Monday, January 21, 2013
A security guard remains warded under police guard at the San Fernando General Hospital after shooting off his penis in Rio Claro, yesterday. Police said around 8 am they received a call from a resident that a gunshot was heard coming from a parked car. The police responded and found a 33-year-old man slumped behind the steering wheel.
He was bleeding from his groin area and a .38 firearm with four rounds of ammunition was found in his right front pocket. The man, who said he lived in Lopinot, was taken to the San Fernando General Hospital where he remains warded under police guard. Investigators conducted a trace on the man and found out that he did not possess a firearm users’ licence. He is expected to be charged for illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.
Meanwhile, in a separate incident, police are searching for two men who staged a robbery in Marabella. Investigators said around 1.30 am, Aleem Hosein, 20, and Amar Seelal, 26, both of Marabella were liming at Ramsamooj Street when two men walked up to them and asked for directions.
One of the men then pulled out a gun and robbed the men of two cell phones and $80. The robbers escaped in a waiting white car. Marabella police are continuing investigations.
Mitch McConnell email: They’re coming for your guns
Mitch McConnell email: They’re coming for your guns
Monday, Jan 21, 2013 02:12 PM CST
"You and I are literally surrounded," a campaign email from McConnell warned supporters
By Jillian Rayfield
In an email to supporters, Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pledged to oppose gun control legislation and warned his supporters that Democrats “want take your guns.”
“You and I are literally surrounded,” the email says, according to The Hill. “The gun-grabbers in the Senate are about to launch an all-out-assault on the Second Amendment. On your rights. On your freedom.”
The email, signed by McConnell’s campaign manager Jesse Benton, lays out which measures the Senate could take:
“It is almost hard to believe the sheer breadth and brazenness of this attempt to gut our Constitution,” the email says, asking supporters to sign a ”Defense of the Second Amendment pledge.”
-The Feinstein Gun Ban, which will criminalize firearms by how they look.
-A thinly-veiled national gun registration scheme hidden under the guise of “background checks” to ensure federal government minders gain every bureaucratic tool they need for full-scale confiscation.
-An outright BAN on magazines holding more than 10 rounds.
-And that’s not even close to the end of it.
23 new Executive Orders.
It is almost hard to believe the sheer breadth and brazenness of this attempt to gut our Constitution.
Well, Mitch McConnell is not going to stand aside.
Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mitch McConnell Gun Control Email: You're 'Literally Surrounded,' They're 'Coming For Your Guns'
The Huffington Post | By Nick Wing
Posted: 01/21/2013 10:25 am EST | Updated: 01/22/2013 5:11 pm EST
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) addressed supporters in a frantically toned email on Monday, warning them of a looming effort to snatch up their guns.
"You and I are literally surrounded. The gun-grabbers in the Senate are about to launch an all-out-assault on the Second Amendment. On your rights. On your freedom," reads the opening of the email, according to The Hill.
"[T]hey're coming for your guns," the email exhorts.
Last week, President Barack Obama unveiled a comprehensive set of initiatives meant to combat gun violence. Alongside 23 executive actions, Obama also announced his intention to press congressional lawmakers to introduce a set of measures, including a renewed assault weapons ban and restriction on large-capacity ammunition magazines.
Following Obama's announcement, McConnell said he'd take a tempered approach to judging the effort against gun violence, declaring that the “first test of any new legislation” would be “whether or not it infringes on the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms.”
The Kentucky Republican has apparently decided that the president's proposals would violate the Second Amendment. Over the weekend, he sent out a telephone recording to supporters in his home state, promising to fight Obama's new campaign "tooth and nail."
"President Obama and his team are doing everything in their power to restrict your Constitutional right to keep and bear arms," McConnell said in the recording. "Their efforts to restrict your rights, invading your personal privacy and overstepping their bounds with executive orders, is just plain wrong."
McConnell: Inauguration time for fresh start
By DONOVAN SLACK |
1/21/13 12:20 PM EST
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) congratulated President Obama Monday on his inauguration and portrayed the moment as an opportunity for a "fresh start" in working on challenges together.
“Every four years on Inauguration Day, America shows the world that our major political parties can disagree with civility and mutual respect," McConnell said in a statement. "It is in this spirit that I congratulate President Obama on his inauguration to a second term and wish him well in the fulfillment of his duty to lead the U.S. at home and abroad over the next four years.
"The President’s second term represents a fresh start when it comes to dealing with the great challenges of our day; particularly, the transcendent challenge of unsustainable federal spending and debt," he said. "Republicans are eager to work with the President on achieving this common goal, and we firmly believe that divided government provides the perfect opportunity to do so. Together, there is much we can achieve.”
Little-known laws shed light on NRA influence
Fredereka Schouten, USA TODAY10:36a.m. EST January 15, 2013
WASHINGTON — You can carry a loaded firearm into national parks and can tuck your rifle and ammunition into stowed luggage on Amtrak trains. Federal product-safety law subjects everything from toys to toasters to safety inspection and recalls, but exempts guns.
In the wake of the Newtown, Conn., massacre, the national debate raging over high-profile issues such as proposals to ban assault weapons also is bringing fresh attention to an array of little-known laws approved by Congress — some at the behest of the powerful National Rifle Association and other gun-rights groups — that either ease restrictions on firearms or clamp down on the ability of the government to regulate guns.
The NRA also has used its political muscle in state capitols — where its lobbyists and members have successfully pushed laws that allow gun owners to carry concealed weapons into parks, bars and churches, have sought to restrict the ability of doctors to talk to patients about gun safety and fought increased fees for background checks.
In the last decade alone, the NRA has spent $21 million to lobby Congress and federal agencies — 10 times the amount spent by one of the nation's best-known gun-control groups, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, during the same period.
"The NRA has had great influence because they have largely had the field to themselves," said Robert Spitzer, a political scientist at the State University of New York College-Cortland and author of The Politics of Gun Control.
NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam said the NRA's "successes are due to the fact that the overwhelming majority of American people agree with our position, not because of any influence."
The organization, which has vigorously opposed any gun restrictions, faces new pressure after the Dec. 14 Newtown shooting that left 20 schoolchildren dead. President Obama this week plans to unveil proposals to curb gun violence, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., is readying legislation that would reinstate the assault-weapons ban that lapsed in 2004.
"We'll do what we've always done: fight," Arulanandam said about the NRA's response to any new gun-control proposals. "That's what our members want us to do. That's what tens of millions of law-abiding gun owners want us to do."
Examples of recent laws easing gun restrictions include:
• A measure, inserted into a 2009 credit-card regulation bill, that ended a 25-year ban on carrying concealed and loaded guns into national parks. Supporters said the change was needed to address a patchwork of state and federal firearms regulators that made it hard for gun owners to travel between state and federal lands.
In addition, the law's author, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., "believes gun-free zones disarm everyone but the assailant," his spokesman John Hart said. The NRA backed the proposal, but Coburn "offered the amendment at his own initiative," Hart said.
Associations representing current and retired National Park rangers opposed the law, raising concerns about the potential for illegal poaching and arguing it would change the nature of USA's 398 national parks.
That year, Congress also overturned Amtrak's ban on carrying weapons, put in place after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and renewed after 2004 bombing attacks on Madrid's train system. Gun-control advocates argued the change made train travel less secure.
The measure's sponsor, Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., called the Amtrak gun ban an "overreaction" that punished gun owners. He noted that the law brought Amtrak's rules closer in line with airline regulations, which now allow passengers to transport unloaded firearms in checked baggage — provided they are locked in a hard-sided container.
• A federal law passed by Congress in 2005 that shields gun dealers, trade associations and manufacturers from liability in lawsuits involving firearms used in crimes. The measure sponsored by then-senator Larry Craig, an Idaho Republican and former NRA board member. The law kept in place the ability to sue over defective guns.
Firearms, however, long have been exempt from oversight by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, which regulates everything from cribs and children's toys to washing machines and pools — making it the only U.S. consumer product not subject to federal safety regulations. The federal agency with regulatory power over the gun industry is Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which focuses on law enforcement.
"It shows the immense political clout of the NRA to exempt itself from product-safety regulation and keep it that way for years and then to get protection from civil liability," said Kristen Rand, legislative director of the Violence Policy Center.
On Monday, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., announced plans to introduce a bill to overturn the 2005 law limiting lawsuits. "Other industries across our country don't enjoy this protection under the law," he said. "It's inexcusable for Congress to give the NRA and gun manufacturers a blank check."
The NRA's Arulanandam called moves to expand legal liability part of a "strategy by gun-control advocates to bankrupt the gun industry by holding them responsible for the activities of criminals."
• Laws restricting the ability of doctors and insurance companies to ask questions about firearm ownership, usage and storage.
A law signed last year by Florida's Republican Gov. Rick Scott threatens doctors with the potential loss of their medical licenses for recording information in patients' files about firearms. A federal judge last year ruled the law unconstitutional and blocked its implementation. Florida officials have appealed.
Marion Hammer, a Florida gun rights lobbyist and former NRA president who pushed the measure, did not return telephone calls from USA TODAY. But in a letter to The Tallahassee Democrat, she said the law addressed "the growing political agenda being carried out in examination rooms by doctors and medical staffs — and the arrogant berating if a patient refuses to answer questions that violate privacy rights and offend common decency."
Mobeen Rathore, president of the Florida chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, said doctors have a First Amendment right to talk with patients about potential hazards in the home.
The American Academy of Pediatrics also has raised objections about a provision in the massive 2010 federal health-care overhaul that it argues will deter doctors from asking about guns in homes.
The provision, inserted by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., bars the government from using the health-care law to collect gun information and prohibits the insurance companies that participate in new health-care exchanges from using gun ownership as criteria for denying coverage or determining premiums.
In addition, the law's "wellness" provisions, which expand employer-backed efforts to encourage workers to take healthy actions such as losing weight, "may not require disclosure or collection" of information about patients' guns or ammunition.
The NRA pushed the measure to "make sure law-abiding gun owners are not target of discrimination by insurance companies," Arulanandam said this week.
Reid spokesman Adam Jentleson said the provision only sought to reassure gun owners that the federal government had no plans to use the health law to create a national firearms registry.
"It was entirely intended to reinforce current law," he said, "and to make it clear that there was no back-door attempt to create a gun database."