At Issue Archive

Supreme Skepticism for the Gun Lobby

BLOOMBERG.COM November 28, 2017 – Has the Supreme Court grown gun-shy? Ever since recognizing an individual right to bear arms almost a decade ago, the court has been skeptical of a series of claims from promoters of gun rights. On Monday, the court declined to hear two such cases. Paradoxically, the case that established the individual right to bear arms — 2008’s District of Columbia v Heller — helps to explain Monday’s rulings. In Heller, Justice…

Nat’l – AT ISSUE – More on the Military and Civilian History of the AR-15

THE ATLANTIC.COM November 12, 2017 – This past Tuesday Dean Winslow, a medical doctor and retired Air Force colonel who had deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan as a flight surgeon, appeared before the Senate Armed Services committee. It was considering his nomination as the Trump administration’s assistant secretary of defense for health affairs. 

CA – AT ISSUE – Would strict enforcement of existing gun laws have stopped the Texas church massacre? Probably not

LOS ANGELES TIMES  November 10, 2017 – The nation banned the sale of assault weapons for a decade until Congress let it lapse in 2004, and the NRA has blocked efforts to reinstate it. In the wake of the Las Vegas and Texas massacres, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) — who wrote the original 1994 bill — has decided to try again.  

IL – AT ISSUE – Opinion – I Can’t Teach While Wondering Who Has A Gun

Editor’s Note: AT ISSUE is a category rarely used but one in which we channel stories that reflect the opposite social ideology to gun rights. The following opinion editorial is timely in that the story just preceding it indicates the opposing view that a gun for self-defense could save the life of an intended victim.

LITERARY HUB (LITHUB.COM) August 3, 2017 –“It was raining the day of Megan’s funeral….

Nat’l – AT ISSUE – Opinion – The NRA Has Lost It

U.S NEWS.COM August 1, 2017 – My name is Patrick Tomlinson, and I am a lifelong firearm enthusiast. I started shooting at age 10, when my father got me a Crosman 760 Pumpmaster air rifle with Tasco scope. He was one of only three National Rifle Association training counselors in the state of Wisconsin for many years, certifying volunteers who would later go on to instruct citizens in rifle…

Nat’l – AT ISSUE – House GOP tucks pro-gun measure inside energy appropriations bill

THINK PROGRESS.ORG July 5, 2017 – Deep in an energy and water appropriations bill is a provision that would lift a prohibition of guns on federal property controlled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. For years, the powerful gun lobby has been aggressively pushing to allow gun-carrying in buildings and areas owned or operated by local, state, and federal governments. At the federal level, gun advocates succeeded in getting the National…

Nat’l – AT ISSUE – Opinion – Gun Sales Are Plummeting and Trump Wants to Help

THE NATION.COM June 29, 2017 – A beaming Donald Trump stood before hundreds of National Rifle Association members at their annual meeting in Atlanta this past April. “You are my friends, believe me,” he said, as the crowd hooted and hollered for the first sitting president to appear at the NRA’s national convention in more than three decades. It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Back in November, voters were…

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…

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