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Newtown victim’s sister becomes gun control ‘accidental activist’

By Edith Honan (Reuters) – Jillian Soto was stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic on a New England highway when she learned over Facebook that her older sister Vicky, a first-grade teacher in Newtown, Connecticut, had died in a shooting. In the six months since, Soto said she has become an accidental…

Scarborough rips NRA for new ad ‘shading’ Obama like O.J. Simpson mug shot

Conservative MSNBC host Joe Scarborough on Thursday paused for seven seconds of silence to shame the National Rifle Association (NRA) after he decided that the lobbying group’s new advertisement had unfairly darkened a photo of President Barack Obama the same way that Time magazine “shaded” O.J. Simpson’s mug shot in…

Texas gun range offers assault rifle practice — from a helicopter

Some residents in Denton, Texas are in fear of ricocheting bullets after discovering that a nearby gun range allows customers to fire their assault rifles from a helicopter. Michael Lauer and his wife told WFAA that Helicoptersniper.com had turned his peaceful neighborhood into a war zone. “The first time they…

Officer cleared after shooting litter of kittens in front of kids

A police department in Ohio on Tuesday defended a humane officer who shot and killed a litter of feral kittens and told nearby children that the animals would be going to “kitty heaven.” An executive with the Ohio Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals told the Sun News…

Fox News host: Zimmerman ‘has already been punished’ with weight gain

Fox News host Gregg Jarrett says that George Zimmerman “has already been punished” for the killing of Trayvon Martin because he “looks like he’s put on a hundred pounds.” During Monday’s coverage of jury selection, Jarrett and Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle observed that Zimmerman had gained weight since his…

Felon inmate thanks NRA and promises to ‘stop at a gun show on my way home to Connecticut’

An inmate who says he is serving time at a “Supermax” prison in Florence, Colorado for bank robbery and weapons charges recently wrote an open letter to the National Rifle Association (NRA) to thank them for fighting background checks and preserving his ability to illegally buy firearms through the gun…

Detroit cops stage purse snatching for TV and almost get shot by FBI

A television publicity stunt could have ended in tragedy on Wednesday when Detroit police nearly got shot because they unknowingly staged a purse snatching at gas station used by FBI agents. “An FBI agent almost shot a Detroit cop yesterday at this gas station while filling up,” WJBK’s Charlie LeDuff…

Chicago 9-year-old boy shot in chest: ‘Mommy, I’m shot’

A 9-year-old boy in Chicago was struck in the chest by a stray bullet Wednesday afternoon while riding in his mother’s car. According to the Chicago Tribune, the unknown shooter was aiming at the boyfriend of the boy’s mother, who was riding in the front passenger seat. No one else…

Queens police officer kills wife and self with shotgun over dinner dispute

An off-duty New York City police officer murdered his wife with a shotgun outside their home in Queens, Wednesday, then went inside and turned the weapon on himself. According to the New York Post, the murder-suicide took place at around 7:30 in the evening after the officer’s wife returned home…

Texas boy was making AK-47 ‘safe’ when he killed stepsister on her 13th birthday

A Texas girl died on Tuesday night after being accidentally shot with an AK-47 assault-style rifle while her stepbrother was “making the weapon safe by pulling the trigger,” authorities said. In a press release on Wednesday, Johnson County Sheriff Bob Alford explained that deputies responded to a call Tuesday night…

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