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DIY Gun Blueprints Have Been Taken OfflineFor Now

A belated legal scramble to stop public access to blueprints for 3-D-printed guns has succeeded, at least for now. Late Tuesday, a federal judge granted a temporary nationwide injunction against Defense Distributed, prohibiting it from making its designs available online. Several hours after the ruling, Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson has finally complied. The suit, filed Monday by the attorneys general of eight states and the District of Columbia, is just one of several last-ditch legal efforts to prevent the spread of plans for 3-D-printed guns. Last month, the State…

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Court victory legalizes 3D-printable gun blueprints

A multi-year legal battle over the ability to distribute computer models of gun parts and replicate them in 3D printers has ended in defeat for government authorities who sought to prevent the practice. Cody Wilson, the gunmaker and free speech advocate behind the lawsuit, now intends to expand his operations, providing printable gun blueprints to all who desire them. The longer story of the lawsuit is well told by Andy Greenberg over at Wired, but the decision is eloquent on its own. The fundamental question is whether making 3D models…

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Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Suggests School Shooting Because of Too Many Exits

In the aftermath of the Santa Fe High School shooting press conference. There arent enough people to put a guard at every entrance and exit…maybe we need to look at limiting the entrance and exits into our schools so that we can have law enforcement looking at the people coming in through one or two entrances. He continued, saying, Were gonna have to be creative. Were gonna have to think out of the box. Patrick got an endorsement and an A rating from the

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Defending The Second Amendment: The NRA Is Attempting To Justify The Sale Of AR-15s By Developing Genetically Modified Super Deer That Can Only Be Hunted With Assault Rifles

In the wake of the Parkland mass shooting, the National Rifle Association has been facing more backlash than ever for its support of AR-15s. But even in face of public outcries, the gun rights group just proved that it remains staunch in its defense of the right to own semi-automatic weapons: The NRA is now attempting to justify the sale of AR-15s by developing genetically modified deer that can only be hunted with assault rifles. There’s no question about it—the NRA is not backing down. According to figures released this…

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Tough But Fair: This Teacher Confiscated A School Shooters AR-15 For The Rest Of The Day

Sometimes being a teacher means doling out some discipline to keep your classroom under control, and biology teacher Arlene Jeffries of Plainview High in Colorado just proved that she’s one of those tough but fair teachers who’s not afraid to get strict with students who disrupt her class. When a school shooter burst into her classroom and began attacking her students, she confiscated his AR-15 until the end of day. Harsh but totally justified. He’ll think twice about bringing his assault rifle to school after this punishment. As soon as…

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YouTube Bans Firearms Demo Videos, Entering the Gun Control Debate

Google’s new policy prohibits promotion of guns, bump stocks At least one video gun blogger ditched YouTube for PornHub greater restrictions on content several times in the past year, responding to a series of issues with inappropriate and offensive videos. Most of those changes involved pulling ads from categories of videos. Google is more reluctant to remove entire videos from YouTube, but has been willing to do so with terrorism-related content. The National Shooting Sports Foundation, a gun industry lobbying group, called YouTube’s new policy “worrisome.” “We suspect it will…

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Its Our Duty To Support The Troops And The Second Amendment In Case We Ever Need To Kill Them All

These days, America faces its most troubling threats, both from the outside and the inside. Between terrorist groups like ISIS vowing daily to attack our citizens and our own government seemingly hellbent on infringing on our civil liberties, the American way of life as we know it is in constant danger. That’s why I believe that, regardless of politics, it’s everyone’s duty to support the troops, and also to support the Second Amendment should the day come when we need to overthrow the government and kill those troops. At the…

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The CDC Can’t Fund Gun Research. What if that Changed?

America doesn't have good data on guns. Blame the Dickey amendment. First introduced in 1996, the legislation didn't ban gun investigations explicitly (it forbade the use of federal dollars in the advocacy or promotion of gun control), but Congress that year also cut the budget for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by the exact amount it had previously devoted to firearm research. It's had a chilling effect on the field ever since. (While some states and private foundations are conducting peer reviewed studies on gun violence, the federal…

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Bloombergs New Global Politics Weekend Reads

Dear reader, Welcome to our new Weekend Reads newsletter. Each Saturday, we'll send you some of our best stories that you might have missed, and some new ones, too. We hope you enjoy it. – Balance of Power team Click here for our weekly slideshow, featuring images from across Europe during some of the coldest weather in a decade. The freeze has roiled energy markets — forcing utilities to scramble for natural gas to heat millions of homes — and disrupted travel. delve into the geopolitical implications of China’s embrace of lifetime job security for its top…

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Child Prodigy: This 8-Year-Old Has Already Found His Dads Gun

Ohio second-grader Tyler Hall might look like your average kid, but he’s actually one of the most special and remarkable children you’ll ever meet: Despite being only 8 years old, this child prodigy has already found his dad’s gun! Incredible. Talk about being ahead of the curve! While most 8-year-olds are busy struggling with their homework or playing with friends, Tyler is already intently examining the Glock 19 handgun he discovered in the back of his father’s closet and pretending to point it at imaginary people all over the house.…

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John Oliver Praises Parkland Shooting Survivors for Taking on the Gun Lobby

Yes, the desk of Last Week Tonight for its fifth season premiere. He began by addressing the heartbreaking events of Parkland, Florida, wherein like Tomi Lahren and gun lobby flunkies like President Trump, who somehow managed to partied at a Mar-a-Lago disco bash mere hours after visiting wounded survivors of the Parkland shootingwill participate in that dialogue is anybodys guess. Read more: https://www.thedailybeast.com/john-oliver-praises-parkland-shooting-survivors-for-taking-on-the-gun-lobby

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Days After Parkland, Its Business as Usual at a Florida Gun Show

It’s another week after another mass shooting in the U.S., and something finally feels different. In the days following the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 students and faculty members, a vociferous movement of young people has risen up to say enough is enough. The generation that grew up in the wake of the 1999 carnage in Columbine is demanding new gun restrictions. The teenagers are adding a fresh voice to a gun control debate that has plodded, despite a number of high-profile massacres in the…

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Touching: The NRA Is Releasing A Commemorative Line Of AR-15 Rifles To Raise Money For The Victims In Parkland

The horrific school shooting in Parkland, Florida that left 17 dead yesterday has sent the country into another round of mourning and self-reflection following a despicable act of gun violence. While it can be very difficult to know how to respond after such a senseless tragedy, the National Rifle Association just did something truly beautiful: The NRA is releasing a commemorative line of AR-15 rifles to raise money for the victims in Parkland. Wow. In the wake of such an unspeakable act, this is an absolutely beautiful tribute from America’s…

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Malcolm Young, AC/DC Founder Who Rocked to the Top, Dies at 64

Malcolm Young, the AC/DC founder whose driving guitar rhythms and musical direction helped the Scottish-Australian band earn a place among the most successful in rock history with albums such as “Back in Black” and “Highway to Hell,” has died. He was 64. Young died in Sydney after suffering from dementia for several years, his family said in a statement. “It is with deepest sorrow that we inform you of the death of Malcolm Young, beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother,” his family said. For more than four decades, Young provided…

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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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