In 2000 Hazleton’s 23,399 residents were 95 percent non-Hispanic white and less than 5 percent Latino. By 2016 Latinos became the majority, composing 52 percent of the population, while the white share plunged to 44 percent.
Felyssa Ricco stands outside the house in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, where she lives with her mother and stepfather, Kelly and Jesse Portanova. In addition to flying Old Glory and other flags, such as “Don’t Tread on Me,” the Portanovas sometimes fly the Confederate flag, saying it’s a way of standing up to those who believe …
Court revelation: Pulse club gunman’s dad was FBI informant
By TAMARA LUSH and JASON DEAREN – The Associated Press – March 27, 2018
The government has revealed only now that the Pulse nightclub shooter’s father was an FBI informant for 11 years before the attack, lawyers for his widow said Monday.
They said prosecutors also told them in an email Saturday that the government found evidence on the day of the attack that Omar Mateen’s father, Seddique Mateen, had been sending money to Afghanistan and Turkey, and that he had been accused of raising money to fund violence against the government of Pakistan. Continue reading
Former associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court John Paul Stevens opines getting “rid of the Second Amendment would be simple..”
John Paul Stevens: Repeal the Second Amendment
By JOHN PAUL STEVENS / MARCH 27, 2018
Rarely in my lifetime have I seen the type of civic engagement schoolchildren and their supporters demonstrated in Washington and other major cities throughout the country this past Saturday. These demonstrations demand our respect. They reveal the broad public support for legislation to minimize the risk of mass killings of schoolchildren and others in our society.
That support is a clear sign to lawmakers to enact legislation prohibiting civilian ownership of semiautomatic weapons, increasing the minimum age to buy a gun from 18 to 21 years old, and establishing more comprehensive background checks on all purchasers of firearms. But the demonstrators should seek more effective and more lasting reform. They should demand a repeal of the Second Amendment. Continue reading
Sanctuary State California Pols Whine They Will Lose Congressional Seats They Stole From Other States By Encouraging Illegal Aliens To Flood Into Sunny California
California sues Trump administration over citizenship question in 2020 census
Critics argue that including the citizenship question in the census will discourage non-citizens from responding, leading to an undercount that could severely affect the distribution of federal funding and the drawing of congressional districts.
By Samantha Schmidt The Washington Post
Tues., March 27, 2018
The state of California sued the Trump administration Monday night, arguing that the decision to add a question about citizenship in the 2020 census violates the U.S. Constitution. Continue reading
First his daughter had died in 2015, and then his wife had died two days earlier while in hospice care in their living room. A medical technician had come to take away her hospital bed early the next day, and McGuire told the man he wanted to burn down his house and shoot himself. “What else do I have to lose?”
After his family died, he threatened to kill himself. So the police took his guns.
by Eli Saslow March 17 Email the author
LISBON, Conn. — John McGuire was inside his house with 81 guns when five state troopers were dispatched to investigate a threat he had reportedly made. Continue reading
People Are Ready to Buy Some Guns in the World’s Murder Capital
By David Biller
March 20, 2018, 6:00 AM EDT
- Brazil has the highest number of homicides of any nation
- Opposition to strict gun laws rises as violence increases
In the world’s most murderous country, gun control is starting to lose its appeal.
Desperate Brazilians are wondering whether they’d be better off armed, given that around 60,000 of their compatriots are killed each year. Polls show support for gun ownership gaining ground. In an election year, politicians are paying attention.
One of the candidates leading the field for October’s 2018 presidential election — hardline conservative Jair Bolsonaro — has promised to allow law-abiding citizens to arm themselves Continue reading