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On the second anniversary of the Tucson massacre, one Arizona lawmaker wasn't going to let the city get away with what he called a "do-gooder, touchy-feely" gun buyback. So he held his own rival event. To buy guns for his own collection.
Sen.-elect Jeff Flake (R-AZ) came out on Wednesday against the National Rifle Association’s proposal to have Congress require someone to be armed at every public school in the nation following last month’s massacre in Newtown, Conn.
"I was troubled by that proposal, greatly troubled by that kind of Washington mandate, federal involvement in local schools," Flake told Phoenix television station KTVK.
A six-term congressman who won a nasty Senate race this year against Democratic former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona, Flake was endorsed by the NRA, which spent more than $320,000 to get him elected. The group’s executive vice president, Wayne LaPierre, even went to Arizona to stump for Flake during the campaign, and the organization gave the congressman its “A” rating.
Flake had been largely silent about guns since the massacre, telling the Arizona Republic shortly after the shooting that it was still too soon to talk about gun laws.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s doctors said on Monday that a blood clot had been discovered between her brain and skull, but they expected her to recover fully with treatment.
The brief statement was released following news that Clinton had been checked into a New York hospital on Sunday.
The doctors said the clot had not caused a stroke or any neurological damage and was being treated with blood thinners.
Here's the full statement:
Statement by Dr. Lisa Bardack, Mt. Kisco Medical Group, and Dr. Gigi El-Bayoumi, George Washington University
"In the course of a routine follow-up MRI on Sunday, the scan revealed that a right transverse sinus venous thrombosis had formed. This is a clot in the vein that is situated in the space between the brain and the skull behind the right ear. It did not result in a stroke, or neurological damage. To help dissolve this clot, her medical team began treating the Secretary with blood thinners. She will be released once the medication dose has been established. In all other aspects of her recovery, the Secretary is making excellent progress and we are confident she will make a full recovery. She is in good spirits, engaging with her doctors, her family, and her staff."