A Washington Post reporter told MSNBC Wednesday that Democrats fail to pass gun control legislation because they are “in the pocket of the NRA.”
Nia-Malika Henderson said former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg’s $50 million pledge to fight the National Rifle Association could be a lost cause because Democrats have made the NRA a “formidable force.”
Henderson said if Bloomberg is careful about the states in which he chooses to spend that money he might manage to make strides.
“But, again, I think the NRA is a formidable force, and it’s a formidable force because Democrats, you know, very much are in the pocket of the NRA and they didn’t want to vote against the NRA. So this is an uphill battle.”
Bloomberg said Wednesday the money is for a lobbying group called Everytown for Gun Safety that will focus on expanding the background check system.
He told the New York Times he spent $14 million in federal campaign contribution in 2012 to gun-control candidates.
"They say, 'We don’t care. We’re going to go after you,'" Bloomberg said of the NRA. "'If you don’t vote with us we’re going to go after your kids and your grandkids and your great-grandkids. And we’re never going to stop.'"
Former Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg has announced his plans to spend $50 million on a new campaign aimed at challenging the National Rifle Association and their pro-gun stance.
“They say, ‘We don’t care. We’re going to go after you,’” said Bloomberg of the NRA. “‘If you don’t vote with us we’re going to go after your kids and your grandkids and your great-grandkids. And we’re never going to stop.’ We’ve got to make them afraid of us.”
How does Bloomberg plan to scare the NRA? By spending $50 million to target a specific audience in the hopes of spreading the truth about gun control.
"You've got to work at it piece by piece," said Bloomberg to the New York Times. "One mom and another mom. You've got to wear them down until they finally say, 'Enough.'"
The new campaign, called Everytown for Gun Safety, will specifically target women, and more specifically moms, in an effort to curb gun violence in America. According to reports, the new campaign will be an umbrella organization for two other groups that Bloomberg is involved in, Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America.
“I put $50 million this year, last year into coal, $53 million into oceans,” said Bloomberg of past initiatives while expressing hope for his new venture. “Certainly a number like that, $50 million. Let’s see what happens.”
Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America, says that she hopes the new initiative will have more women thinking about how gun violence affects their lives and will use that while they’re voting at the polls.
“Right now, women, when they go to the polls, they vote on abortion, they vote on jobs, they vote on health care,” said Watts. “We want one of those things to be gun violence prevention.”
Bloomberg says that an advisory board for the Everytown project will include prominent members of both the Democratic and Republican parties.
Ohio man Robert Kelly Jr. was outgunned when he tried to wield a knife and rob homeowners on Monday.
Kelly allegedly talked his way into Ruby and Hugh Mathis’ house before pulling a knife on Mr. Mathis.
Kelly regularly did odd jobs around the neighborhood like cutting grass and was known by neighbors. So, when he knocked on the Mathis’ door and asked to use the phone, the couple held no reservations about letting him in.
When Mr. Mathis and Kelly were alone, Kelly revealed his knife and demanded money.
“They were talking real low, and I came in to see what it was,” Mrs. Mathis said. “[Kelly] was standing in front of Hugh with a knife saying, 'Give me the money out of your pocket,’ so when I heard that I ran to the bedroom and got the gun.”
When Kelly realized he was outgunned, he bolted out the front door. He was arrested the same day after a warrant was issued.
Kelly is currently being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center with a bond set at $1.5 million for three counts of aggravated robbery.
A candidate for U.S. Senate in Iowa released a semi-humorous campaign ad this week in which he brandishes a gun, but the ad takes an even stranger turn when he threatened to shoot the balls off the man who murdered and dismembered his sister in 1999.
Bob Quast, a former contractor for the U.S. Army, is touting congressional term limits and protecting the Second Amendment as his primary platform.
“Term limits for Congress need to become the 28th Amendment to our U.S. Constitution,” Quast says in the ad. “I believe in every aspect of our constitution, which even a baby knows includes the Second Amendment.”
Then Quast reveals something extremely personal.
"If you are the sexual predator and sociopath who murdered my sister Lynette and you come to my front door to do harm to my girls, I'm going to use my Glock ... To blow your balls off," he smiles.
Quast's sister Lynette was killed by her husband, Thomas Craft, in 1999. Craft pleaded guilty to manslaughter after police found pieces of Lynnette’s body strewn throughout Ann Arbor, Mich.
Under the plea agreement, Craft was released from prison in 2011, Business Insider reported.
In the ad, Quast criticizes his Democratic opponent, Bruce Braley, for wanting to restrict gun ownership.
"Liberals like Bruce Braley want to restrict our gun rights, including this magazine with 15 bullets," Quast says.
"Now, please do not confuse me with Iowa's Republican candidate for U.S. Senate," he adds as the ad flashes an image of a pig.
State Sen. Joni Ernst is the Repbulican candidate, who claims her experience castrating hogs has prepared her to cut spending in D.C.
The ad was posted to Bob Quast's Youtube channel with the title "#GotBalls? Vote for Bob Quast."
In less than 24 hours, Fox News' "Fox & Friends" blamed President Barack Obama and gun control laws for a tragic shooting at the Fort Hood military base in Texas yesterday.
Army Spc. Ivan Lopez reportedly shot and killed three people, wounded more, and took his own life.
According to the Daily Mail, Lopez was being treated for post-traumatic stress disorder and suffered from depression, among other mental-health issues.
RawStory.com reports that "Fox & Friends" went after Obama and gun laws instead (video below).
“There you have our soldiers not being able to arm themselves,” claimed co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck. “Still, if they have a weapon, they are to register it within five days of purchase, and obtaining it. But then that must be stored away in these lockers so that it cannot be carried on their person, therefore leaving them vulnerable.”
However, Hasselbeck failed to mention that military police on bases are armed.
Co-host Steve Doocy then quoted the Gateway Pundit, a right-wing blog. "'The Obama administration is responsible for this mass shooting,'" he read. "'They witnessed this before, they didn’t learn a thing. Gun-free zones are death zones. It is time to stand up to the lunacy.’”
“You know what? They protect all of us, but they can’t protect themselves,” added Doocy.
The co-hosts again ignored the shooter and attacked Piers Morgan for tweeting, "'If only there'd been a good guy with a gun...' - such crap. This #FortHood soldier/shooter WAS a good guy. Until he turned bad, with a gun."
Even though Morgan is technically correct – Lopez was a good guy with a gun until he started shooting people – co-host Brian Kilmeade grumbled, “If you have a dumber tweet, please send it to us.”
“That must be the dumbest tweet I’ve ever seen,” added Hasselbeck. “I can’t believe that crossed the twitterverse.”
The mayor of Pasadena, Texas, is in hot water after dropping a gun in the middle of a city council meeting.
A sign outside the council chambers states, “No weapons allowed.”
That rule applies even to someone with a concealed handgun license.
Concerned citizens appeared at the city council meeting Tuesday to voice their concerns, while one councilmember said an investigation into the incident should be launched.
Mayor Johnny Isbell was speaking to council members and citizens after the meeting on March 25, when his gun suddenly fell on the floor.
“I was standing next to the mayor when he bends over and a firearm fell out of his side,” Councilman Cody Wheeler told KHOU. “I don’t know if it came out of his pocket or a holster, but the firearm fill on the ground.”
“I think we were both in shock and didn’t know how to respond,” Wheeler told the Pasadena Citizen. "I was extremely concerned the mayor was carrying a pistol and obviously didn’t know how to properly handle a weapon."
“I want to address the issue that another councilmember said they saw that someone brought a gun to the council chambers," Councilmember Don Harrison said during the following council meeting Tuesday. "To my understanding, it’s against the law to bring weapons to a public meeting like this. It’s dangerous and I think there should be an investigation.”
Isbell did not respond to Harrison’s questions during the meeting and laughed off the allegations afterward.
“It was only a pellet gun," Isbell told the Citizen. "A friend gave it to me and I had it in my notebook."
“As a former Marine, I’ve been around a lot of weapons and this didn’t look like a pellet gun to me,” Harrison told the Citizen. “From what I saw, it appeared to be a semi-automatic pistol; my guess would be a 9mm Berretta Pistol. But, it certainly didn’t look like a pellet gun as far as I’m concerned.”
Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., appeared on Fox News Monday and accidentally made the case for gun violence's being treated by the Surgeon General as a public health threat.
Despite blasting President Barack Obama for his Surgeon General nominee, Dr. Vivek Murthy, who believes guns are a threat to public health, Barrasso accidently ended up making the same case to “On The Record with Greta Van Susteren."
Anti-gun control legislators in Congress have opposed Murthy’s nomination. The New England physician has advocated for doctors' asking patients about gun safety and universal background checks for gun sales.
“Surgeon General is the nation’s doctor,” Barrasso told Fox News. “You want somebody who has a long history of experience in taking care of patients, and this nominee seems much more committed to politics than to patients. His claim-to-fame is farming organizations to help promote the healthcare law and to go after second amendment rights.”
“The job is sort of a peculiar one,” said Van Susteren. “Maybe that’s an inside word. There have been instances like the Surgeon General in the '60s was political about cigarettes. That somehow different in your mind?”
“Cigarettes dealt with one of the three major causes if not all three major causes of death in the United States — heart disease, cancer, and stroke,” Barrasso responded. “It’s [an] education process … There is a role for education, not trampling on the constitution.”
Gun violence causes as many deaths as automobile accidents in the United States and twice as many deaths as AIDS, according to ThinkProgress.
Reagan-appointed Surgeon General Dr. C. Everett Koop launched a major campaign against smoking and also believed gun violence is a threat to public health.
Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., kicked off the Conservative Political Action Conference Thursday morning by walking on stage carrying a rifle.
McConnell waved it around and handed it over to Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla. This moment was the only time the audience cheered for McConnell during his five minutes on stage, according to the National Journal.
The gun was reportedly a parting gift from the GOP to Coburn, who will be leaving the Senate due to health issues at the end of his term.
"Liberals absolutely hate it when Tom Coburn steps onto the Senate floor," McConnell told the crowd. "He’s one of the smartest, most principled, most decent men I’ve ever served with. He reminds all of us every day of why it is we decided to run for office in the first place."
The Senate Minority Leader and five-term senator is facing a Tea Party challenger in his home state later this year.
"If I'm given an opportunity to lead the U.S. Senate next year, I will not let you down," he said.
The Democrat challenging McConnell’s seat, Alison Lundergan Grimes, blasted the move on Twitter.
— Alison L. Grimes (@AlisonForKY) March 6, 2014
The move may not have gone over with voters the way McConnell might have hoped.
What, does he think he's Chuck Heston? I want to hear him say, "Get your hands off me, you damn dirty apes!" http://t.co/l0dR4X4b9u
— Canarius Domesticus (@CDomesticus) March 6, 2014
Is he threatening Americans?:Mitch McConnell Tries To Save His Senate Seat By Waving a Rifle Around at CPAC http://t.co/E3rF3KoAzj
— Ashley Barnett Smith (@Ashlybsmith) March 6, 2014
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., placed a hold on surgeon general nominee Dr. Vivek Murthy Wednesday morning, claiming he’s too close to the Obama administration to be impartial.
“I have serious concerns about Dr. Murthy’s ability to impartially serve as ‘the Nation’s Doctor,’” Paul wrote in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. “The majority of Dr. Murthy’s non-clinical experience is in political advocacy.”
“In his efforts to curtail Second Amendment rights, Dr. Murthy has continually referred to guns as a public health issue on par with heart disease and has diminished the role of mental health in gun violence,” Paul wrote.
“Dr. Murthy has disqualified himself from being Surgeon General because of his intent to use that position to launch an attack on Americans’ right to own a firearm under the guise of a public health and safety campaign,” he added.
Murthy, who works at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, founded Doctors For America, which has advocated for both gun control and the Affordable Care Act.
Paul argues that focusing on mental health is a better way to curb gun deaths in America.
The vast majority of gun violence in America is committed by people with no mental illness, ThinkProgress reports.
Despite the delay, Murthy is still expected to be confirmed.
A spokesman for Reid, Adam Jentleson, said in an email that revised Senate procedures allow filibusters to be stopped with a simple majority vote. Jentleson noted that Paul also put a hold on confirming Janet Yellen, who was confirmed as leader of the Federal Reserve in January.
CNN is removing “Piers Morgan Live” from its channel after only three years.
“CNN confirms that ‘Piers Morgan Live’ is ending,” a statement from the network read. “The date of the final program is still to be determined.”
Morgan replaced Larry King's show, who in contrast remained on air for 25 years. Morgan's 9 p.m. program struggled to attract viewers and was regularly beaten out by competitors like Fox News.
In an interview with The New York Times, Morgan said his audience may have grown tired of his focus on gun control, considering it was a main topic on the show.
"I am a British guy debating American cultural issues, including guns,” he said. "There is no doubt that there are many in the audience who are tired of me banging on about it."
CNN has yet to comment on Morgan’s future role with the channel.