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Mayhem in the New York: 25 people shot in 48 hours

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BY AND / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Cops check the scene of a deadly gun battle at Bedford Ave. and Lenox Road in Brooklyn on Sunday.

Violence surged like the mercury Sunday, with three more fatalities from gun violence — and eight others wounded in shootings — bringing the total number of bullet-riddled in the city to 25 in less than 48 hours.

Only Staten Island was safe from the wide-ranging spray of gunfire and sickening weekend bloodshed. At least 12 people were blasted in Brooklyn, eight in the Bronx and another four in Queens. The sole person shot in Manhattan took several slugs to the chest and perished in broad daylight.

Sunday’s first fatality was Ivan Martinez, 21, who was approached around 3:25 a.m. by a 20-year-old gunman and a woman at E. 139th St. near Brook Ave. in the Bronx, police said.

The gunman shot Martinez once in the head and ran off with the woman.

Paramedics transport one of three men shot near at the intersection of Bedford and Flatbush avenues in Brooklyn.

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Paramedics transport one of three men shot near at the intersection of Bedford and Flatbush avenues in Brooklyn.

In the second fatal attack, a man in his 40s was gunned down during an argument in East Harlem around 1:20 p.m. The victim, who has not been identified by police, was blasted multiple times in the torso on E. 105th St. near First Ave. Less than four hours later, Damien Powell, 25, was killed after he was shot in the chest outside the Albany Houses in Crown Heights, sources and witnesses said. The victim’s mother collapsed at the scene, where shell casings littered the street, witnesses said.

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In other shootings Sunday:

– A 21-year-old man was shot in the leg in the Ravenswood Houses in Queens at 12:10 a.m.
– A 21-year-old man was shot three times on East New York Ave., Brooklyn, at 2:36 a.m.
– A 20-year-old man was shot in the leg at Bedford Park Blvd. and Webster Ave. in the Bronx at 3:30 a.m.
– A 35-year-old man brought himself to Jamaica Hospital with a gunshot wound in the leg at 4:12 a.m.
– A 15-year-old was shot in his leg and back on Osborn St. in, Brownsville, Brooklyn, at 11:40 a.m.
– A gunman opened fire at Bedford Ave. near Lenox Road in Prospect Lefferts-Gardens around 3:25 p.m.

Tayloni Mazyck, 11, was paralyzed by a stray bullet Friday night outside her Bedford-Stuyvesant apartment building.

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Tayloni Mazyck, 11, was paralyzed by a stray bullet Friday night outside her Bedford-Stuyvesant apartment building.

Three men were wounded in the wild Brooklyn shooting that left terrified bystanders ducking for cover.

“I heard maybe 20 shots,” said Guy Pierre Louis, 50, who lives on Lenox Road. “I thought it was like the Fourth of July.”

Cops are now hunting for the alleged gunman, Kevon Brown, 30, who also shot at a pair of officers during the melee, police said. He’s described as 5-foot-10, 185 pounds.

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Detectives question witnesses as they try to gather clues and answers on the mass bloodshed.

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Detectives question witnesses as they try to gather clues and answers on the mass bloodshed.

Sunday’s carnage followed the shooting of 14 people — three of whom died — in a terrifying 26 hours that began Friday night. A total of six people were killed during the grim weekend.

The two days of bloodshed represented 5% of this year’s roughly 440 shootings. Despite the violence, that figure represents a 23% drop compared with the 574 victims shot through this time last year.

Friday night’s incidents were bookended by tragedy and a miracle.

Tayloni (Tutu) Mazyck, 11, was shot outside her Bedford-Stuyvesant home when a cold-hearted teen opened fire at rival gang members. The slug traveled through her neck and lodged in her spine.

Police commissioner Ray Kelly will have his hands full trying to piece together the rash of shootings.

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Police commissioner Ray Kelly will have his hands full trying to piece together the rash of shootings.

She will never walk again.

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“She can’t feel her legs. She has pain in her arms,” said her heartbroken mother Priscilla Mazyck, 46.

On Saturday night, a heroic 15-year-old girl in the Bronx dodged death and was shot in the leg as she pushed a toddler in a baby carriage to safety.

Cops are now hunting for one alleged gunman, Kevon Brown, 30, who shot at a pair of officers during the a Brooklyn melee.

Cops are now hunting for one alleged gunman, Kevon Brown, 30, who shot at a pair of officers during the a Brooklyn melee.

“Everybody started running, so I went to grab the carriage,” Sarah Rivera told the Daily News from Lincoln Hospital on Sunday. “As I pushed it, the bullet hit me.”

Other shooting victims on Saturday were less fortunate.

Terrance Davis, 24, of the Bronx was killed after he was shot multiple times Friday night on W. Burnside Ave., and Antonio Wilson, 23, was fatally blasted in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. Meanwhile, 39-year-old Damion Riley was shot twice and died on E. 48th St. in East Flatbush.

With Erik Badia, Chelsia Rose Marcius, Edgar Sandoval and Tom Baker

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White House Freaks Out Over Online Petition To Charge Sen. Feinstein With Treason Reaching 50,000 Votes

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A petition to charge Dianne Feinstein with treason that has gotten nearly 50,000 signatures is causing a bit of heartburn in Obama’s White House forcing team Obama to come to Di Fi’s defense.

One of the somewhat silly things that team Obama did when it came to office was to set up a website where Americans could float petitions filled with ideas and issues that they want Obama to address. Now, in theory this idea sounds great. But in practice, Obama just ignores all these things. But they do offer an interesting story from time to time.

A recent petition offers one of those stories. It is the petition to charge California Senator Dianne Feinstein with treason for her constant attacks on the U.S. Constitution, the Second Amendment in particular.

The strength of the petition has caused Obama to come to Feinstein’s defense. Ah, schadenfreude.

The anti-DiFi petition was created in December of last year and only five months later it had gained nearly 50,000 signatures. The fifty thousand mark is where Obama’s perpetual political campaign/White House staff have said that they will publicly address an issue directly.

The Petition

Here is the text of the petition:

Try Senator Dianne Feinstein in a Federal Court For Treason To The Constitution
The Constitution was written to restrain the government. No amendment is more important for this purpose than the 2nd amendment. The 2nd amendment was written so the power could be kept with the citizenry in the face of a tyrannical government. It was well understood the Constitution acknowledged certain rights that could not be limited by government.

Senator Dianne Feinstein has made it clear she does not believe in the Constitution or the inalienable rights of Americans to keep and bear arms. She is actively working to destroy the 2nd amendment with her 2013 assault weapons ban. For this reason we the people of the united States petition for her to be tried in Federal Court for treason to the Constitution.

By the end of May the petition had 41,162 signatures. If you want to sign, see the petition HERE.

We all know how Feinstein hates guns, of course. Remember this…

Anyway, even though the petition has not quite hit the 50 Thou mark, team Obama felt compelled to answer to DiFi’s critics.

Here is what the White House said to petitioners:

Where We Agree and Where We Don’t

We don’t believe that Senator Dianne Feinstein should be punished for championing legislation. In fact, we’re going to continue to work with her and other likeminded Members of Congress to put in place commonsense reforms to reduce gun violence.

But we’re willing to have a reasonable debate about the steps we should take to make the country safer for our kids.

And it actually seems like we’re starting from a place of common agreement: Like many of you, President Obama believes that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms.

That’s never been in question with this discussion. What we’ve proposed are steps within the framework of that constitutional right to protect our communities from shootings and violence. If you want to see the specifics of our plan, you should visit WhiteHouse.gov/NowIsTheTime.

Now generally, it’s up to our courts to resolve matters of constitutionality. But no less an authority than Justice Antonin Scalia has written, “Like most rights, the Second Amendment right is not unlimited. It is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose” — so we’re pretty confident that we’re on solid ground when we say we support Senator Feinstein’s legislation to that effect.

We also believe that there’s room for a civil discourse on matters of public policy — where we don’t try to silence our political opponents just because we disagree with them. In America, all of us, even those with whom you disagree, have the right to help to set our nation’s course.

Which is exactly why we created the We the People platform. Even if you disagree with everything you just read, we want you to walk away from this process with knowledge that we’re doing our best to listen — even to our harshest critics.

Apparently the White House feels that insulting our intelligence by claiming that Obama respects the Second Amendment and the U.S. Constitution is the way to go, eh?

But, Obama is just as bad a lair and demagogue about guns as DiFi, so it shouldn’t be surprising that he is running to her support.

http://www.mrconservative.com/2013/06/18249-white-house-freaks-out-over-online-petition-to-charge-sen-feinstein-with-treason-reaching-50000-votes/

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For Bloomberg, Gun Control Fight Shifts to State Capitals

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For Bloomberg, Gun Control Fight Shifts to State Capitals

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Published: June 1, 2013

CARSON CITY, Nev. — John W. Griffin is a fast-talking, whiskey-loving, fifth-generation Nevadan who spends his days as a lobbyist courting lawmakers in Stetsons. He advocates for luxury casinos, once brokered a dispute between a brothel and a nightclub, and has helped feuding families resolve tussles over cattle crossings.

Now he is representing the ultimate city slicker, Michael R. Bloomberg, the mayor of New York, who, undaunted by defeat in Congress, is taking his campaign for stricter gun laws to the nation’s state capitals, including here, where a bill to expand the use of criminal background checks is before the State Legislature.

“I thought, ‘Heck, that’s going to be a tough battle,’ ” Mr. Griffin said. “But for a man with unmatchable resources, there’s good reason to be hopeful.”

Fortified by several million dollars in contributions that have come in since the Newtown school massacre in December, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the national coalition Mr. Bloomberg co-founded and finances, says it has deployed more than 50 people across the country, building grass-roots organizations and dispatching foot soldiers to pressure local politicians.

In Washington State, where a Bloomberg-backed background-checks bill was defeated in the Legislature this year, the coalition is assisting with a ballot initiative on the same issue. In Oregon, the group has hired lobbyists to revive long-stalled legislation to regulate private gun sales. In Colorado, where the coalition helped pass stricter gun laws this year, it is preparing to defend lawmakers against a recall effort pushed by the National Rifle Association.

Mr. Bloomberg faces an uphill battle — many of the states he seeks to influence are places where guns are dear and New York is not. He is going up against well-organized networks of gun enthusiasts, with scores of rural voters eager to block his every move.

Some lobbyists working on behalf of the mayors’ coalition say they have been given a piece of cautionary advice: avoid mentioning Mr. Bloomberg’s name, for fear that it could alienate potential allies. “I don’t think we’ve ever used the word Bloomberg,” Mr. Griffin said.

Although the coalition says it did not instruct lobbyists to omit the mayor’s name, it is clear that Mr. Bloomberg’s high profile has made him the focal point of much of the anger that has accompanied the debate over gun rights. On Wednesday, New York City authorities revealed that the mayor and his coalition had been sent letters tainted with the deadly poison ricin, prompting a federal investigation examining whether the letters were linked to a similar one that had been addressed to President Obama.

Despite repeated setbacks to his efforts to pass gun laws, Mr. Bloomberg has vowed to accelerate his campaign, even after his mayoralty ends in December. The issue is important not only nationally, but also locally, his aides say, because 85 percent of the guns used in crimes in New York City are acquired out-of-state.

“We don’t give up,” said John Feinblatt, who oversees Mayors Against Illegal Guns and serves as Mr. Bloomberg’s chief policy adviser. “We’re here for the long haul.”

The coalition would not offer details on how much it is spending on state efforts, and Mr. Griffin, who was approached a few weeks ago by an emissary for the group, declined to say how much his firm was being paid. The coalition has spent tens of thousands of dollars on television ads in Nevada — a relatively inexpensive media market.

The mayor, whose net worth is estimated at $27 billion, has repeatedly demonstrated his willingness to use his money to fight for gun control. Last year, he bankrolled an $11 million campaign largely focused on building support for federal regulations to reduce gun violence, and this year, his political action committee spent $2.3 million to defeat candidates who opposed gun control in a special election for an Illinois House seat. Also this year, the mayors’ coalition hired a team in Minnesota and pushed, unsuccessfully, for expanded use of background checks. It helped lead successful efforts in more liberal states, including Maryland, Delaware and Connecticut.

In Carson City, lawmakers credit Mr. Bloomberg with jump-starting a gun bill that had stalled in Nevada, even though both chambers of the Legislature are controlled by Democrats. The bill, modest by standards in more liberal states, would require criminal background checks in private gun sales, including at gun shows and online; currently, background checks are mandatory only if a gun is purchased through a licensed dealer.

 Mr. Bloomberg’s team coordinated a phone call campaign to legislators, flew in families affected by gun violence to meet with lawmakers, and provided advice on minimizing the cost of background checks.

The effort has not been without hiccups: Michael Roberson, a Republican who is the Senate minority leader, was infuriated when he learned the group had gone to his home to urge his wife to support the guns bill. A flier distributed by the coalition asked voters to call the senator to ask “why he wants to make it easy for convicted felons, domestic abusers, and the dangerously mentally ill to buy guns.”

But the broader bill, with background checks, passed the State Senate late in May, and the measure now has enough support to pass the Assembly. This weekend, in the final days of the Nevada Legislature’s session, Mr. Bloomberg’s team is concentrating on winning over a handful of Assembly Republicans, hoping a show of bipartisan support would prompt Gov. Brian Sandoval, a Republican, to reconsider a threatened veto. The coalition is also airing a television ad urging Nevadans to ask Mr. Sandoval to sign the legislation.

At one point, 11 lobbyists for the coalition were squaring off with one lobbyist for the National Rifle Association at the Nevada capital. But Billy Vassiliadis, who runs a prominent lobbying firm, said he quickly dropped out of the effort after deciding that Mr. Bloomberg’s battle was unwinnable.

“Taking part in a production, rather than actual work, was not in our interest,” Mr. Vassiliadis said. He said Mr. Bloomberg needed to spend more time educating the public about the benefits of background checks.

But Mr. Griffin, 40, has stuck with Mr. Bloomberg, whom he previously knew only from watching the MSNBC show “Morning Joe.” He and his team have become something of a spectacle in the halls of the Legislature, mocked by some as puppets of a billionaire, admired by others as symbols of smart campaigning.

Mr. Griffin has advised Mayors Against Illegal Guns on advertisements, gathered cellphone numbers of lawmakers to pass along to the coalition, even noting that one lawmaker was an avid country music fan and might benefit from a call from a celebrity in the mayor’s orbit.

Some Republicans believe Mr. Bloomberg’s involvement has stalled attempts at a compromise that could have won the governor’s support.

“Bloomberg is engaged in too many crusades,” said Assemblyman Wesley Duncan, one of the Republicans courted by the coalition. “He’s lost credibility. Now you have people from out-of-state telling Nevadans what to do, instead of activists from within.”

And John Ellison, an assemblyman who represents a rural Nevada district, said: “I have the right to self-protection. I’m not going to allow Bloomberg or whoever to take those rights away from me.”

Nevada, where the words “battle born” appear on the state flag, has a history of support for gun rights, but the state is changing fast — its urban centers are booming, and Hispanics now make up 27 percent of the population.

The state has also seen gun violence up close. In 2011, about two miles from the State Legislature, a gunman killed four people at an IHOP restaurant and then killed himself.

Justin C. Jones, a Democratic state senator from Las Vegas who sponsored the background checks bill in the Nevada Legislature, said Mr. Bloomberg had successfully revived an issue that might easily have been ignored.

Mr. Jones said he hoped Mr. Bloomberg would continue to be involved in Nevada politics. He faces re-election next year — he won by just 301 votes in 2012 — and in the past, Mr. Bloomberg has offered political and financial support to candidates who back his policies.

“It never hurts,” Mr. Jones said, “to have friends with money.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/02/nyregion/bloombergs-push-for-tighter-gun-laws-shifts-to-other-states.html?pagewanted=1&_r=2&ref=politics

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/02/nyregion/bloombergs-push-for-tighter-gun-laws-shifts-to-other-states.html?pagewanted=2&_r=2&ref=politics

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