BREAKING :
BRING ON THE TURKEY — BUT MAYBE HOLD THE POLITICS. THANKSGIVING IS GLENN ROGERS' FAVORITE HOLIDAY, WHEN PEOPLE GATHER AROUND THE TABLE AND TALK ABOUT THINGS TO CELEBRATE FROM THE PAST YEAR. IF YOU FAMILY’S POLITICAL IDEOLOGY IS MIXED, DON’T BRING UP THE SUBJECT OF GUNS OR TRUMP.FOUR ARMED MEN PARTICIPATED IN A ROBBERY AND MURDER SCHEME IN A #GREENLEAF TOWNSHIP, MICHIGAN HOME ON SEPTEMBER 19. THEY INTENDED TO ROB THE PREMISES AND KILL WHOEVER THEY FOUND INSIDE. THEIR PLANS WERE THWARTED BY AN ARMED RESIDENT WHO SHOT AND KILLED TWO OF THE MEN ACCORDING TO THE TIMES HERALD.THE U.S. ARMY IS SELLING SOME OF ITS MOST POWERFUL GUNS (AND YOU CAN BUY ONE). THE .45 ACP M1911A1 PISTOL HAS SERVED THE U.S. ARMED FORCES FOR MORE THAN A CENTURY IN EVERY WAR ZONE AND HOTSPOT ON THE PLANET — AND THANKS TO THIS YEAR’S FEDERAL DEFENSE BUDGET, IT WILL SERVE CIVILIANS FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE.HUNDREDS OF VICTIMS OF THE OCT. 1 MASS SHOOTING IN LAS VEGAS FILED FIVE LAWSUITS ON MONDAY IN A CALIFORNIA COURT AGAINST THE OPERATORS OF THE HOTEL FROM WHICH THE GUNMAN FIRED, THE ORGANIZERS OF THE COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL HE TARGETED AND THE KILLER’S ESTATE.IT'S WELL-KNOWN THAT GUN INDUSTRY SALES ARE RUNNING SLOWER THAN LAST YEAR'S RECORD PACE, BUT NOW THEY'RE ALSO STARTING TO SERIOUSLY LAG 2015'S RATE, AND THAT MEANS FIREARMS MANUFACTURERS COULD FACE AN EVEN MORE PERILOUS SLUMP THAN PREVIOUSLY FEARED. WITHOUT THE THREAT OF SIGNIFICANT GUN CONTROL LEGISLATION MAKING IT THROUGH CONGRESS, THE U.S. MARKET WILL LIKELY SEE FURTHER STEEP SALES DECLINES. FORTUNATELY, FIREARMS MANUFACTURERS MAY FIND SALVATION OVERSEAS.

Congress Keeps Scolding the ATF for Botching Operations. Experts Say Lawmakers are Partially to Blame

THE TRACE.COM April 19, 2017 – It was another public hearing, another chance for Congress to lecture its least-loved law enforcement agency. On March 9, Thomas Brandon, the acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,  Firearms and Explosives, testified before the House Oversight Committee about the death of a federal agent in the Mexican desert in 2011. Lawmakers on the committee demanded to know why the ATF hadn’t stopped known gun traffickers before they killed Jaime Zapata, an Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agent. Why hadn’t there been coordination between federal agencies? Where was the leadership? And why hadn’t the other two senior ATF officials invited to testify at the hearing shown up?  [full article]

THOMAS BRANDON, THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE ATF, IS SWORN IN BEFORE TESTIFYING AT A CONGRESSIONAL HEARING ON HIS AGENCY'S USE OF STOREFRONT OPERATIONS IN 2014. [ASTRID RIECKEN/MCT]

THOMAS BRANDON, THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE ATF, IS SWORN IN BEFORE TESTIFYING AT A CONGRESSIONAL HEARING ON HIS AGENCY’S USE OF STOREFRONT OPERATIONS IN 2014. [ASTRID RIECKEN/MCT]

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BREAKING :
BRING ON THE TURKEY — BUT MAYBE HOLD THE POLITICS. THANKSGIVING IS GLENN ROGERS' FAVORITE HOLIDAY, WHEN PEOPLE GATHER AROUND THE TABLE AND TALK ABOUT THINGS TO CELEBRATE FROM THE PAST YEAR. IF YOU FAMILY’S POLITICAL IDEOLOGY IS MIXED, DON’T BRING UP THE SUBJECT OF GUNS OR TRUMP.FOUR ARMED MEN PARTICIPATED IN A ROBBERY AND MURDER SCHEME IN A #GREENLEAF TOWNSHIP, MICHIGAN HOME ON SEPTEMBER 19. THEY INTENDED TO ROB THE PREMISES AND KILL WHOEVER THEY FOUND INSIDE. THEIR PLANS WERE THWARTED BY AN ARMED RESIDENT WHO SHOT AND KILLED TWO OF THE MEN ACCORDING TO THE TIMES HERALD.THE U.S. ARMY IS SELLING SOME OF ITS MOST POWERFUL GUNS (AND YOU CAN BUY ONE). THE .45 ACP M1911A1 PISTOL HAS SERVED THE U.S. ARMED FORCES FOR MORE THAN A CENTURY IN EVERY WAR ZONE AND HOTSPOT ON THE PLANET — AND THANKS TO THIS YEAR’S FEDERAL DEFENSE BUDGET, IT WILL SERVE CIVILIANS FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE.HUNDREDS OF VICTIMS OF THE OCT. 1 MASS SHOOTING IN LAS VEGAS FILED FIVE LAWSUITS ON MONDAY IN A CALIFORNIA COURT AGAINST THE OPERATORS OF THE HOTEL FROM WHICH THE GUNMAN FIRED, THE ORGANIZERS OF THE COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL HE TARGETED AND THE KILLER’S ESTATE.IT'S WELL-KNOWN THAT GUN INDUSTRY SALES ARE RUNNING SLOWER THAN LAST YEAR'S RECORD PACE, BUT NOW THEY'RE ALSO STARTING TO SERIOUSLY LAG 2015'S RATE, AND THAT MEANS FIREARMS MANUFACTURERS COULD FACE AN EVEN MORE PERILOUS SLUMP THAN PREVIOUSLY FEARED. WITHOUT THE THREAT OF SIGNIFICANT GUN CONTROL LEGISLATION MAKING IT THROUGH CONGRESS, THE U.S. MARKET WILL LIKELY SEE FURTHER STEEP SALES DECLINES. FORTUNATELY, FIREARMS MANUFACTURERS MAY FIND SALVATION OVERSEAS.