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FactChecking Biden’s claim that assault weapons ban worked

President Joe Biden claims the 10-year assault weapons ban that he helped shepherd through the Senate as part of the 1994 crime bill “brought down these mass killings.” But the raw numbers, when adjusted for population and other factors, aren’t so clear on that. There is, however, growing evidence that bans on large-capacity magazines, in particular, might reduce the number of those killed and injured in mass public shootings.... Read more»

Biden: Not 'another minute' of waiting on gun control after Colo. mass shooting

President Joe Biden on Tuesday urged the U.S. Senate to immediately pass legislation to close loopholes on background checks for guns and to ban assault weapons, following a mass shooting that killed 10 at a Colorado supermarket. “This should not be a partisan issue,” Biden said. “This is an American issue.” He added that it was wrong “to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take common-sense steps that will save lives in the future.”... Read more»

Giffords report claims gun violence in Arizona costs state billions

A new report claims that Arizona loses as much as $1.9 billion every year to costs directly associated with gun violence, from lost wages to expenses on everything from health care to police and criminal justice. ... Read more»

What the public really thinks about guns

For years the conventional wisdom has said that “gun control” is a deeply polarizing and divisive issue and that support for stronger gun laws has been declining. In the wake of the December shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, however, a wealth of new data challenges this conventional wisdom.... Read more»2

Rangel’s assault weapons whopper

Rep. Charlie Rangel falsely claimed there are “millions of kids dying, being shot down by assault weapons.” In fact, fewer than 100,000 persons younger than 20 years old died of gun violence, including suicide, over a 30-year period through 2010, government data show. About two-thirds of those deaths — or nearly 65,000 — were homicides. ... Read more»

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Constitutionality of proposed firearms legislation

Tragic mass shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, and elsewhere have prompted renewed national interest in the federal regulation of firearms. In January 2013 President Barack Obama publicly announced support for three new legislative measures to regulate firearm ownership and sales. ... Read more»

Comic: Immigration

Operation Brown POTUS

Mexican President Felipe Calderon came to Washington this week, and he was pissed. El Presidente Obama explained that los federales can't do much.... Read more»