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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..."

A demonstrator holds a Sandra Bland sign during a vigil, Tuesday evening, July 28, 2015,  near the DuSable Bridge on Michigan Ave. in Chicago. Bland died in a Texas county jail after the traffic stop for failing to use a turn signal escalated into a physical confrontation. Authorities have said Bland hanged herself, a finding her family disputes. The death has garnered national attention amid increased scrutiny of police treatment of blacks in the wake of several high-profile police-involved deaths. (AP Photo/Christian K. Lee) ** FILE **

FBI database to track deadly encounters with police

By Lisa Marie Pane - Associated Press

The federal government is launching a national database that will track when law enforcement officers use deadly force, providing more transparency about police shootings that have inflamed tensions in cities around the country. Published November 30, 2018

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This undated identification file photo shows former Western Connecticut State University student Adam Lanza, who authorities said opened fire inside the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in 2012. Documents from the investigation into the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School are shedding light on the gunman's anger, scorn for other people, and deep social isolation in the years leading up to the shooting. (Western Connecticut State University via AP, File)

Adam Lanza, Newtown shooter, described 'scorn for humanity'

Associated Press

Documents from the investigation into the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut are shedding light on the gunman's anger, scorn for other people, and deep social isolation in the years leading up to the shooting.

Officials are on the scene outside of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where authorities say a gunman opened fire inside an elementary school in a shooting that left 27 people dead, including 20 children, Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Slain boy's father sues 'Nobody Died at Sandy Hook' authors

Associated Press

The father of a boy who was killed in the 2012 shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut has filed another defamation lawsuit against conspiracy theorists who accused him of being an actor.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, left, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel speak Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, during a news conference at the University of Chicago Medical Center, in Chicago, after a gunman opened fire at Mercy Hospital, killing a police officer and two hospital employees. (Chris Walker/Chicago Tribune via AP)

Argument at Chicago hospital erupts into deadly shooting

- Associated Press

An argument outside a Chicago hospital turned deadly when a man pulled out a gun and killed an emergency room doctor with whom he was having a domestic relationship, then ran into the hospital and fatally shot a pharmacy resident and a police officer, authorities said.

(Associated Press)

14-year-old brought handguns, ammunition to Wyoming school

Associated Press

Police in northeast Wyoming say a 14-year-old junior high student brought two handguns and 36 rounds of ammunition to school and threatened to shoot a student and staff members because he was unhappy with them.

People comfort each other as they stand near the scene Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. where a gunman opened fire Wednesday inside a country dance bar crowded with hundreds of people on "college night," wounding 11 people including a deputy who rushed to the scene. Ventura County sheriff's spokesman says gunman is dead inside the bar. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

13 dead including gunman in shooting at California bar

- Associated Press

Thirteen people are dead after a gunman opened fire on a crowd at a country dance bar holding a weekly "college night" Wednesday in Southern California, sending hundreds fleeing in terror including some who used barstools to break windows and escape, authorities said.

In this undated photo provided by the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office shows Melvin Rowland. A University of Utah student and track athlete, Lauren McCluskey, who was shot and killed on campus by her former boyfriend, Rowland, had filed a police complaint against him after she learned he was a sex offender and broke off the relationship, authorities said Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. McCluskey was found shot in a car Monday night near on-campus student housing. (Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Utah university slay suspect was sex offender, records show

- Associated Press

A University of Utah student-athlete who was fatally shot on campus by her former boyfriend had broken off the relationship after learning he was a sex offender, authorities said Tuesday.

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.

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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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Michigan House votes to freeze deer sterilization permits

Published December 13 2018

Ann Arbor can continue to sterilize deer but the state would be prohibited from issuing new sterilization permits until 2022 under legislation approved early Thursday morning by Michigan's Republican-led House.

Nevada: Carson City residents rally against partial closure of local shooting range

Published December 13 2018

 Carson City held a public information meeting Wednesday to provide updates on the partial closure of the City’s Rifle and Pistol Range. As a result, the City is only opening the range to law enforcement, military members and certified gun clubs Monday through Friday. Each entity is required to make a reservation. The range is open to everyone on the weekend, however. Dozens of shooters packed a room at the Carson City Community Center to express opposition to the new partial closure.  

COMMENTARY: A naive letter from fledging House Democrats

Published December 13 2018

An enduring Washington truth: When a politician uses multiple clauses in a sentence, the opening words are camouflage soon to be contradicted by what comes later. Here are a few typical examples of this rhetorical shell game: When a Democrat begins by saying, “While no one supports the rights of hunters and the Second Amendment more fervently than I do,” you can assume that the rest of the sentence will be an appeal for gun control.

Panel investigating Parkland shooting recommends arming teachers

Published December 13 2018

A Florida state commission investigating the February shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school that left 17 people dead recommended on Wednesday that teachers who undergo proper training be allowed to carry firearms at schools.

From The Vault

Kelly Jones, ex-wife of "Infowars" host Alex Jones, carries a sign as she arrives at the Travis County Courthouse, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, in Austin, Texas. Alex Jones wants a Texas judge to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed against him by families of some of the children killed in the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Alex Jones, 'Infowars' host, doesn't attend hearing in Sandy Hook lawsuit

- Associated Press

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones wasn't in court Wednesday as his attorneys argued that the "Infowars" host who has called the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting a hoax didn't defame one victim's parents who say they've been tormented by his followers and forced to move seven times.

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."