Fear and Loathing in Houston

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Tom Degan: Four months ago on the day after the massacre of innocents in Newtown, Connecticut, I predicted that, in spite of the carnage, nothing would change. Nothing has. Nothing will.

What Would Washington Think?

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Berry Craig: We are getting closer to that “more perfect union” the constitution was supposed to make us. Far more people enjoy “the blessings of liberty” cited in our national charter than they did in Washington’s day.

Prop C: “If We Don’t Get This Done, We’re Finished”!

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Michele Sutter: Proposition C is a non-binding resolution, but it has the potential to be a clarion call to our elected representatives at all levels that We the People are instructing them to fix this SCOTUS driven perversion of the Constitution through the amendment process.

The Senate’s Shameful Lack of Courage on Guns

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Walter Moss: In the aftermath of the “shameful day” we have just experienced, where among any of the Senate nay-voters is conscience, ethics, integrity, morality? Gutlessness, not courage, seems triumphant.

How the NRA Makes Bomb Tracing Difficult

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Sharon Kyle: While I continued to search for more information on this technology figuring that I was probably not the only one who was unaware of our ability to trace bombs.

Tyranny of the Minority and the Demise of the Assault Weapons Ban

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Sylvia Moore: When the punditocracy constantly complains about Beltway gridlock, they don’t acknowledge the obvious structural flaws staring right at them in the face. America needs a new form of democracy. Our version has run its course.

Has Gun Debate Overheated?

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Karen Finney: Not surprisingly, the clearer it becomes that an increasing number of Americans support common-sense measures, the higher the NRA and its allies crank up the fear-mongering and hysteria

Mainstream Media Downplay NRA’s Close Ties to Gun Industry

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Peter Dreier: when reporters use adjectives to describe the NRA, they don’t call it an “industry-backed” or “gun manufacturers-funded” group. Instead, they describe the NRA in terms of its political clout, calling it “powerful,” “influential,” “deep pocketed and widely feared”

With Guns, All Politics Is Local

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: Most of the real action, when it comes to guns and firearm violence, takes place in our state capitals and in some instances our city councils.

Why Some Americans Want Big Guns

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Steve Hochstadt: Imaginary patriotism of right-wing extremists has been translated into a surge in demand for assault weapons, not for hunting or for protection against criminals, but to make war against our government.

How Is Gun Control Like Arms Control?

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Lawrence Wittner: Even if one leaves aside the difficulty of distinguishing between “good” and “bad” people, there is copious evidence indicating that, all other things being equal, the more access people have to weapons, the more likely they are to use them.

Roger Goodell: The Wayne LaPierre of the Sports World

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Dave Zirin: Like LaPierre, Goodell enforces a disciplined message that presents his harmful industry as American as apple pie in the name of profit.

I Gave Up My Firearm Today

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As I drove away, and I am not making this up, a spray of miniature raindrops began to fall and a double rainbow – a rare sight in Southern California – parted the sky to the north. I felt peace.

How NRA’s Wayne LaPierre Got the Media to Change the Subject.

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Peter Dreier: It is time for the media to bury Wayne LaPierre where he belongs — in the business section, not the front pages.

NRA’s Wayne LaPierre: Public Enemy #1

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Peter Dreier: The blood of the 26 victims of the Connecticut shooting, including 20 young children, is on LaPierre’s hands. He didn’t pull the trigger, but he’s the NRA’s hit man when it comes to intimidating elected officials to oppose any kind of gun control and the nation’s most vocal advocate of gun owner rights.

Romney: The Gun Lobby’s Mitch

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Dick Price: Mitt Romney – because he has no values beyond promoting his own and Lady Romney’s welfare – he’ll take the NRA’s money and oppose any sort of reasonable gun regulation. Which makes him forever the Gun Lobby’s Mitch.

Gun Control and Voter Suppression: Unequal Rights

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Karen Finney: Despite only 13 cases of in-person voter impersonation in the last 10 years when 649 million votes have been cast in general elections, we hear a consistent GOP myth about rampant voter fraud.

Issa’s Plot Theory Full of Holes

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Karen Finney: Darrell Issa’s current request has crept again, seeking documents from a period even further from the initial incident and DOJ discovery, hoping still for evidence of a clandestine anti-gun-control plot.

Trust Me: You Believe in Gun Control

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Tina Dupuy: Just like cutting taxes doesn’t increase revenue—making gun ownership unlimited doesn’t make us safer. It’s a lie. A fairy tale of the gun lobby. Completely unsupported by data or logic. A falsehood.

Naturally, “Motor City Madman” Ted Nugent Dodged the Draft

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Berry Craig: Nugent is more proof, as if proof were needed, that talk is about the cheapest commodity around. And tough talk from a foul-mouthed old draft dodger is not just cheap, it’s worthless.

Toxic Lead to Cover Iowa Killing Fields

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Brasch: If hunters are conservationists as they say they are, they should be the first to stand up and say they won’t poison wildlife or the ecosystem.

Issa-Led Hearing Inadvertently Supports Tougher Gun Control

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Andrea Nill-Sanchez: The NRA lobby has been blamed for weakening the ATF and rendering it leaderless since 2006. “The gun lobby has consistently outmaneuvered and hemmed in ATF, using political muscle to intimidate lawmakers and erect barriers to tougher gun laws,” reported the Washington Post.

Scratches on the Blackboard of Animal Cruelty

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Walter Brasch: In a vicious letter to its members and the media, the NRA stated that national animal rights extremists, whom they have also called radicals, are trying to ban what they call a “longstanding traditional shooting sport.”

ATF Gun Ops May Have Led To 1,800 Deaths

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Andrea Nill: MSNBC reported that Mexican cartels are taking advantage of lax U.S. gun laws which the NRA has lobbied hard for. At that time, around 80 percent of the 90,000 weapons confiscated by Mexican authorities were purchased in the U.S.

Guns, Polls, and Too Many Dead Americans

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Steve Hochstadt: New polls about high capacity magazines show that nearly two-thirds favor banning their sale. A minority of Americans, consistently about a third, favor banning the sale of all handguns, except to police.

It’s Still the Same Old Story—from Guns to Nukes

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Lawrence Wittner: Are we safer with more firepower or less? Despite the propaganda of the gunslingers, the arms manufacturers, and the military enthusiasts, it does seem that the world would be a lot safer with fewer guns and fewer nuclear weapons.

Newsweek Blew It

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Michael Sigman: it was refreshing to hear Washington Post Chairman Donald Graham’s candor about the fate of Newsweek, his company’s iconic money-hemorrhaging magazine, about which he said earlier this month, “If anyone should take the blame for this ending, it is me — for not seeing early enough and reacting in the right way to the changes that have come to our industry.”

Liberals Lose to Fox Party, Corporate Party

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Jim Fuller: Conservatives and the nice, polite folks I think of as carriage liberals have no choice but to step out into the cold with the outspoken progressives or go on doing what they’ve been doing for years now – giving their money and their votes to people who despise them and routinely screw them over.

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