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Ted Rall: Incrementalism on the March
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Lifestyle

Category: Ted Rall

2012-12-28 12:29:16

Despite Mass Murder, Stricter Gun Control Seems Unlikely
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Commentary/Politics

Category: Illinois Politics

2012-12-23 11:41:12

It’s difficult to argue with a point by the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent shortly after news had broken of the mass murder at a Connecticut school.

“If today’s shooting doesn’t prompt action on guns,” Sargent wrote on his Twitter account, “then nothing ever will.”

You’d think that the shocking horror of 20 children and 6 adults murdered at that school by a crazed gunman using a semiautomatic assault rifle with high-capacity ammunition magazines would prompt some action, either nationally or at least locally.

But nationally the NRA has almost completely embedded itself within the Republican Party and allied itself closely with congressional GOP leaders. As a result, when one of its own members (Gabby Giffords) was nearly killed during an Arizona mass murder by yet another crazed gunman, the U.S. Congress did little more than applaud her return to the chamber.

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A Tale of Two Gun-Control Polls
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Commentary/Politics

Category: Illinois Politics

2011-04-03 11:25:52

It appears that the Illinois State Rifle Association released some highly questionable poll results last week because top officials learned that a gun-control group was doing its own polling. The Rifle Association decided it wanted to get ahead of the curve, I’m told.

The Rifle Association claimed its poll results showed broad support in a handful of legislative districts for the right to carry a concealed weapon in Illinois, even in two African-American Chicago Senate districts. But there are serious problems about the way the questions were asked, including the fact that the phrase “concealed carry” was never even mentioned in the poll, despite a Rifle Association press release claiming it was. Concealed carry is one of the hottest issues of the spring legislative session.

The poll asked three very leading, loaded questions before getting to the carry issue. Respondents were asked if they felt safe walking around their neighborhood, if they believed local police can protect them from being “robbed or assaulted,” and whether they believed they have a “right to defend yourself and your family from murderers, robbers, and rapists.”

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