NJ Gov. Chris Christie Seeks Expanded Background Checks, Crackdown on Violent Video Games Sold to Minors

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NJ Gov. Chris Christie Seeks Expanded Background Checks, Crackdown on Violent Video Games Sold to Minors. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bloomberg reports New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) “is seeking expanded background checks for gun purchases and parental consent for minors to buy violent video games as part of his response to the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.” The usual chorus of right wing “haterade” drinkers won’t like it, but of course, Chris Christie doesn’t care one iota.

“Christie, a first-term Republican seeking re-election, also wants to ban purchases of the .50-caliber Barrett rifle, and to make it easier for doctors and courts to commit ‘potentially dangerous’ people to mental-health treatment against their will,” Bloomberg reports.

First Read: “Folks, this isn’t someone who’s thinking about the 2016 primaries; instead, this is someone who’s running for re-election in the blue state of New Jersey. If Christie does end up running for president in 2016, he’s going to bringing a record that is similar to Rudy Giuliani, circa 2007. And while Rudy’s personal baggage did him in with GOP primary voters before his ideological baggage did. Christie will be another test about whether personality and electability can trump ideology. Many folks we know in GOP circles are skeptical.”

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Rand Paul Gun Control Filibuster Threat Fizzles as Senate Votes to Begin Debate

Sen. Rand Paul’s gun control bill filibuster threat failed in the Senate. The U.S. Senate voted 68-31 to begin gun control bill debate. GOP ayes include Ayotte, McCain, Alexander, Corker, Chambliss, Toomey, Flake, Isaakson, Graham, Kirk, Wicker, Coburn and Collins.

The procedural vote followed a breakthrough by Sens. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, and Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, on broadening background checks to include private purchases at gun shows and on the Internet.

SURPRISE! NRA Says Sens. Manchin/Toomey Bipartisan Background Check Deal Won’t Work

Is anyone really surprised at the National Rifle Association’s reaction to the bipartisan deal on background checks reached by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WVA) and Pat Toomey (R-PA)?

…that the brokered bipartisan bill — which would expand background checks for all commercial sales, including gun shows and internet sales — was completed early this morning, after staffers worked “pretty late into the night,” said Longo.

The bill, which includes a record-keeping requirement but not for “a national registry,” is likely President Barack Obama’s last shot at passing a crucial segment of the sweeping gun control reform he called for after the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., last year. Source: Buzzfeed

The NRA issued the following statement:

Expanding background checks at gun shows will not prevent the next shooting, will not solve violent crime and will not keep our kids safe in schools. While the overwhelming rejection of President Obama and Mayor Bloomberg’s “universal” background check agenda is a positive development, we have a broken mental health system that is not going to be fixed with more background checks at gun shows. The sad truth is that no background check would have prevented the tragedies in Newtown, Aurora or Tucson. We need a serious and meaningful solution that addresses crime in cities like Chicago, addresses mental health deficiencies, while at the same time protecting the rights of those of us who are not a danger to anyone. President Obama should be as committed to dealing with the gang problem that is tormenting honest people in his hometown as he is to blaming law-abiding gun owners for the acts of psychopathic murderers.

CT Gov. Dan Malloy Compares NRA’s Wayne LaPierre to a ‘Circus Clown’ on Gun Control

CT Gov. Dan Malloy compares NRA Wayne LaPierre to circus clowns

CT Gov. Dan Malloy Compares NRA’s Wayne LaPierre to ‘Circus Clowns’ on Gun Control

LOL: Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy slammed NRA vice president on Candy Crowley’s “State of the Union” show saying he “reminds me of the clowns at the circus. They get the most attention.”

That’s what he’s paid to do. But the reality is is that the gun that was used to kill 26 people on December 14th was legally purchased in the state of Connecticut even though we had an Assault Weapons Ban. But there were loopholes in it that you could drive a truck through. This guy is so out of whack, it’s unbelievable. 92% of the american people want universal background checks. I can’t get on a plane as the Governor of the state of Connecticut without somebody running a background check on me. Why should you be able to buy a gun? Or buy armor-piercing munitions? It doesn’t make any sense. He doesn’t make any sense. Thus my reference to the circus.[…]

Bring it back to reality. Why are they against universal background checks when 92% of the American public is in favor of them? If they can’t answer that question — and they can’t, Candy — What this is about is the ability of the gun industry to sell as many guns to as many people as possible even if they’re deranged, even if they’re mentally ill, evening if they have a criminal background, they don’t care. They want to sell guns.

Gov. Dan Malloy comparing Wayne LaPierre to a circus clown is priceless. LOL. Send in the clowns……Haha.

Wayne LaPierre — circus clown:

$100 Million Claim Filed Against Connecticut On Behalf of Survivor of Newtown School Shooting Massacre

Newtown school shooting victims

$100 Million Claim Filed Against Connecticut On Behalf of Survivor of Newtown School Shooting Massacre [Some of the victims]

Connecticut-based attorney Irv Pinsky has filed a $100 million claim on behalf of a six year old survivor in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre in Newtown December 14, in which 20 children and six adults were killed by Adam Lanza. This is the first legal action to arise out of the tragedy.

Reuters:  The unidentified client, referred to as Jill Doe, heard “cursing, screaming, and shooting” over the school intercom when the gunman, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, opened fire, according to the claim filed by New Haven-based attorney Irv Pinsky.

“As a consequence, the … child has sustained emotional and psychological trauma and injury, the nature and extent of which are yet to be determined,” the claim said.

Pinsky said he filed a claim on Thursday with state Claims Commissioner J. Paul Vance Jr., whose office must give permission before a lawsuit can be filed against the state. “We all know its going to happen again,” Pinsky said on Friday. “Society has to take action.”

Pinsky’s claim said that the state Board of Education, Department of Education and Education Commissioner had failed to take appropriate steps to protect children from “foreseeable harm.”

Is this really about security or is it about money? You be the judge……

Lester Davis Being Held on $400K Bail For Firing Gun in Barbershop Over Spat About Newtown Shooting Massacre

Lester Davis fires gun in barbershop

Lester Davis Being Held on $400K Bail For Firing Gun in Barbershop Over Spat About Newtown Shooting Massacre (Photo credit: Wentzville Police)

A discussion about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre leads to Lester Davis allegedly firing his gun in the direction of another man at the All Cuts Barber Shop in Wentzville,  MO.

 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: One of the patrons was discussing last week’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown and commented that the incident “makes me want to murder the suspect,” police said.

For unknown reasons, (Lester) Davis took the comment as a threat and asked, “You want to murder me?” Davis then walked out to his Volkswagen sedan, retrieved a loaded Smith & Wesson 9 mm pistol and fired three times in the customer’s direction, police said.

Lester Davis has been charged with first-degree assault, armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a weapon. He is in jail and his bail set at $400,000, the newspaper reports. This is proof some people shouldn’t be allowed to own a gun, period.

Do You Know Where Your U.S. Senator and Senator-Elect Stand on an Assault Weapons Ban?

The following U.S. Senators are opposed to an assault weapons ban.  Mother Jones has the list of senators who support a ban, don’t support a ban and hasn’t said peep about their position in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that left 20 kids and six adults dead.

Name: Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) (Mitt Romney campaign darling)

For the ban? PROBABLY NOT

Shock factor? Nil. She fought an extension of the ’94 ban.

Comment: Spokesman: “[D]enying the Second Amendment rights of law abiding citizens will not change the behavior of those intent on using firearms to commit horrific crimes.”

How long response took after Newtown: 3 days

Name: Roy Blunt (R-Mo.)

For the ban? NO

Shock factor? Nil. He’s a gun-lobby favorite.

Comment: “I’m sure I would vote against anything that impacts, in a negative way, the Second Amendment.”

How long response took after Newtown: 3 days

The following senators are as quiet as little mice on the subject:


Akaka, Daniel (D-Hawaii)

Alexander, Lamar (R-Tenn.)

Baldwin, Tammy (Sen.-Elect, D-Wis.)

Barrasso, John (R-Wy.)

Baucus, Max (D-Mont.)

Begich, Mark (D-Alaska)

Bennet, Michael (D-Colo.)

Bingaman, Jeff (D-N.M.)

Boozman, John (R-Ark.)

Brown, Scott (R-Mass.)

Burr, Richard (R-N.C.)

Carper, Tom (D-Del.)

Chambliss, Saxby (R-Ga.)

Coats, Daniel (R-Ind.)

Coburn, Tom (R-Okla.)

Cochran, Thad (R-Miss.)

Collins, Susan (R-Maine)

Conrad, Kent (D-N.D.)

Coons, Christopher (D-Del.)

Corker, Bob (R-Tenn.)

Cornyn, John (R-Texas)

Crapo, Mike (R-Idaho)

Cruz, Ted (Sen.Elect, R-Texas)

DeMint, Jim (R-S.C.)

Enzi, Michael (R-Wy.)

Fischer, Deb (Sen.-Elect, R-Neb.)

Flake, Jeff (Sen.-Elect, R-Ariz)

Graham, Lindsey (R-S.C.)

Grassley, Chuck (R-Iowa)

Hagan, Kay (D-N.C.)

Hatch, Orrin (R-Utah)

Heitkamp, Heidi (Sen.-Elect, D-N.D.)

Heller, Dean (R-Nevada)

Hirono, Mazie (Sen.-Elect, D-Hawaii)

Hoeven, John (R-N.D.)

Hutchison, Kay Bailey (R-Texas)

Inhofe, James (R-Okla.)

Isakson, Johnny (R-Ga.)

Johanns, Mike (R-Neb.)

Johnson, Ron (R-Wis.)

Johnson, Tim (D-S.D.)

Kaine, Tim (Sen.-Elect, D-Va.)

Kerry, John (D-Mass.)

Kirk, Mark (R-Ill.)

Kohl, Herb (D-Wis.)

Kyl, John (R-Ariz.)

Landrieu, Mary (D-La.)

Leahy, Patrick (D-Vt.)

Lee, Mike (R-Utah)

Levin, Carl (D-Mich.)

Lugar, Richard (R-Ind.)

McCain, John (R-Ariz.)

McConnell, Mitch (R-Ky.)

Merkley, Jeff (D-Ore.)

Moran, Jerry (R-Kansas)

Murkowski, Lisa (R-Alaska)

Nelson, Ben (D-Neb.)

Paul, Rand (R-Ky.)

Portman, Robert (R-Ohio)

Pryor, Mark (D-Ark.)

Risch, James (R-Idaho)

Roberts, Pat (R-Kansas)

Sanders, Bernard (I-Vt.)

Scott, Tim (Sen.-Designate, R-S.C.)

Sessions, Jeff (R-Ala.)

Shelby, Richard (R-Ala.)

Snowe, Olympia (R-Maine)

Stabenow, Debbie (D-Mich.)

Tester, Jon (D-Mont.)

Thune, John (R-S.D.)

Toomey, Patrick (R-Penn.)

Udall, Mark (D-Colo.)

Vitter, David (R-La.)

Warren, Elizabeth (Sen.-Elect, D-Mass.)

Webb, Jim (D-Va.)

Wicker, Roger (R-Miss.)

Wyden, Ron (D-Ore.)