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Hunting is a great Virginia tradition
The Daily Progress
Virginians take their hunting so seriously that the state passed a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to hunt in the future. Yet, there are many who would just as soon seeing hunting go away entirely. Barbaric, you know, and all those awful guns and weapons. But if hunting disappeared, for whatever reason, it would be devastating to our state in many regards.
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Gun control through shaming
The Washington Times
On Dec. 3, a brave and courageous TSA agent averted a potential tragedy when she confiscated a dangerous weapon from a woman attempting to smuggle it on board a plane. Wait, no, what that meant to say was; on Dec. 3, a TSA agent removed a two inch plastic prop pistol from the holster of a sock puppet the agent thought posed a security risk. Phyllis May, the Gepetto to Rooster's Pinocchio, was shocked and embarrassed.
Should hunting on Sundays be legal?
There's a fresh push to legalize hunting on Sundays in Virginia and it could be a hot topic in the upcoming General Assembly session. Opponents of the law say it will fail to gain traction, but proponents say they have the wind in their sails and with a new partner they say this could be the year.
State gun laws enacted in the year since Newtown
The New York Times
In the 12 months since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., almost every state has enacted at least one new gun law. Nearly 2/3 of the new laws ease restrictions and expand the rights of gun owners. Most of those bills were approved in states controlled by Republicans. Those who support stricter regulations won some victories — mostly in states where the legislature and governorship are controlled by Democrats — to increase restrictions on gun use and ownership.
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How the ATF manufactures crime
The National Review Online
Since the president was reelected in November of last year, a good deal of poison has been poured into Washington's grimy alphabet soup. Among the departments that have become embroiled in scandal are the IRS, the DOJ, the DOE, the EPA, the NSA, the USDA and, of course, the ATF. Recently, the lattermost is back in the news — and for good reason.
Gun makers thriving one year after Newtown
If you thought that gun makers might have suffered in the year following the Newtown, Conn., massacre, you'd be wrong. Their business briefly plunged. But it has since rebounded now to levels higher than before Dec. 14, 2012 tragedy. At leading gun makers, sales, share price and profits are up.
Wild pig population boom threatens Virginia ecosystems
There's a population explosion of large, wild animals in the Virginia woods, and it's not the cute, doe-eyed kind that conjures images of Bambi. They have razor-sharp teeth, curling tusks and a nasty temper that prompts some to charge humans. They're called feral hogs, wild pigs or big boars, but the names are lumped together because, said Mike Dye, a biologist for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, "a pig is a pig."
One year after Newtown killings, gun control proponents feel dejected
The failed push for stronger federal gun control laws after last December's shooting rampage in Newtown, Conn., has left its proponents in Congress dejected, and leaves one of President Barack Obama's top policy goals without any clear path forward. Recently, the White House announced $100 million in funding for new mental health services as part as part of the administration's response to the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, but expanded background checks for gun sales, a ban on assault weapons and other long-sought measures remain as elusive as ever.
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Focus of US gun control battle shifts to states year after Newtown shooting
In the year since the shooting of 26 schoolchildren and adults in Newtown, Conn., efforts to pass gun legislation have stalled in the U.S. Congress but shifted to the states, helped by the deep pockets of outgoing New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. In scores of statehouse battles, both gun-control and gun-rights advocates have notched wins.
Hunter, dogs not seriously injured by bear
The tables were turned on a Bedford County hunter when a black bear bit him and his hounds. Dwayne Karns, 32, was hunting with dogs in the area of Suck Mountain in Bedford when the incident occurred, said Sgt. Brian Young, of the Virginia Department of Inland Game and Fisheries. Young called the attack provoked and said Bedford residents should not feel alarmed. This marks the only instance this year in which someone has been bitten by a bear. "There's not any public safety concern on our part," Young said.
Sandy Hook anniversary nears, what's changed?
The nation will mark the first anniversary of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School Dec. 14, a year when Virginia passed school safety bills in a matter of months, while leaving laws on background checks unchanged. Just days after the massacre, Vice President Joe Biden selected Petersburg Police Chief John I. Dixon III to serve on his gun safety task force. In an interview, Dixon said he is encouraged by the progress made by several states across the country, but laws at the federal level do not go far enough.
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