RAW Story: Obama: Gun advocates ‘ginning up fear’ because it’s ‘good for business’

-By David Edwards

January 14, 2013- President Barack Obama on Monday explained that pro-gun groups were “ginning up fear” about the government confiscating firearms because “it obviously is good for business.”

Last week, conservatives responded with outrage after Vice President Joe Biden suggested that Obama could take executive action for minor gun control measures.

Although executive orders are only able to enforce existing laws, radio host Rush Limbaugh warned that such action “could only be to take guns” and the Drudge Report ran photos comparing the president to Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin.

RAW Story: Harris-Perry: Ending drug war may be ‘best gun control measure we can enact’

-By Samantha Kimmey

January 13, 2013- Melissa Harris-Perry and her guests on Sunday discussed whether the best answer to gun violence is ending the “War on Drugs.”

About 800 people die every year as a result of gang violence, Harris-Perry said, “a large percentage of which are connected to drug trafficking.”

When it comes to gun violence, “maybe ending the War on Drugs is the best gun control measure we can enact,” as many violent gangs would no longer have a lucrative business in prohibited substances.

Michael Skolnik, political advisor for Russell Simmons, claims that President Obama has “taken steps” to end the drug war.

WBIR (NBC): West TN man loses handgun carry permit after making video threats

January 11, 2013- A West Tennessee man can no longer legally carry a a handgun, after he made threatening posts on the internet site YouTube.

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security announced Friday that they had suspended James Yeager's handgun carry permit.

Yeager, 42, of Camden, posted videos claiming he would "start killing people" if the Obama administration took executive action to pass gun control measures.

"The number one priority for our department is to ensure the public's safety. Mr. Yeager's comments were irresponsible, dangerous, and deserved our immediate attention. Due to our concern, as well as that of law enforcement, his handgun permit was suspended immediately. We have notified Mr. Yeager about the suspension today via e-mail. He will receive an official notification of his suspension through the mail," Commissioner Bill Gibbons said.

AlterNet: FBI Informant Who Blew the Cover on a Murderous Right-Wing Domestic Terror Group Speaks Out

Several members of the Alaska Peacemaker Militia were sentenced this week.

-By Jillian Rayfield

January 11, 2013- “We have a plan: We’re going to go to the houses of local cops and burn the houses down with the cops and their families inside,” Schaeffer Cox reportedly said in August 2010, months before he would be arrested for plotting to kidnap and kill federal officials — and just a few years before he would be convicted and sentenced to almost 26 years in prison.

Cox’s sentence came down earlier this week, as part of the trial of Alaska Peacemaker Militia members, a right-wing group that was plotting to stockpile illegal weapons and take violent action against the government.

Talking Points Memo: Alabama Teen Arrested For Bomb Plot

-By Pema Levy

January 7, 2013- Derek Shrout, 17, will appear in court Monday for allegedly planning to bomb his high school, the Ledger-Enquirer reports. Authorities at the county jail where Shrout is being held say he has admitted to being a white supremacist.

According to the county sheriff, Shrout was arrested after a teacher found plans to bomb the school in Shrout's journal, which he had left behind in a classroom, and authorities found preparations for homemade bombs in his home.

Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor said Sunday a search of Shrout's home Friday found about a couple dozen small tobacco cans and two large cans, all with holes drilled in them and containing pellets...


Salon: Study: Stand your ground laws don’t deter crime

They also increase the murder rate

-By Alex Halperin

January 7, 2013- A shocking study out of Texas A&M University shows that laws that encourage people to use their guns more freely increase the number of homicides.

LGBTQ Nation: Ill. hate group leader: ‘There are no round triangles, and no gay marriages’

December 28, 2012- Just as there are “no round triangles,” there are “no gay marriages.”

So says David E. Smith, executive director of the Illinois Family Institute, the anti-gay hate group working to defeat efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois.

Smith told NBC News in Chicago that same-sex marriage shouldn’t — and won’t — pass during the General Assembly’s lame duck session next month.


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