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December 12th, 2011
10:23 AM ET

New shooting on Virginia Tech campus renews gun policy debate – should guns be allowed on school grounds?

Last Thursday's shooting at Virginia Tech College, where a police officer was shot to death while making a routine traffic stop, has redirected attention back to the state's gun laws and renewed debate about gun control.

While gun control advocates will likely use this occurrence to argue that gun control laws should be tightened, gun-rights organizations such as The Virginia Civil Defense League are expected to lobby to prevent state agencies, including colleges, from banning guns on campus this year.

Today on American Morning, Philip Van Cleave, president of the Virginia Civil Defense League, talks with Ali Velshi to discuss how the Virginia Tech shooting could affect U.S. gun laws and to explain his organization's perspective on gun control.

Filed under: Gun rights • Violence
December 12th, 2011
10:22 AM ET

Another version of McQeaury's statement about Sandusky 2002 incident surfaces

Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary's statements about former coach Jerry Sandusky and a boy in a Penn State shower are certain to be discussed in a preliminary hearing against the former coach tomorrow after another version of McQueary's story surfaced during testimony before the grand jury.

Dr. Jonathan Dranov, a family friend and colleague of McQueary's father, was one of the first people that McQueary spoke to in 2002. A source with knowledge of Dranov's testimony says that Dravnov's story is a different account from the hand-written statement that McQueary provided for investigators when he was interviewed in 2010.

Sara Ganim, CNN contributor and crime reporter for The Patriot-News, explains the inconsistencies in McQueary's stories and weighs in on how they may affect Sandusky's case on American Morning today.

Filed under: Penn State
December 12th, 2011
10:20 AM ET

What may have triggered the Hollywood gunman's rampage? Clinical psychologist explains

Over the weekend, more details began to emerge about Tyler Brehm, the gunman who opened random fire on drivers in Hollywood on Friday morning and was subsequently killed by police after injuring two men.

Brehm recently underwent a bad breakup and was given pills from a woman who "he thought" was a pharmaceutical salesman, according to his ex-girlfriend, who spoke with CNN affiliate KTLA.

Clinical psychologist Dr. Jeffrey Gardere joins American Morning today to weigh in on how these factors may have influenced Brahm's rampage.

Filed under: Crime
December 12th, 2011
10:16 AM ET

What does the Tea Party think of Newt Gingrich? Tea Party Patriots co-founders weigh in

Just hours after the conclusion of this Saturday's GOP presidential debate, the Democratic National Committee launched an attack ad aimed at the current Republican front-runner Newt Gingrich. In a 90-second web video, the DNC blasts the Former House Speaker, labeling him the "original Tea Partier."

According to a recent CNN/Time/ORC poll, Gingrich is taking home a sizable chunk of the Tea Party vote in Florida, Iowa, New Hampshire an South Carolina. However, fellow presidential hopeful Ron Paul says that Gingrich is no friend of the Tea Party.

Mark Meckler and Jenny Beth Martin, co-founders of one of the most influential Tea Party groups in the country, the Tea Party Patriots join American Morning today to discuss the GOP candidates and to weigh in on this weekend's Republican debate.

Filed under: 2012 • GOP • Politics
December 12th, 2011
09:16 AM ET

AM Minding Your Business for Dec. 12, 2011

Today on American Morning, Christine Romans reports on the morning business news headlines.

This morning, we're watching:

* Most Asian markets are advancing overnight. A debt crisis treaty by many European leaders is triggering some optimism.
* U.S. investors will be watching Europe closely today. No official meetings are planned this week after a majority of Eurozone members struck a deal for a new treaty to save the Euro.
* The judge overseeing MF Global's bankruptcy is clearing the way for some customers to get their money back. He approved releasing roughly $2 billion more in frozen funds to customers of the firm.
* Are young people better off today than their parents were 30 years ago? That depends on their gender. A new study says young women today earn about $1.17 for every dollar their moms earned in 1980. Young men today are earning about 10 cents an hour less than their fathers did 30 years ago.
* Some Kmart's in Michigan and California have been receiving anonymous donations which are used to pay off layaways. One secret Santa in Detroit even donated $2,000. That covered 14 layaways!

Tune in to American Morning at 6am Eastern every day for the latest in business news.

Filed under: Minding Your Business
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