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RECENT INVESTIGATIONS SHOW THAT IN THE BAY AREA, SOCIAL MEDIA IS PLAYING A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN FIREARMS SALES. ONE POST SHOWED THE MAN WALKING THROUGH A HOME BRANDISHING A GUN WITH A HIGH-CAPACITY MAGAZINE AND TAPPING AN UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN ON HER BUTTOCKS WITH THE BARREL. IN ANOTHER, HE WAVED A PISTOL LOADED WITH A 50-ROUND DRUM MAGAZINE IN THE AIR WHILE DRIVING A CAR. THEY’RE TWO OF SEVERAL SNAPCHAT POSTS BY ANTHONY REED, A 22-YEAR-OLD NEVADA RESIDENT WHO PROSECUTORS ALLEGE USED THE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM TO MARKET WEAPONS IN CALIFORNIA.NASCAR HAS REPORTEDLY BANNED ALL ADVERTISEMENTS FEATURING ASSAULT WEAPONS DUE TO A "GRADUAL SHIFT" IN THE COMPANY'S POSITION ON GUNS. NASCAR HAS REPORTEDLY BANNED ALL ADVERTISEMENTS FEATURING ASSAULT WEAPONS DUE TO A "GRADUAL SHIFT" IN THE COMPANY'S POSITION ON GUNS.FOR THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS, DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES HAVE ATTACKED WALMART FOR SELLING FIREARMS AFTER A FEW EMPLOYEES OF THE BUSINESS GIANT CALLED FOR A WALKOUT BECAUSE THE COMPANY SELLS FIREARMS. BUT AS TWITCHY NOTED, A REPORTER FOR BUSINESS INSIDER DESTROYED THE PERSPECTIVE THE CANDIDATES AND SOME GUN CONTROL ADVOCATES WERE PUSHING BY VISITING WALMART AND DISCOVERING THAT IT IS ANYTHING BUT SIMPLE TO PURCHASE A FIREARM THERE.WALMART CEO DOUG MCMILLON HAS RESPONDED TO A PETITION CALLING ON HIS COMPANY TO STOP SELLING GUNS IN THE WAKE OF TWO MASS SHOOTINGS AT THE RETAILER’S STORES. MCMILLON RESPONDED TO THE PETITION AND E-MAIL, SAYING HE APPRECIATES THAT HE AND THE OTHER SIGNEES CARE ABOUT SAFETY. HE SAID THAT SALES AND PROFIT “ARE NOT DRIVING OUR DECISIONS HERE,” AND THAT THE COMPANY IS CONSIDERING ADDITIONAL STEPS TO REACT TO THE MASS SHOOTING EPIDEMIC. IT MIGHT NOT SURPRISE YOU TO LEARN HE DIDN’T PROMISE TO BAN THE SALE OF GUNS IN HIS STORES. FLORIDA’S TOP GUN LOBBYIST TOOK A SECOND SHOT THURSDAY AT A PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT THAT SEEKS TO PREVENT THE POSSESSION AND SALE OF ASSAULT WEAPONS. MARION HAMMER, A LOBBYIST FOR THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION AND UNIFIED SPORTSMEN OF FLORIDA, APPEARED BEFORE STATE ECONOMISTS FOR THE SECOND TIME IN A WEEK TO CLARIFY HER OPPOSITION TO THE PROPOSAL SHE CLAIMS WOULD RESULT IN ALL RIFLES AND SHOTGUNS BEING OUTLAWED IN THE STATE.
The NRA’s Wayne LaPierre: Washington’s all-powerful gun man

 

YAHOO.COM (VIA APF) August 23, 2019 - After a surge in mass shootings and reports of scandalous spending on his own luxury needs, Wayne LaPierre's time as Washington's preeminent power-broker appeared to be up.

But with President Donald Trump desperate to win reelection next year, the National Rifle Association chief worked his magic, convincing the US leader to further help under-attack gun owners in exchange for their votes.

After two shocking massacres at the beginning of August, Trump initially promised tougher gun controls, a pledge which quickly melted away after he spoke on the phone Tuesday with LaPierre.

Suddenly, Trump was again a hardliner defending the most absolutist interpretation of the US Constitution's Second Amendment guarantee of firearms ownership.

"People need weapons, unfortunately, for protection," Trump told reporters.

"A lot of the people who put me where I am are strong believers in the Second Amendment," he said.

It was another victory for LaPierre, the man who almost singlehandedly has made gun control the untouchable third rail of US politics over three decades.

It also put to rest the idea that dozens of US deaths by extremists carrying assault weapons, combined with an ugly financial scandal at the NRA, were about to end LaPierre's career.

The 69-year-old joined the NRA as a lobbyist in 1977 and has led the organization as chief executive since 1991.

In that time he has turned it from a hunting and shooting hobbyists' club into a potent conservative power broker focused on Americans' ability to buy whatever gun they want, when they want, and to carry them openly.

Gun foes are in awe of his ability to not only block firearms regulations but to get more lethal weapons into the hands of Americans.  [Read More]

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BREAKING :
RECENT INVESTIGATIONS SHOW THAT IN THE BAY AREA, SOCIAL MEDIA IS PLAYING A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN FIREARMS SALES. ONE POST SHOWED THE MAN WALKING THROUGH A HOME BRANDISHING A GUN WITH A HIGH-CAPACITY MAGAZINE AND TAPPING AN UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN ON HER BUTTOCKS WITH THE BARREL. IN ANOTHER, HE WAVED A PISTOL LOADED WITH A 50-ROUND DRUM MAGAZINE IN THE AIR WHILE DRIVING A CAR. THEY’RE TWO OF SEVERAL SNAPCHAT POSTS BY ANTHONY REED, A 22-YEAR-OLD NEVADA RESIDENT WHO PROSECUTORS ALLEGE USED THE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM TO MARKET WEAPONS IN CALIFORNIA.NASCAR HAS REPORTEDLY BANNED ALL ADVERTISEMENTS FEATURING ASSAULT WEAPONS DUE TO A "GRADUAL SHIFT" IN THE COMPANY'S POSITION ON GUNS. NASCAR HAS REPORTEDLY BANNED ALL ADVERTISEMENTS FEATURING ASSAULT WEAPONS DUE TO A "GRADUAL SHIFT" IN THE COMPANY'S POSITION ON GUNS.FOR THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS, DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES HAVE ATTACKED WALMART FOR SELLING FIREARMS AFTER A FEW EMPLOYEES OF THE BUSINESS GIANT CALLED FOR A WALKOUT BECAUSE THE COMPANY SELLS FIREARMS. BUT AS TWITCHY NOTED, A REPORTER FOR BUSINESS INSIDER DESTROYED THE PERSPECTIVE THE CANDIDATES AND SOME GUN CONTROL ADVOCATES WERE PUSHING BY VISITING WALMART AND DISCOVERING THAT IT IS ANYTHING BUT SIMPLE TO PURCHASE A FIREARM THERE.WALMART CEO DOUG MCMILLON HAS RESPONDED TO A PETITION CALLING ON HIS COMPANY TO STOP SELLING GUNS IN THE WAKE OF TWO MASS SHOOTINGS AT THE RETAILER’S STORES. MCMILLON RESPONDED TO THE PETITION AND E-MAIL, SAYING HE APPRECIATES THAT HE AND THE OTHER SIGNEES CARE ABOUT SAFETY. HE SAID THAT SALES AND PROFIT “ARE NOT DRIVING OUR DECISIONS HERE,” AND THAT THE COMPANY IS CONSIDERING ADDITIONAL STEPS TO REACT TO THE MASS SHOOTING EPIDEMIC. IT MIGHT NOT SURPRISE YOU TO LEARN HE DIDN’T PROMISE TO BAN THE SALE OF GUNS IN HIS STORES. FLORIDA’S TOP GUN LOBBYIST TOOK A SECOND SHOT THURSDAY AT A PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT THAT SEEKS TO PREVENT THE POSSESSION AND SALE OF ASSAULT WEAPONS. MARION HAMMER, A LOBBYIST FOR THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION AND UNIFIED SPORTSMEN OF FLORIDA, APPEARED BEFORE STATE ECONOMISTS FOR THE SECOND TIME IN A WEEK TO CLARIFY HER OPPOSITION TO THE PROPOSAL SHE CLAIMS WOULD RESULT IN ALL RIFLES AND SHOTGUNS BEING OUTLAWED IN THE STATE.