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‘Russians never surrender’: Maria Butina arrives back in Moscow

Graduate student linked to NRA and Republicans served most of 18-month sentence for conspiring to act as a foreign agent Maria Butina, who was jailed in the US in April after admitting to working as a Russian agent, arrived in Moscow on Saturday to be greeted by her father and Russian journalists who handed her flowers. Russians never surrender, an emotional Butina told reporters at Sheremetyevo airport, flanked by her father and a Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman. Clutching a bouquet of white roses, the 30-year-old graduate student thanked her supporters…

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Hill Aides to Shoot With Gun Lobbyists After Mass Shootings

Just days after mass shootings left at least 31 people dead, a bipartisan group of congressional staffers is set to go on an outing to shoot skeet alongside gun lobbyists. The event comes every year, but its timing has a major gun safety advocate frustrated and troubled. The Congressional Sportsmens Foundation, a bipartisan group that supports hunters and anglers, organizes the yearly event. According to the foundations website says. Additionally, this yearly event allows members of the Congressional Sportsmens Caucus, Democrats against the Republicans in a friendly skeet, trap, and…

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‘It’s an outrage’: Putin attacks 18-month prison term for Maria Butina

Russian president says sentence an attempt by US to save face after Butina found guilty of conspiring to infiltrate US conservative circles Vladimir Putin on Saturday described as an outrage the sentencing of Russian gun rights activist Maria Butina to 18 months in prison in the US, calling her treatment a travesty of justice. The Russian president described the sentencing as an attempt by the US to save face in his first public comments in the wake of Butinas sentencing in on Friday. Her case has been high-profile amid the…

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Maria Butina sentenced to 18 months for trying to infiltrate US right and NRA

Russian, 30, admitted conspiracy to act as a Russian agent after building a network that reached into Donald Trumps circle A federal judge sentenced the Russian gun-rights activist Maria Butina to 18 months in prison on Friday, after she tried to infiltrate US conservative groups and the National Rifle Association to promote Russian political interests around the 2016 election. After serving time in prison, Butina, 30, would be deported, a US district court judge said in a ruling the Russian embassy in Washington attacked as political and driven by repressive…

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The NRA Is Claiming That The Tennessee Waffle House Shooting Would Not Have Happened If An Armed Teacher Had Been Teaching A Math Class There

After yesterday’s tragic shooting at a Waffle House in Antioch, TN, the NRA has once again come forward to reiterate their support of gun rights and the Second Amendment. Early this morning, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre held a press conference to discuss how such episodes of gun violence can be prevented by well-trained, armed school teachers who happen to be holding math class in a Waffle House. “I have no doubt in my mind that if a well-armed teacher with easy access to a firearm had been teaching…

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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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The NRA tweeted a photo of an AR-15 while students nationwide walk out of school to protest AR-15s

Image: Max Herman/ Getty Images The NRA had a pretty tactless response to the National School Walkout on Wednesday.  March 14 marks one month since the tragic mass shooting in Parkland, Fla. that left 17 people dead, and students nationwide are walking out of classes to honor those who died and protest gun violence.   On a day being used to remember children killed by an AR-15, the National Rifle Association, a pro-gun lobbying group, tweeted a photo of an AR-15 with the caption, “I’ll control my own guns, thank…

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Remember This Week: Its the Beginning of the End of the NRAs Reign of Terror

Shun the NRA. Shun the assault weapons manufacturers. Shame and vote out the politicians who take their money and do their bidding. Thats the strategy that activists for firearms sanity have finally seized on, after decades of losing to the most bloodthirsty lobby in America. The rise of the Parkland students, and their #NeverAgain movement following the slaughter of 17 of their classmates and teachers by a 19-year-old former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County Florida, presents the most existential threat to the gun lobby in…

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Gun control groups take out powerful ad in the New York Times naming NRA-funded politicians

Students protest for gun control outside the White House on February 19, 2018.Image: CQ-Roll Call, Inc./getty images The New York Times has “all the news that’s fit to the print” — and all the ad spreads too.  Gun control groups Everytown for Gun Safety and Mom’s Demand Action for Gun Sense joined forces and purchased a two-page ad in the New York Times on Wednesday, listing the name of every politician in Congress who has received money from the NRA as well as their phone numbers.  .@Everytown and @MomsDemand placed…

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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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GREEEAAATTT! Michael Moore jumps in on the NRA bashing frenzy and Twitter FLIPS OUT

Earlier today, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom posted a video warning the National Rifle Association that gun control advocates are coming after our guns. He decided to use the video to promote his gun control agenda and rally his troops. Apparently, Michael Moore decided he needed to get in on the action by blaming the NRA and gun manufacturers for the number of gun-related deaths since the Sandy Hook Massacre. Since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary 5 years ago today, over 150,000 Americans have been killed with guns. WE…

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5 Ways To Honor The Victims Of The Las Vegas Shooting Without Being Disrespectful To The NRA

In the aftermath of a tragedy like Las Vegas, it’s important to honor the victims in a way that’s tasteful and respectful to the National Rifle Association. Just follow these five rules of thumb. 1. Put your feelings into a Facebook post that glosses over the “guns” and “shooting” aspect: A public outpouring of grief, love, and sympathy that dodges any mention of guns or shooting is a perfect, heartfelt way to honor those we’ve lost. You don’t need to have it all figured out; just write from the heart…

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