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Commentary: Guns and our nightmare that won’t end

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Commentary: Guns and our nightmare that won’t end

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Words fail. The sights and stories from Parkland, Florida, have a sad familiarity. We Americans now have seen so many pictures of families and communities battered by horror and grief. We had heard so many tales of terrified young people bearing more than children should be asked – no, […]

Commentary: Mediocrity plus ‘pure evil’ is a deadly combination in Parkland

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Commentary: Mediocrity plus ‘pure evil’ is a deadly combination in Parkland

By Michael Leppert www.contrariana.com It has been one of those weeks, like so many other weeks in America. It started off with a big dose of optimism when former First Lady Michelle Obama visited Indianapolis. Her speeches are always positive and always uplifting. I found myself anxiously straining to hear a thought from her that […]

Commentary: Indiana’s lawmakers (yawn) do their work

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Commentary: Indiana’s lawmakers (yawn) do their work

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The relative silence and sleepiness with which this session of the Indiana General Assembly has proceeded demonstrate a couple of things. The first is that, after more than a decade of controlling state government, there isn’t all that much left on the Indiana Republican Party’s wish list. The GOP […]

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Guns in church bill clears Senate committee

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Legislation that would allow persons to carry firearms to worship services that have schools on their property passed a Senate committee on Wednesday. “This bill would simply add and change the law where a person, who can regularly possess a firearm, can possess a firearm,” Sen. Jack Sandlin, R-Indianapolis, […]

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Bill to remove handgun licensing gets last-minute changes

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Law enforcement and community representatives packed a House Public Policy Committee Wednesday to testify on a bill to lessen restrictions on handgun ownership. Instead, author Rep. Timothy Wesco, R-Osceola, told the room to “forget the bill.” Soon after the hearing convened, Wesco proposed an amendment that retracted his original […]

Commentary: To the NRA, from Russia with love

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Commentary: To the NRA, from Russia with love

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The FBI, it seems, is investigating the National Rifle Association for using Russian money to illegally influence the 2016 election. McClatchy reports that the NRA may have taken money from a Russian banker of dubious reputation to spend on behalf of President Donald Trump. The sum could be staggering. […]

Commentary: Death comes to the sanctuary

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Commentary: Death comes to the sanctuary

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – He killed them in a place of worship as they sat in their pews and prayed to their God. Dressed in body armor as if he were in a war zone, he shot the young and the old, husbands, wives and children, brothers and sisters, neighbors and friends. He […]

Commentary: Tragedy, in the most human terms

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Commentary: Tragedy, in the most human terms

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Life would be much easier if tragedy fit itself into tidy packages. Unfortunately, tragedy often is every bit as complicated and messy as life and death are. That’s the situation regarding the death of Aaron Bailey, the unarmed black man who was shot by two Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department […]

Commentary: Someone told a funny

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Commentary: Someone told a funny

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – No one milks a bad joke quite like Indiana Rep. Jim Lucas. The Seymour Republican with a love for guns that knows no bounds trotted out a stunt a few days ago. While he was appearing on “No Limits” – the radio show I host – he pointed to […]

Commentary: Guns and the conversation we just can’t have

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Commentary: Guns and the conversation we just can’t have

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – I hate writing about guns. No other issue in American life divides people so much. No other debate pushes us so far into our bunkers. I’m on the air, talking with outspoken gun advocate Indiana Rep. Jim Lucas, R-Seymour, Indiana University Law School Prof. Jody Madeira and Marian University […]

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