gun-violence

Can You Tell August Recess (Kinda Sorta) Is Almost Here?
Messaging votes, floods in the Capitol, stinky gas and boatloads of cash

Rep. Steve Knight, R-Calif., leaves the House after the last votes of the week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

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It’s almost time for the kinda-sorta August recess (with the House leaving after next week for a month, and the Senate, not so much) and that means there will be no shortage of messaging votes set up by Republican leaders so their members can head back to the hustings and brandish their votes before November’s midterm elections. 

Wilson Said He Was Duped Into Suggesting He Supports Arming Toddlers
Sacha Baron Cohen disguised himself as an Israeli anti-terrorism expert to get interviews with GOP lawmakers

Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., says he was was targeted by British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen because of his support for Israel. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Joe Wilson got the Sacha Baron Cohen treatment Sunday night in a segment on the British comedian’s new show where he tries to convince lawmakers to back a made-up lobbying effort to arm American toddlers.

During a sit-down interview with Baron Cohen, who is well-known for conducting interviews with unwitting suspects while he role-plays as foreign characters with controversial views on race, politics, and sexuality, the South Carolina Republican appeared to suggest he supported the lobbying effort to help “Kinderguardians” by arming preschoolers with guns.

Clark Bill Would Keep Guns From Those Convicted of Animal Cruelty
Massachusetts Democrat cites study linking animal abuse and future violence

Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., speaks during the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force news conference on the release of the 2018 legislative agenda for the 115th Congress on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Massachusetts Rep. Katherine M. Clark has proposed legislation that would prevent people convicted of animal cruelty from accessing firearms.

Clark said her bill would close an existing loophole and cited a study from the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Northeastern University linking animal abuse and future violence, MassLive reported.

Flags Lowered to Honor Murdered Annapolis Journalists
White House gives order after public pressure mounted following initial denial

The American flag over the White House was quickly lowered after President Trump ordered flags lowered to honor the Capital Gazette staffers shot dead last week. (John T. Bennett/CQ Roll Call)

Amid mounting social pressure, President Donald Trump ordered flags around the Capitol and the country were lowered Tuesday to honor the five journalists murdered last Thursday in a Maryland newsroom.

The GOP president had denied a request made last week by Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley, a Democrat, via the state’s lawmakers for Trump to order flags across the country to be lowered to honor the Capital Gazette staff members who were shot dead in their Annapolis office.

Diane Black: Porn Is ‘Big Part of the Root Cause’ in School Shootings
‘It’s available on the shelf when you walk in the grocery store,’ Tennessee congresswoman says

Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., is running for governor of Tennessee. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican Rep. Diane Black said during her campaign for governor of Tennessee that pornography is a large reason for school shootings.

In an audio recording of Black speaking to pastors obtained by HuffPost, Black asks what is making students more violent.

Opinion: Moms, Guns and 2018
GOP’s issues with women have nothing to do with Stormy, #MeToo or Russia

Crosses line the lawn in front of Santa Fe High School on Monday in Santa Fe, Texas, where a 17-year-old student opened fire with a shotgun and pistol, killing 10 people. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Women are coming for you, Republicans. That’s the message of 2018 so far, isn’t it? Between the record number of women running for office (mostly as Democrats), the record number of women winning primaries, and the enormous gender gap that shows up in polling everything from the president’s approval rating to generic House races, there’s a theme showing up — Republicans have a problem with women.

And they do. But from the conversations I’ve had with suburban women voters, and especially the mothers of young children I see every day as the mom of 5-year-olds myself, there’s much more to the story of the GOP’s trouble with women, and it has nothing to do with Stormy Daniels, #MeToo, Russia or the Resistance.

Threats Away From Capitol Worry Senators
Capitol Police have requested additional funding

FBI personnel gather outside the Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Va., last June to gather evidence where House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others were shot at the GOP baseball practice. Senators on Tuesdays raised concerns about inadequate protection at events away from the Capitol. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Senators on Tuesday cited fears about inadequate protection at events outside the Capitol campus and in their states, and urged the Capitol Police chief and the new Senate sergeant-at-arms to re-evaluate the threat assessment process for lawmakers.

At a Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee hearing, lawmakers pushed Capitol Police Chief Matthew R. Verderosa and Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Michael C. Stenger to justify requested funding and personnel increases for Capitol security while also ensuring protection for lawmakers elsewhere — particularly in their states and at gatherings in Washington away from Capitol Hill.

Giffords Gun Group Throws Money Against Vern Buchanan
Spends $120,000 in ad targeting Florida congressman’s ties to the NRA

UNITED STATES - JUNE 18: Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., arrives for the House Republican Conference meeting in the basement of the Capitol on Wednesday, June 18, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ gun law reform PAC dropped $120,000 to target Florida Rep. Vern Buchanan for his support from the National Rifle Association.

The PAC’s ad criticizes Buchanan for receiving $15,450 from the NRA, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

Brooks Suggests Republicans Are Retiring Because of Assassination Fears
Pointed at the large number of GOP members on baseball team who are leaving Congress

Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., speaks to reporters at the Republican baseball team's first practice of the year at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks suggested in a radio interview that Republicans are retiring en masse because of assassination fears.

Brooks was speaking on “The Dale Jackson Show” about the first Republican practice the Congressional Baseball Game after last year’s shooting that left Majority Whip Steve Scalise severely injured.

GOP Rep. Brian Mast Gets Pro-Gun Primary Challenger
Florida congressman flipped on firearms after Parkland shooting, defying GOP and gun lobby

Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., got a pro-gun primary challenger Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Brian Mast will face off against a pro-gun primary challenger in November, just months after the first-term congressman flipped to support a host of gun control measures after the February school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Physician Mark Freeman is re-upping his 2016 campaign this November with a pledge to “defend the Second Amendment” and be an “unwavering partner” to President Donald Trump, he said Wednesday in a press release to the Broward County Sun-Sentinel.