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Jail inmate grabs gun, takes hostage at Illinois hospital

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A jail inmate receiving treatment at a hospital near Chicago grabbed his guard’s gun and took a female hospital employee hostage on Saturday, according to local officials and media reports.

Delnor Hospital, in the suburban city of Geneva, Illinois, has been closed to the public as local police try to resolve the stand-off, according to a statement on the city’s website.

The male inmate from the Kane County jail and the female hospital employee were not identified, and no one has been injured, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The inmate was holding the employee in a room near the hospital’s emergency ward for several hours, according to the Tribune.

Officials at the hospital and the sheriff’s office did not immediately respond to requests for details.

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(Reporting by Jonathan Allen; Editing by Dan Grebler)


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Off-duty officer guns down black man after children playing with fireworks startle his dog

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An off-duty corrections officer in Aurora, Colorado has been accused of killing another man over an argument about fireworks.

According to an affidavit obtained by KDVR, Scott Mathews and his girlfriend, Katherine O'Neal, became upset with a 14-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl on the Fourth of July.

The couple complained that fireworks had startled their small dog. Both Mathews and O'Neal work for the state Department of Corrections and were armed during the confrontation.

The affidavit states that Mathews head-butted Shamira Cotton, the mother of the children. O'Neal admitted drawing her gun but insisted that she did not point it at anyone.

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Virginia Republican: Women who get raped are ‘naive and unprepared’ because they weren’t carrying guns

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Virginia state Sen. Amanda Chase is facing criticism for claiming on Facebook that women who are raped are "naive and unprepared" because they weren't armed.

During a social media debate on gun ownership, Chase told one constituent, "It's those who are naive and unprepared that end of [sic] raped. Sorry but I’m not going to be a statistic."

Chase ultimately doubled down on her comments in a public statement, saying the constituent was "scoffing at my rights and the rights of everyone else who protect themselves ... I'm a champion for women, their right to protect themselves and their right to their opinion, even if I may not agree, but will not tolerate the bullying or chastising the rights of the Second Amendment."

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Here’s the real reason why the financially-strapped NRA shuttered their extremist TV network

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In a deep-dive "Reality Check" on CNN Tuesday morning, analyst John Avlon delved into the chaos engulfing the National Rifle Association that has led to the ouster of multiple top executives and the gun rights organization pulling the plug on their inflammatory NRA TV network.

Avlon began, "America's biggest gun lobby, the National Rifle Association shut down live programming last week and its online television channel, NRA-TV. And that because NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre said it had moved too far from its core mission."

The CNN contributor then shared clips of controversial former NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch ranting at liberals by saying, "They use their media to assassinate real news. They use their schools to teach children that their president is another Hitler, all to make them march and scream about xenophobia and homophobia,"

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