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July 8th, 2014
09:31 PM ET

Coburn: Obama's border funding 'wrong approach'

Sen. Tom Coburn said Tuesday he opposes President Barack Obama's request for $3.7 billion in emergency funding to address the influx of unaccompanied minors across the southwest border.

"That's $60,000 per child we will spend, in emergency money," the Oklahoma Republican said on CNN's "Crossfire."

"That shows how incompetent [the government] is."

Coburn said providing additional resources for detention spaces and immigration attorneys to the minors is the "wrong approach."

"We can put them all on a first class seat to their homes, that's $8 million,' he added.

Could legalizing marijuana become 'tragedy'?
Senator and doctor Tom Coburn says legalizing recreational marijuana could become a tragedy. Sen. Cardin debates.

82 shot in Chicago? That's an outrage
Newt Gingrich is outraged that the country is desensitized to the mass shootings in Chicago over July, 4th weekend.

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June 17th, 2014
09:34 PM ET

Hillary sticks up to the gun lobby

Van Jones and S.E. Cupp weigh in on Hillary Clinton's comments about gun control in the U.S during CNN's live town hall event.

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June 11th, 2014
09:32 PM ET

Radio show hosts cause Cantor loss?

The Crossfire panel debates whether conservative radio hosts cost Rep. Eric Cantor his primary race.

Is Jeb Bush Dem's worst nightmare?
S.E. Cupp asks Kiki McLean if Jeb Bush is the Democratic Party's worst nightmare because of his stance on immigration.

Brat's non-answer on minimum wage
Stephanie Cutter questions how Dave Brat doesn't have a position on minimum wage. Tim Phillips and Kiki Mclean debate

Cutter outraged: ignoring the gun problem
Stephanie Cutter is outraged over the gun problem in the United States and Washington turning their back on a solution.

Cupp outraged: Planned Parenthood "sex ed"
S.E. Cupp is outraged over what a Planned Parenthood counselor was allegedly telling a young girl.

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Second amendment rights or reckless?
April 23rd, 2014
05:02 PM ET

Second amendment rights or reckless?

Ellijay, Georgia (CNN) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed a wide-ranging gun bill into law Wednesday that has critics howling and proponents applauding.

House Bill 60, or the Safe Carry Protection Act of 2014 - which opponents have nicknamed the "guns everywhere bill" - specifies where Georgia residents can carry weapons. Included are provisions that allow residents who have concealed carry permits to take guns into some bars, churches, school zones, government buildings and certain parts of airports.

GeorgiaCarry, which lobbied for the bill, calls it "meaningful pro-gun legislation," despite it being watered down from the group's perspective. Still, the group has lauded the legislation, which will go into effect July 1. Americans for Responsible Solutions opposed the bill, calling it "extremism in action."


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We want you to weigh in: Georgia Gov. signs law allowing residents to carry guns in some school zones & parts of airports. Agree?
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Can Michael Bloomberg defeat the NRA?
April 16th, 2014
04:29 PM ET

Can Michael Bloomberg defeat the NRA?

(CNN) - Michael Bloomberg is investing a chunk of his personal fortune to minimize the influence of the National Rifle Association.

The former New York City mayor pledged $50 million to his new group Everytown for Gun Safety, an umbrella organization for his two other gun control groups: Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. It aims to make the political climate more supportive of gun control.

The new organization plans to compete against the NRA by adopting its playbook. The NRA has built an impressive and effective organization that touts millions of members, a robust lobbying organization and a massive campaign arm.

"You've got to work at it piece by piece," Bloomberg told the The New York Times.

In its grass-roots operation, Everytown plans to increase its membership from 1.5 million to 2.5 million this year to implement its education and mobilization efforts. The group will focus on 15 states that have liberal gun laws, including Texas, Montana and Indiana. States that have advanced gun control initiatives will also receive attention, including Colorado and Washington.

"The NRA should be afraid," said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action. Women, and more particularly mothers, will be the key demographic in the outreach to curb gun violence.

"Moms are afraid that our children will be taken away. In the end, that's the emotion that's going to win." FULL STORY

We want you to weigh in: Can Michael Bloomberg and his millions defeat the NRA?

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March 18th, 2014
06:00 AM ET

Crossfire reloaded: Are smart guns a dumb idea?

S.E. Cupp explains why smart gun technology is not the solution to our country's gun problems.

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Filed under: Guns • Reloaded • S.E. Cupp
September 18th, 2013
11:00 AM ET

New fight over gun rights

In the aftermath of the Navy Yard shooting, gun rights advocate Larry Pratt and gun control advocate and Virginia Tech massacre survivor Colin Goddard join Newt Gingrich and Stephanie Cutter for a debate on guns.

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Tuesday's debate: Can the U.S. stop gun violence?
September 17th, 2013
05:00 PM ET

Tuesday's debate: Can the U.S. stop gun violence?


In the wake of the tragic Washington Navy Yard shooting Monday, questions are emerging about how a government contractor with a pattern of misconduct and an arrest record was able to obtain security clearance and a gun. Should the laws that allowed Aaron Alexis to purchase a gun be changed?

Larry Pratt, Executive Director of Gun Owners of America and Colin Goddard, a Virginia Tech shooting survivor and Senior Policy Advocate for Mayors Against Illegal Guns, join hosts Newt Gingrich and Stephanie Cutter tonight at 6:30pm ET to debate guns in the aftermath of the Navy Yard shooting.

We want you to weigh in: Can the government do anything to prevent mass shootings? Vote below or tweet your response using #CrossfireReturns. You can also vote by commenting on our Facebook post.

You can view the real-time results below or on our Poptip results page.

During the show, join the conversation with #CrossfireReturns on Twitter and Facebook or participate in our live blog.

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