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Philadelphia police chief on gun control: Lawmakers lack the courage to do anything

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey on Sunday said gun control was needed in the wake of the mass shooting in Colorado, but was pessimistic about its chances. “For me the question has been, you know, what will change as far as any gun control legislation in the wake of Aurora,…

Colorado gov. on shooter: ‘This guy is a terrorist’

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) says that there is no doubt in his mind that last week’s shooting at a theater in Aurora was an example of domestic terrorism. “You know, in a funny way this guy is a terrorist,” Hickenlooper said of James Holmes, the man who is suspected…

Bill Kristol: People don’t have a right to assault rifles

Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol on Sunday broke with fellow conservatives and backed restrictions the sales of “assault weapons” like the AR-15 that was allegedly used to kill at least 12 people and wound 58 others in Aurora, Colorado last week. “People have a right to handguns and hunting rifles,”…

Sen. Ron Johnson: 100-round rifle magazine is a ‘basic freedom’

Tea party-backed Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) says that the right to own high-capacity ammunitions magazines like the 100-round drum that was used to kill at least a dozen people in Colorado last week is a “basic freedom” that is protected by the U.S. Constitution. Fox News host Chris Wallace on…

Authorities release names of Aurora shooting victims

The Arapahoe County coroner released the names Saturday of the 12 people killed in Friday’s mass shooting at an Aurora, Col. movie theater, NBC News is reporting. “The cause of death in all cases is related to gunshot wounds,” Dr. Michael Doberson said. “The manner of death is homicide.” Authorities…

Obama campaign ‘retroactively apologizes’ to Mitt Romney

The campaign to re-elect President Barack Obama, in conjunction with Andy Cobb and Second City Television, has produced a new 90-second web ad that offers presumptive Republican nominee and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney the apology he demanded last week when Obama staffers ripped him for being dishonest about when…

Bill Moyers: NRA has turned the 2nd Amendment ‘into a cruel and deadly hoax’

In this web-exclusive video essay, Bill Moyers examines the cost of the American obsession with guns: Every year there are 30,000 gun deaths and 300,000 gun-related assaults in the U.S. Firearm violence may cost our country as much as $100 billion a year. Toys are regulated with greater care and…

Harris-Perry: We should be discussing the political questions raised by Aurora

Friday night on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” guest host Melissa Harris-Perry discussed the question of whether or not it is appropriate to politicize the tragedy that took place when a gunman opened fire late Thursday night on a crowd of theater-goers in Aurora, Colorado. Both presidential campaigns suspended operations on…

Missing three year old rescued from underground sewer

Little Jeampier Silvera Arteta had been missing for 24 hours when rescue workers in the Colombian city of Barranquilla found the three year old in a sewer under the street, desperately holding on to keep from being swept away by the water. The tot had been last seen playing with…

Chris Hedges: America’s devastated ‘sacrifice zones’ are the future for all of us

Journalist and activist Chris Hedges appeared Friday on Moyers & Company to talk about the conclusions of his latest book. Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt is dedicated to investigating the most exploited and impoverished places in America, places that he says are “virtually off the radar screen in terms…

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