July 17th, 2013
08:36 PM ET
1 year ago

Man who fired off shotgun: Biden told me to do it

(CNN) – A Washington state man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to illegally firing a shotgun to scare people off his property, saying he was just following Vice President Joe Biden's advice.

Jeffery Barton, 52, said at his arraignment in Clark County that he thought people were trying to break into his car and fired his shotgun to frighten them away.
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Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights • Joe Biden
New law allows schools to teach gun safety to first-graders
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed a measure that encourages schools to teach gun safety to first-graders.
July 16th, 2013
07:14 AM ET
1 year ago

New law allows schools to teach gun safety to first-graders

(CNN) - Along with math, science and social studies, gun safety could soon be part of the first-grade curriculum in some Missouri public schools.

A new measure that advocates for such classes for first-graders was signed into law last week. But the idea has prompted worry from some parents and experts about the role and effectiveness of gun safety programs in a classroom setting.

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Filed under: Gun rights • Missouri
July 2nd, 2013
08:04 AM ET
1 year ago

Giffords shoots gun during tour to promote background checks

Updated 9:48 a.m. ET, 7/2

Washington (CNN) – Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, are in Alaska Tuesday on the second stop of a week-long, seven state tour across the nation trying to build public support for enhanced background checks for gun purchases.

The stops are specifically aimed at states where Senators voted no in April, such as Sen. Joe Heck (R-Nevada) and Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska), or those who voted yes, including Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), for the Manchin-Toomey background check provision that would have brought enhanced background checks to guns bought at shows or over the internet.
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Filed under: Gabrielle Giffords • Gun control • Gun rights • Mark Kelly
In fight against NRA, Manchin says he’s not afraid
June 20th, 2013
09:26 AM ET
1 year ago

In fight against NRA, Manchin says he’s not afraid

(CNN) – Sen. Joe Manchin is firing back after the National Rifle Association targeted the conservative Democrat in a television commercial last week.

The senator from West Virginia said Thursday morning the NRA is using "paranoia" to keep lawmakers from making big moves on gun control, following the Newtown elementary school shooting in December that left 20 children and six adults dead.
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Filed under: Ads • Gun control • Gun rights • Joe Manchin • NRA • Senate • West Virginia
Rick Perry tries to lure gun makers to Texas
June 10th, 2013
08:43 PM ET
1 year ago

Rick Perry tries to lure gun makers to Texas

(CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been courting gun manufacturers in states that have enacted tougher gun laws, and next week, he's taking his message on the road.

Perry will travel to Connecticut and New York to meet with business leaders in the firearm industries, his office announced.
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Filed under: Connecticut • Gun control • Gun rights • New York • Rick Perry
Boehner, Cantor to meet with Newtown families
June 10th, 2013
07:09 PM ET
1 year ago

Boehner, Cantor to meet with Newtown families

Updated 1:56 p.m. ET, Tuesday, 6/11, to reflect a schedule change for the meeting.

Washington (CNN) – The two top Republicans in the GOP-controlled House of Representatives will meet Wednesday with families who lost loved ones in the Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school shooting.

According to an aide to John Boehner, the House speaker and Majority Leader Eric Cantor will sit down with the families, who will be in Washington to mark six months since the massacre that left 26 dead.
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Filed under: Eric Cantor • Gun control • Gun rights • John Boehner
June 3rd, 2013
12:10 PM ET
1 year ago

Biden on mental health: It's okay to talk about it

Updated at 4:19 p.m. on Monday 6/3

(CNN) – In closing remarks at the White House's National Conference on Mental Health Monday, Vice President Joe Biden delivered an emotional plea to those struggling with mental illness and their families.

"Let's use this moment to send a message to tens of millions of Americans especially the young people and the parents of young people all over this country," Biden said, speaking quietly. "There is nothing, nothing to be ashamed of if you are struggling with mental issues or if your child is or your spouse or your friend. It's okay. It's okay to talk about it. It's okay to ask for help. It is okay to acknowledge that it is frightening."
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Filed under: Arne Duncan • Gun control • Gun rights • Joe Biden • Kathleen Sebelius • President Obama • White House
Markey airs ad referencing Newtown
May 17th, 2013
05:29 PM ET
1 year ago

Markey airs ad referencing Newtown

Washington (CNN) – Directly mentioning the Newtown, Connecticut shootings for the first time in a campaign ad, Democratic Massachusetts Senate candidate Ed Markey criticized his Republican opponent Gabriel Gomez for opposing gun-control legislation.

"Gomez is against battling assault weapons," the ad says. "And Gomez is against banning high-capacity magazines like the ones used in the Newtown school shooting."
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Filed under: Ed Markey • Gabriel Gomez • Gun control • Gun rights
Ayotte: I won't back down
May 16th, 2013
06:36 PM ET
1 year ago

Ayotte: I won't back down

Washington (CNN) - While much of Washington's attention is on the various controversies involving the IRS, the Benghazi attack and the Justice Department subpoena of the Associated Press, those on both sides of the gun control debate are engaged in trying to sway public opinion.

Much of the focus right now is on New Hampshire Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte, the only member of the U.S. Senate from New England to vote against the proposal pushed by her colleagues, Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) and Pat Toomey (R-Pennsylvania), to expand background checks for gun purchases.
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Filed under: Ads • Gun control • Gun rights • Kelly Ayotte • New Hampshire
May 14th, 2013
03:51 PM ET
1 year ago

Can chocolate be the new gun control?

(CNN) - While lawmakers in Washington have yet to agree on proposals to reduce gun violence, Myles Nelson, a seven-year-old from Milwaukee, has his own mouth-melting pitch: Turn bullets into chocolate.

"Dear Vice President Biden, I have a great idea," Nelson wrote in a letter that he read aloud to CNN Affiliate WTMJ. "I think guns should shoot out chocolate bullets. Then no one will get killed and no one will be sad."
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Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights
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