Category: Politics

NRA pushes back, says media ‘loves mass shootings’

By Mark Berman and David Weigel | Washington Post After a week of media silence following the school shooting in Florida, the National Rifle Association went on the offensive in its first public response to the massacre, pushing back against law enforcement officials, the media, gun-control advocates and the teenage survivors of the massacre who have pleaded for stricter gun…

“Parkland Strong” vs. “Great American Patriots”: A guide to this week’s gun debate

The pressure cooker that is this nation’s collective angst over guns let off an explosive hiss this week as outraged school kids, grieving parents and lawmakers squared off Wednesday in Florida and Washington D.C. During a protest at Florida’s heavily GOP statehouse, a ”listening session” with President Trump and student survivors from the Parkland massacre, and a CNN Town Hall…

Wayne LaPierre’s Cynical Exploitation of Outrage

It’s been a strange few days in the American gun debate—with teenagers shaking an otherwise moribund discourse into new territory, senators being cowed on national television, and President Trump edging toward minor gun regulations. In the wake of the shooting, the Conservative Political Action Conference decided not to put NRA President Wayne LaPierre on its list of speakers. But LaPierre…

The Power of the Parkland Town Hall

I was 10 years old when, in 1999 Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold murdered 12 students at Columbine High School, in what was then the most-deadly school shooting in American history. What I can recall most from my childhood mind from the time aren’t the gruesome details in the news reports or even the sense of dread that gripped students…

Letter: Mothers and faith leaders must insist on stopping senseless killing of children

The children’s voices cry out to us. The voices of those murdered senselessly because of the grotesque number of guns in America. The voices of those still living, wondering, “Will I be next?” Our sacred scripture exhorts us, “Do not stand idly by as your neighbor’s blood is shed.” (Leviticus 19:16) This verse speaks resoundingly to the scourge of gun…

The 11 most powerful moments from CNN’s Parkland shooting town hall

CNN’s powerful town hall on Wednesday, which followed last week’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, was praised by many Americans for the civility, dialogue, and candor that our political conversations so often lack. Moderated by Jake Tapper, Stand Up: The Students of Stoneman Douglas Demand Action provided a forum for students, parents, and faculty…