Saturday, January 19, 2013
With more than 300 comments between two stories, Patch readers are up in arms over the guns or no guns debate surrounding schools. If President Barack Obama's kids are constantly protected, some say, everyday American's should be as well.
Last year marked the deadliest year in mass shootings in United States history, with incidents at an elementary school, movie theater and religious temple leaving hundreds of people dead or injured. The recent rash in mass shootings has ignited passionate debates and sparked hundreds of comments on Patch among those who are both for and against tighter gun control laws. Two stories in particular generated more than 300 comments: One on President Barack Obama's proposed gun control measures and one on an ad by the NRA that referred to the president's children. On Wednesday, Obama proposed a comprehensive gun policy reform that included a series of executive actions. Under the proposals the president is recommending: The package will cost…
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
National Rifle Association injects President's children into gun debate. Does that go too far?
The National Rifle Association is stoking ire from both the left and right today after it released an ad that injects President Obama's children into the guns-in-schools debate. "Are the President's kids more important than yours," the ad asks. "Then why is he skeptical about putting armed security in our schools when his kids are protected by armed security at their school?" The 30-second commercial appears on the NRA's website and is apparently running on the Sportsman Channel. "They are out of step, out of the mainstream, totally out of sync with what’s going on in our society, and quite frankly after seeing that, I think some of the people who run that thing are sick," said Mika Brzezinksi, co-host of MSNBC's Morning Joe. "I really do…
Friday, December 21, 2012
"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," the NRA's Wayne LaPierre said.
In an amazing Friday morning press conference, the National Rifle Association broke its weeklong silence following the horrific shooting of 26 people at a school in Newtown, CT and called for a surge of gun-carrying "good guys" around American schools. NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre called for a new kind of American domestic security revolving around armed civilians, arguing that "the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." "We care about our president, so we protect him with armed Secret Service agents," LaPierre said. "Members of Congress work in offices surrounded by Capitol Police officers. Yet, when it comes to our most beloved, innocent, and vulnerable members of the American family, our …
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Here's a look at what some of Wisconsin's top political bloggers have been writing about in the past week.
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Lisa Mux, Waukesha Wonk On the big lines at the grand opening of a new Costco store in Pewaukee The patrons were excited to be waiting in line to spend their money at a business which will create sustainable jobs for our community, jobs that pay a living wage and benefits. They, too, couldn’t wait to ditch their memberships to that other warehouse store and were telling anyone who would listen. The workers seemed grateful for that, and I heard a lot of heartfelt “thank yous” all around me. One employee, who currently pays $1,700 per month for COBRA, will be eligible for health insurance through Costco after six months of employment. She was proud to explain that even part-time employees are eligible for benefits. A supervisor, who had …
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Francois Ross had hunted most of his life and he thought he knew how to handle a gun. But when he decided to carry a concealed weapon, a gun safety instructor made him think twice. Now he's teaching others to do the same.
Want to see more stories about this topic? "Like" this article on Facebook by clicking the "like" button just above this article. If we get 10 or more likes, we'll know to do a follow-up story. The National Rifle Association trains their gun safety instructors to focus on knowledge, skills and attitude when they teach people how to carry and use their weapons. Francois Ross, of Glendale, also teaches those elements to his students as a certified NRA instructor when he teaches his classes on personal protection in the home and pistol shooting at the Racine County Line Rifle Club. But in his Carrying Concealed Weapons class, he'll stress the importance of attitude a little more. On Nov. 1, people wanting to carry a concealed weapon can apply…
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Have gun, will carry -- but not so fast.
The conceal carry law will go into effect in a few weeks, but there may be some tinkering done to the rules surrounding the permit process. According to a Journal Sentinel article, Gov. Scott Walker OK'd a four-hour training requirement people would need to complete before they receive a permit. The provision hasn't gone over well with officials with the National Rifle Association. The rules were made temporarily until the Wisconsin Department of Justice can finalize the permanent rules in December. Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action told Patrick Marley, a Journal Sentinel reporter, that "We are frankly disappointed with the grudging attitude (the Department of Justice) has taken toward this law…