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Cory Booker slams ‘false debate’ over gun control

Newark Mayor Cory Booker on Sunday said the current debate over gun control had been contrived to divide Americans. He insisted both gun owners and advocates of gun control agreed on certain common solutions. “I don’t know if anybody here has seen anybody shot, I have,” he said on ABC’s…

NRA president compares assault rifles to baseball bats

NRA President David Keene on Sunday compared assault weapons like the one used in the tragic elementary school shooting in Connecticut to recreational items like baseball bats. “The fact that something is misused, whether it is a baseball bat or the mass killing at a Chinese school with an axe…

NBC’s David Gregory rips NRA chief over ‘common sense’

NBC host David Gregory and NRA leader Wayne LaPierre engaged in a heated debate over gun control Sunday morning on Meet the Press. The NRA has promised to deliver “major contributions” to stop gun violence following the tragic elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut last week. The pro-gun lobby on…

MSNBC guest: Controversy over Hagel nomination a ‘cosmic oy vey’

The author whose 2008 interview of former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) has been used for political attacks against Hagel blamed a “cosmic oy vey” on Saturday for what he suggested was a false controversy surrounding Hagel’s possible nomination to be the next Secretary of Defense. “It’s the inability of…

Psychiatry professor says NRA is ‘reinforcing stereotypes’ about mentally ill

A psychiatry professor joined MSNBC guest host Joy Reid on Saturday in taking issue with what Reid called an “artificial link” drawn by the National Rifle Association between mass shootings and the mentally ill. “I think he was talking to a particular base,” said Dr. Jonathan Metzl, who teaches at…

Gun control advocate: It’s hard to understand what’s going on in LaPierre’s head

The director of the gun-control campaign Mayors Against Illegal Guns — himself the son of a gun dealer — told CBS hosts Rebecca Jarvis and Anthony Mason he was surprised by the tone National Rifle Association Executive Vice-President Wayne LaPierre took during his public statement Friday, the NRA’s first since…

O’Donnell calls NRA’s LaPierre a ‘lobbyist for mass-murderers’

Friday night on “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” host Lawrence O’Donnell excoriated NRA head Wayne LaPierre’s press conference from Friday morning. In an extended diatribe, O’Donnell called LaPierre a “lobbyist for mass-murderers,” and sarcastically marveled that of course the NRA’s response to the Sandy Hook massacre is the one…

Maddow: LaPierre press conference was epic ‘Rick-rolling’ of the country

On Friday night’s edition of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow coldly assessed Wayne LaPierre’s extravagantly out-of-touch press conference on Friday and deemed it to be the political equivalent of a giant “Rick-rolling” of the American public. She began the segment by giving a brief rundown of the concept…

Senate passes NDAA without indefinite detention ban, Sen. Paul calls it ‘abomination’

The Senate voted 81-14 to pass the National Defense Authorization Act, which lacks a ban on indefinite detention of U.S. citizens, and now President Obama must decide whether or not he will sign it, reported the Huffington Post. He had previously threatened a veto because it does not allow for…

Protesters heckle Wayne LaPierre: ‘NRA has blood on its hands!’

National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre came out of hiding on Friday for the first time since a mass shooting of school children in Connecticut and found himself being interrupted multiple times by protesters who accused his organization of enabling murderers. LaPierre began his press conference in Washington by suggesting…

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