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Woman charged in Sandy Hook parent threat arrested

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The woman accused of sending death threats to a man whose 6-year-old son was killed in the 2012 mass shooting at a school in Newtown, Connecticut, has been arrested after failing to show up in court. Jail records show 57-year-old Lucy Richards was arrested on Saturday in Hillsborough County in the Tampa Bay area. A judge issued an arrest warrant March 29 after Richards failed to show up in federal court in Fort Lauderdale for a change-of-plea hearing and sentencing.…

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Joe Henderson: Despite opposition, ‘campus carry’ returns

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Remember that measure some Republicans in the Legislature have tried to pass the last couple of years to allow guns on college campuses? You know, the bill the House passed last year before it died in the Senate (thank goodness). Well, it’s back. Of course, it’s back. It never really left, and it won’t leave until the National Rifle Association finally rams this thing into law. Never mind that a survey last year by the University of South Florida showed…

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A divided Senate answers Orlando with gridlock on gun curbs

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A divided Senate blocked rival election-year plans to curb guns on Monday, eight days after the horror of Orlando’s mass shooting intensified pressure on lawmakers to act but knotted them in gridlock anyway — even over restricting firearms for terrorists. In largely party-line votes, rejected were one proposal from each side to keep extremists from acquiring guns and another shoring up the government’s existing system of required background checks for many firearms purchases. With the chamber’s visitors’ galleries unusually crowded…

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Newtown victim’s mom pens open letter after Orlando shooting

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A woman whose 6-year-old daughter was killed in the shooting at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School is expressing her grief over the Orlando nightclub shooting that left 49 people dead. Nelba Marquez-Greene posted a letter on the memorial Facebook page for her daughter, Ana Grace, who was one of the 20 first-graders and six educators fatally shot in December 2012. In it she describes how hearing about the Orlando shooting took her back to the horror she felt as one…

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Martin O’Malley says he’s ‘pissed’ after Charleston — wants national assault weapons ban

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Democratic presidential nominee Martin O’Malley knows he needs to start getting attention in his slow-rolling campaign to challenge Hillary Clinton, and he went bold in reaching out to a sweet spot of the Democratic primary party electorate today with a response to Wednesday’s shocking domestic terrorist attack in a historic Charleston, S.C., church that left nine people dead. In an email sent to his supporters, the former Maryland governor bluntly says in the first sentence of an email that “I’m…

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Mitch Perry Report for 6.19.15 — American terrorism, continued

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The Charleston shootings on Wednesday night was clearly an act of domestic terrorism. The racial element was also first and foremost in the young killer’s motivation. Now what? “At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries,” President Obama said from the White House Briefing Room yesterday. “It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency. And it is in…

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