Tag: Gun Control

Gunmakers Battle ‘Trump Slump’ With a Softer Sales Pitch

LAS VEGAS — It was like any other convention in this city of neon and slot machines, except for all the guns. At the Shot Show, an annual gathering of the firearms industry in Las Vegas, flash drives shaped like military rifles were handed out. Influencers with large followings on Instagram and TikTok posed for […]

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Virginia Legislature Turns Down Ban on Military-Style Weapons

A bill that would have banned military-style rifles in Virginia was defeated in the State Senate on Monday, a sign of the limited power of the state’s new Democratic majority in enacting the most restrictive elements of its gun-control agenda and a blow to Gov. Ralph Northam’s efforts to restrict gun possession. The prohibition on […]

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Racist Bloomberg Clip Prompts Support From Black Lawmakers And Clergy

Source: Mark Wilson / Getty Black leaders are still showing support for billionaire Mike Bloomberg, even in the midst of his racist history coming to light. According to CNN, the former New York City mayor running for president secured the endorsement of three members of the Congressional Black Caucus on Wednesday. Reps. Lucy McBath of […]

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Bloomberg and Trump Unveil Super Bowl Ads, Setting Up a Clash on the Airwaves

DES MOINES — Two billionaires will pitch their presidential candidacies amid the beer and car commercials during the Super Bowl on Sunday, with Michael R. Bloomberg spending a full minute addressing gun violence and President Trump using 30 seconds to highlight his first years in office. The Bloomberg ad, which his campaign says it hopes […]

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Gun Limits Are Coming to Virginia, Where the Old Politics No Longer Apply

MIDLOTHIAN, Va. — Lisette Johnson had been a lifelong Republican. She became an activist on gun safety after she was shot by her estranged husband more than a decade ago, and she asked her Republican state senator for his backing on gun control bills. “I thought everyone would be on board with this, like, what […]

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Bloomberg’s $11 Million Super Bowl Ad: Gun Violence and a Grieving Mother

DES MOINES — After the dazzle and pop of Jennifer Lopez and Shakira’s Super Bowl halftime show this Sunday, Michael R. Bloomberg’s presidential campaign is hoping to “stop people in their tracks” with an emotional ad featuring a mother who lost her son to gun violence. In the minute-long ad, which the campaign released on […]

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The Iconic Man With a Gun Is a White Man

RICHMOND, Va. — Around 22,000 people came here on Monday to protest potential new restrictions on guns under consideration by the new Democratic majority in the General Assembly. Most of the protesters were outside the grounds of the State Capitol, and most appeared to be carrying weapons: handguns, shotguns, carbines and semiautomatic rifles. There were […]

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Lobby Day attendee recalls the “peacefulness” experienced among those rallying

RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia State Police estimated roughly 22,000 people were in Richmond for “Lobby Day” on Monday. Amid the fears of alleged threats of violence, one attendee from Hampton Roads, Brendan Mooney, said there was no violence. “The peacefulness,” Mooney, an executive member with the Virginia Citizen’s Defense League, explained, “the peacefulness was one […]

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What’s next for Virginia gun advocates after massive rally?

RICHMOND, Va. – Thousands of people rallied for gun rights Monday in Richmond as part of Lobby Day, an annual event where citizens lobby legislators. It’s a day that typically brings numerous organizations to the State Capitol, though many canceled their scheduled events and left the lobbying to gun rights advocates. Second Amendment supporters made […]

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MLK, the KKK and the NRA: A Brief History of Racists With Guns

Photo: William H. Alden (Getty Images) A white supremacist with a gun killed Martin Luther King Jr. That fact alone makes Monday’s white supremacist-palooza seem particularly disrespectful. However, the history of the Second Amendment reflects America’s obsession with firearms as a means of oppression. Guns have been the primary tool for racial oppression since America […]

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‘When people disagree, they can do so peacefully’: Gov. Northam issues Lobby Day statement

RICHMOND, Va. – After a peaceful Lobby Day Governor Ralph Northam issued a statement thanking law enforcement. He started by saying we are all thankful that the day passed without incident, adding weeks of planning and cooperation from state, local and federal partners successfully de-escalated what could have been a volatile situation. Gov. Northam went […]

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Woman arrested in Richmond for wearing a mask in public during Lobby Day

Mikaela E. Beschler RICHMOND, Va. – A woman was arrested during Lobby Day on Monday, according to the Virginia Capitol Facebook page. Around 1:30 p.m., 21-year-old Mikaela Beschler was arrested by a Richmond Police officer. Beschler was charged with one felony count of wearing a mask in public in the 800 block of East Broad […]

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‘This Is a Show of Force’: Gun Rights Advocates and Far-Right Extremists Descend on Richmond

RICHMOND, Virginia — Thousands of pro-gun activists rallied near the Virginia Capitol building on Monday, many armed and wearing stickers reading “Guns Save Lives.” The rally, which is attended by armed militia members and far-right extremists, had the city on edge and fearing violence. But it was an upbeat and calm day. The rally was […]

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Virginia Gun Rally: What to Watch For

RICHMOND, Va. — The capital of Virginia is bracing for the arrival on Monday of busloads of demonstrators from across the state and around the nation who are angry over a series of gun-control measures making their way through the state Legislature. Along with mainstream gun-rights activists, the event is also expected to attract white […]

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It’s MLK Day Everywhere but Virginia. They’re Doing a Gun Rally Complete With Neo-Nazis Instead

Photo: JIM WATSON/AFP (Getty Images) This Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It’s a day of remembrance when we honor one of the most renowned civil rights leader in U.S. history. A man who certainly stood for peace, but, most of all, equality and justice. A man who is often made out to be […]

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Trump on Virginia Gun Dispute: 2nd Amendment ‘Under Very Serious Attack’

RICHMOND, Va. — Days before a planned gun rights rally that has set Virginia’s capital on edge, President Trump warned that state Democrats were threatening Americans’ right to bear arms. “Your 2nd Amendment is under very serious attack in the Great Commonwealth of Virginia,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter on Friday. “That’s what happens when […]

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