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A Broken System of Background Checks and More in MuckReads Weekly

A Broken System of Background Checks and More in MuckReads Weekly
No Place for Old Men, the rising costs for the aging prison population, brokers of junk science, and some of the best #MuckReads we read this week.
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Just How in Love With Guns Is This VA AG Candidate?

Just How in Love With Guns Is This VA AG Candidate?
The Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) is more extreme than the NRA when it comes to guns. The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence notes that, "When it comes to women and domestic violence, the VCDL is about as backward and wrong as they come." A candidate for Virginia's attorney general recently told the VCDL that their concerns are his concerns. Really.
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Target Tells Open-Carry Maniacs to Go Back to the Walmart Whence They Came

Target Tells Open-Carry Maniacs to Go Back to the Walmart Whence They Came
Guns aren't banned at Target — but they're no longer welcome, thanks to nationwide pressure from mothers like Rebecca Lowen of Minnesota. Lowen and other members of "Moms Demand Action" petitioned Target to change its policy after "open carry" gun activists began posting pictures of themselves carrying weapons in Target stores.
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Mass Murders and Mental Health: The Elephant Gun in America's Living Room

Mass Murders and Mental Health: The Elephant Gun in America's Living Room
After mass shootings, like the ones these past weeks in Las Vegas, Seattle and Santa Barbara, the national conversation often focuses on mental illness. So what do we actually know about the connections between mental illness, mass shootings and gun violence overall?
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Lois Beckett
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'This Is a Revolution!' aka Right-Wing Loon Murder-Suicide

'This Is a Revolution!' aka Right-Wing Loon Murder-Suicide
Two police officers were having lunch at a strip mall pizza buffet when a man and a woman fatally shot them in a point-blank ambush, then fled to a nearby Wal-Mart where they killed a third person and then themselves in an apparent suicide pact, authorities said. One of the shooters yelled, "This is a revolution!" but a motive remains under investigation, Las Vegas police spokesman Larry Hadfield said.
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Michelle Rindels and Martin Griffith
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Feeling Gun Shy: Congress Unlikely to Act on Firearms Restrictions in Election Year

Feeling Gun Shy: Congress Unlikely to Act on Firearms Restrictions in Election Year
Democratic worries about this November's elections, a lack of Senate votes and House opposition are forcing congressional gun-control supporters to significantly winnow their 2014 agenda, a year after lawmakers scuttled President Barack Obama's effort to pass new curbs on firearms. But with Reid wary of exposing Democratic senators facing tight re-election contests in some conservative and Western states to politically risky votes people aren't holding their breath waiting for proposed gun restrictions to reach the Senate floor before Election Day.
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Alan Fram
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People Can Still Buy Guns in CO, State Legislators Still Lying About People's Ability To Do Just That

People Can Still Buy Guns in CO, State Legislators Still Lying About People's Ability To Do Just That
Colorado's gun laws are among the most hotly debated in the country, spurring recall elections and heaps of out-of-state money to pour into local politics. Did you really think the debate and all the lies that go with it would change just because the calendar page did? First up for 2014, CO Sen. Minority Leader Bill Cadman.
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Big Gun Cartel: Why Gun Control Legislation Does Not Pass Congress

Big Gun Cartel: Why Gun Control Legislation Does Not Pass Congress
This past Friday, political strategist Cliff Schecter joined Sam Seder to explain why gun control legislation does not pass Congress, the big gun cartel, and why we need campaign finance reform for public safety.
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America's Mayors Urge Feds to Examine Marijuana Reform, Gun Background Checks

America's Mayors Urge Feds to Examine Marijuana Reform, Gun Background Checks
Hundreds of mayors from around the nation voted Monday to urge the federal government to give states leeway in establishing marijuana policies. The mayors also urged Congress to adopt comprehensive immigration reform, expand background checks for firearm purchases, and establish an "Office of Urban Agriculture."
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Hannah Dreier
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Five Cartoons About Our Spineless, NRA-Fearing Senate

Five Cartoons About Our Spineless, NRA-Fearing Senate
Any questions about the spinelessness of our current crop of politician was put to rest last week, as the Senate failed to pass even the most watered-down gun control legislation. Leave it to the nation's cartoonists to cut through the nonsense and hold these dopes accountable.
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