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.

 

School Employee Accidentally Shot During District-Sponsored Gun Training

By: Friday March 1, 2013 3:04 pm

It seems the more schools take up the NRA’s advice to arm teachers and other school employees the more unsafe the school becomes. First it was a firearms instructor leaving his gun in the student’s bathroom and now a school employee has been accidentally shot while preparing to implement the NRA’s solution to school shootings.

Despite NRA’s Urging Survey Shows Teachers Oppose More Guns In Classroom

By: Tuesday February 26, 2013 10:30 am

NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre’s response to the Newtown school shooting was a plan to bring more guns into schools claiming only a good guy with a gun can stop a bad guy with a gun. The plan was met with a mix of ridicule and skepticism but the NRA doubled down on the plan even to the point of launching an ad campaign that targeted President Obama’s children, asserting that Obama’s lack of support for armed guards at schools was hypocritical given that his children were protected by armed secret service agents.

NRA President Says Group Supports Stronger Background Checks

By: Thursday January 17, 2013 7:50 am

The day after President Obama signed 23 executive actions on gun control the President of the NRA David Keene has publicly stated the NRA supports stronger background checks.

Obama To Announce New Gun Proposals Today

By: Wednesday January 16, 2013 6:52 am

President Obama and Vice President Biden are scheduled to unveil a package of proposals designed to reduce gun violence. They will make the announcement at an event in the South Court Auditorium at 11:55 a.m. Wednesday.

Ron Paul, Godfather of Tea Party, Slams NRA School Safety Plan

By: Tuesday December 25, 2012 2:03 pm

Trouble in paradise. Outgoing Texas Congressman Ron Paul, often described as the Godfather of the Tea Party, attacked the NRA’s school safety plan.

NRA’s LaPierre Calls for Armed Guards in Schools – You Know, Like at Columbine

By: Friday December 21, 2012 10:56 am

In a bizarre press conference, NRA Chairman Wayne LaPierre called for the immediate placement of armed guards in all public schools. This is classic “fighting the last war” thinking, along with a dash of “think of the children” policymaking.

Rubber Green Rooms

By: Thursday December 20, 2012 8:00 pm

Given the landscape of the Sunday morning talk shows and the obvious awkwardness of the moment, it is a bit chuckle-inducing that the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre chose, of all people, that journalistic pit bull David Gregory from the liberal NBC for his “exclusive interview,” rather than, say, Chris Wallace on Fox. Gregory, naturally, isn’t the least bit embarrassed, but instead has taken to twitter like a schoolgirl, asking hither and yon, “What should I ask him?” Too bad he doesn’t try this novel approach each week; the results could hardly be worse.

But you really have to set your drink down when LaPierre says, in advance, that he wants to focus on “mental health,” which is kind of like Saddam Hussein saying he wants to share decorating tips. No sentient being on earth would give a rat’s ass what either of these two have to say on their chosen topics except, well, David Gregory.

Rev. Irene Monroe: Young white men in crisis

By: Thursday December 20, 2012 5:44 pm

The most recent massacre, the one at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, took the lives of 6 and 7 year-olds. It has shaken our nation to its core.

The enormity of this devastation is incalculable. There are the small coffins of the victims killed during a holiday season at a tender age. It is also the death of the safety of a Norman Rockwellian. We now know that none are safe.

This shooting, like so many others before, has sparked a debate on gun control and the need for adequate healthcare for our nation’s mentally ill. But glaringly omitted from the national discourse is the motive of these mass shootings that are purported predominately within a specific demographic group— young white privileged men.

Tennessee Pastor Blames Newton Tragedy on Schools Teaching Evolution, ‘How to Be a Homo’

By: Tuesday December 18, 2012 5:56 pm

What a stunning lack of originality. The crazee has been unleashed by the likes of Mike Huckabee, but you can always count on some no-name bible-beater who wants to break the sanity meter.

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