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Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks during the 2013 NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits at the George R. Brown Convention Center on May 4, 2013 in Houston, Texas.

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Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks during the 2013 NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits at the George R. Brown Convention Center on May 4, 2013 in Houston, Texas.

Rick Perry, Sure-Shot: ‘Welcome to Texas, Ladies and Gentlemen’

Rick Perry handles an assault weapon pretty well. That was the video message of the introduction to Perry’s appearance at the National Rifle Association convention in Houston over the weekend. The Texas governor knocked down a few targets for his...

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Family members of Newtown shooting victims step off Air Force One with President Barack Obama (2nd R) upon arrival April 8, 2013 at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.

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Family members of Newtown shooting victims step off Air Force One with President Barack Obama (2nd R) upon arrival April 8, 2013 at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.

Newtown 12: Sounds of Silence Echoing in Washington

Updated 8:55 am EDT, April 9. On Dec. 14, police say, 154 rounds were fired inside Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty first-graders died in the gunfire, along with six educators. Last night, 12 members of the Newtown...

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President Barack Obama wipes tears as he speaks about the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., Dec. 14, 2012, in the press briefing room of the White House.

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President Barack Obama wipes tears as he speaks about the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., Dec. 14, 2012, in the press briefing room of the White House.

Sandy Hook’s Legacy: Status Quo

Consider the possibility that these two things are true: – Nine in 10 Americans support the idea of more stringent background checks for gun buyers. The polls say so, and a share such as nine in 10 is so far...

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A man holds a semi-automatic assault rifle for sale at the Rocky Mountain Gun Show in Sandy, Utah.

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A man holds a semi-automatic assault rifle for sale at the Rocky Mountain Gun Show in Sandy, Utah.

Biden on Gun-Rules: ‘Will of the People’

Vice President Joe Biden, who has suggested that anyone interested in assault weapons for home protection should go buy a shotgun instead, also sees no value in mega-clips for hunters. “If you can’t get the deer in three shots, you...

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 24, 2013, to introduce legislation on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition feeding devices.

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 24, 2013, to introduce legislation on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition feeding devices.

Cruzing for a Lecture: Feinstein on Guns

Ted Cruz, the first-year Republican senator from Texas who has taken on some senior lawmakers in rhetorical fisticuffs during his debut on Capitol Hill, ran into one contender today who showed little patience for his brashness. Cruz put a question...

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Gun show goers look at various assault-style weapons at the Nation's Gun Show in Chantilly, Virginia.

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Gun show goers look at various assault-style weapons at the Nation's Gun Show in Chantilly, Virginia.

Background Checks for Gun-Buyers: Poll Finds Overwhelming Support

More than nine in 10 Americans favor mandatory background checks for purchases at gun shows,  according to a poll out today. The ABC News/Washington Post survey showed 91 percent supporting such checks, with 8 percent opposing them. Making illegal gun...

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Undocumented Mexican immigrants walk through the Sonoran Desert after illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in this file photo in Arizona.

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Undocumented Mexican immigrants walk through the Sonoran Desert after illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in this file photo in Arizona.

I’m For It. Oh, Obama’s For It Too? Then I’m Against It

A Washington Post poll out today finds that 70 percent of U.S. adults support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. That is, unless they’re told that President Barack Obama backs it. Then the percentage favoring such a move drops to...

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President Barack Obama shoots clay targets with a shotgun on the range on Aug. 4, 2012 at Camp David, Maryland.

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President Barack Obama shoots clay targets with a shotgun on the range on Aug. 4, 2012 at Camp David, Maryland.

Obama Skeet-Shooting: Picture-Proof — JFK-Styled Video Next?

  The proof is in the picture. After President Barack Obama allowed in a recent interview that he and friends shoot skeet “all the time” up at Camp David, cynics started to question why there are no photos of the...

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A person uses a cell phone to photograph assault style weapons before a press conference on Capitol Hill on Jan. 24, 2013.

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A person uses a cell phone to photograph assault style weapons before a press conference on Capitol Hill on Jan. 24, 2013.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 39

That’s how many current senators were serving in the Senate when it sought nine years ago to extend a ban on certain semiautomatic “assault weapons.” In March 2004, the Senate voted 52-47 for a 10-year extension of a ban on...

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