John Heilemann Obliterates Trump: The Real Emergency Is Mass Shootings, Not The Wall

MSNBC's John Heilemann put Trump's cheap national emergency stunt in perspective by saying that the real emergency is guns, not the southern border.

Trump Fails By Remembering Parkland Without Mentioning Guns or Gun Violence

The White House put out a lengthy statement marking the first anniversary of the Parkland shootings, but the statement never mentioned guns or gun violence.

For Parkland survivors, a year of political gains and unresolved pain

The student campaign in support of gun control, which featured a massive march on Washington and in other cities around the country, resulted in the formation of a sprawling national network called March for Our Lives.

With some 500 chapters, it has linked tens of thousands of student activists in pushing for political candidates who support their goals of new measures to reduce gun violence.

The NRA Is Dying With A $55 Million Drop In Income Last Year

The NRA is showing signs of serious decline as tax documents show that their income dropped by $55 million last year.

The Daily Beast reported on the NRA‘s tax documents:

More noteworthy than its drop in contributions, though, was its decline in membership dues. The NRA took in more than $128 million in dues last year—a significant sum, but down considerably from the $163 million it took in the year prior. That decline, more than the drop in direct contributions, appears to indicate a dwindling, if still formidable, base of public support. Asked for comment on the decline, an NRA spokesperson pointed to reporting showing that the organization’s magazine subscriptions have shot up this year, interpreted as an indicator of an accompanying membership surge. read more

Here Are The Facts: Right Wing Political Violence Far Outweighs Left Wing ‘Angry Mobs’

Republicans can’t talk about the issues that really matter to voters, so they gin up false narratives to get out the vote. This midterm, they’ve come up with “liberal mobs” and “antifa” coming to get everyone. In reality, the “liberal mobs” are angry about rape and jailed babies; they want a dialogue, they aren’t even carrying weapons, unlike the Tea Party in 2010. read more

Weapons makers worried arms deals with Saudi Arabia will be blocked due to Khashoggi’s disappearance

Saudi Arabia, where Trump last year announced a $110 billion arms package, has been a centerpiece of his overhaul of weapons export policy in which he has gone further than any of his predecessors in acting as a weapons salesman. However, critics say the new approach gives too much weight to business interests versus human rights concerns.

Texan running 3-D printed guns company apprehended in Taiwan

By Jon Herskovitz and Yimou Lee

AUSTIN, Texas/TAIPEI (Reuters) – A Texan running a 3-D printed guns company who flew to Taiwan as police investigated an accusation that he had sex with an underage girl was apprehended in Taipei on Friday after U.S. authorities annulled his passport, officials said. read more