Tag Archives: Gun Control

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Trump Says There’s No ‘Political Appetite’ for an Assault Weapons Ban

“I can tell you that there is no political appetite for that at this moment.”

— President Trump, quoted by Reuters, dismissing legislative proposals to ban assault weapons.

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Privately, Republicans Support Gun Control

“Republicans will say privately that they know they are on the wrong side of contemporary political thinking — and reality — when it comes to gun policy. Many of them will say off the record or on background that they could get away with supporting banning assault weapons, banning high-capacity magazines and tightening background checks. But they need Trump to embrace these ideas as well — and consistently. The president tends to pop his head up, support something and then retreat.”

Playbook

Enumerati

Nearly All Voters Want Background Checks on All Gun Sales

94% to 4%

A new Quinnipiac poll finds that American voters support requiring background checks for all gun buyers, 94% to 4%. Voters also support stricter gun laws in the U.S. by 61% to 34%. Republicans, gun owners and voters in households where there is a gun are the only listed groups opposed.

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Most Americans Favor Tougher Gun Laws, But Have Little Faith in Congress to Act

69%

Most Americans want tougher gun laws, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll. It showed that 69 percent of Americans, including 85 percent of Democrats and 57 percent of Republicans, want strong or moderate restrictions placed on firearms. But among those who want tougher gun laws now, only 14 percent said they were “very confident” their representatives understood their views on firearms, and just 8 percent felt “very confident” their elected representatives would do anything about it.

Enumerati

NRA Sees Decline in Contributions, Membership Dues

$98 million

“The National Rifle Association of America reported $98 million in contributions in 2017, down from nearly $125 million in 2016,” according to new tax records obtained by the Daily Beast. “Nearly a fifth of its contributions last year came from a single anonymous donor, who chipped in nearly $19 million to the group. … More noteworthy than its drop in contributions, though, was its decline in membership dues. The NRA took in more than $128 million in dues last year—a significant sum, but down considerably from the $163 million it took in the year prior.”

Enumerati

Support for Stricter Gun-Control Laws Is Falling

61%

A new Gallup poll finds that 61% of Americans favor stricter laws on the sale of firearms, down modestly from March, when 67% said this shortly after the Parkland, Florida, school shooting on February 14.

Poetic Justice

Makin’ Some Copies …

That 3D printing sure looks like fun.
In fact, I think I’m going to get me one.
I could print up some car parts
Or even little works of art,
And the Trump administration says I can even print me a gun.

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Out of Personal Tragedy, Political Activism

“I never expected this to happen, but I know that in light of all my experiences, to not to do anything is a tragedy in itself.”

— Lucy McBath (D), whose teenage son, Jordan, was shot and killed in 2012 by a stranger at a gas station, upon winning the Democratic nomination for Georgia’s 6th congressional district, ABC News reports.

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Sarah Palin Has Never Experienced Workplace Harassment Because …

“People know that I’m probably packing, so I don’t think there’s a whole lot of people who would necessarily mess with me.”

— Sarah Palin, when asked by NBC News if she had ever experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.

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Mike Luckovich: Groupies

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