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‘Firearms instructor’ hired as school guard leaves handgun in student bathroom

A prosecutor in Lapeer, Michigan says, “No harm, no foul,” after a charter school took the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) advice and hired a armed security guard who promptly left his handgun unattended in a student bathroom. Chatfield School co-directors Matt Young and Bill Kraly announced last week that they…

Security camera captures woman thrown onto subway tracks in Philadelphia

A Philadelphia woman survived being thrown onto electrified subway tracks on Tuesday, in an attack that was recorded in shocking detail by a security camera. Police said the video shows a man walk up to a 23-year-old woman and ask for a lighter for his cigarette. Then without warning he…

Colbert: Second Amendment was like a ‘Constitutional pre-nup’

Thursday night on “The Colbert Report,” host Stephen Colbert dedicated an edition of his recurring segment “The Word” to the battle over guns rights and public safety. In a segment titled “United We Standoff,” Colbert mused about the fact that the U.S. Constitution has “a built-in mechanism to stop democratically…

Jon Stewart annihilates GOP hysteria over Obama’s executive orders

On his show Thursday night, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart tore into conservatives who insisted President Barack Obama was a tyrant because of his proposals to reduce gun violence. Obama on Wednesday called on Congress to renew the assault weapons ban, restrict high-capacity magazines, and require universal background checks…

Bloomberg: Gun control ‘probably’ wouldn’t have stopped Newtown shooting

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Thursday night fought back against the claim that gun laws were pointless because criminals would simply ignore them. He admitted on CNN that it was “probably true” the proposals advocated by President Barack Obama on Wednesday wouldn’t have prevented the tragic elementary school…

Rep. Nadler: ‘Gangster’ Republicans threatening U.S. with another depression

Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) blasted Republicans in Congress on Thursday for using the federal debt ceiling as political leverage to demand spending cuts from Democrats. “[Obama] is betting that the Republican Party is not completely insane,” he said on MSNBC. “I hope that is a good bet. I’m not sure…

Christie: NRA is ‘reprehensible’ for targeting Obama’s daughters

At a press conference on Thursday, Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey blasted the National Rifle Association for airing a commercial about President Barack Obama’s daughters. “To talk about the president’s children or any public official’s children who have, not by their own choice, but by requirement, protection and…

Sarah Silverman tells Neil deGrasse Tyson: NASA gave Mars rover a stripper name

Comedians Jim Gaffigan and Sarah Silverman along with astrobiologist David Grinspoon appeared on StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson and Eugene Mirman to discuss the Curiosity Mars Rover last September. In video published Thursday on YouTube, Tyson explained that NASA’s latest Mars rover used an innovative new system to safely land…

California lawmaker: Guns are ‘essential to living the way God intended’

A Republican lawmaker in California who disagrees with President Barack Obama’s effort to prevent mass shootings says that guns are an “absolutely essential” part of God’s plan. “Guns are used an average of 3 million times a year according to the Clinton Justice Department,” Assemblyman Tim Donnelly told the Christian…

‘Family’ radio host: Obama may target conservatives for gun seizures

On a Thursday American Family Radio broadcast, host Buster Wilson warned listeners that President Barack Obama now has the power to take guns away, not from all Americans, but only from conservatives, adding that he’s been openly laying the groundwork for the move since 2009. “What if the attorney general,…

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