Lie down with dogs, get up with fleas: Gabby Giffords Endorses Pat Toomey, Mark Kirk for Caving on Gun Control – “On August 22 Gabby Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly praised Senators Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) for caving on gun control. Giffords and Kelly subsequently announced that their gun control group–Americans for Responsible Solutions–is endorsing Toomey and Kirk in the November elections. Writing on CNN.com, Giffords and Kelly highlighted Toomey and Kirk’s willingness to break with the Republican Party and support Senator Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) post-Sandy Hook gun control push. Manchin pushed universal background checks in 2013, which Giffords and Kelly describe as one of many ‘lifesaving policies’ they support.” Look for that endorsement to be prominently featured on Toomey’s and Kirk’s campaign web sites.
Rumor Mill – Smith & Wesson M2.0 Found In Trademark Filings – “If you do a search on the United States Patent and Trademark Office website for Smith & Wesson, you’ll notice a series of trademark filings from this year for something called M2.0 (featuring the above logo) for various goods and services, including gun cases, airsoft, and apparel, all with ‘Published for Opposition’ dates throughout this month. Now, you may be wondering, why is this of any interest?” Is there an M&P line update in our immediate future?
Police shoot homeowner instead of suspect during attempted carjacking – “Police arrived on scene after a report of an attempted robbery. A woman was being car-jacked and ran inside her home to tell her husband. He came outside with a gun to chase the suspect. Police encountered the husband and shot him, instead of the suspect. The homeowner was taken to Eskenazi Health in serious condition, but is expected to be ok.” Advice: when the boys in blue roll up, drop the gun.
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News you can use: Canadian Government Asks American Tourists to Leave Their Guns at Home – “’It is strongly recommended that you not carry your firearm when traveling to Canada and/or transiting through Canada to reach another U.S. destination,’ the agency said in a statement. ‘However, should you choose to travel with your firearms, you must declare all firearms in your possession at the first Canadian designated port of entry.'”
Strap one on for “gun safety”: UT sex-toy protest against campus carry could be largest anti-gun rally in Texas history – “On Wednesday, those sex toys will be the focus of what could be the biggest protest anti-gun protest in the state’s history, and certainly the largest since campus carry became law earlier this month. Thousands of people have pledged to strap on, and strap in, for a daylong event on the first day of classes at the University of Texas at Austin.”
Claim: Michael Bloomberg Demanded John Lott Interview Cut from Couric Gun Control Film – “’Katie Couric and her staff interviewed me for almost six hours — two hours pre-interview and then almost four hours on tape — and what I found is that the filming that they did of me was used extensively in the movie, originally,’ Lott told Breitbart News. ‘But Katie Couric did a private screening for Michael Bloomberg and Bloomberg apparently insisted that anything from me be removed from the movie.’” Shocking, we know.
Taking on the Gun Lobby at New York Fringe Festival – “Machine Gun America, which runs through August 27 at the Flamboyán Theater at the Clemente at 107 Suffolk Street in New York City, takes its name from a real machine gun theme park in Orlando that admits anyone aged 13 and older. The show centers on members of a group called Young Shooters’ Anonymous. One, named Bang Bang (Tim Murray), who as a child fatally shot his mother at a Wal-Mart, meets with Wayne LaPear at the National Machine Gun Association (note the similarity to Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association), where he learns of LaPear’s new initiative: to teach children how to shoot guns.” Comedy is hard. Too hard for some, apparently.