Just Like Trump: Burr Bans Newspaper, Jokes About Shooting Hillary

Senator Richard Burr was right when he said, “there’s no separation between me and Donald Trump.”  In less than 12 hours, Burr managed to ban a newspaper from covering his campaign and get caught making a joke about gun owners targetting Hillary Clinton. Pretty sure we’ve heard both of those before (here and here) from Trump himself.

Trump’s still getting in trouble for those and many more of his outrageous and offensive comments and actions. Now, one week before Election Day, Senator Burr’s already troubled campaign is in a death spiral. Burr better brush up his resume because his life as a Washington insider is finally coming to a close.

See the headlines that promise to follow Burr through November 8:

News & Observer: Richard Burr apologizes for joking about ‘bullseye’ on Hillary Clinton

WRAL: Reports: Sen. Richard Burr jokes about gun owners putting bullseye […]

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Trigger Happy Trump Won’t Protect Communities

“What do you have to lose?” It’s a consistent refrain from Donald Trump — that he brought up again at tonight’s town hall — aimed at African Americans and Latinos that manages to completely offend and gloss over his horrible record at the same time.

For starters, Trump is endorsed by the NRA and has already spent $23.5 million on his behalf. He opposes “any limits” on owning a gun.

He would “unsign” President Obama’s executive action that expanded background checks on gun purchases.

Trump would get rid of ‘gun free’ zones at schools and military bases, with classically Trumpian and ignorant reasoning: “Whenever I see gun-free zone, that’s a flag for the whackos to come in and start shooting people.”

This is on top of his overt racism and racial discrimination since the 1970s, major reasons for his strong support from white nationalists and neo-Nazis like David Duke. He continues to flat-out LIE about crime statistics to whip up […]

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Ryan & Trump On Gun Safety: Do Nothing

Donald Trump’s response to mass shootings? “Take a look at the poll numbers” 

Paul Ryan’s response? “Dignity and decorum”

No matter how they say it, both Trump and Ryan have made it clear that they will do nothing to address the epidemic of gun violence across America. Instead of listening to the majority of Americans that support common sense gun safety measures like universal background checks, they’re listening to the gun industry’s special interests. 

During the January GOP debate in South Carolina, Trump was asked, “Are there any circumstances that you think we should be limiting gun sales of any kind in America?” Without hesitation, Trump responded, “No.”

When it comes to curbing gun violence and promoting gun safety, Ryan and Trump follow the gun lobbyists’ lead and just say “No.”

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The Worst Kind Of Deja Vu: GOP Senators Reject Common Sense Gun Safety Bills

Today, the following GOP senators voted against legislation that would help prevent suspected terrorists from purchasing guns:

Roy Blunt, Missouri
John Boozman, Arkansas
Richard Burr, North Carolina
Chuck Grassley, Iowa
Ron Johnson, Wisconsin
John McCain, Arizona
Rand Paul, Kentucky
Rob Portman, Ohio

Marco Rubio, Florida

Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania

These GOP senators also voted against closing the background check loophole for guns bought online and at gun shows:

Kelly Ayotte, New Hampshire
Roy Blunt, Missouri
John Boozman, Arkansas
Richard Burr, North Carolina
Chuck Grassley, Iowa
Ron Johnson, Wisconsin
John McCain, Arizona
Rand Paul, Kentucky
Rob Portman, Ohio

Marco Rubio, Florida

Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania

“These are common sense measures, but Senate Republicans refuse to take action against gun violence,” said American Bridge President Jessica Mackler. “Instead of supporting legislation that could make real change, GOP leaders introduced sham legislation that will do little to prevent another mass shooting and will still make it possible for suspected terrorists to get their hands on guns. The GOP should be ashamed that they continue to cower and risk Americans’ safety rather […]

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Election Year Ayotte Desperately Reverses Course On Guns For Terrorists

In December, Senator Kelly Ayotte voted against a measure that would have prevented suspected terrorists from purchasing firearms.

Seven months later, Election Year Ayotte has reportedly reversed course and decided to not only support a near-identical amendment from Senator Feinstein, but also introduce legislation of her own that would have the same effect.

Why? Because a new poll shows her losing and — most importantly — that 89% of New Hampshire voters “support closing loopholes so that terror suspects cannot legally purchase weapons.”

Senator Ayotte’s in an election year. That’s why she’s pretending to have come around on common sense gun safety laws. Ayotte hasn’t had a moment of clarity — she’s just going through the motions of pretending to share Granite Staters’ priorities in a desperate effort to hold on to her Senate seat.

 
Background:

Ayotte Voted Against Denying Suspected Terrorists From Purchasing Guns After San Bernardino Shooting

2015: Ayotte Effectively Voted Against Allowing The U.S. Attorney General To Deny Suspected Or […]

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Common Nonsense: GOP Field’s Opposition To Common-Sense Gun Safety Laws

Dodge, dip, duck, dive, and dodge: that’s what we’re seeing from the GOP candidates on stage tonight. The Republican Party’s five go-to maneuvers to avoid their responsibility to take action to curb gun violence.

79% of Republicans support universal background checks. But the NRA’s bought-and-paid-for GOP candidates refuse to take meaningful action by supporting any sort of common-sense gun safety measures.

Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio actually voted to protect suspected terrorists’ ability to buy guns in December. And just a few weeks ago, front-runner Donald Trump callously joked about personally shooting someone “in the middle of 5th Avenue.”
They refuse to act and they refuse to acknowledge that their inaction has very real, very serious consequences. It isn’t a “culture war” or a “degradation of family values” that’s to blame. Gun violence is rooted in the broad availability of firearms, and can be traced back to the NRA-bought politicians who refuse to take meaningful, common-sense actions to […]

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Jeb Bush’s America

Anderson Cooper described in great detail the tweet Jeb Bush’s team sent with a picture of a gun inscribed with Jeb Bush’s name. Jeb, in turn, mentioned his belief that we should protect the second amendment.

Yet, between his infamous “stuff happens” comment regarding mass shootings, and this week’s cryptic tweet, we can safely say that should Bush become president, he’ll continue to refuse to take meaningful action to curb gun violence.

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Ben Carson’s Shameful Excuses On Gun Violence

Ben Carson just said President Obama’s tried to take away Americans’ guns…

But Ben Carson has failed to propose any action on gun safety as part of his campaign, instead choosing to fall back on the old GOP talking points: guns don’t kill people, people kill people.

Carson showed yet again tonight that he’ll continue to give mealy-mouthed excuses on why he’s refused to propose commonsense solutions aimed at keeping Americans safe from gun violence.

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