N.B.A. to Run Ads Deploring Gun Violence



The National Basketball Association, alarmed by the death toll from shootings across the country, is stepping into the polarizing debate over guns, their regulation and the Second Amendment with an advertising campaign in partnership with one of the nation’s most aggressive advocates of stricter limits on firearm sales.

In a move with little precedent in professional sports, the N.B.A. is putting the weight of its multibillion-dollar brand and the prestige of its star athletes behind a series of television commercials calling for an end to gun violence.

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By Russell Blair Contact Reporter


Malloy and Murphy traveling to Iowa and New Hampshire to talk up Hillary Clinton
Two prominent Connecticut politicians will be traveling to early primary states to support Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton in the coming days.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will be heading to Iowa this weekend, Leigh Appleby, a spokesman with the state Democratic Party, confirmed Thursday afternoon. And on Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy will travel to New Hampshire where he’ll talk up Clinton’s plans to reduce gun violence, according to his office.

Appleby said Malloy would be in Iowa Saturday and Sunday. Clinton will face off with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley in a nationally televised debate Saturday night in New Hampshire. Malloy will be at a debate watch party at a Clinton campaign office in Waterloo, Iowa.

Murphy’s trip to New Hampshire targets a divisive issue between Clinton and Sanders. Clinton has sharply criticized Sanders’ views on gun control.

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The shooting that led Obama to go off-script on gun control; Aides saw a change in him as he decided to try executive action. Los Angeles Times

By Christi Parsons and Michael A. Memoli Contact Reporters \Los Angeles Times
On the afternoon that he decided to launch perhaps the most controversial effort of his second term – gun control by executive order – President Obama took one look at remarks written for him to address a mass shooting in Oregon and warned his team he would go off-script.

“I’m just going to riff off it. I’m pissed,” one aide recalled Obama saying before he strode off to talk to reporters.

There was no explicit announcement of a new policy that day in October. But as Obama publicly grieved that “somehow this has become routine,” some senior advisors recognized the moment they felt he had silently contemplated for two years.

“Clear schedule,” another advisor tapped out to his assistant via Blackberry – Obama was about to order them to take a new look at gun measures.

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Obama Poised to Tighten Gun Laws After Holidays

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By John T. Bennett
Posted at 5 a.m. on Dec. 18
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WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 6: U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the country from the Oval Office on December 6, 2015 in Washington, DC. President Obama is addressing the terrorism threat to the United States and the recent attack in San Bernardino, California.

Senior congressional aides and sources in the gun-control community expect the White House to use its executive powers to tighten federal gun laws shortly after President Barack Obama returns from a Hawaiian vacation in early January.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Thursday he anticipates a legal review to continue through the holidays.
Since the deadly shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., White House officials have been, as Earnest has put it, “scrubbing through the law” to determine whether and how Obama can use his constitutional authorities to make it harder for terrorists and other potential mass shooters to legally obtain firearms.

On both sides of the Capitol, sources involved in the guns debate say, as one senior House GOP leadership aide put it, “something is brewing on guns.”

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Obama poised to take action on gun laws ; As he meets with victims’ families, president signals determination to change rules.

President Barack Obama speaks in a classroom at Indian Springs High School in San Bernardino on Friday, Dec. 18.

Published: Dec. 19, 2015 Updated: 8:33 p.m.
President Barack Obama speaks in a classroom at Indian Springs High School in San Bernardino on Friday, Dec. 18. The president and the first lady met with family members of those killed during the Dec. 2 mass shooting.

After visiting with grieving families from the San Bernardino shooting for nearly three hours Friday, President Barack Obama is poised to use executive action to enact tougher gun control laws.
Relatives of the 14 killed in the Dec. 2 attack at the Inland Regional Center recounted their meeting with the president and first lady Michelle Obama, who took time to meet with each family individually.
They said the president seemed to genuinely care about what they were saying and was determined to take action to prevent future attacks.
“He let everyone know the nation is mourning with us, and they’re working so it won’t happen again,” said Ryan Reyes, the boyfriend of victim Daniel Kaufman.
Following the meeting, the president spoke briefly with reporters in a classroom. He said he had been touched by the families and spoke of the pride they had for their loved ones. The Inland families, he said, were as diverse as the nation.

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Why mental health bill isn’t moving

By Bridget Bowman
Posted at 5 a.m. on Dec. 16

“We have to do it now,” Rep. Tim Murphy said on the House floor, urging Congress to act on his mental health system overhaul legislation in the wake of another mass shooting.

That was two years ago. In December 2013, the Pennsylvania Republican introduced his comprehensive mental health bill — which has recently been lauded by top House Republicans, including Speaker Paul D. Ryan, as a potential response to mass shootings. It was near the first anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., where 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed 20 children and six adults.

For Murphy, a clinical psychologist, it’s unclear why his bill, which he reminds his colleagues of after the nation’s frequent mass shootings, hasn’t moved forward in Congress. “I’ve got a Ph.D. and I’ve practiced in this field for 40 years and I still can’t tell you why some people act the way they do,” Murphy said. “This is — to me it’s beyond comprehension.”

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