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The sports world suffered two setbacks this past week. Legendary Philadelphia Phillies and NFL Films announcer Harry Kalas, 73, passed away on April 13th moments before a broadcast. He was the voice of the Phillies since 1971. Former Oakland Raiders coach and longtime NFL color man John Madden is retiring after over 30 years of service to CBS, ABC, Fox and, most recently, NBC.

Taking Aim at HR 45

HR 45, commonly referred to as Blair Holt’s Firearm and Record of Sale Act, has many members of society shooting holes in its intent. The act was initiated by Representative Bobby Rush of Illinois soon after he attended the funeral of 16 year old Blair Holt, who was killed by handgun fire in an attempt to shield a girl from gang violence on a school bus. Essentially, the act does the following: * Prohibits possession of any handguns or any semiautomatic firearms that can accept detachable ammunition-feeding devices (excluding antiques) by anyone who has not been issued a firearm license. * Requires all sales of those types of firearms to go through licensed dealers. * Directs the Attorney General to establish and run a federal record-of-sale system. * Requires the possessors of firearms to secure them (by secure gun storage or safety devices) when they are kept in locales where children might be capable of gaining access to those firearms. Proponents of the the act maintain it is only meant to record who is purchasing and registering and transferring guns, not to surreptitiously infringe upon one’s Constitutional right to bear arms. Opponents, meanwhile, feel that the law is aimed punishing Read More …