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AMBER ALERT: FBI Offers $20,000 For Return Of Missing 2-year-old Toddler Myra Lewis.


 

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Myra Lewis was reported missing by her family on March 1 after playing with her sister outside their home in Camden, the FBI said. She was last seen about 11 a.m. the same day wearing white or khaki pants, a turquoise sweater adorned with a bear, and pink tennis shoes. Myra is 37 inches tall and weighs 27 pounds.

 

Anyone with knowledge that could be useful to the case should call the FBI at (601) 948-5000 or the Madison County Sheriff’s Department at (601) 859-2345.

 

The FBI also said they are offering a $20,000 reward to anyone with information about Myra’s whereabouts, according to Madison County, Miss. Sheriff Randy Tucker.

 

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(CNN) – More than a week ago, a 2-year-old girl with a wide grin and butterfly barrettes in her hair vanished in Mississippi.

 

Authorities hope she’s still alive, and are offering a $20,000 reward for her return.

 

Myra Lewis was reported missing by her family on March 1 after playing with her sister outside their home in Camden, the FBI said.

 

She was last seen about 11 a.m. the same day wearing white or khaki pants, a turquoise sweater adorned with a bear, and pink tennis shoes. Myra is 37 inches tall and weighs 27 pounds.

 

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“Since her disappearance was reported, multiple state, local, and federal law enforcement agencies have participated in a massive, collaborative search effort,” the FBI Office in Jackson said.

 

“Significant resources have been dedicated to this investigation, including extensive ground and air searches, and utilization of specially trained search teams.”

 

Despite the effort, the toddler remains missing, and the FBI is offering the money incentive for her return.

 

“We are confident that information will be uncovered which will lead to Myra’s return, and we continue to solicit the public’s assistance in locating this little girl,” said Daniel McMullen, the FBI special agent in charge.

 

Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker told CNN affiliate WAPT that he believes the little girl is in the area.

 

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Myra Lewis was reported missing by her family on March 1 after playing with her sister outside their home in Camden, the FBI said. She was last seen about 11 a.m. the same day wearing white or khaki pants, a turquoise sweater adorned with a bear, and pink tennis shoes. Myra is 37 inches tall and weighs 27 pounds.

Anyone with knowledge that could be useful to the case should call the FBI at (601) 948-5000 or the Madison County Sheriff’s Department at (601) 859-2345.

The FBI also said they are offering a $20,000 reward to anyone with information about Myra’s whereabouts, according to Madison County, Miss. Sheriff Randy Tucker.

 

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Update – 3/10/14, 3:13pm: The FBI & Madison County Sheriff’s Office has announced that there is a $20,000 reward available for information leading to finding Myra Lewis. Officials also stated they believe that Myra is still alive.

 


 

“We have kind of regrouped, we have come up with new leads, new strategies, and things that we’re going to be looking at this week.”

 

Madison County sheriff Randy Tucker says they’re following any and all leads.

 

“I don’t care what it is. If there’s a possibility it’s going to help find Myra, that’s what I’m going to do.” says Tucker

 

When asked if the focus of the investigation was on Myra’s parents, Sheriff Tucker responded with: “I don’t have any specific suspects at this time. We’re still treating this as a missing child, we still need to find her.”

 

Myra’s father, Gregory Lewis tells us off camera, he and his wife, and other family members have taken polygraph tests.

 

We asked the sheriff about the results.

 

“I’m not going to get into any investigative techniques that have taken place.” says Tucker

 

Friday, authorities took an SUV from the family’s home to see if there was a connection to Myra’s disappearance.

 

“One of the scenarios is Myra may have been run over by the truck.” Tucker tells us that is under investigation.

 

Myra’s mother, Ericka Lewis was arrested last week on an unrelated probation violation. She is charged with being a felon in possession of a concealed weapon.

 

Sheriff Tucker says Lewis is on probation for welfare fraud.

 

Lewis’ family questions the timing of her arrest.

 

“They should have waited because that even took their mind off Myra for a moment.” says Martha Samders, Ericka Lewis’ mother

 

Sheriff Tucker says the Department of Human Services became involved after Lewis was arrested.

 

Family members say Lewis’ other children are in their care while she remains behind bars.

 

“They can pressure Erica, but she’ll never give in. She’ll never give in because she didn’t do anything.” says Sanders.

 

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Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker just finished briefing the media on the search for two-year-old Myra Lewis.  She has been missing since last Saturday, March 1.

 

Sheriff Tucker says Lewis is still missing, and he believes she is in the immediate area. When asked if he believes Myra is alive, Sheriff Tucker says he is hoping for the best.

 

Investigators are following any and all leads.

 

Friday, we watched as a tow truck carried away an SUV from the Lewis’ home. Sheriff Tucker says there was talk Myra may have been run over, and they processed the SUV to search for evidence of that. He says they found nothing.

 

We also learned more about the arrest of Myra’s mother, Ericka Lewis. Sheriff Tucker says Ericka was on probation for welfare fraud. Investigators found guns in the home, and Ericka was arrested on a probation violation for being a felon carrying a concealed weapon. She was still in jail Sunday afternoon.

 

We are piecing together all the information from the sheriff.  We also talked with relatives of Myra Lewis and will have an update for you on News Channel 12 at 5:30.

 

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Myra Lewis was reported missing by her family on March 1 after playing with her sister outside their home in Camden, the FBI said. She was last seen about 11 a.m. the same day wearing white or khaki pants, a turquoise sweater adorned with a bear, and pink tennis shoes. Myra is 37 inches tall and weighs 27 pounds.

 

Anyone with knowledge that could be useful to the case should call the FBI at (601) 948-5000 or the Madison County Sheriff’s Department at (601) 859-2345.

 

The FBI also said they are offering a $20,000 reward to anyone with information about Myra’s whereabouts, according to Madison County, Miss. Sheriff Randy Tucker.

 

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Missing toddler case now being treated as an abduction

 

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We are being told that the missing Madison County toddler case is now being treated as an abduction.

 

The search was called off Monday after the case classification changed.

 

Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker met with members of the FBI Monday.

 

Myra Lewis was last seen at her parents’ home on Mount Pilgrim Road in Camden Saturday morning.

 

“Parents stated they last saw the two year old around 10 am yesterday (Saturday) morning there were several kids there. The father was watching an infant child inside the other children went outside to play and the two year old wandered off,” said Sheriff Randy Tucker, Madison County Sheriff’s Office. “We’ve searched approximately four square miles around this residence and unfortunately have not been able to locate Myra.”

 

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Myra Lewis was reported missing by her family on March 1 after playing with her sister outside their home in Camden, the FBI said. She was last seen about 11 a.m. the same day wearing white or khaki pants, a turquoise sweater adorned with a bear, and pink tennis shoes. Myra is 37 inches tall and weighs 27 pounds.

 

Anyone with knowledge that could be useful to the case should call the FBI at (601) 948-5000 or the Madison County Sheriff’s Department at (601) 859-2345.

 

The FBI also said they are offering a $20,000 reward to anyone with information about Myra’s whereabouts, according to Madison County, Miss. Sheriff Randy Tucker.

 

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Ten days into the search: Where is Myra Lewis?

 

From the outside looking in, it appears that law enforcement are actually as perplexed about the whereabouts of missing toddler Myra Lewis as they say they are.

 

In the 10 days since the two-year-old disappeared, reportedly from her yard in Camden, the investigation has taken several turns, but they all lead back to the same question: Where is Myra?

 

Throughout the case, Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker says he’s remaining optimistic, and that he thinks the case will have a “positive outcome.” At the same time Tucker says he believes the child is alive, he says he does not have reason to believe she has been kidnapped.

 

 

“We’re very hopeful and continue to be very optimistic. The sheriff is a very spritual and optimistic person and that’s the way he runs the sheriff’s office and the way he continues to run it,” said Sheriff’s Department spokesman Heath Hall. “There’s no reason to believe anything other that than she’s alive. That’s why we continue to look for her and why we have put up the reward.”

 

Saturday, Mar. 1 – Monday, Mar. 3: The child’s family reports her missing after her mother, Ericka Lewis, saw her and one of her sisters in the yard. Ericka Lewis told police she was on her way to the store and told the two children to go inside the house, where Gregory Lewis, Ericka’s husband was looking after their one-month-old.

 

Officials are tight-lipped on what happened between the time Ericka Lewis claims to have seen her daughter, and when police were called about the missing child.

 

“I don’t want to get into too much what transpired that day. There are statements from everyone involved that are pretty accurate with one another,” Tucker said. “We’ve put together a timeline of events based on those statements. We feel pretty comfortable that Myra was last seen about the hours of 10 and 11 a.m., so that’s what we’re going on until anything changes it.”

 

Gregory Lewis tells reporters that he had looked for Myra on an ATV, and that he had tried to track her with the family dogs.

 

The search begins on the property at least four to five hours after the toddler disappeared. An Amber Alert is issued, and officers from several agencies begin to comb the four square miles surrounding the child’s home, including a pond across the street.

 

Air support is brought in from Metro One, and the FBI brings in several different resources, including scientific and investigative personnel. Temperatures drop into the 30s and low 40s over Monday and Tuesday.

 

Tuesday, March 4: Authorities hold a press conference to ask for the public’s help in the case. In spite of saying police do not necessarily believe the toddler had been kidnapped, Tucker said they believed she was out there, alive somewhere.

 

The FBI’s special response team can be seen carrying brown paper bags of evidence from the home, but authorities won’t comment on what was in the bags.

 

Wednesday, March 5: State and federal response teams comb the area in a new grid search, looking for places they might have missed in their initial searches.

 

Thursday, March 6: Authorities focus less on grid searches and more on questioning residents. They spend the day going door-to-door and stopping traffic, asking questions about the child’s whereabouts.

 

The specialized state response teams do not search the area on Thursday.

 

Friday, March 7: Specialized teams return to the area. Mt. Pilgrim Road is closed to everyone except residents and law enforcement. Dozens of official vehicles line either side of the road. Heavy machinery can be seen digging on the property investigating a spot where some recent septic work was done, according to Tucker.

 

Sheriff’s Department spokesman Heath Hall says the heavy machinery carries “no implication” as to whether officials believe the toddler could be buried on the property.

 

Ericka Lewis is arrested on a probation violation for felon with a firearm charges stemming from some weapons found inside the home. Authorities say the weapons were in plain sight. It is unclear if those weapons were found as early in the search as Tuesday when the bagged evidence was removed from the home.

 

“Obviously anytime someone has a felony warrant for their arrest, I’m charged with this office to make that arrest. It’s unfortunate, the timing of it,” Tucker said. “I won’t get into too much further detail at this time, but it is unrelated to the child’s disappearance at this time.”

 

When asked if he thinks Ericka Lewis had something to do with Myra’s disappearance, Tucker says, “I’m not going to answer that.”

 

Sunday, March 9: Tucker calls a press conference to inform the public that there are no updates in the case, and to answer questions from reporters.

 

Monday, March 10: FBI announces a $20,000 reward. Officials say they believe Myra is still alive.

 

“We believe there is someone out there who has information as to where little Myra is. We certainly hope by offering this reward, we’ll receive that information,” Special Agent in Charge Daniel McMullen said.

 

At some point during the investigation, the other children in the home have been removed by authorities.

 

Tuesday, March 11: Hall says officials expect call volumes to go up as a result of the reward money. He says every time there has been a press conference, tips have gone up.

 

“We track all those leads, we take every one of them seriously,” Hall said.

 

Ericka Lewis remains in jail under $5,000 bond.

 

Myra Lewis was reported missing by her family on March 1 after playing with her sister outside their home in Camden, the FBI said. She was last seen about 11 a.m. the same day wearing white or khaki pants, a turquoise sweater adorned with a bear, and pink tennis shoes. Myra is 37 inches tall and weighs 27 pounds.

 

Anyone with knowledge that could be useful to the case should call the FBI at (601) 948-5000 or the Madison County Sheriff’s Department at (601) 859-2345.

 

The FBI also said they are offering a $20,000 reward to anyone with information about Myra’s whereabouts, according to Madison County, Miss. Sheriff Randy Tucker.

 

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Moms Demand Action’s Shannon Watts On The Post-Thanksgiving Tradition Of Buying Guns.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Moms Demand Action’s Shannon Watts on the Post-Thanksgiving Tradition Buying Guns

 

by Moms Demand Action & By Kim Bhasin, HuffingtonPost.com

 

Every year on Black Friday, shoppers across the United States brave crowds to battle each other for doorbuster sales on flat-screen TVs, video games, Uggs and the hottest toys.

 

But other bargain hunters are out stalking a different sort of discounted prey: firearms. And they should find plenty of deals. Gunmakers are marketing aggressively, trying to revive sales that have slowed a bit after a flurry a year ago.

 

Gun-buying after Thanksgiving is becoming something of a holiday tradition. In each of the past two years, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has reported a record number of calls for background checks for gun purchases on the Friday after Thanksgiving. A flood of 154,873 calls on Black Friday in 2012, nearly three times the daily average that year, caused outages at some of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System‘s call centers.

 

The FBI does not track actual firearms purchases, and customers can buy multiple guns at one time, suggesting the total number of weapons sold on Black Friday could be even higher than the number of background-check calls. The bureau has reported 17,238,102 background checks this year through Oct. 31.

 

Last year’s gun fever was due in part to worries that the reelection of President Barack Obama could lead to stricter gun-control legislation. The December massacre of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., only exacerbated those fears, keeping demand for guns high into early 2013.

 

Since then, gun sales have cooled off. Top executives at the major outdoor recreation retailers Dick’s Sporting Goods and Cabela’s have each said on recent calls with analysts that firearms sales have “slowed” as of late.

 

Gun-sellers aren’t expecting to match last year’s sales numbers through December and January, but retail chains are determined to try. Promotional offers for rifles, pistols and shotguns are easy to find ahead of the Black Friday rush.

 

Bass Pro Shops has deals on semi-automatic rifles such as a Bushmaster M4 Carbine, along with an assortment of handguns and shotguns.

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Dick’s Sporting Goods is touting sales on all of its guns Thursday through Saturday.

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Cabela’s is even giving away guns as part of a Black Friday contest, offering a Browning X-Bolt Medallion rifle among the mystery prizes its first 600 customers can win on Friday morning.

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Walmart, the nation’s largest gun-seller, is featuring a Black Friday “Manager’s Specials Sale” that promises 20 percent off select long rifles and shotguns at stores licensed to sell firearms.

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When reached for comment, a Walmart spokeswoman pointed to existing Black Friday ads as confirmation of its sales plans. Bass Pro Shops, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Cabela’s did not respond to requests for comment.

 

Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, a national gun-rights organization, said the primary reason for the annual rush for firearms is that gun-owners are “nervous” about Obama attempting to take away their weapons.

 

Even as gun ownership per household has decreased over the last four decades, according to data from the research center NORC, that declining popularity hasn’t translated to a drop in sales. Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a gun control advocacy group, attributes that trend to aggressive promotion from gun lobbyists looking to capitalize on tragedies like Newtown and other mass shootings.

 

“The reality is that in America, fewer people are owning more guns,” said Watts. “They have to keep marketing to [gun owners] to buy more weapons.”

 

Read the full article at huffingtonpost.com

 

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call


 

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White House Schedule – October 29, 2013

 

Tuesday, October 29 2013 All Times ET

 

10:15 AM: The President and Vice President receive the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.

 

 

11:00 AM: The President meets with senior advisors, Oval Office.

 

 

11:45 AM: The President meets with CEOs on Cybersecurity Framework, The Situation Room.

 

 

12:30 PM: The President and Vice President meet for lunch, Private Dinning Room.
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Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, Brady Briefing Room.

 

 

3:00 PM: The President delivers remarks at a Memorial Service for former Speaker Tom Foley, U.S. Capitol Building.

 

 

4:45 PM: The President and Vice President meet with Secretary of Defense Hagel, Oval Office.

 

The White House Week Ahead….

 

Wednesday: The President travels to Boston where he will speak on the importance of quality health insurance. The President will also attend a fundraiser for the DCCC:

 

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Thursday: The President hosts and delivers remarks at the SelectUSA Investment Summit.

In the evening, the President and the First Lady will welcome local children and children of military families to trick-or-treat at the South Portico of the White House.

 

 

Friday: The President will host Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki at the White House.

 

 

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October 29, 2013 12:30 PM EDT

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

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October 29, 2013 3:00 PM EDT

President Obama Speaks at the Memorial Service for Former Speaker Tom Foley

U.S. Capitol Building Washington, DC

 

Watch At White House LIVE! Streaming.

 

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October 28th, 2013: White House Photo of the Day

 

President Barack Obama talks on the phone with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in the Oval Office, Oct. 28, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama talks on the phone with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in the Oval Office, Oct. 28, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

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Press Briefing

October 28, 2013 | 1:01:27 |Public Domain

 

White House Press Briefings are conducted most weekdays from the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing.

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks at the Installation of FBI Director James Comey (Just The POTUS Remarks)

October 28, 2013 | 9:01 |Public Domain

 

President Obama says that new FBI Director James Comey has “dedicated his life to defending our laws — to making sure that all Americans can trust our justice system to protect their rights and their well-being.”

 

 

 

Remarks by the President and FBI Director James Comey

 

 

James Comey, New F.B.I. Director, Is Introduced (Full Ceremony)

 

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President Obama welcomes James Comey, the newly sworn-in head of the F.B.I.

 

 

 

President Obama Interview 2013: Talks Immigration, NSA and ‘Obamacare’

 

This is exactly how NOT to interview The President Of The United States….this entire piece is utter bull shit.

 

Published on Oct 29, 2013

The president sits down with Jim Avila for an exclusive interview.

 

 

 

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Published on Oct 28, 2013

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Sen. Bernie Sanders talks with MSNBC’s Ed Schultz about campaign finance reform.

 

 

 

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Statements and Releases

 

Statement by the President on the One Year Anniversary of Hurricane Sandy

 

Statement by the President on the One Year Anniversary of Hurricane Sandy

One year ago, Hurricane Sandy’s landfall devastated communities up and down the East Coast – a tragedy that demanded massive rescue, recovery, and rebuilding efforts.  Today, we remember our fellow Americans who lost their lives to that storm, and we comfort the families who grieve them still.  And while there are still homes to rebuild and businesses to reopen, the last year has also served as a reminder of the strength and resilience of the American people.  We’ve seen first responders act with heroism, strangers lend a helping hand, and entire communities come together to heal.  There’s more work to do, but that’s the spirit with which we’ll continue to do it for our fellow Americans who still need a hand.

 

Over the past year, my Administration has fought for these communities throughout the response, and the federal government will remain by their side as our fellow citizens rebuild.  We’ve provided billions of dollars of assistance to hundreds of thousands of people and small business owners through direct aid, grants, and loans.  We’ve helped thousands of families stay in their homes, communities cut through red tape and bureaucracy to receive the help they need, and worked with state and local officials to open 97% of public beaches before Memorial Day, sending a strong message to the country that the shore was open for business. Through a federal commitment to a long-term rebuilding effort, our roads, bridges, hospitals and businesses are coming back stronger than before.

 

That’s who we are as Americans – we take care of our own.  We leave nobody behind.  And as long as our fellow Americans continue to travel the long and sometimes difficult road to recovery, their country will stay with them every step of the way.

 

 

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“There’s nothing more important than us getting this right. And we’re going to spend as much time, effort and energy as necessary to make sure that all the people in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut know that the entire country is behind them in this difficult recovery effort. We are going to put not just 100 percent, but 120 percent behind making sure that they get the resources they need to rebuild and recover.”  — President Obama, November 3, 2012

 

Nearly one year ago, communities across a dozen states in the Northeast experienced the devastating and tragic effects of Hurricane Sandy. Communities were shattered, families were torn apart, homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed, and lives were upended. But brick by brick, block by block, we are rebuilding. The impacted communities will come back stronger and the federal government will continue to stand right by their side as we continue to recover and rebuild.

 

Over the past year:

The Obama Administration has provided direct assistance to more than 230,000 people and small businesses in the form of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) individual assistance, Small Business Administration (SBA) grants and loans and Department of Labor (DOL) employment and training services.

 

Further, the administration has announced over $39.7 billion in funding for recipients, and more than $13.5 billion of this has already been paid out. This includes:

  • More than $1.4 billion that FEMA has provided directly to more than 182,000 individuals impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
  • More than $2.4 billion in low-interest loans through the SBA to individuals and businesses.
  • More than $3.2 billion in FEMA assistance to state, local and tribal governments for emergency protective measures, debris removal, and repair and replacement of infrastructure in the hardest hit areas.
  • $10.4 billion in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), including $5.4 billion of CDBG-DR funds allocated within 8 days of the signing of the Sandy-supplemental into law. This represented the fastest ever allocation following the signing of an appropriations bill.
    • More than 26,000 households have already been assisted through CDBG housing programs across the region, with more than $157 million paid out to these beneficiaries.
    • Already more than $2 billion in infrastructure funds are at work in dozens of projects across the region.
  • More than $5.7 billion made available from the Federal Transit Administration, and the Federal Highway Administration has announced more than $500 million for recovery efforts.
  • $569 million in grants from the EPA to New York and New Jersey for improvements to wastewater and drinking water treatment facilities.
  • More than $74 million in FEMA Hazard Mitigation grants to implement long-term mitigation measures to minimize or prevent future damages.
  • More than $28 million in Disaster Unemployment Assistance to disaster survivors.
  • $47 million in National Emergency Grants from DOL’s Employment and Training Administration, which also helped more than 11,000 individuals who lost their jobs as a result of Sandy receive approximately $13.2 million.
  • More than $50 million in Disaster Case Management to connect disaster survivors to resources and services of multiple agencies.
  • $6.2 million obligated by the Department of Agriculture for 22 projects which covered emergency food assistance, as well as infrastructure and economic programs. Some of these projects helped repair, rehabilitate and rebuild farmland, watersheds and flood plains.
  • More than $7.9 billion paid out to the more than 143,000 National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policyholders who filed claims. More than 99% of NFIP claims are closed.

 

Other efforts include:

  • FEMA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers worked with State and local governments to reopen 97% of public beaches from New Jersey through Connecticut by Memorial Day 2013 – sending a strong message to thousands of Americans that the shore was open for business.
  • FHA and FHFA protected thousands of families who, through no fault of their own, were at risk of foreclosure as a result of Sandy – first by putting in place a foreclosure moratorium and then by cutting red tape to offer families streamlined loan modification.

 

For more information:

 

Bobby Whithorne is an Assistant Press Secretary
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President Barack Hussein Obama Welcomes James Comey As FBI Director


 

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President Barack Obama and FBI Deputy Director Sean Joyce, center, applaud FBI Director James Comey, left, during his installation ceremony at the J. Edgar Hoover BuildingPresident Barack Obama and FBI Deputy Director Sean Joyce, center, applaud FBI Director James Comey, left, during his installation ceremony at the J. Edgar Hoover Building in Washington, D.C., Oct. 28, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

Today, President Obama welcomed James Comey to his new post as the seventh Director of the FBI. Comey previously worked as an attorney and later served as deputy attorney general at the Department of Justice. At the FBI Headquarters, the President praised Comey’s dedication, judgment, and commitment to the ideals of the FBI.

 

“Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity: That’s your motto,” the President told the men and women of the FBI.  “And today, we’re here to welcome a remarkable new leader for this remarkable institution, one who lives those principles out every single day: Mr. Jim Comey.”

 

President Obama reiterated Comey’s qualifications for the job.. “It’s just about impossible to find a matter of justice he has not tackled, and it’s hard to imagine somebody who is not more uniquely qualified to lead a bureau that covers all of it — traditional threats like violent and organized crime to the constantly changing threats like terrorism and cyber-security,” he said.

 

President Obama Speaks at the Installation of FBI Director James Comey (Just The POTUS Remarks)

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President Obama says that new FBI Director James Comey has “dedicated his life to defending our laws — to making sure that all Americans can trust our justice system to protect their rights and their well-being.”

 

 

 

James Comey, New F.B.I. Director, Is Introduced (Full Ceremony)

 

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President Obama welcomes James Comey, the newly sworn-in head of the F.B.I.

 

 

 

The President also said he’d keep fighting to restore FBI funding that was cut by the sequester.

The FBI joins forces with our intelligence, our military, and homeland security professionals to break up all manner of threats — from taking down drug rings to stopping those who prey on children, to breaking up al Qaeda cells to disrupting their activities, thwarting their plots. And your mission keeps expanding because the nature of the threats are always changing.

Unfortunately, the resources allotted to that mission has been reduced by sequestration. I’ll keep fighting for those resources because our country asks and expects a lot from you, and we should make sure you’ve got the resources you need to do the job. Especially when many of your colleagues put their lives on the line on a daily basis, all to serve and protect our fellow citizens — the least we can do is make sure you’ve got the resources for it and that your operations are not disrupted because of politics in this town.

 

 

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President Barack Obama makes remarks during a ceremonial swearing-in of FBI Director James Comey at the FBI Headquarters in Washington

President Barack Obama makes remarks during a ceremonial swearing-in of FBI Director James Comey at the FBI Headquarters in Washington

President Barack Obama pats new FBI Director James Comey on the back as they arrive for Comey’s installation ceremony at the FBI Headquarters

President Barack Obama pats new FBI Director James Comey on the back as they arrive for Comey’s installation ceremony at the FBI Headquarters

FBI Director James Comey is sworn in at a ceremony at the FBI Headquarters. Comey was officially sworn in as director of FBI on September 4 to succeed Robert Mueller, who had served as director for 12 years.

FBI Director James Comey is sworn in at a ceremony at the FBI Headquarters. Comey was officially sworn in as director of FBI on September 4 to succeed Robert Mueller, who had served as director for 12 years.

President Obama & The New FBI Director, James Comey during a swearing in ceremony at the FBI Headquarters

President Obama & The New FBI Director, James Comey during a swearing in ceremony at the FBI Headquarters

FBI Director James Comey speaks during a swearing in ceremony at the FBI Headquarters

FBI Director James Comey speaks during a swearing in ceremony at the FBI Headquarters

President Barack Obama talks with FBI Director James Comey during the installation ceremony for Comey as FBI director

President Barack Obama talks with FBI Director James Comey during the installation ceremony for Comey as FBI director

President Barack Obama attends the swearing-in of FBI Director James Comey at the FBI headquarters

President Barack Obama attends the swearing-in of FBI Director James Comey at the FBI headquarters

 

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Remarks by the President and FBI Director James Comey (Transcript)

 

Remarks by the President and FBI Director James Comey

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THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  Thank you, FBI.  (Applause.) Thank you so much.  Please, everybody, be seated — those of you who have seats.  (Laughter.)
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Well, good afternoon, everybody.  I am so proud to be here and to stand once again with so many dedicated men and women of the FBI.  You are the best of the best.  Day in and day out, you work tirelessly to confront the most dangerous threats our nation faces.  You serve with courage; you serve with integrity.  You protect Americans at home and abroad.  You lock up criminals.  You secure the homeland against the threat of terrorism.  Without a lot of fanfare, without seeking the spotlight, you do your jobs, all the while upholding our most cherished values and the rule of law.
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Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity:  That’s your motto.  And today, we’re here to welcome a remarkable new leader for this remarkable institution, one who lives those principles out every single day:  Mr. Jim Comey.
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Before I get to Jim, I want to thank all the predecessors who are here today.  We are grateful for your service.  I have to give a special shout-out to Bob Mueller, who served longer than he was supposed to, but he was such an extraordinary leader through some of the most difficult times that we’ve had in national security.  And I consider him a friend and I’m so grateful for him and Ann being here today.  Thank you very much.  (Applause.)
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Now, Jim has dedicated his life to defending our laws — to making sure that all Americans can trust our justice system to protect their rights and their well-being.  He’s the grandson of a beat cop.  He’s the prosecutor who helped bring down the Gambinos.  He’s the relentless attorney who fought to stem the bloody tide of gun violence, rub out white-collar crime, deliver justice to terrorists.  It’s just about impossible to find a matter of justice he has not tackled, and it’s hard to imagine somebody who is not more uniquely qualified to lead a bureau that covers all of it — traditional threats like violent and organized crime to the constantly changing threats like terrorism and cyber-security.  So he’s got the resume.
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But, of course, Jim is also a famously cool character — the calmest in the room during a crisis.  Here’s what a fellow former prosecutor said about him.  He said, “You know that Rudyard Kipling line — ‘If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs’– that’s Jim.”
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There’s also a story from the time during his prosecution of the Gambino crime family.  One of the defendants was an alleged hit man named Lorenzo.  And during the trial, Jim won an award from the New York City Bar Association.  When the court convened the next morning, everybody was buzzing about it, and suddenly, a note was passed down from the defendant’s table, across the aisle to the prosecutor’s table.  It was handed to Jim, and it read:  “Dear Jim, congratulations on your award.  No one deserves it more than you.  You’re a true professional.  Sincerely, Lorenzo.”  (Laughter.)
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“Sincerely, Lorenzo.”  Now, we don’t know how sincere he was.  (Laughter.)  We don’t know whether this was a veiled threat, or a plea for leniency, or an honest compliment.  But I think it is fair to say that Jim has won the respect of folks across the spectrum — including Lorenzo.  (Laughter.)
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He’s the perfect leader for an organization whose walls are graced by the words of a legendary former director:  “The most effective weapon against crime is cooperation.”  Jim has worked with many of the more than 35,000 men and women of the FBI over the course of his long and distinguished career.  And it’s his admiration and respect for all of you, individually, his recognition of the hard work that you do every day — sometimes under extraordinarily difficult circumstances — not just the folks out in the field, but also folks working the back rooms, doing the hard work, out of sight — his recognition that your mission is important is what compelled him to answer the call to serve his country again.
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The FBI joins forces with our intelligence, our military, and homeland security professionals to break up all manner of threats — from taking down drug rings to stopping those who prey on children, to breaking up al Qaeda cells to disrupting their activities, thwarting their plots.  And your mission keeps expanding because the nature of the threats are always changing.
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Unfortunately, the resources allotted to that mission has been reduced by sequestration.  I’ll keep fighting for those resources because our country asks and expects a lot from you, and we should make sure you’ve got the resources you need to do the job.  Especially when many of your colleagues put their lives on the line on a daily basis, all to serve and protect our fellow citizens — the least we can do is make sure you’ve got the resources for it and that your operations are not disrupted because of politics in this town.  (Applause.)
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Now the good news is things like courage, leadership, judgment, and compassion — those resources are, potentially, at least, inexhaustible.  That’s why it’s critical that we seek out the best people to serve — folks who have earned the public trust; who have excellent judgment, even in the most difficult circumstances; those who possess not just a keen knowledge of the law, but also a moral compass that they — and we — can always count on.
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And that’s who we’ve got in Jim Comey.  I’ll tell you I interviewed a number of extraordinary candidates for this job, all with sterling credentials.  But what gave me confidence that this was the right man for the job wasn’t his degrees and it wasn’t his resume; it was in talking to him and seeing his amazing family, a sense that this somebody who knows what’s right and what’s wrong, and is willing to act on that basis every single day.  And that’s why I’m so grateful that he’s signed up to serve again.
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I will spare you yet another joke about how today, no one stands taller.  (Laughter.)  I simply want to thank Jim for accepting this role.  I want to thank Patrice and the five remarkable children that they’ve got — because jobs like this are a team effort, as you well know.
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And I want to thank most all the men and women of the FBI.  I’m proud of your work.  I’m grateful for your service.  I’m absolutely confident that this agency will continue to flourish with Jim at the helm.  And if he gets lost in the building, I want you guys to help him out.  (Laughter.)  Because I guarantee you that he’s going to have your back, make sure you’ve got his back as well.
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Thank you very much, everybody.  God bless you.  (Applause.)
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MR. JOYCE:  And now, ladies and gentlemen, it is my honor to introduce the seventh Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation — James B. Comey.  (Applause.)
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MR. COMEY:  Thank you, Sean.  Thank you, Mr. President.  Thank you so much for gracing us with your presence, for honoring us, and for speaking so eloquently about the mission of the FBI and its great people.
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Thank you also to my friends and family who are gathered here today.  My entire life is literally represented in this crowd, and it is a pretty picture.  These are the people that I have known and loved literally my entire life and from whom I have learned so much.
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I’m especially grateful that my dad and my sister and my brothers could be here today.  I wish so much that Mom could be here to enjoy this amazing day.  I can still hear ringing in my entire teenage years her voice as she snapped open the shades every single morning and said, “Rise and shine and show the world what you’re made of.”  I found it less inspiring at the time — (laughter) — but it made us who we are.  And I’ll never forget that.
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And to my five troops and my amazing bride, who talked me into being interviewed for this job — of course, with the caveat that she’d be okay because the President would never pick me.  (Laughter.)  I got to tell you, this is your last chance to talk to him about it.  (Laughter.)
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Mr. President, I am so grateful for this honor and this opportunity to serve with the men and women of the FBI.  They are standing all around this great courtyard, and standing on duty all around this country and around this world at this moment.  I know already that this is the best job I have ever had and will ever have.
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That’s because I have a front row seat to watch the work of a remarkable group of people who serve this country, folks from all walks of life who joined the FBI for the same reason — they were teachers and soldiers, and police officers and scholars, and software engineers, and people from all walks of life who wanted to do good for a living.  They wanted jobs with moral content, and so they joined this great organization.
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I thought about them as I stood in this courtyard just a week ago and showed a visiting foreign leader the statue that overlooks this ceremony.  It’s an artist’s depiction of the words from our shield that the President mentioned:  Fidelity, Bravery, and Integrity. And as I thought about that statue and those words and this ceremony, I thought I would take just a couple of minutes and tell you what those words mean and why I think they belong on our shield.
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First, fidelity.  The dictionary defines fidelity as a strict and continuing faithfulness to an obligation, trust, or duty.  To my mind, that word on our shield reminds us that the FBI must abide two obligations at the same time.  First, the FBI must be independent of all political forces or interests in this country.  In a real sense, it must stand apart from other institutions in American life.  But, second, at the same time, it must be part of the United States Department of Justice, and constrained by the rule of law and the checks and balances built into our brilliant design by our nation’s founders.
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There is a tension reflected in those two aspects of fidelity, those two values that I see in that word, and I think that tension is reflected in the 10-year term that I’ve just begun.  The term is 10 years to ensure independence.  But it is a fixed term of years to ensure that power does not become concentrated in one person and unconstrained.  The need for reflection and restraint of power is what led Louis Freeh to order that all new agent classes visit the Holocaust Museum here in Washington so they could see and feel and hear in a palpable way the consequences of abuse of power on a massive almost unimaginable scale.  Bob Mueller continued that practice.  And I will again, when we have agents graduating from Quantico.
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The balance reflected in my term is also a product of lessons hard learned from the history of this great institution.  Our first half-century or so was a time of great progress and achievement for this country, and for the Bureau.  But it also saw abuse and overreach — most famously with respect to Martin Luther King and others, who were viewed as internal security threats.
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As I think about the unique balance represented by fidelity to independence on the one hand, and the rule of law on the other, I think it also makes sense for me to offer those in training a reminder closer to our own history.  I’m going to direct that all new agents and analysts also visit the Martin Luther King Memorial here in Washington.  I think it will serve as a different kind of lesson — (applause) — one more personal to the Bureau, of the dangers in becoming untethered to oversight and accountability.
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 That word fidelity belongs on our shield.
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 Next, bravery.  We have perpetrated a myth in our society that being brave means not being afraid, but that’s wrong.  Mark Twain once said that bravery “is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.”  If you’ve ever talked to a special agent that you know well and you ask he or she about a dangerous encounter they were involved in, they’ll almost always give you the same answer, “yeah, I did it, but I was scared to heck the whole time.”  But that’s the essence of bravery.
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Only a crazy person wouldn’t fear approaching a car with tinted windows during a late-night car stop, or pounding up a flight of stairs to execute a search warrant, or fast-roping from a helicopter down into hostile fire.  Real agents, like real people, feel that fear in the pit of their stomachs.  But you know the difference between them and most folks?  They do it anyway, and they volunteer to do that for a living.  402528_176619879142958_864642698_n
What makes the bravery of the men and women of the FBI so special is that they know exactly what they’re in for.  They spend weeks and weeks in an academy learning just how hard and dangerous this work is.  Then they raise their right hands and take an oath, and do that work anyway.  They have seen the Wall of Honor — that I hope so much my friends and guests and family will get to see inside this building — with pictures and links to the lives of those who gave the last full measure of devotion for their country as FBI employees.
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Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman said this:  “I would define true courage to be a perfect sensibility of the measure of danger and a mental willingness to endure it.”
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I called a special agent a few weeks ago after he had been shot during an arrest.  I knew before I called him that he had already been injured severely twice in his Bureau career, once in a terrorist bombing and once in a helicopter crash.  Yet when I got him on the phone, I got the strong sense he couldn’t wait to get me off the phone.  He was embarrassed by my call.  “Mr. Director, it was a through and through wound.  No big deal.”  He was more worried about his Bureau car, which he had left at the scene of the shooting.  (Laughter.)  He felt okay, though, because his wife — also a special agent — was going to go get the car, so everything was fine.  (Laughter.)
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The men and women of this organization understand perfectly the danger they’re in every day and choose to endure it because they believe in this mission.  That’s why bravery belongs on our shield.
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And, finally, integrity.  Integrity is derived from the Latin word “integer,” meaning whole.  A person of integrity is complete, undivided.  Sincerity, decency, trustworthy are synonyms of integrity.  It’s on our shield because it is the quality that makes possible all the good that we do.  Because everything we do requires that we be believed, whether that’s promising a source that we will protect her, telling a jury what we saw or heard, or telling a congressional oversight committee or the American people what we are doing with our power and our authorities.  We must be believed.
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Without integrity, all is lost.  We cannot do the good that all of these amazing people signed up to do.  The FBI’s reputation for integrity is a gift given to every new employee by those who went before.  But it is a gift that must be protected and earned every single day.  We protect that gift by making mistakes and admitting them, by making promises and keeping them, and by realizing that nothing — no case, no source, no fear of embarrassment — is worth jeopardizing the gift of integrity.  Integrity must be on the FBI shield.
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So, you see, those three words — Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity — capture the essence of the FBI and its people.  And they also explain why I am here.  I wanted to be here to work alongside those people, to represent them, to help them accomplish their mission, and to just be their colleague.
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It is an honor and a challenge beyond description.  I will do my absolute best to be worthy of it.  Thank you very much. (Applause.)
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Moms Demand Action: Updates


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Moms Demand Action Launches October Domestic Gun Violence Awareness Campaign

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Grassroots Movement Partners with Violence Policy Center to Release Gun-Related Domestic Violence Report; Study Finds Nine American Women Shot to Death Each Week by Husband or Intimate Partner.

 

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In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America today launched a domestic gun violence awareness campaign to push for stronger policies surrounding domestic violence and gun ownership. The campaign includes state-specific press events on Oct. 19, a week of action including in-district meetings with key members of Congress, an email and phone outreach program, and a social media project.

 

In addition, Moms Demand Action is partnering with the Violence Policy Center (VPC) to promote its report, When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2011 Homicide Data, released Sept. 25, 2013, which lists the top 10 states with the highest rates of females murdered by males in single victim/single offender incidents in 2011. Based on data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s unpublished “Supplementary Homicide Report,” the top 10 states (from one to 10) are: South Carolina, Alaska, Oklahoma, Delaware, Arizona, Tennessee, Idaho, West Virginia, Louisiana and New Mexico.

 

According to the new report:

  • Firearms—especially handguns—were the most common weapon used by males to murder females in 2011.
  • Of the females killed with a firearm, nearly two-thirds were murdered by male intimates.
  • The number of females shot and killed by their husband or intimate acquaintance (489 victims) was more than five times higher than the total number murdered by male strangers using all weapons combined (92 victims) in single victim/single offender incidents in 2011.

 

“We are asking Congress to protect women from domestic abusers by immediately enacting common-sense reforms that will help keep guns out of dangerous hands,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “It is far too easy for an abuser or someone with a domestic violence conviction to get his hands on a gun without a background check. We urgently need better policies that protect women and their families from this senseless violence. No American, adult or child, should live in a perpetual state of fear. It’s inhumane.”

 

“Nine women each week are shot to death by their husband or intimate partner. That’s nearly 500 domestic gun violence deaths each year – more than twice the number of servicewomen killed in military conflicts since the Korean War,” Watts said.

 

Moms Demand Action is asking for:

  • Members of the House to co-sponsor H.R. 1565, the King/Thompson bill, which would extend background checks to private and online sales of firearms.
  • The Senate to bring the Manchin/Toomey bill back to the Senate floor and pass it. This legislation would also expand the background check system and close loopholes that would help keep guns out of dangerous hands.
  • Both chambers to commit to working on and supporting legislation to protect abused women, like S. 1290, the “Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act of 2013;” H.R. 2648, the “Keeping Guns from High Risk Individuals Act;” H.R. 1914, the “Preventing Victims of Stalking Act of 2013;” and, H.R. 1177, the “Domestic Violence Survivor Protection Act.”

 

“The sad reality is that women are nearly always murdered by someone they know,” said VPC Legislative Director Kristen Rand. “We need new policies in place from local communities to the federal government to protect women from harm.”

 

As part of the domestic gun violence awareness campaign, Moms Demand Action is encouraging moms to create and decorate a number “9” to represent the nine women who lose their lives each week to domestic gun violence. The “9” will be sent electronically and delivered in-person to members of Congress.

 

In addition, Moms Demand Action is sponsoring a “Week of Action” beginning Monday, Oct. 14, during which members will have in-district meetings with members of Congress, as well as coordinated days of action, include email, phone and social media campaigns. The week will culminate with press conferences on Saturday, Oct. 19, in Arizona, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas – three of these four states appear on VPC’s top 10 list, with South Carolina ranked at number one.

 

Moms Demand Action is asking women nationwide to participate in the week of action with the following daily activities:

 

Monday, Oct. 14: Call your members of Congress and tell them to support expanded background checks and other common-sense legislation. Ask eight friends to call, too, for a total of nine calls.

 

Tuesday, Oct. 15: Join Our Thunderclap: A thunderclap, is a coordinated message that spreads across social media. Moms who sign up by Tuesday will be part of the thunderclap that launches the following day during our Twitter time window, spreading the message that we demand action to prevent domestic gun violence.

 

Wednesday, Oct. 16: Tweet from 1 to 3 p.m.: Tweet facts about domestic gun violence. Moms can use our Fast Tweet page to send pre-formatted, customizable tweets to members of Congress.

 

Thursday, Oct. 17: Email Congress: Tell your legislators to enact common-sense reforms to prevent domestic gun violence. Use our email tool to reach all of your members of Congress in one click.

 

Friday, Oct. 18: Post Photos of “9” for the Nine: Create a number “9” and post photos of it to Facebook—on your own page, and your Congress members’ pages—and send them to photos@momsdemandaction.org. Tweet and Instagram the photos using the hashtags #Savethe9 and #momsdemandaction. Here are instructions for creating the “9.”

 

Read the full press release

Moms Demand Action | October 1, 2013
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New Law Allows Concealed Carry Guns Inside Restaurants and Bars
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Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America North Carolina chapter is asking diners to talk to restaurant managers about the state’s new gun law and to only patronize restaurants that prohibit concealed weapons.

 

The new state law allows individuals with a valid concealed carry permit to bring concealed weapons into bars and restaurants that serve alcohol. However, owners of these businesses are legally allowed to post signs that forbid concealed weapons or all weapons. The law goes into effect today.

 

“Not one person I’ve spoken to, including customers, has thought that bringing loaded weapons near alcohol is a good idea, including several concealed carry permit holders,” said Haldeman. “Restaurants and bars shouldn’t expose their employees or customers to a potentially dangerous situation involving guns and alcohol. As moms, we don’t want to put our families in these situations.”

 

Currently, North Carolina gun laws DO NOT:

  • Require gun dealers to conduct a background check if a firearm purchaser presents a state permit to purchase or possess firearms that meets certain conditions, exempting the state from the federal background check requirement;
  • Provide local law enforcement with discretion to deny a license to carry firearms;
  • Require more than 8 hours of training to receive a concealed carry license;
  • License or significantly regulate firearms dealers; or
  • Regulate ammunition sales.

 

North Carolina members of Moms Demand Action have been making in-person visits to several hundred restaurants in the Triangle, Triad, Charlotte, and Wilmington areas since the bill became law this past summer. The grassroots movement is asking all North Carolinians to have similar conversations wherever they dine in the state, and to eat only at restaurants that protect the safety of staff and patrons by prohibiting weapons. The group has also created the North Carolina Moms Safe Dining Pledge in reaction to the law that took effect today, members can sign at http://www.credomobilize.com/p/NCGunFree.

 

Recently, Starbucks CEO Howard Schulz announced in an open letter that customers are no longer welcome to bring firearms into stores nation-wide. Similarly, restaurant owners should understand that they have a choice to not allow firearms on their property. Moms Demand Action will offer window seals to any interested North Carolina business that states: “NO FIREARMS ALLOWED.”

 

“We’ve found during our canvassing that very few restaurants have even heard of this new law,” said Kaaren Haldeman, leader of the Moms Demand Action North Carolina chapter.

 

Haldeman and her group cite recent cases in which concealed carry permit-holders have posed a danger in public places. For example, in August, a Wake Forest mother was shot with her own concealed handgun in a Staples store when her toddler reached into the mother’s purse and fired it.

 

“We ask all the time about guns when our kids go on play dates,” said Haldeman. “Now North Carolina moms need raise our voices and let the restaurants we visit know that we don’t wish to eat in establishments that allow loaded concealed firearms.”

 

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The Maryland Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America supports the Maryland Firearms Safety Act of 2013, which goes into effect today. The new legislation includes a requirement for all handgun purchasers to acquire a license and a fingerprint-based background check; a ban on the sale of assault weapons and gun magazines with more than 10 bullets; new penalties for the use of cop-killing bullets; and, the ability of the state police to regulate gun dealers. The Maryland Chapter of Moms Demand Action resolutely advocated for the passage of this law.

 

“Requiring handgun purchasers to submit to a fingerprint-based background check system will help keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. And, as mothers, we feel safer in a community where military-grade weapons and gun magazines with more than ten bullets can no longer be sold,” said Jenifer Pauliukonis, Moms Demand Action Maryland Chapter Leader. “The new law will make for safer schools, safer homes, and safer communities.”

 

“However, as proud as we are of what we’ve been able to accomplish in Maryland, we know that because each state regulates guns differently, we are only truly as safe as the weakest gun laws in the country,” said Pauliukonis “That’s why we are committed to continue our push for comprehensive reform of our national gun laws. And, because mothers across the country are now more acutely aware of the gun violence epidemic, ultimately those changes will come.”

 

Moms Demand Action believes Maryland’s new finger-print based background check should serve as a national model.

 

“We are calling on all members of the House of Representatives to show the same display of bravery as the majority of the Maryland legislature and co-sign the King-Thompson background check bill (HR 1565),” said Pauliukonis . “While this federal bill is not as far-reaching as the Maryland law, it would create solid foundation for national gun reform and help close huge loopholes in the current system. Our children and families deserve a safer future.”

 

Read the full press release

Moms Demand Action | October 1, 2013
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