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by YES! Weekly staff

Ammunition for Obama

The Asheville Citizen-Times has given the National Rifle Association an “F” for its ad campaign misrepresenting Barack Obama’s position on the Second Amendment beyond recognition. The NRA is circulating printed material and running TV ads making unsubstantiated claims that Obama plans to ban use of firearms for home defense, ban possession and manufacture of handguns, close 90 percent of gun shops and ban hunting ammunition, according to www.factcheck.org. Much of what the NRA claims to be Obama’s “10 Point Plan to ‘Change’ the Second Amendment” runs contrary to what the Democratic presidential nominee has repeatedly said throughout his campaign, that he “respects the constitutional rights of Americans to bear arms” and “will protect the rights of hunters and other law-abiding Americans to purchase, own, transport, and use guns.” The Citizen-Times joins a number of other websites and publications in condemning the NRA’s dubious political ad. PolitiFact, run by the St. Petersburg Times and Congressional Quarterly, and The Washington Post, have both excoriated the NRA for the campaign. The Post gave the effort a rating of “Three Pinocchios,” which translates to ads containing “Significant factual error and/or obvious contradictions,” while PolitiFact branded it with the “Pants on Fire’’ designation. — KB

Our industry celebrated

UNCG and the Greensboro Historical Museum begin a series of events celebrating the life and work of Polecat Creek native Edward R. Murrow on the occasion of what would have been his 100 th birthday. The Edward R. Murrow Centennial Celebration: Guilford County Remembers Its Native Son begins on Tuesday with a screening of the documentary Edward R. Murrow and Joseph McCarthy, detailing his takedown of the witch-hunting senator, at the Maple Rom of the university’s Elliot Center. The following Tuesday in the same room sees Edward R. Murrow’s Harvest of Shame, his piece about migrant farm workers. Both films show at 7 p.m. Then on Sunday, Oct. 19 at the Greensboro Historical Museum the series ends with a screening of the feature film Good Night and Good Luck at 2:30 p.m. All events are free and open to the public. — BC

Marxavi’s plight and Obama’s Dream

I wonder if Barack Obama ever heard of Marxavi Angel Martinez, the Alamance County woman who facing deportation for using a fake Social Security number to gain employment at the Graham Public Library after emigrating from Mexico with her parents at the age of 3 and graduating from Cummings High School. The Democratic nominee spoke to NPR reporter Dave DeWitt after his rally in Greensboro on Sept. 27. The candidate dodged DeWitt’s question about whether community colleges should admit illegal immigrants, but noted that he doesn’t think children should pay the price for their parents’ decision to come to this country illegally. “I’m one of the cosponsors of something called the Dream Act in the Senate, which I think goes to the core ideals of America,” he said. “It says, if you’ve got a young person who was brought here by their parents — say they were brought here when they were five years old. They went to school here all their lives. They’ve now graduated. For all practical purposes they’re an American kid. For us to deny them the benefits of American citizenship, even though they’ve never lived in Mexico or they’ve never lived in Poland — in my home state there are tons of illegal immigrants from Eastern Europe — is to deny that this is how we’ve always built this country up. I don’t think we want them in the underground economy; we want them contributing, and it makes sense to provide them some pathway.” — JG

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