Document Dump: Senate Report On How NRA Became A Russian Asset

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The National Rifle Association acted as a “foreign asset” for Russia in the period leading up to the 2016 election, according to a new investigation unveiled Friday by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. Drawing on contemporaneous emails and private interviews, an 18-month probe by the Senate Finance Committee’s Democratic staff found that the NRA underwrote political access for Russian nationals Maria … Read More

This Won’t Fly

Ken AshfordGun Control, Mental Health, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Not the answer: The White House is considering a controversial proposal to study whether mass shootings could be prevented by monitoring mentally ill people for small changes that might foretell violence. Former NBC Chairman Bob Wright, a longtime friend and associate of President Trump’s, has briefed top officials, including the president, the vice president and Ivanka Trump, on a proposal to create … Read More

The NRA Is A Terrorist Organization

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No, really: San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors has passed a resolution declaring the National Rifle Association (NRA) a “domestic terrorist organization” following the shooting in Gilroy, Calif., where four people, including the gunman, were killed. The resolution, which local Fox affiliate KTVU reported passed on Tuesday, declares the gun rights group to be a terrorist organization and calls on other cities and government entities … Read More

El Paso Victims Say No To Trump

Ken AshfordGun Control, Immigration and Xenophobia, Race, Rightwing Extremism/Violence, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Daily Kos: Donald Trump’s visit to El Paso was packaged with slick videos and pictures of a grinning Trump posing with medical staff. But one thing the White House will not be releasing pictures of is Trump with the shooting victims still being treated at University Medical Center—because none of the eight patients was willing to meet with him. “This is a very sensitive time … Read More

Breaking: USA TODAY Shooter?

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#BREAKING — We are aware and are investigating reports of a SHOOTING at USA Today building in Tyson’s, Virginia… Standby for more @WUSA9 — Mike Valerio (@MikevWUSA) August 7, 2019 BREAKING: We’ve gotten a text from a family member of an active shooter at the USA Today building near Tyson’s. — Matt Brooks (@mbrooksrjc) August 7, 2019 Police evacuating @USATODAY … Read More

Trump Travels To El Paso And Dayton Today

Ken AshfordGun Control, Rightwing Extremism/Violence, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

He will meet with first responders, but only because his handlers are smart enough not to get him within feet of any victims, especially in El Paso where he is not liked for his rhetoric. As for Dayton…. White House shuts out press at Trump’s Ohio hospital visit – no photographs or questions — Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) August 7, 2019 … Read More

Trump Has A History Of Thwarting Law Enforcement Of Far Right Terrorism

Ken AshfordGun Control, Rightwing Extremism/Violence, Trump & Administration, War on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

If you want a quick rundown of some of the ways Donald Trump’s team of hard-right conservatives has sought not just to downplay far-right domestic terrorism threats but to weaken the ability of government to investigate them in the first place, the Los Angeles Times’ Molly O’Toole has you covered. From the beginning moments of Trump’s administration, his appointees moved to shift government … Read More

Guilty Conscience: A Story In Three Tweets

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pic.twitter.com/nNOVtQ50O4 — Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 5, 2019 “Did George Bush ever condemn President Obama after Sandy Hook. President Obama had 32 mass shootings during his reign. Not many people said Obama is out of Control. Mass shootings were happening before the President even thought about running for Pres.” @kilmeade @foxandfriends — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 6, 2019 Obama … Read More

Psychologists Shame GOP For Blaming Massacres On ‘Mental Health’

Ken AshfordGun Control, Mental Health, RepublicansLeave a Comment

The Republican attempt to pin the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton on “mental health” issues was rebuked by the American Psychological Association on Monday. “Routinely blaming mass shootings on mental illness is unfounded and stigmatizing,” said APA President Rosie Phillips Davis in a statement. “Research has shown that only a very small percentage of violent acts are committed by people who … Read More

Hannity’s World

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Presidential adviser Sean Hannity: “I’d like to see the perimeter of every school in America surrounded, secured by retired police … have one armed guard on every floor of every school, all over every mall, the perimeter and inside every hall of every mall.” pic.twitter.com/Renh47IiBY — Brendan Karet 🚮 (@bad_takes) August 6, 2019 Gun nuts say they need their weapons … Read More

Weekend, Bloody Weekend

Ken AshfordCrime, Gun Control, Immigration and Xenophobia, Racial Homicides, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

This weekend saw two mass shootings with a total casualty count (so far) of 29 people. On Sunday, Americans woke up to news of a shooting rampage in an entertainment district in Dayton, Ohio, where a man wearing body armor shot and killed nine people, including his own sister. Hours earlier, a 21-year-old with a rifle entered a Walmart in … Read More

NRATV Is No More

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The National Rifle Association has shut down production at NRATV and cut ties with advertising firm Ackerman McQueen, the New York Times reports. It comes amid a tumultuous year for the NRA that’s seen Oliver North step down as president in April. The gun rights group was involved in a legal battle with Ackerman McQueen, a contractor for NRATV. North hosted a documentary series … Read More

Dallas Shooting

Ken AshfordCrime, Gun ControlLeave a Comment

Shooter in Dallas this morning — fortunately, nobody hurt: Insane photo @TomFoxPhoto from @dallasnews snapped of the shooter in Dallas today https://t.co/awHI7hsdN1 pic.twitter.com/VOtRHBNDEO — Peter J. Hasson (@peterjhasson) June 17, 2019 #BREAKING: Video of possible shooting suspect holding what appears to be an assault-style rifle near federal building in downtown Dallas. Alleged shooter in custody, unknown injuries. @GillianNHughes pic.twitter.com/9rmeeSI0pF — … Read More

The NRA Finds Itself Looking Down The Barrel Of A Gun

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A wide-ranging investigation into the NRA announced this weekend by New York State Attorney General Letitia James threatens the very existence of the organization. James has the power to ask a judge to dissolve the gun-rights group if she finds evidence that the board engaged in serial violations of New York state charity law, as her office did with the Donald … Read More

Breaking: Russian Gun Rights Activist Maria Butina Sentenced To 18 Months After Conspiring To Infiltrate The NRA

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Crime, Gun Control, L'Affaire Russe, RussiaLeave a Comment

Russian gun rights activist Maria Butina was sentenced to an 18-month prison term Friday in Washington after failing to register as a foreign agent for conspiring to infiltrate conservative U.S. political circles for the Kremlin. Butina, 30, pleaded guilty in December to conspiring with a senior Russian official to access the National Rifle Association among other groups from 2015 until she was … Read More