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“Le Nouveau” a movie directed by Rudi Rosenberg.

January 14, 2016

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During Christmas break, I saw a movie entitled Le Nouveau.

It’s a French comedy starring a lot of children and only one adult, Max Boubil.

The story is about a 14-year-old boy, Benoit who is new at his school. He is very shy so he has difficulty talking to people and integrating.

He tries to talk and be friend with the popular group of boys in the school but they make fun of him. After that, he starts hanging out with a new girl named Johanna ; they are in the same situation because she is new too.

One day, she eats in the refectory with the popular boys which break the friendship between her and Benoit.

Benoit, actually finds himself devastated and very disappointed because he was falling in love with her.

Luckily, his uncle Greg is here for him and he wants to help him. They decide to organize a party but only 3 show up. Although they are not that many, they have a lot of fun. After this party, they are always together, having fun, playing games but there is a problem : Benoit is still hurt because of Johanna so his best friend Joshua tells him to call her. Then Benoit, with Joshua’s help, calls her and tells her his feelings but she refuses to be his girlfriend. That’s a very heartbreaking moment for him but thanks to his friends, he holds his head high. According to the director “he realizes that he does not need to be popular to feel strong and happy”.

I liked this movie a lot because it deals with issues that can happen in middle school or high school. It also tackles the problem of popularity which is, to me, something so useless and mean. Also, the theme of friendship and integration is well treated. Although the movie is great, I found myself embarrassed because I feel that if I had been 15 years old, I would have laughed more. Maybe I was a bit too old for the global humour of it.

Here are some facts about the movie:

The director is very touched by the topic because he lived the situation Benoit lives in the movie.

He wanted not to focus on social media because he thinks it would be old-fashioned in the future and to give a timeless value to his movie.

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For the casting, the director wanted children that had not acted in a movie before, so they went into middle schools in order to find children with special spontaneity.

To conclude, I recommend you to see this movie because it’s very funny and pleasant to see.


Jean Paul Gaultier

February 6, 2016

Jean Paul Gaultier was born on 24th  April in 1952, in Bagneux. He is a famous stylist and he created lots of crazy suits for women and men, he is also a perfume creator. After experiences with Pierre Cardin, Jacques Esterel and Jean Patou and again Pierre Cardin in the 1970s, he created his first brand under his name.jean-paul-gaultier-3

He dresses men with women suits, and has twisted the gay movement with his creations; on his runways, models can be people whom he met in the street.  He dares to do things that nobody did before him.

In the 80s, he became famous because he dressed a bride in black and everybody was shocked because it was so different from what they were used to seeing that they didn’t really understand his message at the beginning.
Through his creations, JPG wants to show that nothing has to be seen as  shocking  because it can be beautiful for somebody. So we can say that he delivers a message of tolerance.

Everyone sees him as an inaccessible person but in reality he is really close to his fans. I saw him this summer on the beach in St Jean de Luz and he said hello to all the persons that he met.
All his exhibitions are fantastic by their sizes and by the products that he exposes; you can never be bored by what he does because it’s never the same and it becomes crazier over time.


Last year, I went to see one of his exhibitions in the Grand Palais and it was marvelous because this kind of dresses and men suits cannot be seen anywhere else  than in one of his exhibitions. Nobody can reach his talent and his craziness.

I could see all of the creations he made through time and how it has evolved following the different trends. The exhibition presented new facets of the creator (fashion design and ready-to-wear clothing), created from 1970 to 2013. There were also sketches, archives, theatrical costumes, extracts from movies, from fashion shows, concerts, video clips, shows of dance and television programs.

I learnt that famous people such as Mylene Farmer and Conchita Wurst paraded during his fashion shows, wearing his black bride dress.


Singer Mylene Farmer wearing the bride dress, and Jean-Paul Gaultier make an appearance on the catwalk for his Fall-Winter 2011-2012 Haute-Couture collection presentation in Paris, France on July 6, 2011. Photo by Roberto Martinelli/ABACAPRESS.COM

Photo by Roberto Martinelli/ABACAPRESS.COM


It was an extraordinary exhibition and I was very impressed by seeing the extent of his talent.

That’s why I advise you to try to see this exhibition on internet because it’s finished at the Grand Palais.



Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé : A True Love

February 4, 2016


I recently read Lettres à Yves, a novel made of letters written by Pierre Bergé after his lover’s death. In this novel, Pierre Bergé wrote letters to Yves Saint Laurent in order to overcome his death and to go through a period of mourning.

These letters reveal the love they shared and some moments of glory they lived together such as the building and the success of their designer house. Indeed, Yves Saint Laurent mainly created this empire but Pierre Bergé helped him make choices and overcome hardships he went through.

Pierre Bergé also tells about their trips to Morrocco where they had great times. He says he loves going there but being there without him is strange to him but still necessary because it reminds him of their love and their happiness.

Moreover, there is also the story of the Majorelle’s Gardens (in Morocco). The couple bought this garden in 1980 because they fell in love with it during their first trip in 1966. That way they saved it from being destroyed to build a resort. Today, this garden can be visited and it is one of the most visited places in Morocco. It is a beautiful place with amazing colors and there is also a museum next to it.

Back to the book which shows how Pierre Bergé overcame YSL’s death. He went through different steps. First, he was not shocked because he knew his disease was not curable and he knew that he would have died sooner or later. We learn also that they hid the disease from him because he could have not borne it. Pierre Bergé explains that he would have gone crazy. He, then, had to sell their apartement because he wanted to live elsewhere, he had to sell some of their paintings because they were both keen on paintings and art.They had several collections of different paintors. After he had to renovate his new apartement. It feels like everything that surrounded him during this time was meaningless because the only thing he could really think of was him and their common past.


The book also tackles the role Yves Saint Laurent had in the liberation of women. He gave them the power to wear trousers whereas it was poorly regarded. He created a wide range of men style clothes such as trousers, blazers, shirts but for women. Moreover, he said that his biggest regret is not to have created the jeans themselves which shows how revolutionary he wanted to be. Furthermore, he “allowed” women to wear see-through blouses which was kind of provocative for the time.


Finally, this novel is above all about their love story which is very inspiring. In fact, they both cheated on each other, but these “side-stories” were meaningless for them because they’ve always found their way back together. They went through many hardships but they stayed together because they knew they were meant to be. They did not judge and they supported each other in every project they did. They overcame everything thanks to their truly love.

To conclude, I recommend you to read this novel if you’d like to know more about them or about the empire Yves Saint Laurent created.

You can also visit the Yves Saint Laurent Foundation in Paris. Here’s the location: 3 Rue Léonce Reynaud (8th arrondissement). It is near the Alma Bridge.



February 2, 2016

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First of all David Bowie was born David Robert Jones on January 8th 1947. He dropped out of school at the age of 16 to work in an advertising agency. Then, a year later, he decided to become a professional musician.

At that time, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones had the supremacy of English pop music and Bowie needed to fight to make a name on the pop rock stage. He began with a few groups but was never noticed or anything. Undercover, Davie Jones changed his name for David Bowie, in order not to be confused with Davy Jones from The Monkees. Can’t Help Thinking About Me was his first record with the name David Bowie on 14th January. He was not famous yet but, in 1969, his “Space Oddity” single was launched at the moment when the first man walked on the moon.

And that is where it began.

Bowie used a peculiar way to write his songs. The “cut up” technique permitted him to concoct his strange lyrics. He wanted his audience to understand his songs the way they wanted to. He wanted them to reclaim the lyrics to make them personal. “I like the idea that [the lyrics are] vehicles for other people to interpret or use as they will.”

His first successful album was at the beginning, entitled Man Of Words, Man Of Music but later, took the name of Space Oddity to embody the whole point of the album. The following years were important for Bowie’s intimate life. His father died suddenly and he got married to Mary Angela “Angie” Barnett who had a huge impact on him and his music during the glam period.

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The studio sessions went on and The Man Who Sold The World came out with an unordinary cover. Bowie exploited his androgynous appearance to promote his song. He appears with a dress and looks very feminine. The critics were multiple but Bowie kept on wearing what he wanted.

After his tour in the US, he came back to England and declared he wanted to create a character “who looks like he’s just landed from Mars”. Ziggy Stardust was dressed like an astronaut from inner space. Red-haired, red-booted, Bowie sang “Starman” on Top of the Pops (TV show). No one had ever seen this, was he a man or girl? A human or an alien?

Moreover, he wanted to be stage creative. Fascinated by Orwell’s novel 1984, he tried to get permission to make a musical story but didn’t get the rights so he created his own. Diamond Dogs is his own violent apocalyptic tale in which David Bowie created all the decorations and made the whole set and production.

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Bowie made many famous collaborations such as Lou Reed, John Lennon or Iggy Pop. He wanted to have a special feeling with his collaborations. He never failed with any of it because he felt good and on an equal footing. The ideas were similar and the relationship with them was fluid but intense.

We can say that Bowie let a deep mark on the pop and rock stage. He became an idol for a whole generation and even afterwards. His songs continue to vibrate on and on. Berlin is the place where he found peace and calm. He wrote “Heroes” and “Low”. Ziggy died and he became entirely David Bowie. He collaborated with Brian Enno, the most important character of his career because he created four of his “best” albums according to his fans.

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During the 80’s he started acting in plays like Elephant man in Broadway. John Lennon’s death hurt him so much that he refused to go on stage and just recorded Under Pressure  with Queen. Later on, he recorded the Let’s Dance album and song which is today the only one most people know. He also sang China Girl originally written for Iggy Pop.

In 1993 he got married with a Somali model Iman. Few albums got out such as Heathen and Reality but his health deteriorated and he needed rest with his wife and little girl born in 2000.

Rumors about new albums circulated but Bowie stayed away from media and stages.
2016 was the end of everything when Black Star, a testimony album with “Black Star” or “Lazarus”. Bowie fought cancer for more than a year and disappeared on January 10th at 69 year old.

We can say that Bowie impregnated the rock history and the music in general. He left us a huge heritage and he will keep singing yet for a long time through generations. My idol died but I’ll listen to my vinyls nostalgically.

Various tributes were paid in multiple cities. The one I keep in mind is the Danish one ; The bells rang and played Space Oddity.

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U2’s live tribute to Paris

January 28, 2016

On 7 December, U2 performed their last show in Paris in AccorHotels Arena. Two of their 4 shows were programmed again after the Paris’ attacks on November 13th.


The first reaction of the band was to mourn in front of the Bataclan a few days after the tragedy. Before the show, every one was wondering if the Eagles of Death Metal would come or not. This rumor was spread on the internet and would symbolize the first Eagles of Death Metal’s show after the terrorist attack. “We apologize for the bombardments and guns’ noises that will occur tonight, this is a part of the show” said a voice on loudspeakers a few minutes before the concert. In the corridors of the Arena, tee-shirts with written “Nous n’avons pas peur” (We are not afraid) were sold. Will the benefits go to the victims’ families ? We don’t know… Let’s just hope that this is not another commercial merchandising that will go to the band’s pocket. The atmosphere in the concerthall was weird. Every one knew this was not going to be a common show. Some fans even came with French flags.

However, at 8:30 PM, Bono came on stage and started an extraordinary show. The concerthall was split in two parts by a huge wall in which Bono could walk. He started with one of his new songs named “The Miracle” and every one was singing along with him. He did several songs before dedicating a new one to his grandmother. The wall that separated the arena in two parts came up and down according to the songs  so that Bono could jump in it. The wall got back up in the air and we saw visual effects that I had never seen before. Bono was walking in the wall when at the same time visual effects were projected on it. So, we could see Bono walking through different directions. Sometimes, he was walking through flying flowers or violent sea storm. It was spectacular.

The band played their famous “Sunday Bloody Sunday” after doing a little speech about the situation in Ireland. At the end of the song, Bono stopped talking a few seconds and then said “Ce soir nous sommes tous parisiens” (We are all parisians tonight). A huge emotion came accross the public and Bono seemed deeply touched. The wall came down again and the band left the stage. After five minutes of waiting, some enormous guns and bombardments sounds occured in the concerthall, the group came back on stage and started doing volunteer songs talking about different wars in the world, Paris’ attacks or poverty.

On this huge wall, we could see moving words in English and French like “PEUR” “ART IS THE TRUTH” “EVERYTHING YOU KNOW IS WRONG” “DEPRESSION” “SILENCE = DEATH”. The show kept going on when ripped pieces of the bible were falling on the public at the end of the next song. “Every Breaking Wave” was dedicated to the people of Paris. A joyful atmosphere came back at the first notes of “With or Without You”


To continue, Bono sang “City of Blinding Lights” and turned it progressively into “Ne me quitte pas”, Jacques Brel’s famous song. At this moment, names of all the victims of  Paris’ attacks were written on the wall in colors of the French flag with the drawing of the Eiffel Tower in the middle. The show kept going on and they delivered a beautiful “One” where everyone was singing along. At 22h50, after two hours of performance, Bono took his mic and said : “We have very special guests that lost all of their instruments three weeks ago. (…) Please welcome the Eagles of Death Metal !” Jesse Hugues and his band went on stage and sang “People have the power” by Patti Smith with U2. Behind them stood a French flag. That moment marked the first Eagles of Death Metal’s show after the attacks. “Vous êtes mes amis” (You are my friends) said Jesse Hugues with some sob in his voice. At the end of this collaboration, U2 said goodnight and left the stage to let their friends perform one of their hits “I Love You All The Time”. The Eagles of Death Metal’s leadsinger, Jesse Hugues seemed to enjoy himself and ran all over the stage. It was a very touching and symbolical moment.


For those who are interested in viewing the show, it has been filmed. After the concert, the band said on twitter “We lent you our stage, but you owned it. Thank you Eagles of Death Metal.” This show is undoubtedly going to stay in people’s minds.


Wattpad; the new book trend

January 26, 2016

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Wattpad. You might think right now “what is she talking about??”. I don’t blame you for this, because a few months ago I didn’t know either. So, Wattpad is an app, a social medium, on AppleStore and GooglePlay in which you can read books for free or write some.

What are the specificities of the app ? First of all, the books are by anonymous people, a lot of teenagers spend time on the app to write their book. Moreover, readers can vote for the books they like, they can comment on the book just as a publisher would. This helps the writers to keep on writing and updating chapters, to modify some details that may not be clear for the readers. It is then a kind of interactive writing, and interactive book. Nevertheless, writers don’t write on Wattpad for money, they do it for the pleasure of writing.

Are there any known writers ? Yes. You may have heard of Anna Todd and her Saga After, but you probably didn’t know that she actually wrote the first three volumes on Wattpad. The first volume has been read more than 365 million times. So thanks to Wattpad, Anna Todd has been able to publish the first three volumes, and write the next three ones. Moreover, she recently published the equivalent story of After entitled Before, and wrote from another point of view. Wattpad led her to a great success in the international literary world.

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There are other big successes on Wattpad, some that I have already read and loved, and others that I plan to read asap:

  • Roommatesby XthatONEchicX, read more thant 36 million times
  • The Badboy’s Girl, by JessGirl93, read more than 147 million times.
  • Before, by imaginator1D (Anna Todd), read by more than 7 million readers.

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On the app you can find all types of books, but I may admit that Romance and Teen Fictions are the most popular on Wattpad.

There you can make your own reading list, when you stop reading you don’t lose the “page” you were reading, it stays as if you were still on it, even if you close the app. It saves itself. The only little problem of this app is probably the frequency of updating for some writers. For example, once I started a book that I really liked, but unfortunately, it stopped in the middle of the story; the last time I checked, the writer had updated the “last” chapter in July 2015, so the story actually never ends which is very frustrating when you’re really absorbed by the book. (And it is even more frustruating when it’s in the middle of an important event).

Nevertheless, I hope you will find some time to discover this amazing app, and also the tones of great books that you can only find on it. Enjoy your time on Wattpad, read as much as you want and don’t care about what people say about it. Live your life as you want, and by the way, reading is so entertaining !




Johnny Depp

January 21, 2016

Johnny Depp is an American actor, producer, and musician. John Christopher Depp II (his full name) was born on 9 June 1963 in Owensboro,Kentucky, U.S. His father was a civil engineer called John Christopher Depp and Betty Sue Palmer (born Wells) was his mother and a waitress. He is the youngest of four children. During his childhood, he moved a lot due to his father’s job. They finally landed in Miramar, Florida when Johnny was seven years old. He hated his new home, that’s why by the age of twelve he started experimenting drugs and smoking. Moreover, when he was fifteen, his parents got divorced. This caused a rift between his father and himself. A year later, he dropped out of high school and joined a garage band named The Kids. The Kids set out together for Los Angeles in pursuit of a record deal, changing their name to Six Gun Method, but the group split up before signing a record deal.

At the age of twenty, Johnny Depp moved to L.A. after meeting and marrying that same year Lori Allison, a makeup artist. In 1984, his wife introduced him to her ex-boyfriend Nicolas Cage who saw a potential of acting in Depp. Therefore, he introduced him to a Hollywood agent. After several little roles, he got a real role in the horror movie Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). In 1985, the band The Kids had broken up and so had his marriage. Furthermore, he proposed to actress Jennifer Grey, their romance was short-lived. Depp started to study acting in earnest, first in classes at the Loft Studio in Los Angeles and then with a private coach. He replaced actor Jeff Yagher in the role of undercover cop Tommy Hanson in the popular Canadian-filmed television series 21 Jump Street. He became a teen idol.


Then, he played in Cry Baby in 1990 which became a hit and succeeded in changing his image. Later on, he got the lead role in  Edward Scissorhands. During this shooting, he met the actress Winona Ryder. They started dating for five months and became engaged. They were the Hollywood power couple. Depp even had “Winona Forever” tattooed on his right arm in order to solidify their love. However, in 1993, the couple split after Ryder’s parents forbade their daughter to marry. Several of his most notable roles included his role as the social misanthrope Sam in Benny & Joon in 1993, which earned him a Golden Globe, and Gilbert in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?. In August of that same year, he and two business partners bought The Viper Club in L.A., which instantly became the hipest spot on the Sunset Strip. It was an opportunity to introduce patrons to music from his newly formed band P, which offered popular shows at the venue. But tragedy hit the club on October 31 of that same year, when teen actor River Phoenix suffered a drug overdose outside the club.

Moreover, Depp started doing drugs and spiraled into a deep depression. He also started a destructive passionate relationship with the supermodel Kate Moss. Depp’s wild behavior didn’t seem to have an effect on his professional life. In 1998, Depp split from long-time girlfriend Moss and played in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Then he experienced the sci-fi horror with The Astronaut’s Wife in 1999. That year, he also played in Sleepy Hollow by Burton.


While filming the sci-fi drama The Ninth Gate in France, Johnny met French actress, singer and model Vanessa Paradis. She became pregnant with the couple’s first child later that year. In May of 1999, the couple welcomed daughter Lily-Rose Melody Depp.

Depp’s next film was the terror drama From Hell in 2001 and Robert Rodriguez’s Once Upon a Time in Mexico in 2002. In April of that year, Paradis gave birth to the couple’s second child, Jack. In 2004, Depp earned an Academy Award nomination for his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean. At the end of that year, Depp also turned in a critically acclaimed performance in Finding Neverland, in which he starred as Peter Pan’s creator J.M. Barrie. The film earned him more than 10 award nominations, including both Academy and Golden Globe. In 2006, Depp returned as Captain Jack Sparrow for the sequel Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, which broke a box office record in reaching the highest weekend tally ever. The third installment fared well too. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007) brought in $138.8 million. The same year, Depp took on one of the theater’s most notorious characters in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, directed by Tim Burton and co-starring Helena Bonham Carter. Depp netted a Golden Globe Award for his work on the film.

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He returned to box office success with the 2010 film adaptation of the Lewis Carroll classic, Alice in Wonderland. For the project, Depp again teamed up with Tim Burton to take on the character of the Mad Hatter. The film brought in more than $116 million in its opening weekend. Moreover Depp reprised his role of Jack Sparrow in the latest installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean film series in 2011.

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He returned to independent films that same year with The Rum Diary, based on the book by Hunter S. Thompson. On the set, he met co-star Amber Heard. Depp also starred in Tim Burton’s comedy Dark Shadows (2012). In the film, he plays Barnabas Collins, a vampire who escapes imprisonment and returns to his family home. Depp was a longtime fan of the film’s source material—the late 1960s gothic soap opera Dark Shadows—and encouraged friend Burton to bring it to the big screen. In 2012, stories began to circulate that Depp and Paradis had split up. Depp initially denied these rumors, but his representative confirmed the couple’s break-up in June. In a statement given to Entertainment Tonight, Depp’s representative said that the pair “have amicably separated” and asked that people “respect their privacy” and “the privacy of their children.” Depp and Paradis had been together for nearly 14 years when they split. Not long after Depp’s split with Paradis, Amber Heard and Depp were seen together for the first time. The couple got engaged on Christmas Eve in 2013 and tied the knot in February 2015.

In 2013, he played in the Disney film The Lone Ranger. Unfortunately, it was a failure because it didn’t bring in the money expected. Last but not least, Depp took on the role of notorious crime boss Whitey Bulger in the 2015 biopic Black Mass.




Last Chance

January 19, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his final State of the Union address, promising to "make it shorter." Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his final State of the Union address, promising to “make it shorter.”

At the end of his second term, Barack Obama is totally devoted to his main election promise, that is to say, to limit the gun violence in the USA. In order to limit the number of deaths due to the excessive use of guns or weapons, President Obama is proposing a measure to reinforce the gun background checks before the sale of a firearm.
Obama is proposing this measure on the wake of his fail 3 years ago when he was unsuccessfully rejected by Congress. Unfortunately, Barack Obama is trying to pass a decree in the same Republican Congress as 2012 who does not seem to have changed its mind about the question of the legislation of firearms.
His fail of 2012 limited his wants to rigidify the legislation and the penalties for the gun violence in the USA but, the Democrat President does not give the impression to have given up on this subject. The 2012 defeat also cost for the country the death of 27 pupils and their teachers in December at a school in Newton. This massacre and every other linked to gun violence in the USA cannot be forgotten. Moreover, gun- violence does not convey a great image of the country even though it is the USA which is concerned.
Barack Obama does not hold the ambition to revoke the Second Amendment of the American Constitution. Yet, President Obama shall certainly dodge it in order to pass his new law. But, as he expected it, Obama’s plan has been stongly lambasted in Congress made of more than fifty percent of Republicans. Favorite Republican candidate for the presidential elections of 2016, Donald Trump, has responded forcefully to President Obama’s allegations. Trump used Obama’s plan as a knock -on effect to reinforce his popularity in the country: he said on January 4th, “Pretty soon you won’t be able to buy guns”. In the presidential campaign, this last-minute measure appeared as a windfall for the Republicans.

U.S. Republican presidential candidate, real estate mogul and TV personality Donald Trump makes a point as he formally announces his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination during an event at Trump Tower in New York June 16, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid - RTX1GRB9

U.S. Republican presidential candidate, real estate mogul and TV personality Donald Trump makes a point as he formally announces his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination during an event at Trump Tower in New York June 16, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid – RTX1GRB9

The National Rifle Association, (NRA), also claimed that they will find a mistake according to the law in order to annihilate even the idea of modifying the gun industry in the USA.
For the Democrats, they seem to be seduced by the idea of implementing a new law but as Mike Thomson said, as chairman of the gun control in the house, that even if guns would be harder to get, it would be impossible to stop gun violence in the USA. However, without fully stopping it, it would be appreciated to limit it. Although Obama’s popularity is decreasing, at least he would not be blamed for his gun policy.



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