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Taking A Stand: Congress Has Passed A Bill Making It Illegal To Sell Firearms To The Las Vegas Shooter

In the wake of the Las Vegas shooting, Congress has been under tremendous public pressure to act against gun violence in America. Today, they acted. Americans on both sides of the aisle can be proud of their congresspeople, who have taken a stand and passed a bill making it illegal to sell firearms to the Las Vegas shooter. Take notice: This is what it looks like when government works. H.R.1027, The Stephen Paddock Violence Prevention Act, was introduced last night by Democrat Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) and Republican Trey Gowdy (SC-04),…

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The Making of a Millionaire and a Massacre

Five days after the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history, Jeremiah Cottle, ashen-faced and unshaven, looks toward the four flags by his company’s front gate in Moran, Texas. There’s the Lone Star State flag, the Stars and Stripes, a POW-MIA one, and another with the green-and-black logo of his company, Bump Fire managers told the court they’d hired subcontractors to make its bump stocks and that they had sold more than 2,000 in Texas alone, Slide Fire’s main market. In court, Slide Fire said Bump Fire’s price-cutting had cost…

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Las Vegas Horror Drives All-Too-Predictable Gun Stock Rally

The grim predictability of stock-market reactions to U.S. mass shootings—where before a final tally of casualties can be reached, shares of gun makers rise—continued Monday in the wake of a Las Vegas attack that killed at least 58 and wounded 515. Historically, gun stocks have experienced a bump after a mass shooting for reasons both political and emotional. Gun sales typically rise over concerns that a deadly event could lead to more stringent gun-control legislation. An additional driver of sales, and by extension shares, is the rush by some consumers to purchase guns to…

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