NEW HAVEN, Conn. – A shop that sold a gun to the Newtown school shooter’s mother has lost its federal firearms license.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives revoked the license of Riverview Gun Sales in East Windsor in December. The agency, which confirmed the revocation to reporters Thursday, didn’t say why.
Authorities raided the store for undisclosed reasons shortly after the December school shootings in which Adam Lanza (ALLEGEDLY) killed 20 first-graders and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School. He also shot to death his mother, Nancy, at their home. Authorities say he fired 154 shots with a Bushmaster .223-caliber rifle inside the school, then killed himself with a Glock handgun.
Nancy Lanza purchased a Bushmaster from Riverview, according to a person close to the investigation into the school shooting who spoke on condition of anonymity because the probe is continuing. It could not be confirmed whether the Bushmaster was the one used in the shooting. (Its already been widely reported that this firearm was NOT used in the actual shooting)
Shop owner David LaGuercia said in December that Nancy Lanza bought a gun from him years ago, but he couldn’t remember what kind. LaGuercia said at the time he was cooperating with law enforcement.
“There is nothing more devastating than the loss of a child,” LaGuercia said in a statement in December. “We are absolutely appalled that the product that we sold several years ago would be used in this type of horrendous crime. Our hearts go out to the victims and the families.”
His wife, Shelley Clemens, said Friday that she and her husband still don’t know why the ATF revoked his firearms license. She said the store remains open selling ammunition and other items that aren’t firearms while LaGuercia appeals the revocation.
“They just came in the store after Sandy Hook, raided the store and took away the license,” she said, referring further questions to her husband. LaGuercia, of Agawam, Mass., didn’t return phone messages Friday.
ATF officials said federal firearms license holders receive a copy of the violations report before a revocation is initiated and are made aware of the violations again during the hearing process. They have 60 days to appeal and in this case they chose not to do so, officials said.
The weapons used in the shooting had all apparently been purchased by Nancy Lanza, prosecutor Stephen J. Sedensky III said last week when search warrants were unsealed showing the Lanzas’ home was packed with weapons and ammunition. Clemens said in December that store records show one gun was sold to Lanza.
Riverview Gun Sales is about 15 miles north of Hartford and about 65 miles northeast of Newtown. In December, its website described it as a place that sold a variety of rifles and pistols, including Bushmaster and Glock, but on Friday, the website’s links to specific guns indicated they were not available.
The shop also sold high-capacity ammunition magazines like the ones authorities say were used by Adam Lanza. In a law passed this week, Connecticut banned the sale or purchase of magazines holding more than 10 rounds.
rom the depths of the White House’s “We the People” petition website comes this cause created on Tuesday, hoping to force congressional lawmakers to prominently display their financial backers and monetary support from various lobbies.
Since most politicians’ campaigns are largely funded by wealthy companies and individuals, it would give voters a better sense of who the candidate they are voting for is actually representing if the company’s logo, or individual’s name, was prominently displayed upon the candidate’s clothing at all public appearances and campaign events. Once elected, the candidate would be required to continue to wear those “sponsor’s” [sic] names during all official duties and visits to constituents. The size of a logo or name would vary with the size of a donation. For example, a $1 million dollar contribution would warrant a patch of about 4″ by 8″ on the chest, while a free meal from a lobbyist would be represented by a quarter-sized button. Individual donations under $1000 are exempt.
While such a change in the rules would not actually lie within the executive branch’s purview — and would likely break House and Senate dress code — the petition is indicative of what has become the site’s de facto function, to serve as a clearing house for a wide variety of proposals of both the novel and novelty variety.
After a slew of petitions calling for everything from a state-by-state secession from the union to the construction of a Star Wars-style “Death Star,” the White House upped their signature threshold from the previous 25,000 to 100,000. The “make lawmakers look like NASCAR drivers” one in particular still has a very long way to go.
Documenting the French Police’s racist abuse and targeting of non white Muslims is now called “defamation” of the police in France.
The pattern in France appears very similar to what has already occurred in Greece… the collusion and cross pollination of the racist “Golden Dawn” Neo Nazi black shirt forces with the Greek Police working together to target and attack the non white “invading hordes” of “evil Muslims”.
You can view recent French Neo Nazi attacks and desecrations of Mosques and Muslim graveyards in my article here.
A government banning free speech that’s attempting to expose that same government’s black clad paramilitary style police targeting, harassing, beating, arresting, and killing non whites is about as close to fascism as you can get… welcome to Vichy 2.0.
The EU is one giant fascist creation, The Fourth Reich, which is just beginning to show its true colors.
2013.3.6 France To Ban Website Documenting Police Violence Against Muslims (PressTV, youtube.com):
Alleging defamation, France’s interior minister Manuel Valls is trying to shut down a website which gives a voice to the victims of police harassment.
The site has become especially popular with France’s Muslim population, who often claim that police target, harass and even kill them with impunity.
Statistics prove that non-whites justifiably feel under attack: Researchers say that Arabs and black Muslims compose up to 70 percent of France’s prisoners.
Bahraini security forces killed a teenager and injured dozens more protesters on Thursday, an opposition website said, during clashes on the second anniversary of an uprising to demand democratic reforms in the U.S.-allied Gulf Arab state. Several hundred demonstrators, mostly youths from largely Shi’ite villages, blocked roads around the capital Manama and hurled stones and fire bombs at police, who responded with birdshot and tear gas, witnesses said.
Security forces confirmed they had fired warning shots at the crowds and one young man had been killed in the protests, which began in the early morning and lasted almost all day.
The Interior Ministry said a security official was killed in a “terrorist attack” using what it said was an inflammable projectile, according to a statement on its Twitter account.
The clashes were the most violent in recent months and could mar talks that began on Sunday between mostly Shi’ite Muslim opposition groups and the Sunni-dominated government to try to end political deadlock in Bahrain, which is home to the U.S. Fifth Fleet.
Bahrain has seen almost daily demonstrations in the run-up to the anniversary of the revolt, which has put the kingdom on the front line of a region-wide tussle for influence between Shi’ite Muslim Iran and Sunni Arab states such as Saudi Arabia.
The Earth has been getting warmer — but how much of that heat is due to greenhouse gas emissions and how much is due to natural causes?
A leaked report by a United Nations’ group dedicated to climate studies says that heat from the sun may play a larger role than previously thought.
“[Results] do suggest the possibility of a much larger impact of solar variations on the stratosphere than previously thought, and some studies have suggested that this may lead to significant regional impacts on climate,” reads a draft copy of a major, upcoming report from the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
The man who leaked the report, StopGreenSuicide blogger Alec Rawls, told FoxNews.com that the U.N.’s statements on solar activity were his main motivation for leaking the document.
‘The main premises and conclusions of the IPCC story line have been undercut by the IPCC itself.’
- StopGreenSuicide blogger Alec Rawls
“The public needs to know now how the main premises and conclusions of the IPCC story line have been undercut by the IPCC itself,” Rawls wrote on his website in December, when he first leaked the report.
Rawls blames the U.N. for burying its point about the effect of the sun in Chapter 11 of the report.
“Even after the IPCC acknowledges extensive evidence for … solar forcing beyond what they included in their models, they still make no attempt to account for this omission in their predictions. … It’s insane,” he told FoxNews.com.
Some skeptical climatologists say that the statement in the U.N. draft report is important, but not game-changing.
“The solar component is real but not of sufficient magnitude to have driven most of the warming of the late 20th century,” Pat Michaels, the former president of the American Association of State Climatologists, and current director of the Center for the Study of Science at the Cato Institute, told FoxNews.com.
The U.N. report also says that the effect of solar activity will be “much smaller than the warming expected from increases in [man-made] greenhouse gases.”
An estimate from NASA said that solar variations caused 25 percent of the 1.1 degree Fahrenheit warming that has been observed over the past century.
But Michaels said that if the U.N. increases its estimates about how much the sun affects Earth’s temperatures, it might help the U.N. get its prediction models back on track. While the Earth warmed over the last two decades, it did so more slowly than the U.N. had predicted.
“Climate science has the problem of trying to explain why we are now in our 17th year without a significant warming trend. As a result, you are seeing many forecasts of warming for this century being ratcheted down,” he said.
Others say that the focus on solar activity distracts from the big picture — the fact that the Earth is warming.
“I see climate contrarians try this trick almost every time a big new solar study comes out. They somehow tend to neglect mentioning that solar variation is smaller than the heat-trapping power of carbon dioxide,” Aaron Huertas of the Union of Concerned Scientists told FoxNews.com.
To back that up, Huertas points to data that show that solar activity and temperature rose together from 1880 until 1960, but that then, solar activity stopped increasing — even as temperatures continued going up.
“The basic evidence is that solar activity has varied a bit while global temperature keeps going up,” Huertas said.
But Rawls said that while solar activity has indeed stopped increasing, the important thing is that it remains at a historically high level.
“The simplest way to put it is: If you put a pot on the stove at the maximum temperature, and leave it on at that temperature — are you telling me that the pot won’t keep warming?”
Rawls worries that if solar activity falls, the effects could be dire.
“Unlike warming, cooling really is dangerous, regularly dropping the planet into hundred-thousand-year-long glacial periods.”
NASA has said that there is evidence that the most recent “Little Ice Age” was caused by a dip in solar activity.
“Almost no sunspots were observed on the sun’s surface during the period from 1650 to 1715. This extended absence of solar activity may have been partly responsible for the Little Ice Age in Europe,” during which temperatures were colder by about 1.8 degrees F than they are today, NASA has reported.
But Huertas said that’s not what we should worry about at a time when the effects of warming are already being felt.
“Climate change is affecting weather all across the planet and when it comes to extreme weather, the strongest links are to coastal flooding [and] heat waves,” Huertas said.
“While climate skeptics are arguing on the Internet about drafts of the report, states like New York and New Jersey are working to help people rebuild their homes in ways that have a better chance of surviving more destructive storms and flooding in the future,” he said.
1.29.13 – Jack Blood talks about Army Drills “Urban Shield” surprising poor black folks in Houston – shooting at a local school no less. A father of a dead Newtown child speaks out against Gun Laws, and a Seattle Gun buyback event turns into a gun show – the cops were not amused. —- Hour 2: Activist and 60s Black Panther Larry Pinkney joins Jack to discuss the Obama 2nd term, drones, the all seeing eye, and what we have to do as people to raise our consciousness as a way to achieve peace and freedom. (Larry writes for www.blackcommentator.com) – Blood money bomb continues!!!! Chip in at our website please!
ALBANY — The state Rifle and Pistol Association filed a notice of legal claim Tuesday against New York over its new gun-control law, saying it violates residents’ “fundamental constitutional rights to lawfully possess, keep, bear and use firearms for self-defense and other lawful purposes.”
The notice of claim is the first step in filing a lawsuit against the state. The lawsuit would have to be filed in 90 days.
The plaintiffs in the lawsuit include the Westchester County Firearms Owner’s Association and AR15.Com LLC, operator of a gun website based in Farmington, Ontario County.
The seven-page notice, filed in Albany with the state Attorney General’s Office, charges that there are a number of reasons why the new law is unconstitutional. It claims that the law, passed Jan. 15, violates interstate travel with a lawfully possessed firearm, criminalizes and bans the possession of certain firearms and ammunition and impacts private businesses.
The notice said that the law, called the NY-SAFE Act, “was passed and is being continuously enforced with the ongoing tortious intent to harass, harm, impede, interfere with, disrupt, interrupt, and/or destroy the present and future business and commercial activities” of gun owners and businesses.
When Gatorade fan Sarah Kavanagh learned that her favorite drink contains an emulsifier banned in other countries over health concerns, she was taken aback.
“I was shocked that they’d put their consumers at risk like that and that the FDA would allow something like that to be put in products,” said the Mississippi 15-year-old, who launched a petition in November asking Gatorade to remove the ingredient, called brominated vegetable oil, or BVO.
The petition, which has attracted more than 200,000 supporters on change.org, notes that the ingredient shares an element — bromine — with some flame retardants used in furniture and plastics. Some studies on BVO indicate it can build up in fatty tissues and cause reproductive and behavioral problems in rodents.
It’s illegal to use the chemical as a food additive in the European Union India, Nepal, Canada, Brazil and Japan. Other ingredients that are allowed in American food but not in other countries include certain artificial colors and additives to flour.
Why the difference? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration would not provide a representative for an interview, but in past statements to the media and on its website the agency has presented a variety of reasons for allowing controversial chemicals in food, ranging from a lack of resources for research to assurances that the substances are safe in small doses.
At the end of December, the Journal News published a detailed map cataloging all of the handgun permit owners in Westchester and Rockland counties, a move that caused much controversy among both gun rights and privacy advocates who felt the map placed figurative targets on the highlighted households. This evening, the publication announced it was was pulling the map, but claimed it was due to New York State’s new gun control law, passed at the start of the week, rather than a response to criticism.
“Today The Journal News has removed the permit data from lohud.com. Our decision to do so is not a concession to critics that no value was served by the posting of the map in the first place,” Journal News publisher Janet Hasson explained. “On the contrary, we’ve heard from too many grateful community members to consider our decision to post information contained in the public record to have been a mistake. Nor is our decision made because we were intimidated by those who threatened the safety of our staffers. We know our business is a controversial one, and we do not cower.”
Because handgun permit information is now classified as private information, not subject to Freedom of Information Law requests, Ms. Hasson said that the map simply lost value to the newspaper’s readers.
“But the database has been public for 27 days and we believe those who wanted to view it have done so already,” she continued. “As well, with the passage of time, the data will become outdated and inaccurate….[W]e will keep a snapshot of our map–with all its red dots– on our website to remind the community that guns are a fact of life we should never forget.”
Armed guards are protecting the offices of a New York newspaper after it received threats for publishing a map showing the names and addresses of pistol permit holders in Westchester and Rockland counties.
The security guards will stand watch outside the Journal News’ Rockland County office through at least Wednesday, the Rockland Times newspaper reported.
The Gannett-owned paper angered gun owners and gun rights advocates last month when it published the interactive map on its website, LoHud.com, in the wake of the Sandy Hook school massacre.
Journal News editor Caryn McBride reported the flood of angry emails and calls to Clarkstown Police, but cops didn’t find anything that suggested a real threat, according to a police report obtained by the Times.
The newspaper then hired guards from RGA Investigations, a security firm based in neighboring New City, to man the entrance of its West Nyack office.
The paper has defended the gun map, which it created using information obtained from the county clerks’ offices through a Freedom of Information Act request.
“New York residents have the right to own guns with a permit and they also have a right to access public information,” Janet Hasson, president and publisher of The Journal News Media Group, told the newspaper after the map was published.
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