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04/19/2007


SC Senate Candidate Lee Bright Wants Congress To Impeach Pro-Equality Federal Judges: LISTEN

LeebrightIt looks like South Carolina's got a terrifying candidate on the books for 2014's senatorial elections, and his name is Lee Bright. The Republican, who will be challenging Senator Lindsey Graham (long rumored to be gay), gave a disheartening and disturbing response to a Tea Party group in Utah regarding the state's pro-marriage equality federal ruling. Bright would like one of these pro-equality federal judges to be impeached by Congress as a means to encourage others to "do the right thing."

Right Wing Watch reports:

Bright told Tea Party Express, “Congress ought to stand up and do its job and impeach one of these federal judges. And I think when you do that, being a federal judge is a pretty good gig, and I think if you’ll impeach just one, the rest of them will do the right thing. And they’ll do it out of necessity, because self-preservation is an instinct that so many folks have.”

The Constitution grants lifetime appointments to federal judges “during good behavior.” In the nation’s history, only eight federal judges have been impeached and removed from office by Congress –most for committing crimes or severely neglecting their duties.

Bright also spoke about his desire for looser gun control laws, inaccurately utilizing Israel as a comparison point for the United States:

"You look over at Israel, and that’s an armed group of folks over there,” he said. “I mean, they are teachers with machine guns on playgrounds, because you got terrorists over there that would choose to harm children and whose teachers are there to protect them. When you’ve got folks that are armed and able to defend themselves, the threat of terrorism goes down drastically.”

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American Marksman and 'Top Shot' Champion Chris Cheng: I'm Gay

Cheng

Chris Cheng, the Season 4 Champion of the History Channel’s Top Shot, has come out of the closet in an interview with gun magazine Recoil.

C_chengCheng said producers and fellow contestants knew he was gay:

I’m pretty sure it factored into the casting panel’s decision to accept me, but it was one of many factors they considered. I had to demonstrate that I could shoot well. Top Shot isn’t about personality conflicts and drama like other reality competitions. It’s a marksmanship competition to see who can master a wide variety of weapons in unpredictable, challenging situations.

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I was pleasantly surprised when other competitors found out I was gay. They were either indifferent or accepting. The most common response I received was “Chris, we don’t really care that you’re gay, we care about how well you can shoot…the better we all shoot, the more exciting the competition will be…” I suppose this affected the house dynamics in that I never heard any gay pejoratives during my six weeks there.

The shooting community was honestly one of the last places I expected gay acceptance on any level. That really caught me off guard, in a good way. It’s how life should be, where no one cares if you’re gay, straight, or somewhere in between. We should be evaluated and judged based on our skills and accomplishments. While I was hoping to break some stereotypes, some of my own stereotypes regarding the shooting community were also broken. It was an enlightening experience.

More of the interview at Recoil...

Cheng added on his personal blog:

While it’s something my friends and family have known for years, I believe now that I have become a television personality and public figure, it is important to be honest and upfront about who Chris Cheng is. Thankfully, tolerance and acceptance are contagious. Being gay is no longer something to hide...One reason why I chose to come out publicly is that I’m a gay guy in a gun world. Hunters, sport shooting enthusiasts, and collectors are too often stereotyped as part of efforts to politicize guns as we witnessed last week on the anniversary of the horrific Newtown tragedy. Take it from someone who in a single package is not only gay, but Chinese, Japanese, California-born, a college graduate, a tech geek who worked on cool Google projects, a gun enthusiast and a passionate 2nd Amendment advocate. Our community is as diverse as anyone’s.

Make sure not to miss our list of The Top 53 Most Powerful Coming Outs of 2013. As a late addition, Cheng would certainly qualify.


Two Gunmen Open Fire on Gay Club in Moscow

Central Station

On November 16 at approximately 5am, the Moscow gay club Central Station suffered a violent attack when two thugs opened fire. The two currently-unknown attackers first began harassing patrons standing in line for the club, and then tried to gain entry. When the security guards denied them entrance, the thugs pulled out handguns and began firing on the building and crowd. Fortunately no one was injured, though the front door was damaged by two bullets.

Club administrators believe that the only purpose that the assailants had in mind was to gain entry to the club and begin shooting patrons. Though the assailants fled, they were caught on surveillance video which the club management hopes will lead to arrests. In the meantime, they have asked for additional police protection as the club has come under attacks recently.


World's First Metal 3D-Printed Gun Is Made In Texas, Can Fire 50 Shots: VIDEO

3D printed handgun

We covered a story six months ago about University of Texas student Cody Wilson 3d-printing his very own fully-functional handgun. It was scary, particularly given that the thing was entirely plastic and would contain no traceable details such as a serial number and could easily be mistaken for cheap toys from Walgreens, but at least they would suffer catastrophic failure after just a few shots.

Not to be outdone by a college student, Austin-based industrial 3d print house Solid Concepts has successfully printed a metal handgun that is accurate to 30 yards and can fire 50 shots without breaking (though thankfully not all in one magazine). Solid Concepts stressed that home 3d printers are not capable of printing the gun they designed, that it requires the use of a heavy-duty industrial printers that are too expensive for an individual. Nor do they plan to release the plans online the way that Cody Wilson intended to do. While these are mildly reassuring facts, all it will take is one resourceful gun nut to start printing unregistered and potentially untraceable weapons that could do a great deal of harm.

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NRA Commentator Compares Starbucks Policy Against Guns to Anti-Gay Discrimination: VIDEO

Noir

Gun enthusiast and NRA News commentator Colion Noir is not happy about Starbucks new policy asking customers to leave their guns at home.

Says Noir:

"In the wake of Starbucks coming out of the proverbial anti-gun closet - yes, I said anti-gun - because when you request that I don't bring my gun with me into your store, that's an anti-gun stance. Think about it. When you say 'We're not pro- or anti-gay but please all gay people - we respectfully ask that you not bring your gayness into the store. I mean, we'll still serve you, but if you can leave the gayness at the door, we would much appreciate it.' Now if that's what they said I highly doubt Tom Ford would go start designing a black Tuscan coffee signature cologne in support of this stance."

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'Gay People Don't Shoot Kids': VIDEO

Mom

Via Gawker comes this clip of a Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania mom defending her son from accusations that he was responsible for a shooting in late August that left two small girls critically wounded.

The mother's reasoning: "My son is innocent. He's gay. Gay people don't shoot kids...Certain men don't shoot kids."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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