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The U.S. Senate rejected a bipartisan amendment today that would have expanded background checks on gun purchases, according to news reports.

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The defeat marks a blow to advocates calling for more strict firearms laws after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook E.S. in Newtown, Conn., last year.

The measure was a product of intense negotiations between Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Pat Toomey and West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin.

It would have necessitated background check requirements on gun owners, and needed 60 votes to pass, which the two Senators thought it had.

It therefore failed, despite its 54-46 majority.

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Jim Carrey may be known for his sense of humor, but the actor has settled on one topic recently that is anything but a laughing matter:

Gun control.

After posting a Funny or Die video that mocked gun advocates, the actor has been under siege from many Conservatives, led, as you might expect, by Fox News.

Jim Carrey in NYC

Now, in attempt to re-open a reasonable discourse, Carrey has penned an Op-Ed for The Huffington Post.

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Give at least one eBay user points for creativity.

With Jim Carrey under backlash for posing a Funny or Die video (below) that calls out gun owners and mocks former NRA President Charlton Heston, someone on that website posted an signed picture of the actor Wednesday.

Read the listing: “Jim Carrey Autographed 8X10 Photo So I Can Afford a Gun!”

A black-and-white shot of Carrey with the inscription "“Spank you very much!," the item had attracted 103 bidders at one point and the price had been driving to $860.

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Jim Carrey is trying to use humor to make a serious point.

The actor stars in a new Funny or Die video titled "Cold Dead Hand" in which he pulls double duty as the late Charlton Heston on the set of Hee-Haw and the lead singer for Lonesome Early and the Clutterbusters, a country group that mocks gun enthusiasts.

What kind of message is Carrey sending?

"I find the gun problem frustrating and ‘Cold Dead Hand’ is my fun little way of expressing that frustration," he said in a statement, adding in a far more pointed Tweet:

”Gun folks are afraid that control won’t stop with large magazines. Their nervousness is far less important than the safety of our children... 'Cold Dead Hand’ is abt u heartless motherf%ckers unwilling 2 bend 4 the safety of our kids.'"

Last week, Yoko Ono also got involved in the gun debate, using an image of John Lennon's bloody glasses to make her plea for gun control.

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Yoko Ono has gotten herself involved in the debate on gun control.

And the widow of John Lennon is using the memory of her late husband to help get her point across.

In a series of Tweets, Ono sent messages to her 3.7 million followers that included the image of Lennon's bloody glasses, which were removed after his shooting in 1980 and first published on the cover of the 1981 album "Season of Glass."

Lennon tweet

"Over 1,057,000 people have been killed by guns in the USA since John Lennon was shot and killed on 8 Dec 1980," Ono wrote. "31,537 people are killed by guns in the USA every year. We are turning this beautiful country into war zone."

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Gregory Dale Lanier - a 35-year old resident of Frostproof, Florida - was hit in the leg by a bullet on Saturday in one of the year's most unusual shootings.

Because the shot was fired by his dog.

Dog, Gun

According to The Highlands Today, Lanier and his canine were driving in a truck when the dog accidentally kicked a .380 pistol that was lying on the ground.

It fired once and struck its owner in the lower extremity.

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In the national gun control debate, Vice President Joe Biden is viewed as the Democratic party's point man on strengthening the limits of firearm ownership.

In an online town-hall Q&A this week, Biden was bombarded by people skeptical of his efforts to ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines.

One participant asked Biden how he and President Barack Obama reconciled a ban on assault weapons with those already in the hands of criminals.

"How can say this politely?" Biden said. "The Constitution does allow the government to conclude there are certain types of weapons that no one can legally known."

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Ted Nugent. Piers Morgan.

The gloves came off again in a debate on gun control this week, and whichever side you're on, it's hard to deny that these two squaring off makes for quality TV.

Piers and Ted sat down in Texas, where Morgan visited a gun range and tried out a rifle similar to the one used by Adam Lanza in the Sandy Hook massacre.

While admittedly "exciting," Piers cited his experience with the weapon - easy to use, fairly accurate - as justification for an assault weapons ban.

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A photo of President Barack Obama skeet shooting at Camp David has been released following a claim last week that he engages in the activity regularly.

It is the only known photo of Obama with a gun, and also comes amid a White House-backed push for stronger gun control regulations in the U.S.

Obama Gun Photo

The photo shows Obama targeting clay pigeons at the presidential retreat last August, which he said he does "all the time" during stays at the compound.

The comment, in an interview last Sunday, was a response to a question of whether he had ever held a firearm. Obama told the New Republic:

"Not the girls, but oftentimes guests of mine go up there. I have a profound respect for the traditions of hunting that trace back in this country for generations."

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Neil Heslin, the father of a six-year old boy who was among the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting on December 14, testified yesterday before the Gun Violence Prevention Working Group at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.

With over 1,000 people in attendance, Heslin held a framed photo of himself and his late child and pleaded with lawmakers to improve mental health options and to ban assault weapons.

“I still can't see why any civilian, anybody in this room in fact, needs weapons of that sort," Heslin said. "You're not going to use them for hunting, even for home protection."

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