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Today The Raw Story published an article titled “ATF: Shop that sold Newtown weapons violated regulations hundreds of times.”
Stephen C. Webster writes:
A gun store in East Windsor, Connecticut that sold two of the firearms found after the Newtown massacre recently saw its license revoked by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) after inspections found hundreds of willful violations of federal regulations on weapons sales.
While the sales of an AR-15 and Sig Sauer handgun to the Newtown shooter’s mother were not illegal, an ATF report given to WFSB-TV reporter Len Besthoff explained that employees of Riverview Gun Sales knowingly sold weapons and ammunition to people who said they had committed felonies or were involved in domestic violence.
Yesterday Human Rights Watch published a report on air strikes on civilians in Syria called “Death from the Skies: Deliberate and Indiscriminate Air Strikes on Civilians.”
According to Human Rights Watch:
This 80-page report is based on visits to 50 sites of government air strikes in opposition-controlled areas in Aleppo, Idlib, and Latakia governorates, and more than 140 interviews with witnesses and victims. The air strikes Human Rights Watch documented killed at least 152 civilians. According to a network of local Syrian activists, air strikes have killed more than 4,300 civilians across Syria since July 2012.
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IN OTHER NEWS
Today Think Progress published an article titled “Uruguay Becomes 12th Country to Recognize Same-Sex Marriage.”
Zack Ford writes:
With a vote of 71-21, the Uruguay House of Representatives approved same-sex marriage on Wednesday. With the Senate’s approval last week and the President’s promise to sign it, Uruguay is officially the 12th country to legalize same-sex marriage. It is only the second in Latin America, along with Argentina, although Mexico City offers same-sex marriage and the Mexican Supreme Court has ruled that those marriages should be recognized throughout the country, so it could follow along soon enough. The other ten countries are Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, and Sweden. France may soon become the 13th.
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