- The Washington Times - Friday, September 20, 2013

Washington Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis killed 13 and wounded almost a dozen others in a morning rampage and House Republicans passed a bill to keep the government running while defunding Obamacare.

On the international stage, Pope Francis said the Catholic Church must find a new balance on gay rights issues, abortion and contraception.

Here’s a recap of the week that was from The Washington Times.

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Aaron Alexis: Navy Yard gunman treated for paranoia and hearing voices in his head

Aaron Alexis, the gunman in the Washington Navy Yard shooting rampage, didn’t just live with contradictions — he embodied them.

U.S. law enforcement officials are telling The Associated Press that the Navy contractor identified as the gunman in the mass shootings at the Washington Navy Yard had been suffering a host of serious mental issues, including paranoia and a sleep disorder. He also had been hearing voices in his head, the officials said.

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U.S. pilot scares off Iranians with ‘Top Gun’-worthy stunt

The U.S. Air Force has a message for Iran: Don’t mess with our drones.

In what only can be described as a scene out of Tom Cruise’s “Top Gun,” Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, Air Force chief of staff, describes how F-22 stealth jets scared off Iranian jets from a U.S. drone flying in international airspace.

California’s great gun grab: State’s sweeping gun control bills target firearms, ammo — and hunting

Breaking new ground in the state-level battle over firearms, the Democratic-dominated California state legislature has taken gun control into uncharted territory with a flurry of new bills that target not just firearms and ammunition, but also recreational hunting.

Among the dozen gun-control bills sitting on California Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk are measures that would outlaw lead ammunition for hunting as well as common types of hunting rifles under the umbrella of an assault-weapons ban. Taken together, the measures go far beyond the efforts that have inspired a sharp backlash and political battles in states such as Connecticut and Colorado.

Russian official mocks Navy Yard shooting

A Russian official blasted “American exceptionalism” in a tweet Monday morning, saying the deadly shooting at Washington’s Navy Yard confirms the worst about the U.S.

“A new shootout at Navy headquarters in Washington — a lone gunman and 7 corpses. Nobody’s even surprised anymore,” tweeted Alexey Pushkov, a member of the Russian parliamentary foreign affairs committee.

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