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INT’L – HUNTING - A Canadian couple went viral for killing a lion in South Africa, but trophy hunting is a bigger business back homeVIRGINIA DEMOCRATS WERE BESIDE THEMSELVES WITH RAGE LAST WEEK, BLASTING REPUBLICANS IN THE LEGISLATURE FOR DOING NOTHING DURING WHAT ENDED UP BEING A VERY BRIEF SPECIAL SESSION THAT THE GOVERNOR HAD CALLED ON GUN CONTROL. IT TAKES NO POLITICAL MACHIAVELLI TO REALIZE THE SPECIAL SESSION WAS A SET-UP FROM THE START, AN EFFORT BY THE NORTHAM ADMINISTRATION TO MOVE THE SPOTLIGHT AWAY FROM ITS OWN ONGOING IMAGE PROBLEMS AND INEPTITUDE.A FORMER U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION WATCH COMMANDER AT THE LOS ANGELES AND LONG BEACH PORTS PLEADED GUILTY WEDNESDAY TO FEDERAL CRIMINAL CHARGES FOR RUNNING AN ILLEGAL GUN-SELLING BUSINESS. WEI XU, 56, OF SANTA FE SPRINGS, PLEADED GUILTY TO FOUR FELONIES: UNLAWFULLY ENGAGING IN THE BUSINESS OF DEALING IN FIREARMS, UNLAWFULLY POSSESSING UNREGISTERED FIREARMS, MAKING MATERIALLY FALSE STATEMENTS TO A FEDERAL AGENCY.ALARMED BY REPORTS OF MISMANAGEMENT AND WORRIED OVER THE FUTURE OF THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION, A LOOSE FACTION OF THE GROUP’S MEMBERS, DIRECTORS, AND DONORS HAVE PUSHED FOR DRAMATIC CHANGES, INCLUDING THE RESIGNATION OF ITS LONGTIME LEADER, WAYNE LAPIERRE. BUT THEIR CAMPAIGN HAS RUN SMACK INTO THE ORGANIZATION’S OWN BOARD, WHICH HAS BEEN STRUCTURED TO SHIELD INSIDERS FROM CHALLENGES TO THE STATUS QUO.THE COUNTRY’S MOST POWERFUL GUN LOBBY MAY HAVE A COMMANDING GRIP ON AMERICAN POLITICS, BUT IT CONTINUES TO FACE REVOLT FROM WITHIN. OVER LAST WEEKEND, FORMER NRA PRESIDENT MARION HAMMER SENT A PRIVATE EMAIL TO BOARD MEMBERS TELLING THEM TO FALL IN LINE OR FACE THE CONSEQUENCES. HAMMER’S LETTER, PREVIOUSLY ONLY REPORTED WITHIN THE FIREARMS BLOGOSPHERE, IS AN APPARENT RESPONSE TO A NUMBER OF BOARD MEMBERS WHO HAVE POSTED PUBLICLY THAT THEY HAVE FACED RETALIATION FOR QUESTIONING ALLEGED FINANCIAL MALFEASANCE IN THE ORGANIZATION.

VA – GUN POLITICS – One Virginia lawmaker has an idea for a gun law that might actually pass

As the Democratic governor and GOP legislators square off for a repeat of the usual gun legislation at next month’s post-Virginia Beach mass shooting special session, one Peninsula lawmaker wants to float an entirely new idea. Del. David Yancey, R-Newport News, says that when he talks to police and prosecutors about guns, they tell him they need more tools to crack down on gun-theft rings and the black market in stolen firearms. And one tool they told him that wish they had is one federal law enforcement agencies have used for seven decades. It is the power to ask judges to cut convicts’ sentences if, once in prison, if those offenders give police the information needed to bring drug-smugglers, gun-runners and other organized criminals to justice. “I think this could help,” Yancey said, adding that in his experience, most gun crime in Newport News and many other communities involves stolen weapons. “You’ll see someone crashing a car into a pawnshop and clean out all the guns, then those guns end up on the street,” he said. “When I coach rugby, I’ve got kids who say: ‘Look coach, I know where to get guns,’” he added.  [full article]

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BREAKING :
INT’L – HUNTING - A Canadian couple went viral for killing a lion in South Africa, but trophy hunting is a bigger business back homeVIRGINIA DEMOCRATS WERE BESIDE THEMSELVES WITH RAGE LAST WEEK, BLASTING REPUBLICANS IN THE LEGISLATURE FOR DOING NOTHING DURING WHAT ENDED UP BEING A VERY BRIEF SPECIAL SESSION THAT THE GOVERNOR HAD CALLED ON GUN CONTROL. IT TAKES NO POLITICAL MACHIAVELLI TO REALIZE THE SPECIAL SESSION WAS A SET-UP FROM THE START, AN EFFORT BY THE NORTHAM ADMINISTRATION TO MOVE THE SPOTLIGHT AWAY FROM ITS OWN ONGOING IMAGE PROBLEMS AND INEPTITUDE.A FORMER U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION WATCH COMMANDER AT THE LOS ANGELES AND LONG BEACH PORTS PLEADED GUILTY WEDNESDAY TO FEDERAL CRIMINAL CHARGES FOR RUNNING AN ILLEGAL GUN-SELLING BUSINESS. WEI XU, 56, OF SANTA FE SPRINGS, PLEADED GUILTY TO FOUR FELONIES: UNLAWFULLY ENGAGING IN THE BUSINESS OF DEALING IN FIREARMS, UNLAWFULLY POSSESSING UNREGISTERED FIREARMS, MAKING MATERIALLY FALSE STATEMENTS TO A FEDERAL AGENCY.ALARMED BY REPORTS OF MISMANAGEMENT AND WORRIED OVER THE FUTURE OF THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION, A LOOSE FACTION OF THE GROUP’S MEMBERS, DIRECTORS, AND DONORS HAVE PUSHED FOR DRAMATIC CHANGES, INCLUDING THE RESIGNATION OF ITS LONGTIME LEADER, WAYNE LAPIERRE. BUT THEIR CAMPAIGN HAS RUN SMACK INTO THE ORGANIZATION’S OWN BOARD, WHICH HAS BEEN STRUCTURED TO SHIELD INSIDERS FROM CHALLENGES TO THE STATUS QUO.THE COUNTRY’S MOST POWERFUL GUN LOBBY MAY HAVE A COMMANDING GRIP ON AMERICAN POLITICS, BUT IT CONTINUES TO FACE REVOLT FROM WITHIN. OVER LAST WEEKEND, FORMER NRA PRESIDENT MARION HAMMER SENT A PRIVATE EMAIL TO BOARD MEMBERS TELLING THEM TO FALL IN LINE OR FACE THE CONSEQUENCES. HAMMER’S LETTER, PREVIOUSLY ONLY REPORTED WITHIN THE FIREARMS BLOGOSPHERE, IS AN APPARENT RESPONSE TO A NUMBER OF BOARD MEMBERS WHO HAVE POSTED PUBLICLY THAT THEY HAVE FACED RETALIATION FOR QUESTIONING ALLEGED FINANCIAL MALFEASANCE IN THE ORGANIZATION.