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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 11:25:00

Corporate American develops backbone; backs down open carry posses

Mother Jones reports that Sonic and Chili's outlets in Texas refused to knuckle under to intimidation tactics of open carry gun advocates. Growing backlash at the intimidation tactics appears to have backed the gun toters down.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 06:50:00

The real meaning of the 2nd Amendment

Joe Nocera in the New York Times, prompted by another killing spree, draws from a new book on the 2nd Amendment to explain how the NRA and politicians have bent the amendment all out of shape of what the founding fathers intended — a tool to guarantee a "well-regulated militia." It was not, he writes, intended to allow an individual right to trump the public good.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 07:06:00

Reminder: No guns on Little Rock city property

A reader sends this photo of a new sign at Little Rock City Hall announcing that concealed weapons are not allowed on premises, except when carried by law officers. This is only a restatement of long-standing law, I'm pretty sure. But the sign is new and I've noticed them elsewhere, such as at the fitness center in War Memorial Park.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 12:38:00

Georgia gets a 'guns everywhere' law

Georgia gets a "guns everywhere" law and it naturally raises the question of whether Arkansas may someday follow suit. Several gun issues are bubbling in Arkansas already.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 09:42:00

Gun giveaways in Republican primaries

The New York Times reports on a trend in Republican primaries: candidates offer up sweepstakes with a gun as the prize to attract interest —and collect personal data — from the GOP base. Local angle: See above an event last month for Curtis Coleman, running in the Republican primary for governor. "Look what we will give away at this Concert!! AR-15 & 100 Rounds of Ammunition." Somewhat awkwardly, this gun giveaway was at a middle school.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 17:29:00

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg investing $50 million in gun control campaign

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York and co-founder of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, is launching a $50 million campaign to support candidates favoring gun control. Bloomberg is attempting to push back on the influence of the National Rifle Association in 15 targeted states, including some hostile territory (Texas, Montana, Arizona). Arkansas is not among the targets, as far as I can tell from the press release. Bloomberg, of course, has targeted Sen. Mark Pryor in the past for his opposition to gun-control measures. Of course, in gun-happy Arkansas, Pryor took Bloomberg's criticism as a badge of honor. And the alternative to Pryor is Rep. Tom Cotton, who is, shall we say, not on board with Bloomberg's gun safety agenda.

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 09:30:00

Former SCOTUS Justice Stevens: five little words can fix the Second Amendment

Excellent piece in the Washington Post yesterday from former Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court John Paul Stevens on the Second Amendment, how its original intent has been twisted by the gun lobby, and the five word clarification that could clear up a bit of the original language that has allowed the NRA to get a philosophical toehold. It's a fascinating argument, even if you'll never see Stevens' fix implemented in your lifetime.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 07:07:00

UA law analysis: 'Open carry' law is ambiguous, also all or nothing

Did the Arkansas legislature really intend to allow open carry of guns in addressing a technical issue of what constitutes a 'journey' under the old law on carrying a firearm? No, says a new legal analysis.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 07:33:00

The gun report from Joe Nocera; Arkansas gunners won't like it

Interesting report from Joe Nocera of the New York Times on an unscientific project to use Google to track news of gun violence in America.

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Sunday, February 2, 2014 - 08:21:00

The Super morning report

Gotta get the grocery store early, before cheese dip/snow watch hysteria takes hold ahead of this evening.

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Friday, January 10, 2014

Friday, January 10, 2014 - 08:31:00

Legislature discusses putting more guns in schools

Benji Hardy of the Legislative Digest was on hand for a legislative committee discussing of opening the door to armed staff members in Arkansas public schools.

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Sunday, January 5, 2014 - 08:02:00

Free speech vs. 2nd Amendment; gun advocate silenced for departure from industry line

The gun nuts talk a lot about the Constitution and the inviobility of the 2nd Amendment.

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Friday, January 3, 2014

Friday, January 3, 2014 - 13:48:00

Obama takes gun control actions

President Obama has issued executive orders to make it easier to detect when people with a background of mental illness get a background check for a gun purchase.

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Monday, December 16, 2013 - 06:59:00

The rule of law falls to guns

A disquieting story in the New York Times this morning. It's about sheriffs around the country who refuse to enforce gun laws.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 07:45:00

Response to gun violence? Looser gun laws

Arkansas figures in the following national count. The New York Times reports on legislative action since the gun slaughter in Newton, Ct. 

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 11:36:00

National Football League nixes Super Bowl ad for gun-seller

[embed-1] The National Football League will not air the ad above, from Daniel Defense, a Georgia gun-selling company, citing league rules regulating advertisements of firearms.

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 06:22:00

Curtis Coleman gunning for voters

Republican gubernaborial candidate is giving away a Palmetto PA-15

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 09:59:00

Gun found at Little Rock airport security check

The Little Rock police said Michael Davidson, 44, was charged with carrying a weapon after a TSA officer found a weapon inside his carry-on bag

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Monday, November 11, 2013 - 15:21:00

Open carry crowd tries to intimidate moms in Texas

From Talking Points Memo: A small meeting for a gun control group in Texas was disrupted on Saturday by dozens of armed, pro-gun advocates, some of whom were photographed kneeling in a parking lot and brandishing their weapons.

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 08:27:00

Hunting season opens — for candidates bearing guns

I remarked the other day that you can tell the season — political — by the proliferation of photos of politicians with weapons.

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