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File this one under "Oops" or "We told you so". Fortunately it sounds like the man's wife will be okay.

According to The Kansas City Star, a man with a valid gun permit accidentally shot his wife while at the Longbranch Steakhouse in Lenexa.

Police said the two were sitting across from each other in a booth about 8:15 p.m. Jan. 2 when the man reached into his front pants pocket and accidentally discharged a small pistol, striking his wife in the leg just above the knee. She was treated at a hospital and released.

The man had a valid permit to carry a concealed weapon, said Officer Dan Friesen of the Lenexa Police Department. But Kansas law does not allow people to carry concealed weapons if they are under the influence of alcohol. It is a Class A misdemeanor.

Friesen said the Johnson County district attorney’s office was reviewing the case to decide whether to file a charge. He said the Kansas attorney general’s office will also review the case to determine whether to revoke the man’s concealed-carry permit.

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The more people carry guns, the more we will be hearing this kind of story unfortunately.

ThinkProgress is reporting the following:

While the eyes of the nation were turned toward President Barack Obama’s second inauguration on Monday, the Virginia State Senate managed to hurriedly pass a bill that would redistrict the state’s senate seats.

The vote, 20-19, would have been a tie had Democratic Senator Henry Marsh been present. Marsh, a civil rights leader, was in Washington, D.C., attending the inauguration. Had Marsh been present, however, the state’s Lieutenant Governor would likely have broken the tie. The bill was reportedly pushed through in a matter of hours.

According to Virginia politics blogger Ben Tribbett, the move could potentially eliminate at least one Democratic seat, the 25th district, which currently belongs to former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Sen. Creigh Deeds (D).

The bill will next go the Republican House where it will face little opposition.

Blue Virginia further reports that, according to a Virginia political analyst, "If VA Republicans were smart enough not to touch the already cleared VRA districts, the plan will likely stand. Dems are toast."

The great Republican election rigging continues.


Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 03:35 PM PST

Targeted by gun nuts on Twitter

by supertascha

Now that I have my account suspended for the second time after having tweeted something about the NRA and its slightly fanatical followers, I am quite certain that my account is being reported as 'spam' by these fine folks in an attempt to silence opposition. I follow Twitter's Terms of Service strictly, and both times this has happened, I have first received countless unsolicited tweets from right-wing trolls.

I am not sure what to do about this at present, as Twitter does not have a way that I have found yet to contact them about such things. I felt, however, the need to let those in progressive community know that this is occurring.

The NRA and the people (using that term loosely) that support them will do almost anything to silence those that want an increase in gun safety. We cannot let issues involving public safety be determined by bullies!

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