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Second Amendment & Gun Control

The latest news coverage, opinion and information on Second Amendment rights and gun control. The Second Amendment states "a well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed..."

In this Oct. 9, 2017 file photo, Jamie Lee Curtis arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Jane" at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Jamie Lee Curtis slams Fox News piece on gun views: I 'fully support the Second Amendment'

By Jessica Chasmar - The Washington Times

Jamie Lee Curtis on Wednesday fired back at a Fox News article that painted her as a hypocrite on guns because she pretends to use them in her movies but advocates for gun control in real life. Published October 11, 2018

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South Carolina state troopers gather on Hoffmeyer Road near the Vintage Place neighborhood where several law enforcement officers were shot, one fatally, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, in Florence, S.C. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

7 officers shot, 1 fatally, serving warrant in South Carolina

- Associated Press

A police officer was killed and six of his comrades wounded when a man opened fire from inside his home on deputies who came to serve a search warrant, authorities said. The shooting continued for hours as the man barricaded himself inside with children, firing from a distance at officers who came to help.

Survivors of a mass shooting form a human chain around the shuttered site of a country music festival on the first anniversary, Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, in Las Vegas. As people were linking arms and holding hands Monday night near the concert site, officials and several hundred others across town listened to bagpipes and the names of the 58 victims being read aloud. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Dimmed lights, somber tributes on Vegas shooting anniversary

- Associated Press

The marquees on the glimmering Las Vegas Strip dimmed their lights for three minutes Monday night as officials slowly read the 58 names of the people killed one year earlier in the country's deadliest mass shooting in modern history.

In this Sept. 25, 2018, photo, Heather Melton sits on a patio at her home in Big Sandy, Tenn., as the sun sets over the Big Sandy River. Heather and her husband, Sonny Melton, were in the final stages of building the home when Sonny died when he was shot while protecting Heather at the Route 91 Harvest Festival mass shooting in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017. Now a year later, many survivors, who were already bonded through the music, have formed a tight-knit, encouraging community as they heal, support and remember. They call themselves "Country Strong." (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

For Route 91 survivors, 'Country Strong' means community

- Associated Press

They have the date 10-1-2017 tattooed on their bodies and have memorial walls of pictures in their homes. One woman made a bracelet out of her Route 91 Harvest festival wristband, while many others can be spotted at concerts wearing shirts that say "survivor." They fly flags from their RVs and have stickers on their cars.

In this photo taken Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, Las Vegas shooting survivor Chris Gilman, right, puts her arm across her wife as tears well in Aliza Correa's eyes as they talk about the shooting a year earlier at their home in Bonney Lake, Wash. Gilman, with her wife at her side, was shot at the Route 91 country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip Oct. 1, 2017. Today Gilman and Correa are making a conscious effort to keep at bay what they experienced and witnessed from spoiling their everyday moments home, an hour southeast of Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Living with fear: Vegas shooting survivor, wife march on

- Associated Press

Every time Chris Gilman leaves her home at the foot of Washington's Mount Rainier, she fights the gnawing urge to turn around and check that someone isn't about to shoot her.

In a March 14, 2018, file photo, Ohio Gov. John Kasich is interviewed on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Ohio Gov. John Kasich clashes with fellow Republicans over guns

- Associated Press

Gov. John Kasich has grown increasingly frustrated as he's watched shootings in Las Vegas and Florida -- and closer to home in Cincinnati and his city of Westerville -- fail to move state lawmakers around the country to tighten state gun laws.

Emmanuel Macron's presidency hurt by ex-aide flaunting gun in photo

- Associated Press

A French investigative website has published a photo of one of President Emmanuel Macron's former security aides posing with a gun and a waitress during a campaign stop amid France's 2017 election -- without any known authorization to be armed.

This undated photo provided by Daniel Buck Auctions, of Lisbon Falls, Maine, shows a portion of a pair of 125-year-old Levi Strauss & Co., denim blue jeans that sold for nearly $100,000 this in May 2018 to a buyer in Asia. The jeans were purchased in 1893 by a store keeper in the Arizona Territory and were in pristine condition because they were worn only a few times. (Daniel Buck Soules/Daniel Buck Auctions via AP) ** FILE **

Levi Strauss goes gun control: Have corporations gone mad?

- The Washington Times

Levi Strauss, the famous jeans maker and clothing manufacturer, has jumped into the gun control bed with none other than the king of anti-Second Amendment himself, Michael Bloomberg. Do corporations these days have a death wish? Seriously, are they even in business to make money any more?

In this Jan. 26, 2015, file photo, Scott Smith, a supporter of open carry gun laws, wears a pistol as he prepares for a rally in support of open carry gun laws at the Capitol, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Gun owners' intensity turns 'minority in American politics' into outsized force

- The Washington Times

Gun ownership is a stronger predictor of a person's political activity than factors such as gender, age and education, according to a study that helps explain why mass shootings have done little to advance the cause of advocates calling for stiffer laws. The intensity of gun owners has made them an outsized political force over the past four decades, according to the study, released this week from the University of Kansas.

Illustration on Philadelphia's success in targeting illegal guns by Alexander Hunter/The Washingtion Times

Targeting illegal guns in Philadelphia

In June 1998, the National Rifle Association held its national convention in Philadelphia. The NRA met at the city's convention center, which was only blocks from where the Founding Fathers gave birth to our freedoms, a fact noted by legendary actor Charlton Heston, who was elected president of the NRA during the convention.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos testifies during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Senate Democrats rail against reported guns-in-schools idea

- The Washington Times

Senate Democrats on Thursday railed against reported plans that the Trump administration is looking at using federal funding to let school districts buy guns for teachers, saying the news threatens to scuttle bipartisan work on a massive spending package the Senate is considering this week.

A Broward County sheriff's deputy was on hand Wednesday as students arrived at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, for the first day of classes. (Associated Press/File)

Data duel: Are gun-free zones really safer?

- The Washington Times

Children are heading back to school with the debate over gun safety still raging six months after the Parkland massacre -- and no issue is more heated than whether gun-free zones make students safer or more endangered.

This Feb. 20, 2018, file photo shows a memorial for Geography teacher and cross-country coach, Scott Beigel at Pine Trails Park in Parkland, Fla. A street in New York's Long Island has been named for Beigel who helped shield students from the gunman in last winter's school shooting. The street where Beigel grew up in Dix Hills, N.Y., was dedicated "Scott J. Beigel Way" on Saturday Aug. 11. (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, File)

Parkland students start school year with tightened security

- Associated Press

As students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School begin their first school year since a gunman opened fire on campus, they're returning to beefed up security including 18 safety monitors, new classroom locks and upgraded video surveillance.

Trigger Head Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Preventing mass shootings

On July 30, the Annapolis Capital Gazette shooter pled "not guilty" to shooting and killing five Gazette employees. Reports say armed with a shotgun, he entered the building and blasted his way into the Gazette offices. It reminded me of the time when another shooter used a shotgun and shot 16 people, including me, at the Washington Navy Yard in 2013.

This march 8, 2016, file photo shows Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Alphabet speaking during a press conference ahead of the Google DeepMind Challenge Match in Seoul, South Korea. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

A.I. leaders (naively) vow no lethal autonomous weapons

- The Washington Times

More than 160 companies with divisions dedicated to advancing artificial intelligence just signed on to a pledge to "neither participate in nor support the development, manufacture, trade, or use of lethal autonomous weapons," or LAWS, the text states. That's nice; very peace-keeping-ish. But that's also a bit naive.

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Illustration on the dangers of abolishing the Second Amendment by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Second Amendment is here to stay

In a recent New York Times commentary, former U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens argued that the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution — the one that acknowledges the "right to keep and bear arms" — is a "relic of the 18th century." Justice Stevens wants "a constitutional amendment to get rid of the Second Amendment" as a simple way to fight the National Rifle Association, which blocks gun-control legislation.

Logical Progression of a Gun Ban Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

More laws do not a moral people make

This past Valentine's Day, Nikolas Cruz entered a classroom in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and proceeded to murder 17 people and wound 15 others. Before any meaningful criminal investigation could even begin, our nation's cultural elites rushed to their respective podiums, finding fault and casting aspersions. Scoring political points is the name of the game. Removing personal rights embedded in our Constitution and replacing them with more laws and less freedom seems to be the only way they know to keep score.

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With Kavanaugh on court, gun laws could be targeted

Published October 15 2018

At a minimum, Kavanaugh appears to be a vote for the Supreme Court to consider cases involving the court’s landmark Heller decision, in which the justices said the Second Amendment includes the right to own a handgun inside the home for self-protection.

Kansas parade won't bar Kobach's replica gun

Published October 15 2018

Organizers of a small-town Kansas parade decided Friday night that they won't stop Republican candidate Kris Kobach from having a replica machine gun on a jeep after initially objecting to a key symbol of his campaign for governor and support for gun rights.

Round Two: Gun Rights Groups Prevail (Again) in Second Challenge to Firearm Restrictions in Delaware’s State Parks, Forests

Published October 12 2018

Gun rights groups, including the NRA’s Delaware affiliate, the Delaware State Sportsmen’s Association, scored an encore legal victory this week when the Superior Court of the State of Delaware invalidated parts of newly promulgated regulations imposed by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) and the Delaware Department of Agriculture (DDA) on firearms in state parks and forests.

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Vice President Mike Pence, left, listen to President Donald Trump, right, speak during during a working lunch with with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, at Trump's private Mar-a-Lago club, Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Mike Pence confirms that prayer is alive and well at the White House

- The Washington Times

Vice President Pence: "There's prayer going on a regular basis in this White House. And it's one of the most meaningful things to me, whether it's public meetings or not, I've lost count of the number of times that the president has nudged me, or nudged another member of the Cabinet and said let's start this meeting with prayer."