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AG Sessions asks for a review of the national crime background check system…

The Attorney General isn’t happy with the fact that certain information is NOT being reported into the system….

Sessions is aware that in the case of the mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas had the background check info NOT be reported into the NCIS data banks which law enforcement uses for checks…

Sessions is talking about the Defense Dept. specifically on this…

This review comes just a little over two weeks after the mass shooting of church-goers in Sutherland Springs, Texas, leaving 26 dead and others injured.
The shooter had a conviction for domestic abuse, but the US Air Force failed to properly convey that information to federal law enforcement authorities, enabling him to purchase a military-style rifle.
In a memorandum to the heads of the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the attorney general specifically directs federal law enforcement agencies to work with the Defense Department to “identify and resolve any issues with the military’s reporting of convictions,” and “identify any additional measures that should be taken to prevent firearms being obtained by prohibited persons,” and report back to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in 60 days.
Lawmakers on Capitol Hill have also taken note of problems with how information is relayed for background checks, as bi-partisan group of senators announced a bill last week to help ensure states and federal authorities upload all required information to the federal database….
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America’s deadliest shooting incidents are getting much more deadly…

…from the Washington Post….

The mass shooting that killed at least 50 people in Las Vegas on Sunday night was the worst in modern American history. Police suspect that Stephen Paddock fired on the crowd at a country-music concert indiscriminately from his hotel room window, killing dozens and injuring hundreds more.

If it seems as though we only just experienced another deadliest mass shooting in modern American history, it’s because we did. About 16 months ago, Omar Mateen killed 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando after pledging allegiance to the Islamic State. Before that, the record was held by the mass shooting at Virginia Tech in 2007, in which 32 people were killed.

Looking at the timeline of these incidents, a recent trend emerges: The death toll from these shootings has increased dramatically.

 

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The AR-15 Rifle story is complicated…It was kinda Illegal…It isn’t now…

There REALLY isn’t a concrete reason to have the weapon in any area that has a LOT of people around….

The riflfe is similar to the one solider’s use in war zones…

Effirts to completely ban the weapon, or those simimlar to it have NOT been successful….

There are ALWAYS ways law makers can and do make the purchase of thes type of weapons legal….

Even after this latest incident?

THAT is NOT gonna change….

American’s LOVE their guns and will NOt give them up , No matter how many people are hurt by people using them…

In this latest incident in Orlando?

The rifle was LEGALLY bought….

Efforts by Democratic lawmakers to stop people from owning guns in th past have resulted in some losing their jobs….

The current anti-gun reaction always occurs after a mass shooting, even with kids….

And it always disappaears a short whiloe later…..Gun Control is NOT a winner for Democrats no matter how much it should be….

Omar Mateen, the Orlando shooter, used an AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle and a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol to kill 49 people at the Pulse nightclub Sunday. The same style of rifle was also used by the shooters at San Bernardino, California; Umpqua Community College in Oregon; Sandy Hook and several other mass shootings in recent years. On Monday, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton described the rifle as a “weapon of war” that should be banned, and President Obama concurred. But an effective ban could be difficult to devise.

The AR-15 used to be illegal. President Bill Clinton’s assault weapons ban, which was in effect from 1994 to 2004, banned the AR-15 and other guns that were too similar to military-style weapons. However, this law did not prohibit Americans from owning semi-automatic weapons;1 it capped how many military features an individual gun could have. During the ban, a semi-automatic rifle like the AR-15 could legally have any one of the following features, as long as it didn’t have two or more of them: a folding stock (making the gun slightly easier to conceal), a pistol grip (making the weapon easier to hold and use), a bayonet mount, a flash suppressor (making it harder to see where shots are coming from), or a grenade launcher.

A 2004 report commissioned by the Department of Justice on the effects of the assault weapons ban concluded that the law was largely ineffective at limiting access to weapons with the power of the AR-15. According to the report, the ban focused on “features that have little to do with the weapons’ operation, and removing those features is sufficient to make the weapons legal.” The report noted that several semi-automatic rifles were functionally equivalent to the AR-15 and untouched by the ban….

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America’s long, sad history of school shootings

All the talk about Gun Control and Background checks HAS NOT changed this and won’t….

Our Gun Culture in this country bleeds into this… 

School shoots and mass shootings  are just more reported in this informational age…..(Up to 160 in the last few years)

NO ONE cares the next day except those who personally suffer from them….(They occur outside the US alos , but nowhere near the numbers here)

Sadly….

This IS America ‘s history…..

By Sher Watts Spooner   @ Daily Kos…..

Emergency personnel assist survivors of the nation’s first mass shooting of schoolchildren. 

When we think of school killings, we usually think of recent events, like the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, that killed 20 children (mostly first- and second-graders) and six adults. Or the 1999 shootings in Littleton, Colorado, where students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold terrorized their classmates and teachers at Columbine High School, killing 13 and wounding 20. The many killings on or near college campuses, from the shootings at Virginia Tech in 2007 that killed 32 and wounded 17, to the attack near the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2014 that killed six and injured 14, to the shootings at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, in 2015 that killed nine and hurt nine more. The list goes on and on.

The sad fact is that the United States, awash with guns throughout its existence, has a troubled history of school killings—by far more than any other country. The motivations behind modern shootings can be murky, and the lack of action on how to stop them remains frustrating.

The vast majority of shooters (although not all) were white and male. Most acted alone, and by the second half of the 20th century, these shooters carried at least two weapons. About half of the shooters were students. Many incidents early in the country’s history involved one or two victims, often settling a personal grievance. Modern shootings, especially after weaponry grew more sophisticated, were more likely to claim multiple lives, although the mass shootings described as “rampage” shootings still remain rare…..

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President Obama will try to impose more gun rules….

His executive actions will NOT be to take away people’s ability to purchase guns….

They will be efforts to KNOW WHO makes purchases…..

We’ll see if Congress and the States move to stop his actions as they have in immigration reform…..

According to gun industry insiders and others familiar with the proposals, the changes include requiring an expanded number of small-scale gun sellers to be licensed—and therefore conduct background checks—whenever selling a weapon. This wouldn’t close the so-called gun show loophole, though it has the potential to narrow it.

The administration is also expected to impose tighter rules for reporting guns that get lost or stolen on their way to a buyer.

Neither comes close to the stronger gun control measures Obama sought in the wake of the 2012 mass shooting of schoolchildren in Sandy Hook and that he has said he still wants. But with Congress unlikely to approve any new gun curbs before the 2016 election, the measures are in line with what gun control advocates were hoping for before Obama leaves office.

As with with every aspect on the president’s final year, the decisions about the gun actions are being made with a sense of limited time and the 2016 political calendar…..

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Mass Shootings are becoming common in America….

The will cost American lives…..

They will NOT stop American’s from owning guns…

They will stop the movement to strip local cops from military type equipment…

And we have become accostomed to the blaring TV coverage….

There will be studies and statistics….

There will calls for more gun control, sure….

And….

Those calls will fade away …..

More than one a day.

That is how often, on average, shootings that left four or more people wounded or dead occurred in the United States this year, according to compilations of episodes derived from news reports.

Including the worst mass shooting of the year, which unfolded horrifically on Wednesday in San Bernardino, Calif., a total of 462 people have died and 1,314 have been wounded in such attacks this year, many of which occurred on streets or in public settings, the databases indicate.

It is impossible to know whether the number of such shootings has risen in recent years because the databases go back only a couple of years. More data is available for mass shootings calculated by a different standard, one used by congressional researchers and other experts who study mass killings: four or more dead. But experts fiercely debate whether mass shootings by that more deadly standard have remained level or ticked up slightly in recent years…..

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