At Issue Archive

NAT’L – At Issue – From the Left: Embattled by reality, Donald Trump will feel the love at the NRA convention: Nothing good can come of this (VIDEOS)

SALON.COM April 28, 2017 – Donald Trump had many ardent admirers during the 2016 campaign, but one group that jumped on the Trump bandwagon early and enthusiastically was the National Rifle Association. Its passionate endorsement of him may be one of the most unexamined reasons for his success. Back in December, I wrote a piece about NRA president Wayne LaPierre’s savvy move to turn gun rights into a “populist” agenda for the organization….

NYC – At Issue – Provocative ad uses bulletproof posters to challenge gun-control law (VIDEO)

BUSINESS INSIDER.COM April 27, 2017 – A provocative advertisement is taking aim at federal gun laws with bulletproof posters. The advertisement, published Thursday morning by gun-control advocacy group Americans for Responsible Solutions, shows people interacting with posters in three cities — New York City, Chicago, and Washington, DC. Each poster is made from bulletproof Kevlar — with real bullet holes to prove it — and contains an ominous message…

GA – At Issue – Dashboard takes the safety off: a locked and loaded conversation about “Unloaded”

ARTSATL.COM (ARTS ATLANTA) April 24, 2017 – On April 27, tens of thousands of firearm enthusiasts from around the country will pack the Georgia World Congress Center for the yearly convention of one of the most powerful lobbying organizations in the country.  That weekend, Dashboard will showcase Unloaded, a nationally traveling exhibition supplemented with work from 10 Atlanta artists responding to domestic gun culture and interpreting the historical and social issues surrounding…

AK – At Issue – A hunter does some soul-searching on the issue of toxic ammo

ALASKA DISPATCH NEWS.COM March 22, 2017 – We had flown into duck country early in the afternoon with plenty of time to get camp in shape before the evening hunt. Once all was in order, we sat out front of the cabin in camp chairs, two Labrador retrievers laying between us, waiting a bit before we headed out to a favorite pond for the evening flight. A narrow tidal…

KY – At Issue Opinion – NRA demand endangers Kentuckians

LEXINGTON HERALD LEADER January 27, 2017 – Five of the 24 Lexington homicide victims in 2016 included, clockwise from top left, Trinity Gay, Nathaniel McNealy, Caleb Hallett, Maryiah Coleman and Nova Marie Gallman. Around 350,000 Kentuckians have completed firearms safety courses and passed background checks to legally carry a concealed weapon in the last 20 years. Now the state Senate is poised to gut the training, background checks and licensing requirements. Senate…

It’s true: More people use guns to kill themselves than to kill others.

WASHINGTON POST September 12, 2016 – A year later, I remain haunted by the death of a friend, 39 when he shot himself, because I’m pretty sure his life could have been saved. Local police called his death a “suicide by gunshot” — one of more than 20,000 people a year who take their own lives with a firearm. Yes, it’s true: More people use guns to kill themselves…

VA – At Issue – I Shot Myself in the Head and Survived

THE TRACE.COM September 13, 2016 – About 85 percent of people who attempt suicide with a gun will die. Christen McGinnes, 47, is a statistical exception: On October 22, 2010, she pointed a .357 revolver at her head, and pulled the trigger. Today, 46 surgeries later, she is a volunteer with the Trauma Survivors Network at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Virginia. Here is her story, in her own words, as told to Kerry…

TX – Opinion/At Issue – Why the guns-on-campus debate matters for American higher education

BIG STORY.AP.ORG August 16, 2016 – As of Aug. 1, 2016, a new law allows concealed handguns in college and university buildings in Texas. It’s already had an impact on me as professor of religious studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Thanks to this law, I set foot in a federal court building for the first time. And I was not alone. The courtroom was packed. Other…

Nat’l – At Issue – Whatever Happened to Michael Bloomberg’s Anti-Gun Crusade?

SLATE.COM July 5, 2016 – For those who want to see legislative movement on the gun issue, it was natural to feel excited by these events in the moment. But it’s now just as easy to feel deflated by their failure to produce any real change. The measures proposed in the Senate were rejected in a vote that was as perfunctory as it was inevitable. The House, meanwhile, adjourned for its…

IL – At Issue – What I discovered as a pro-gun-control member of the NRA

TRIBUNE May 27, 2016 – If the Republicans had nominated a skunk in the contest against Hillary Clinton, the National Rifle Association would have heartily embraced the odoriferous Mr. Stinky. A week ago, the NRA, which has millions of members and is eager to target congressional races in which guns are an issue, endorsed Donald Trump for president. I joined a few years back to see what the NRA was up to. It was my way…

NJ – At Issue: The Other Side – Smart guns still face irrational opposition, but their time will come

STAR-LEDGER November 9, 2015 – It’s hard to know whether Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) is waving a white flag or playing rope-a-dope, but she made the right call in shelving the Childproof Handgun Act, on the remote chance that she can get smart guns onto the market and save lives. There’s just one flaw with her plan: The malignant profiteers who control gun groups give no sign that they…

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