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”

Terrorism Around the World

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Carl Matthes: Extremists can always step up to the next weapon of mass killing. Anti-violence campaigns, respect for human life, education and zero tolerance for the proliferation of assault weapons are needed now.

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.

Gun Silence

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Tom Hall: The earnest M.C. at Saturday’s benefit concert suggested that we all pause for a minute of silence in honor of the recent tragedy in Connecticut. Seated in the audience, I wanted to scream out “NO. No more silence.”

Conservatives in 2013

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Carl Matthes: In 2012, conservatives lost the Presidency plus seats in the Senate and House. They see America changing and, wIthout a national leader, conservatives have splintered.

The NRA vs. The NRA

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John MacMurray: But whatever the NRA wishes to be; however it regards itself and its place in the cosmos; some changes will have to be made in the way it does business.

The Other NRA

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JP Sottile: Unlike the NRA, the Military-Idustrial Complex isn’t limited to just spending money on lobbyists and advertisements and voting guides.

Guns Don’t Kill People, Trigger Fingers Do

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Dotty LeMieux: As I watched one of my favorite all time classic feel good All American holiday movies, A Christmas Story, last night, I couldn’t help but cringe that the plot of that whole show revolved around one little boy’s desire for a bb gun.

America’s Gun Culture This Year

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Walter Brasch: There were 12 mass murders so far this year. There will be 33 more deaths from gunshot wounds today. There will be 33 more tomorrow. And the day after that and the day after that.

Olympians Medal in London; NRA Meddles in Harrisburg

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Walter Brasch: While 11,000 athletes from 205 countries continue to excel at the Olympics in London, 75 pretend hunters and faux sportsmen are at the Wing Pointe club near Hamburg, Pennsylvania, this weekend where they are shooting more than 10 times the number of pigeons killed at the 1900 Olympics.

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.

Trayvon’s Punch

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Robert Illes: Anyway, for me, at least there is the newly minted image that Trayvon went down fighting for his life – “standing his ground,” don’t you know, in the spirit of Jeb Bush’s NRA written law.

Our Hope for Change Still Not Fulfilled

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Walter Brasch: After significant compromise with the recalcitrant Republicans who want to continue to give the wealthy tax advantages while cutting significant social programs, President Obama has finally taken a stand on debt ceiling negotiations. However, in labor, wildlife management, and the environment he is still compromising rather than coming out forcefully for the principles he and the working class and environmentalists believe.

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