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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…

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…

Giffords makes surprise opening statement at Senate gun hearing

Former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) made a surprise appearance at the beginning of Wednesday’s Senate committee hearing on gun violence, telling members they must be “bold” and “courageous” when enacting laws to prevent future mass killings. “Thank you for inviting me here today,” she said. “This is an important conversation…

15-year-old girl who performed at Obama inauguration gunned down in Chicago

A 15-year-old girl was killed on the South Side of Chicago on Tuesday, just a week after she performed at President Barack Obama’s inauguration. Hadiya Pendleton was hanging out at Vivian Gordon Harsh Park near her high school at around 2:30 p.m., “when someone jumped a fence, ran up to…

Gore responds to Al Jazeera criticism: Qatar has ‘visionary’ plan for clean energy

Appearing on Tuesday’s episode of “The Late Show with David Letterman,” former Vice President Al Gore responded to criticism that he sold the Current TV network to Al Jazeera, which is funded in part by Qatar, despite the country’s heavy involvement in oil and gas production, a key driver of…

Neil Heslin on gun advocates at hearing: It didn’t really phase me

Neil Heslin, the father of a 6-year-old boy who was murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School last month, said Tuesday night he wasn’t particularly troubled by gun advocates at a recent legislative hearing. During the hearing on Monday, Heslin asked why Americans needed “to have one of these assault-style weapons…

Tenn. lawmaker: Cut parent’s welfare benefits if child gets poor grades

Tennessee State Sen. Stacey Campfield (R) on Tuesday defended his proposal to tie a family’s welfare benefits to their children’s academic success. “We have a three legged stool for education,” he explained on MSNBC. “One part is the school, one part the teacher, and one part the family. Probably the…

Fischer: Boy Scouts are on ‘a suicide mission’ if they lift ban on gay members

The news that the Boy Scouts of America were considering allowing gay members sent evangelical radio host Bryan Fischer into an apoplectic mood on Tuesday. “This is just unbelievable to me,” Fischer told co-host Fred Jackson. “This is a suicide mission on the part of the Boy Scouts. They’re done.…

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