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Colorado GOP lawmakers seek repeal of magazine ban despite New Year’s Eve mass shooting

Republican advocates of the right to bear arms with high-capacity magazines aim to legalize them again despite Colorado’s latest mass shooting.

On New Year’s Eve, Matthew Riehl ambushed Douglas County sheriff’s deputies, killing Zackari Parrish, a father of two, and wounding six other people before he was shot and killed.

It was the second time in five years that Colorado has been traumatized by a lone madman wielding a military-style rifle and other guns. 

James Holmes took a heavier toll in 2012. He killed 12 people and wounded 58 others at an Aurora theater as moviegoers desperately tried to hide or flee.

Both men owned gun magazines capable of holding 100 rounds of ammunition. Colorado lawmakers banned such magazines after the Aurora shooting, but Riehl bought his in Wyoming legally along with a cache of other weapons from a gun store in Laramie.

He fired a barrage of bullets from his apartment bedroom when deputies

Read more at: http://www.coloradoindependent.com/168223/colorado-gop-high-capacity-magazine-ban

Gun control group sends lawmakers fliers with images from Vegas shooting

A gun control group sent fliers to the White House and members of Congress with graphic images from the mass shooting earlier this year in Las Vegas.

The fliers — sent by the Massachusetts-based gun control group Stop Handgun Violence — invite recipients to “wipe the blood off your hands and end mass shootings.”

 

The fliers include two graphic images from the shooting earlier this year at a country music festival in Las Vegas that killed more than 50 people and injured hundreds. It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history and prompted multiple lawmakers to call for gun control.

The invitations were sent to nearly 300 members of Congress who “vote with the NRA every time,” John Rosenthal, the organization’s co-founder, Read more at: http://thehill.com/homenews/news/363120-gun-control-group-sends-fliers-to-lawmakers-with-graphic-images-from-las-vegas

How Australian lawmakers responded to the country’s deadliest mass shooting

Legislators in Australia sprang into action to reform the country’s gun laws in 1996 after 35 people were killed and 23 injured in the Port Arthur massacre — the country’s deadliest mass shooting.

In April 1996, lone gunman Martin Bryant used a semi-automatic rifle to carry out the attack near a popular tourist resort in Port Arthur, Tasmania. Soon after the shooting — which took place just weeks after 16 children and a teacher were killed in the Dunblane massacre in Scotland — Australia’s lawmakers moved to transform and enforce gun legislation.

Bryant then barricaded himself in a home with hostages, firing at authorities whenever they neared.

PHOTO: Mourners place flowers outside the the Broad Arrow cafe at the Port Arthur historic site as a memorial to the 35 people shot and killed by a lone gunman at the site during<p data-recalc-dims=Read more at: http://abcnews.go.com/International/australian-lawmakers-responded-countrys-deadliest-mass-shooting/story?id=50263959

After Scalise Shooting, a Twist: Lawmakers Want to Loosen Gun Laws

To Republican advocates, it is now personal. Several pointed to a list with the names of six members of Congress that was found in the possession of the gunman, James T. Hodgkinson.

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“Have they ever been shot at, multiple times, at close range, trying to save someone without any way to defend yourself?” Representative Barry Loudermilk, who was on the field during the shooting, said of gun control advocates.

“When you’ve experienced that yourself, maybe then we can have this debate,” said Mr. Loudermilk, Republican of Georgia, evoking some of the emotion often conveyed by victims of gun violence who come to Washington seeking gun safety laws.

The legislative push underlines a continuing partisan clash after highly publicized mass shootings, one in which national lawmakers tussle over gun regulation and rarely stray from party lines. Gun rights

Read more at: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/09/us/politics/gun-control-shooting-steve-scalise.html

Connecticut Lawmakers Speak Out On Anniversary Of Orlando …

Connecticut’s two U.S. senators joined members of the state’s LGBTQ community and gun violence prevention advocates in marking the one-year anniversary of the Orlando nightclub shooting on Monday. Fifty people were killed and 53 injured in the mass shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando.

The senators say Orlando and other mass shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, Aurora, Colorado, and San Bernardino, California can be blamed on weak gun control laws and congressional failure to act on such measures.

Shortly after Orlando, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy led a filibuster in the Senate in an unsuccessful attempt to get tighter federal gun laws. He says with Republican President Donald Trump now in power, things are worse.

“Combined with this nation’s loose gun laws, the rhetoric coming from this president poses a real danger to everyone in this country, but in particular vulnerable populations that are the subject of discrimination and the subject of hate.”

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