Pennsylvanians Support Pigeon Shoot Ban

By: Sunday November 3, 2013 9:20 am

Three-fourths of all Pennsylvanians want to see an end to live pigeon shoots.

Here’s another figure from that independent survey. Eighty-three percent—that’s more than four of every five Pennsylvanians—say live pigeon shoots are an unnecessary form of animal cruelty.


Armed Teacher Training Program launches in 15 states; study reveals impact of ‘Stand Your Ground’ on homicides

By: Thursday January 3, 2013 3:17 pm

Boy, this is a bad idea on so many levels. Teachers are already in high-stress positions — imagine dealing with middle-school-age, hormone-racing kids all day for one thing. Add on the responsibility of being in charge of your firearm, to keep it safeguarded yet accessible on the chance someone is going to come in randomly guns-ablazing? It sounds like a recipe for disaster to me, but apparently we’ve got states ready to go forward with this “plan” to address gun massacres in schools.

Art Kamm: Achieving gun control: exploiting the NRA’s unavoidable implosion

By: Monday December 17, 2012 5:49 am

The NRA holds a powerful lobbying presence on Capital Hill and has enjoyed success with its legislative agenda to expand public exposure to weaponry despite large numbers of citizens, including children and adolescents, losing their lives in numerous mass shootings, often involving high-powered weaponry (a timeline of mass shootings since Columbine is provided here). However, the organization finds itself increasingly at odds with gun owners (both NRA and non-NRA members), as well as the general public in key swing states, who disagree with the organization’s hardline anti-gun control approach.

Kansas, Rick Santorum, and Purity Catholics

By: Saturday March 10, 2012 9:04 am

Rick Santorum — a pious Roman Catholic — has gotten knocked for losing the Catholic vote to the Mormon Mitt Romney, but those who note this generally take a simplistic view of “the Catholic vote.” They confuse the positions taken by the bishops with the positions embraced by rank and file Catholics, and wonder why Santorum doesn’t get more Catholic votes. Hint: maybe it’s because lots of Catholics disagree with their bishops. See “contraception” and “divorce and remarriage.”

That said, Rick Santorum is poised to win the Kansas caucuses today, and if he does, it will be because of the support of the conservative “purity Catholics” that are more numerous in Kansas than other parts of the US church. And in a caucus state, you can be sure that they’ll turn out.

Rand Paul: Fork Over $1000 to “Hold Off the Worst of the Gun-Grabbers” Assaults

By: Tuesday December 13, 2011 7:45 am

Senator Rand Paul is a apparently a huckster for right wing fantasy groups, including the National Association for Gun Rights, which wants you to give them $1,000 to defeat Obama’s “gun grabbing” efforts at the United Nations.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Adam Winkler, Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America

By: Saturday September 17, 2011 1:59 pm

Adam Winkler’s Gunfight is a book of contradictions: a dispassionate book about a passionately debated topic, a sane book about competing insanities, a page-turner about legal doctrine and obscure bits of history, a piece of serious scholarship combined with journalistic flair.

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