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Missouri: Right to Carry Reform Legislation Passes State House, Heads to State Senate for a Concurrence Vote
The BJS report is available here. It is pretty hard to look at these numbers and see a pattern during and after the assault weapon ban.
The director of the Internal Revenue Service division under fire for singling out conservative groups sent a 2012 letter under her name to one such group, POLITICO has learned.
The March 2012 letter was sent to the Ohio-based American Patriots Against Government Excess (American PAGE) under the name of Lois Lerner, the director of the Exempt Organizations Division. . . .
It is unclear if American PAGE had been selected for any additional scrutiny. But at the time of the letter, the group was in the midst of the application process for tax-exempt nonprofit status — a process that would stretch for nearly three years and involve queries for detailed information on its social media activity, its organizational set-up, bylaws, membership and interactions with political officials. . . .Lerner has also been caught making numerous false statements from only "low level" involvement, that there was "no political bias," and that "seventy-five organizations effected." Yet, Lerner is the one who has been extensively rewarded for her work by the Obama administration. From the Washington Examiner:
Lois Lerner, the senior executive in charge of the IRS tax exemption department and the federal employee at the center of the exploding scandal over the IRS targeting of conservative, evangelical and pro-Israel non-profits, was given $42,531 in bonuses between 2009 and 2011. . . .An additional point. Obama appears tough by removing Acting Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Steven Miller. Headlines claim: "IRS: First head rolls." But he didn't really do that. 1) Miller will soon be out of a job anyway because acting commissioners are only allowed to serve for six months and his six months are up in early June. 2) Miller isn't leaving right away and will leave when his acting assignment ends. As Miller writes:
"It is with regret that I will be departing from the IRS as my acting assignment ends inearly June."So my reaction is: is this serious?
Even some Democrats are getting tired of Obama never accepting responsibility for anything bad that happens in his administration
President Passerby needs urgently to become a participant in his presidency. Late Monday came the breathtaking news of a full-frontal assault on the First Amendment by his administration: word that the Justice Department had gone on a fishing expedition through months of phone records of Associated Press reporters. And yet President Obama reacted much as he did to the equally astonishing revelation on Friday that the IRS had targeted conservative groups based on their ideology: He responded as though he were just some bloke on a bar stool, getting his information from the evening news. . . .
After a couple times almost passing concealed carry on college campuses, is this the year for Texas?
A bill to allow concealed handgun license holders to carry their weapons into Texas college buildings and classrooms got a significant boost in the state Senate on Tuesday, but it remains unclear if it has enough momentum to become law. . . . But the House passed a version that lifts the statewide ban on guns at school while still allowing individual campuses to ban weapons. . . . "I will take what I can get," said Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels. "Swing for the fences, but be happy with first base." The House voted to approve the bill on May 6, prompting Sen. John Whitmire, chairman of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee, to schedule Tuesday's public hearing just a couple of weeks after he declared the issue dead this session. The committee passed the bill on to the entire Senate with a 4-2 vote. The bill's fate in the full chamber remains unknown and supporters were cautious about predicting it will pass. Republicans hold a 19-12 majority and approved a broader version of the bill in 2011. But Senate rules still require at least 21 members to vote to bring a bill up for debate. Sen. Kirk Watson of Austin, leader of the Senate Democratic Caucus, said the bill may not have the support to pass the Senate. . . .
Control advocates are obviously having a very hard time keeping up with the technological changes. The device is currently very expensive:
A team of 70 people spent three years creating the technology. Schauble says there's nothing else like it, even in the military. For civilians, TrackingPoint sells its high-end, long-range guns directly. With price tags of up to $22,000, they're not cheap. . . .