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Sen. Durbin rips NRA chief: You completely missed basic point of background checks

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois on Wednesday slammed National Rifle Association chief Wayne LaPierre for claiming background checks wouldn’t reduce gun violence. During a the Senate Judiciary Committee’s gun control hearing, LaPierre argued that closing the so-called gun show loophole would only harm innocent gun buyers. He claimed criminals…

Rand Paul: I don’t understand same sex marriage

Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who describes himself as a libertarian, said Wednesday that he opposed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) because it could unintentionally result in same-sex marriage becoming legal. “I believe in traditional marriage,” he said during an interview with Bryan Fischer of the American Family…

Fox News guest: Immigrants don’t want citizenship because they are ‘enjoying all the benefits’

A conservative radio host is arguing that many undocumented immigrants would not even apply for citizenship if they had the chance because they want to “continue living illegally” and they are “enjoying all the benefits.” Mary Walter on Wednesday told Fox News that lawmakers were wrong to work on comprehensive…

Three shot in Phoenix workplace shooting as NRA testifies to Senate

As National Rifle Association (NRA) head Wayne LaPierre was telling a Senate committee on Wedneday that additional gun laws were not necessary, at least three people were shot at a business in Phoenix, Arizona. “We don’t believe it was a random act,” Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson told KTVK. “There…

Bullied gay teen taken off life support after hanging self in schoolyard

A gay teenager in La Grande, Oregon died after a suicide attempt that took place in the schoolyard of an elementary school. Fifteen-year-old Jadin Bell hung himself on Saturday, Jan. 19, but according to Portland’s KATU, he was taken off life support on Tuesday. Family and friends said the boy…

Sen. Graham brags about his AR-15 at home

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said Wednesday during a Senate committee hearing on gun control that he is a proud owner of an AR-15 assault rifle, and personally hesitant to restrict magazine capacity because such a decision, he said, could give rise to gun-packing mothers running out of bullets when faced…

Texas crude oil tanks explode after smokers light up

Officials in Texas say that at least two people were injured on Tuesday after they illegally lit cigarettes on a catwalk over crude oil storage tanks. Van Zandt County Fire Marshal Chuck Allen told the NBC affiliate in Dallas that at least three of the six 400-barrel fiberglass oil tanks…

Giffords’ astronaut husband: It’s time for universal background checks

Former astronaut Mark Kelly said during a Senate committee hearing on Wednesday that he believes closing loopholes in the nation’s background check system for firearms buyers is the number one item that should be on the gun control agenda. “Rights demand responsibility,” he said. “This right does not extend to…

Gun advocate tells Senate: AR-15 is the ‘weapon of choice’ for women with crying babies

A senior fellow from the conservative Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) on Wednesday told a Senate committee that assault weapons should not be outlawed because they were the “weapon of choice” for young mothers who need a “scary-looking gun.” At Senate Judiciary Hearing on gun violence, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) asked…

Double-arm transplant Iraq vet says he now has ‘second chance’

On Wednesday’s edition of “CBS This Morning,” the program featured a segment on Iraq War veteran and double-arm transplant recipient Brendan Marrocco, who gave a press conference on Tuesday at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore to discuss his recovery and progress. “I feel like I’m getting a second chance to…

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