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Conservative federal judge: Reinstate assault weapons ban

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The federal judge who sentenced Jared Loughner — the man responsible for killing six people and critically injured former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona last year — wrote an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times that said the assault weapons ban, as well as a ban on high-capacity magazines, shoiuld be re-enacted.

The AP reported that “It’s unusual for a sitting judge to make such high-profile comments about public policy.”

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But the judge, who claims he’s a gun owner and a conservative appointed by a Republican president, wrote that as he sentenced Loughner, “I lamented the expiration of the federal assault weapons ban in 2004, which prohibited the manufacture and importation of certain particularly deadly guns, as well as magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.”

He lated explained, “Bystanders got to Loughner and subdued him only after he emptied one 31-round magazine and was trying to load another.”

While he admitted that there will always be those “bent on mass murder” who cannot be stopped, “we might be able to take the ‘mass’ out of “mass shooting,” or at least make the perpetrator’s job a bit harder.”

He went on to write that civilians simply don’t need assault weapons. “Gun enthusiasts can still have their venison chili, shoot for sport and competition, and make a home invader flee for his life without pretending they are a part of the SEAL team that took out Osama bin Laden.”

[Image: A man aims a gun via Shutterstock.com, all rights reserved]

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Melania Trump statue torched near her Slovenian hometown: report

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On Wednesday, The Daily Beast reported that a wooden statue of First Lady Melania Trump carved from a tree outside her hometown in Slovenia last year has been burned to the ground.

"The artist who had commissioned the sculpture, Brad Downey, had the statue removed on July 5," reported Madeline Charbonneau. "Downey, who is American but works out of Berlin, had hoped his statue of the first lady would create dialogue about American politics, given that Melania Trump is an immigrant married to a president who seeks to stem immigration. Though the investigation is still pending, Downey said he hopes to interview the perpetrators for an upcoming exhibition."

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FBI investigating Chinese businessman who bankrolled media company linked to Steve Bannon

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A Wall Street Journal expose revealed that a Chinese businessman is under investigation by the FBI after he used funds to bankroll a media company with ties to a former aide to President Donald Trump, Steve Bannon.

"Federal Bureau of Investigation national security agents in recent months have asked people who know both men for information on Mr. Guo’s activities, including the source of funds of a media company linked to him that hired Mr. Bannon in 2018 as a consultant, the people said," according to the Journal. "As recently as last week, the FBI met with one person familiar with the companies tied to Mr. Guo, the people said. The probe has been underway for more than six months, and prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s offices in Manhattan and Brooklyn have been involved.

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Lady Antebellum changed their name for racial sensitivity — now they’re suing the Black singer who already used the name

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In June, as the national conversation about racial justice in the wake of the George Floyd killing pushed many groups and organizations to examine the racial connotations of their brands, the country music group Lady Antebellum announced they were changing their name to "Lady A" to remove reference to the slavery period of Southern history.

There was just one problem: an African-American blues singer in Seattle, Anita White, already went by that name. Now, according to Pitchfork, the band is going to court for the right to use the trademark.

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