Monday, March 05, 2018


"Trump says it’s O.K. to fight the NRA ‘every once in a while’" PBS NewsHour 2/26/2018

WARNING:  Trump lies and panders to NRA.


SUMMARY:  President Trump called again for banning bump stocks during a listening session with the nation's governors, even if it means breaking with the NRA.  But in returning to the idea of arming trained teachers, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee urged him to take it off the table.  Meanwhile, lawmakers on Capitol Hill face a number of proposals, but it’s not clear if anything can pass.  Hari Sreenivasan reports.

"How this powerful NRA lobbyist transformed U.S. gun laws" PBS NewsHour 2/26/2018

IMHO the NRA is a domestic terrorist organization.


SUMMARY:  As Florida's legislature begins to consider changes to gun laws in the wake of the deadly shooting at a Parkland high school, the question of whether anything will pass has a great deal to do with the powerful voice of the NRA in that state.  Mike Spies, a staff writer for The Trace who wrote about the NRA's past successes for The New Yorker, joins Hari Sreenivasan for more.

"Congress is chewing over several gun proposals.  What’s really possible?" PBS NewsHour 2/27/2018


SUMMARY:  Students-turned-activists from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were in the halls of Congress on Tuesday to press for more gun control.  Senate Republicans pointed to a bill that would push more agencies to work with the background check system.  But Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer says that doesn't go far enough.  Lisa Desjardins joins Judy Woodruff for more.

"Trump, lawmakers seek common ground on gun control" PBS NewsHour 2/28/2018


SUMMARY:  Students returned to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday for their first classes since a Valentine's Day shooting, with many saying they would keep fighting for stricter gun control laws.  Meanwhile, President Trump met with a bipartisan group of lawmakers to talk about legislation, backing better background checks and arming teachers or other school workers.  John Yang reports.

"Here’s how American companies are responding to the Florida school shooting" PBS NewsHour 3/1/2018


SUMMARY:  Students and educators were gunned down at their school in Parkland, Florida, two weeks ago, and corporate America is responding.  Kroger announced that stores will no longer sell firearms and ammunition to buyers under 21, joining Walmart and Dick's this week in restricting sales of various items.  Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports other companies are distancing themselves from the NRA.

"Will corporate leaders taking a stand on guns have a contagious effect?" PBS NewsHour 3/1/2018


SUMMARY:  As public demand for action on gun control gains traction in the wake of the Florida school shooting, companies such as Delta Air Lines and Walmart are taking steps to distance themselves from the NRA.  Hari Sreenivasan is joined by Nancy Koehn of the Harvard Business School to discuss what is triggering corporate America to engage in the gun debate and whether this can lead to change.

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