Francine and David moved from New York City to Newtown to raise a family somewhere safe. They could never have imagined that in that quiet place on a Friday morning, just days before Christmas, gunfire would take their younger son's life.
While the NRA promises that the annual convention will draw more than 70,000 attendees, left unstated is the fact the vast majority of these participants aren't there to attend the organization's annual "meeting of members" but to see the products of the organization's gun industry patrons.
With the next election 18 months away, senators who bucked 90 percent of the public on the recent vote to expand background checks for gun buyers probably think time will fade the memory for voters. But if anything, it's energized the overwhelming majority that favors more controls.
A shadow box sits on my mantle. In it are the effects of my great uncle Homer who was killed in WW I serving as a U.S. volunteer in the Canadian forc...
Senator Kelly Ayotte this week became the poster child for callousness in her confrontation with Erica Lafferty, the daughter of the slain principal of Sandy Hook.
The power of the gun lobby is rooted in its role in private campaign finance. For all the talk of a gun culture in the United States and the invocation of the limits imposed by the Second Amendment, the real problem is that the views possessed by a huge majority of Americans do not possess political salience.
The nonsense about what it takes for a president to win a victory in Congress has reached ridiculous dimensions. The fact that Barack Obama failed to win legislation to place further curbs on the purchase of guns has made people who ought to know better decide that he's not an "arm-twister."
If you think these two nitwits made a bloodbath at a public event... imagine what a handful of suicidal Al Qaeda types in Kevlar, armed with Bushmasters, could have done to that crowd before they died.
The liberating thing about using propaganda is that the truth is no obstacle. In the NRA's case, the organization can continue to lie with absolute impunity and without consequences.
To put the wide-ranging influence of the NRA into perspective, let's try an exercise in alternate history.
I should have responded that laws in general are made for knaves. Good citizens are assumed to do what is right on their own. We apply these laws only to those who for one reason or another pay no mind to others and the common good.
In the wake of the failure of the Senate to pass even a modest background check bill, many around the country are still scratching their heads. How co...
In opposing any and all gun control legislation, the NRA argues that we have to let the good guys have guns so they can protect us from the bad guys. Perhaps the NRA spokespeople can try to divide the world into good guys and bad guys. But Christians should not.
It's frustrating to see how Congress legislates not on what's best for the people, but what's best for the lobbyists. I've been hitting the NRA and its congressional whores for years, putting me on the NRA enemies list, which makes me feel like I'm doing something right.
Whether or not these challenges will materialize and be successful, the perceived threat is such that many incumbents don't want to put any daylight between themselves and the NRA.