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Sen. Alexander: Video games a bigger problem than guns

Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee said Wednesday that violent video games were a bigger problem than guns in the United States. When asked on MSNBC about proposals to reduce gun violence, such as requiring universal background checks, Alexander indicated that he was skeptical of the legislation. “I’m going to…

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…

NRA chief Wayne LaPierre feels the heat at Senate hearing

Wayne LaPierre, the firebrand executive vice-president of the National Rifle Association, came under intense questioning from Democratic members of the senate judiciary committee who forced him to admit that the NRA’s opposition to gun control has grown more extreme over the past 15 years. In the course of a four-hour…

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…

Drunk woman says she fired gun because anti-gun control sheriff said it was OK

An intoxicated woman in Milwaukee says that she fired a weapon during an argument with her niece because she had heard Wisconsin Sheriff David A. Clarke’s radio ad saying that citizens should get “in the game” and arm themselves instead of calling 911. A criminal complaint obtained by the Journal…

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…

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