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Mourners deliver flowers Friday for the funeral in El Paso, Texas, of Margie Reckard, 63, who was killed by a gunman in a mass shooting earlier in the month. Some mental health advocates say that the focus on people with mental illness is a distraction from solving gun violence in the U.S. (Associated Press)

Advocates slam Trump for remarks on mental illness

- The Washington Times

Mental health advocates chastised President Trump for saying the U.S. could fight gun violence by reopening institutions to keep “mentally deranged and dangerous” people off the streets, saying it could stigmatize patients who thrive in their communities, while allowing hateful shooters to hide behind the banner of mental illness.

Football game canceled in fear of extremists

Associated Press

A police spokesman says a Sept. 6 football game between an El Paso high school and the school attended by the suspect in the El Paso mass shooting was cancelled because of fear of it becoming a platform for extremists.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., speaks during an American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Public Service Forum in Las Vegas Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP)

Amy Klobuchar: Trump is afraid of the NRA

- The Washington Times

Sen. Amy Klobuchar on Thursday accused President Trump of being “afraid” of the National Rifle Association, as both parties weigh a potential legislative response to last weekend’s shootings in Texas and Ohio that left more than 30 people dead.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., talks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

Schumer calls GOP’s push for red flag gun laws a ‘cop-out’

- The Washington Times

Congress cannot duck the issue of expanded background checks in the wake of last weekend’s shootings, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said Wednesday, rejecting what he said were GOP plans to pass more limited legislation encouraging states to confiscate guns from dangerous individuals.

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., center, calls for gun control legislation in the wake of the mass shooting in an Orlando LGBT nightclub this week, Thursday, June 16, 2016, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. From left are, Rev. Sharon Risher, a clinical trauma chaplain in Dallas, who lost her mother Ethel Lance and two cousins in the racially-motivated shooting at the historic Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, N.C., in 2015, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

2020 Democrats push gun confiscations, buybacks after mass shootings

- The Washington Times

This season’s crop of Democratic hopefuls is tacking far to the left on gun control after mass shootings in Texas and Ohio over the weekend. They have called for national licensing and firearm buybacks and suggested sending federal agents into people’s homes to confiscate weapons.d

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Churches Arm, Train Congregants in Wake of Mass Shootings

Published August 19 2019

Acrid gun smoke clouded the sunny entrance of a Texas church on a recent Sunday. Seven men wearing heavy vests and carrying pistols loaded with blanks ran toward the sound of the shots, stopping at the end of a long hallway. As one peeked into the foyer, the "bad guy" raised the muzzle of an AR-15, took aim and squeezed the trigger.

Florida Alert! "Assault Weapons" Ban Amendment Bans ALL SEMIAUTOMATIC RIFLES AND SHOTGUNS

Published August 19 2019

The so-called "assault weapons" ban that is proposed for a constitutional amendment to be on the 2020 Election Ballot bans the possession of: “any semiautomatic rifle or shotgun CAPABLE of holding more than ten (10) rounds of ammunition at once, either in a fixed or detachable magazine or other ammunition feeding device.”

Sparking Dialogue or Sparking Joy: Competing Views on Gun “Buyback” Initiatives

Published August 18 2019

The Christian Science Monitor describes itself as “an independent international news organization” that wants to “help you to see news events as starting points for constructive conversations.” Its editorial board recently published an article, A seed for society’s safety: Gun buybacks, discussing why New Zealand’s “gun buyback” program could serve as a useful model on how the government can engage with gun owners in this country. According to the piece, the “voluntary nature of gun buybacks – along with the incentive of being compensated – gives them a special place in the worldwide debate over gun regulations.” In the case of the New Zealand program, it is neither a “buyback” nor voluntary. Apart from the quibble that the privately-owned guns have not been owned or sold by the government such that any later relinquishment is, in fact, a “buy back,” there’s nothing optional about the program, unless the decision between surrendering your property or facing hard jail time can be said to represent a real and honest choice.

Amnesty International’s Desperate Measure

Published August 18 2019

There are some odd dynamics in international relations. Countries in which people are not free serve on the UN Human Rights Council. Political considerations guide every action.  Of course, the NRA is a single-issue organization so international relations are not usually front and center for us. We’re focused on protecting the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans. The horrific attacks in El Paso and Dayton gave opportunistic foreign regimes an opening to offer clumsy critiques of the United States regarding our level of violent crime.