't enough.

What we're proposing is not radical. It's not taking away anybody's gun rights. It's something that, if we are serious, we will do. Now's the time to turn that heartbreak into something real.

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VIDEO-- Demand Action: "Don't let the memory of #Newtown fade without doing something real."

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I'll post President Obama's speech as soon as it becomes available. Meantime, Demand Action just released this video:

Mayors Against Illegal Guns has released the first television ad featuring family members of those killed at Sandy Hook calling on political leaders to support sensible reforms like comprehensive and enforceable background checks.

The ad features Neil Heslin, father of Jesse Lewis; Chris and Lynn McDonnell, parents of Grace McDonnell; Jillian Soto, sister of Vicki Soto; and Terri and Gilles Rousseau, parents of Lauren Rousseau.

I also got this email today:

MAYORS AGAINST ILLEGAL GUNS LEADS NATIONAL “DAY TO DEMAND ACTION” TO FIGHT GUN VIOLENCE

Coalition Also Releases First Ad Featuring Newtown Family Members Demanding Political Leaders Pass Commonsense Reforms-- More than 120 Events Taking Place Across the Nation – and at The White House – to Drive Largest Day of Advocacy in U.S. History Ever to Address Gun Violence; www.DemandAction.org/March28

Mayors Against Illegal Guns also released the first television ad featuring family members of those killed at Sandy Hook calling on political leaders to support sensible reforms like comprehensive and enforceable background checks.  The ad can be viewed here: www.DemandAction.org/Newtown-Families

The ad, airing in the Hartford market and focused on pending Connecticut legislation, features Neil Heslin, father of Jesse Lewis; Chris and Lynn McDonnell, parents of Grace McDonnell; Jillian Soto, sister of Vicky Soto; and Terri and Gilles Rousseau, parents of Lauren Rousseau.  In the ad, family members call on leaders to remember their loved ones and prevent other families from experiencing the toll of gun violence by taking real action to pass commonsense gun law reforms. 

“From President Obama to Newtown families to the many Americans and mayors in both political parties coming together at events across the country today, the call for Congress to take action to prevent gun violence is loud and clear,” said Mayors Against Illegal Guns Co-Chair and New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.  “We cannot afford to wait for another tragedy – it’s long past time for elected officials to listen to their constituents and pass reforms like comprehensive background checks that we know will save lives.”

“Never before have so many Americans come together to say ‘enough is enough’ and demand action from our leaders in Washington,” said Mayors Against Illegal Guns Co-Chair and Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino. “The Senate now has the opportunity to take a vote that the American people are demanding to make our neighborhoods safer.  The time has come to pass legislation and make reform a reality.”

The National Day to Demand Action – organized by Mayors Against Illegal Guns in conjunction with Organizing for Action, Americans for Responsible Solutions and other groups – will feature hundreds of mayors, law enforcement officials, faith leaders, gun violence survivors and family members who want Congress to take immediate action to strengthen our background check system and reduce gun violence.  The day is expected to be the largest gun violence advocacy event in history and is part of the largest field campaign in U.S. history to address gun violence.  The coalition recently announced that it is hiring dozens of organizers and opening campaign offices in ten states. 

In addition to the National Day to Demand Action, the bipartisan coalition is also broadcasting television ads demanding action from U.S. Senators.   The Senate is expected to take up gun violence prevention legislation when it reconvenes in the second week of April.  The ads can be found here: www.demandaction.org/recessads    

A partial list of major events taking place across the country is available here.   

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VIDEO-- "NOT included in sequestration were those mandatory programs: Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, Pell grants."

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Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI):

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"... Very important for people to understand that what was NOT included in the sequestration were those programs, those mandatory programs: Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, food stamps, Pell grants. And what the Republicans would love to see is for this president to serve up on a silver platter these programs, and not just make some changes in them, but structural changes to undermine the programs. ... Ultimately, in order to end the sequester, that is the demand that they're making on the president, that he make structural changes to Medicare and Social Security."

The GOP is on the losing side of every issue and they know it. They become more desperate each day, so they resort to blaming President Obama for anything and everything while sticking to the same old policies that lost them the election in November.

They know America stands firmly with the Dems, but that won't stop them from trying to destroy the very programs that the poor, sick, and elderly depend on so that their top 1% buddies can get their tax breaks. America first!

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Assault weapons ban worked in Virginia. Researcher: “I was skeptical that the ban would be effective, and I was wrong."

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Dems often have the facts on their side of arguments, and we know how Republicans hate that. Reality has a liberal bias, right? The other day, in an article  in the Washington Post by David S. Fallis, this reality was reported:

During the 10-year federal ban on assault weapons, the percentage of firearms equipped with high-capacity magazines seized by police agencies in Virginia dropped, only to rise sharply once the restrictions were lifted in 2004, according to an analysis by The Washington Post. [...]

In Virginia, The Post found that the rate at which police recovered firearms with high-capacity magazines — mostly handguns and, to a smaller extent, rifles — began to drop around 1998, four years into the ban. It hit a low of 9 percent of the total number of guns recovered the year the ban expired, 2004.

The next year, the rate began to climb and continued to rise in subsequent years, reaching 20 percent in 2010, according to the analysis of a little-known Virginia database of guns recovered by police. In the period The Post studied, police in Virginia recovered more than 100,000 firearms, more than 14,000 of which had high-capacity magazines.

To some researchers, the snapshot in Virginia suggests that the federal ban may have started to curb the widespread availability of the larger magazines.

I was skeptical that the ban would be effective, and I was wrong,” said Garen Wintemute, head of the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California at Davis School of Medicine. The database analysis offers “about as clear an example as we could ask for of evidence that the ban was working.”

The massacre in Tucson by Jared Lee Loughner prompted the Post analysis.  As you may recall, he killed six people and shot Gabby Giffords and 12 others with a legally purchased semiautomatic handgun and a 33-round magazine. After that, there was one mass shooting after another, many involving shooters using high-capacity magazines.

The federal ban that expired in 2004 required magazines to hold no more than 10 rounds. There was a Big However though, because large capacity magazines manufactured before the ban could still be sold.

The research overall has not been as definitive, as was noted in a 2004 report that said, “Success in reducing criminal use of the banned guns and magazines has been mixed.” But it's pretty obvious that it is easier to mass kill when you can spray a larger number of lethal bullets in quick succession at a crowd of people before having to reload.

File that under "Duh."

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H/t: Amanda Terkel

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