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9:25 Obama spokesman makes it official, says he will not push for new gun control measures. Read it and (literally) weep: “Carney said that includes a reauthorization of the Clinton-era assault-weapon ban that lapsed during the George W. Bush administration. ‘As you know, there’s been opposition to that since it expired within Congress.… The president is focused on doing the things that we can do that protect Second Amendment rights which he thinks is important but also make it harder for individuals who should not under existing law have weapons to obtain them’ ”… Even Bill Kristol says Dems being “foolish” to not push for new “sensible” gun measures.
5:00 NRA CALLS FOR EXTREME ACTION Pro-gun group calls for total ban… on movies. So claims humorist Andy Borowitz in new post at his new home at The New Yorker. “Tracy Klugian, an official spokesperson for the gun-lobbying organization, said that the N.R.A. had taken this extraordinary step because it ‘could not stand idly by and watch movies tear apart the fabric of our civil society.‘ ̵
4:45 VICTIMS TO BLAME Former right-wing Arizona legislator blames those shot in Colorado for the tragedy—because they were not armed and “brave” enough to stop the madman before he killed (like those ariline passengers on 9/11). He’s backed off but his words stand.
1:00 JAMES HOLMES VIDEO The Guardian posts brief vid of the alleged shooter making presentation at summer camp about six years ago. Background here. He’s referring to a project on “an illusion that allows you to change the past.” Retroactively.
12:50 RED ALERT: GUN ASSAULTS PER STATE While gun advocates love to point to DC as place with tougher gun laws and highest rate of gun crime, this story and map show that almost all of the other top gun assault state per capital are “red” and have lax gun laws. South Carolina and Tennesee the very worst. So theory that guns deter crime might be a bit shaky.