Why the Gun Lobby Defeated Background Checks

By: Monday April 29, 2013 8:30 am

Two-thirds of the country wanted the Senate to approve the gun background checks amendment, which failed to get 60 votes last week.

Perhaps the Best Argument Yet Against the Filibuster

By: Thursday April 18, 2013 7:53 am

Yesterday we may have witnessed the single best argument against the filibuster. An effort to pass a bipartisan amendment on expanded background checks failed because it only got 54 yes votes to 46 no. Only with the insane rules that govern the Senate is such a failure possible.

Oblivious GOP Filibuster Threat Gave Democrats Last Shot at Gun Control

By: Wednesday April 10, 2013 2:25 pm

Just when you thought the momentum for gun control was exhausted, the GOP may have snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. Despite the public attention and support gun control received in the wake of the tragedy at Newtown, Connecticut, both houses of Congress have been less than sanguine to initiate new gun control legislation. Initially it appeared as though the NRA had sabotaged themselves with CEO Wayne LaPierre giving a surreal tone deaf press conference on arming teachers to prevent further shootings.

Gun control advocates thought they might finally have an opening. But that hope would soon be in jeopardy.

Ready, Shoot, Aim and Wayne LaPierre’s World of Demons

By: Saturday December 22, 2012 9:04 am

After listening to Wayne LaPierre’s thoughful remarks to advance the respectful discussion of the role of guns in our society . . .

Nope, I just can’t do it.

I wanted to try not to laugh at LaPierre’s comments, but that’s not possible, not even with a 24 hour waiting period. Watching him speak yesterday, I alternated between laughter and tears, as I witnessed a sad spectacle of a man so blind to the real world, so callous as to want to exploit tragedy for commercial gain, or both.

By the end, LaPierre showed us all that he lives in a world filled with demons, and the only thing we can do is adopt the new motto of the NRA: Ready, Shoot, Aim.

Feinstein Plans to Reintroduce Assault Weapons Ban Next Year

By: Sunday December 16, 2012 4:00 pm

Dianne Feinstein, author of the 1994 assault weapons ban that expired under President George W. Bush in 2004, told Meet the Press that she plans to reintroduce the law on the first day of the new Congress in 2013. The bill seeks to respond to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, one of several this year.

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