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Gun Violence
10:52 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Obama On Gun Violence: Americans Must Stand Up And Say 'Enough'

President Obama at the White House today, with Vice President Biden in the background.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 2:09 pm

At a White House event with children who wrote him letters after the Dec. 14 school shooting in Newtown, Conn., President Obama today said the nation cannot wait any longer to do what can be done to reduce gun violence.

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Gun Violence
10:19 am
Wed January 16, 2013

NRA Ramps Up Attack on Obama In Advance of Gun Announcement

National Rifle Association

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 10:50 am

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Health
5:15 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Does Texas Rank Last in Mental Health Spending?

Texans gather outside the Capitol for a rally in support of mental health funding.
flickr.com/photos/ranchocanyon

Today President Obama is expected to release details of proposals from a gun violence task force convened in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings.

In the days following Sandy Hook, many experts and pundits spoke of the need for better mental health care and screening.

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Travis County
1:56 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Travis County Ends Bid to Ban Gun Shows at Expo Center

Travis County commissioners have backed away from a proposal to ban giun shows at the expo center.
Jillian Schantz Patrick for KUT News

Travis County commissioners have opted against halting gun shows at the Travis County Expo Center.

The commissioners court was set to discuss the possibility of banning gun shows at the County Expo Center today. But after consulting with legal counsel behind closed doors, commissioners unanimously approved a different motion.

County Judge Sam Biscoe proposed that the county honor all existing gun shows at the expo center, but ask the director of the center to liaison with the court about  future shows, especially events including “any licenses involving any usually high safety risks.”

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Gun Violence
10:04 am
Tue January 15, 2013

White House Plan on Guns to Include 19 Executive Actions, Lawmakers Say

At a gun shop in Phoenix, a customer holds a handgun. Among the executive actions President Obama is expected to propose is an expansion of background checks for gun buyers.
Ralph D. Freso Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 12:30 pm

Update at 1:25 p.m. ET. Announcement on Wednesday:

The White House says President Obama and Vice President Biden will unveil the steps they intend to take and legislation they recommend to reduce gun violence at 11:45 a.m. ET on Wednesday.

Our original post:

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Guns
8:57 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Commisioners Court to Weigh in on Gun Shows (Update)

Gun shows take place about every month at the Travis County Exposition Center
Todd Wiseman, Texas Tribune

Update: The Travis County Commissioners scheduled to take action today on a controversial proposal to ban gun shows at the Travis County Expo Center and other county-owned facilities. 

Commissioners will take up the topic at 10 a.m.

Original Post (Jan. 7, 6:04 p.m.): There’s a gun show at the Travis County Exposition Center about once a month, but that may come to an end. On Tuesday, Travis County commissioners will consider a measure that would no longer allow gun shows on county land or at county facilities.

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Politics
10:31 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Obama: I Will Not Let Deficit Talks Be Tied To Another Debt Ceiling Debate

President Obama speaks during his news conference in the East Room of the White House on Monday.
Jason Reed Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon January 14, 2013 2:03 pm

At a news conference dominated by discussion of what's expected to be Washington's next big political battle, President Obama insisted Monday that he will not let Republicans tie an increase in the federal government's borrowing limit to negotiations over cuts in future federal spending.

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Politics
5:29 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Lack Of Up-To-Date Research Complicates Gun Debate

Former Rep. Todd Tiahrt, shown in Kansas in 2011, added language to the Justice Department's annual spending bill in 2003 that has put limits on the sharing of government gun records.
John Hanna AP

Originally published on Mon January 14, 2013 2:27 pm

Vice President Joe Biden is getting ready to make recommendations on how to reduce gun violence in the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

But he says his task force is facing an unexpected obstacle: slim or outdated research on weapons.

Public health research dried up more than a decade ago after Congress restricted the use of some federal money to pay for those studies.

A Researcher Under Fire

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Guns
7:17 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Dewhurst Calls for Armed Teachers

Lt. Gov. Dewhurst asked Senators to explore arming teachers
Texas Tribune

In the wake of school shootings -- Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst says he wants government-funded weapons training for teachers.  Dewhurst is asking State Senators to explore such a program and provide recommendations.

"The training involved with the concealed handgun law license is not sufficient in my judgment to have that person trained for an event involving an active shooter," Dewhurst said.

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Gun Violence
7:35 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

NRA Says White House Has 'Agenda To Attack The Second Amendment'

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 5:46 am

The National Rifle Association accused the White House of having "an agenda to attack the Second Amendment" Thursday, after representatives of the group attended meetings on gun control hosted by Vice President Biden.

The Obama administration is using the meetings to collect ideas and possibly ease the way for gun control legislation, which became a higher priority after the tragic school shooting in Newtown, Conn., last month. But it seems there was no ground bridged in the meetings with the NRA.

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Austin
5:51 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

NRA Rallies Members in Support of Travis Gun Shows

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The National Rifle Association is asking its members to contact Travis County Commissioners-- publishing Commissioners’ names, phone numbers and email addresses on the NRA website.

Travis County is considering banning gun shows at the County Expo Center and the NRA is asking its members to get involved.  Commissioners’ staffers say they’re getting up to 200 emails each day, along with calls and faxes, many from out-of-state.

County Judge Sam Biscoe says Commissioners will probably vote on the issue next Tuesday, but the outcome may depend on legal issues. 

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Austin
2:48 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Austin Council Members Consider Ending Gun Shows on City Land

The marketplace at a Houston gun show. Austin City Council members could act to end gun shows at the Travis County Expo Center.
flickr.com/glasgows

The City of Austin is considering policy changes aimed at reducing gun violence and illegal gun trafficking.

Council member Mike Martinez says "there is a broad national conversation about curbing gun violence," and he thinks the city has a responsibility "to do everything we can do." 

A subcommittee consisting of Martinez, along with fellow council members Laura Morrison and Chris Riley, will meet next Tuesday to consider legal options and to hear opinions from the Mayor's staff and Police Chief Art Acevedo.  

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Gun Violence
9:52 am
Thu January 10, 2013

If Obama Took 'Executive Action' On Guns, What Might He Do?

Vice President Biden and President Obama at the White House on Dec. 19. Biden has been charged with drawing up "concrete proposals" on how to reduce gun violence.
Fang Zhe Xinhua /Landov

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 6:29 am

After Vice President Biden said Wednesday that the Obama administration might take some executive actions on the issues of guns and gun-related violence, questions naturally arose:

What kinds of things was he talking about? What might the administration do that doesn't require Congressional action?

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Gun Violence
2:22 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

NRA Accepts Biden's Invitation To Meet

Vice President Biden.
Kevin Lamarque Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 2:04 pm

"We are sending a rep to hear what they have to say," National Rifle Association spokesman Andrew Arulanandam says of the organization's decision to accept an invitation from the task force Vice President Biden is leading — the group that's studying gun laws and related issues in the wake of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Con

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Austin
11:07 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Video: Alex Jones Screams a Bunch at CNN’s Piers Morgan

Austin-based Alex Jones on Monday's Piers Morgan Tonight
CNN

The reviews are in regarding Alex Jones’ appearance with CNN’s Piers Morgan last night:

“An uncontrolled explosion,” per the Washington Post.  “An intense pro-gun rant,” says the Huffington Post. And … “Armed Mafia Stalk Alex Jones Post Piers Morgan Debate,” via Jones’ own Infowars.

The Austin-based conspiracy theorist, radio host and public access superstar appeared on Morgan’s show for what was billed as a discussion on “Guns in America.” Unsurprisingly, the discussion soon went south – not that surprising a move, when your guest has co-authored a White House petition to deport your host.

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Gun Violence
8:21 am
Tue January 8, 2013

'Enough,' Says Giffords As She Launches Campaign For New Gun Laws

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., during her interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer.
ABCNews.com

Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 8:22 am

When children are gunned down in their classrooms, as happened last month in Newtown, Conn., it's time to say "enough," former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., tells ABC News.

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Gun Violence
1:16 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Should Gun Owners Have to Buy Liability Insurance?

George Frey Getty Images

Originally published on Wed January 2, 2013 1:49 pm

Nouriel Roubini recently sent a Tweet suggesting that gun owners should have to buy liability insurance, just like car owners do:

If we had liability insurance on guns, as we do 4 cars, we will see which insurance company would insure at which price folks with arsenals

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Gun Laws
8:50 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Where Texas Gun Laws Stand Now

flickr.com/thomashawk

In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting, state governments across the nation are re-examaning their gun laws.

No license is required for purchasing and owning a firearm there is no licensing requirement. All that is required is a state-issued ID that says you are at least 18 years to purchase a rifle, or at least 21 years to purchase a handgun. 

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Gun Violence
7:55 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Obama Finding Gun Control Voice, Which Had Gone Quiet

President Obama attends a vigil for the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims on Sunday in Newtown, Conn.
Getty Images

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 5:23 pm

If President Obama takes the lead in a movement for more effective gun control now that he's been stirred to action by the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, it would mark a significant break from his pattern so far as chief executive.

For while Obama has dutifully served as the nation's consoler in chief in localities where the all-too-frequent mass shootings have occurred, that has seemed the extent of the official response observable to White House outsiders.

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Gun Violence
4:57 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Amid Calls For Gun Control, Some Push For Weapons At School

David Thweatt, the school superintendent in Harrold, Texas, is seen in 2008. Troubled by school shootings around the country, Thweatt decided to arm school staff.
Tony Gutierrez AP

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 2:16 pm

A growing number of lawmakers are indicating they are open to considering new gun control measures in the wake of Friday's school shooting in Newtown, Conn. But while much of the national debate has focused on limiting access to guns, others are suggesting that schools should arm themselves to defend against attacks.

David Thweatt, school superintendent for the small Texas town of Harrold, northwest of Fort Worth, decided in 2006 that it was time to arm his staff. There's only one school in Harrold, a K-12 with 103 students.

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