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Commentary: Extreme forms of expression

Commentary: Extreme forms of expression

By Michael Leppert TheStatehouseFile.com It’s another week in America.  And it’s another predictable opportunity to reach the tipping point on gun violence. Here’s my sharply worded memo to guns rights activists:  this is not foreign policy trouble, or President Obama’s fault, or faith based in any way. This grew organically.  Spare me the “good guy […]

Commentary: Guns and money, the stuff of tragedy

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Commentary: Guns and money, the stuff of tragedy

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Perhaps the BBC responded to the tragedy in San Bernardino, California, in the most appropriate fashion. “Just another day in the United States,” the British news network said about the mass shooting that left 14 people dead and 21 others injured. The sad thing is that the BBC is […]

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Indiana flags fly at half-staff to honor California shooting victims

‪Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com ‪INDIANAPOLIS – A day after the latest mass shooting tragedy, the nation – Hoosiers included – are looking for ways to support the victims in San Bernardino, California. ‪Gov. Mike Pence has directed flags around the state at businesses and residences to be flown at half-staff. ‪The flags are to remain lowered […]

Commentary: An exercise in irony

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Commentary: An exercise in irony

By Michael Leppert TheStatehouseFile.com A few days ago, a 57-year-old man walked up to a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs and commenced to become another in a long list of American mass shooters.  When he was done, three were dead and nine were hospitalized.  We don’t know what motivated him yet, other than his […]

Commentary: The nerve of some people

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Commentary: The nerve of some people

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana lawmakers have a long list of people from whom they don’t want to hear about guns and gun violence. Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry told me once that prosecutors had tried to talk with the Indiana General Assembly about the consequences of Indiana’s lax gun laws, some of […]

Commentary: Guns and a reasonable question

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Commentary: Guns and a reasonable question

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The question came near the end of my hour-long on-air conversation with Chuck Brewer, the Republican candidate for mayor of Indianapolis. A listener asked if Brewer supported universal background checks for people who want to buy guns. Brewer, a Marine who has done two tours of combat duty, began […]

Commentary: The magnitude of opinion

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Commentary: The magnitude of opinion

By John Guy TheStatehouseFile.com Like heat, pressure and speed, does opinion have magnitude? Does opinion have character? For example, does a visitor from North Dakota, sitting next to his friend in Bloomington, have the same intensity, the same degree of unrestricted loyalty and enthusiasm as his host who is an Indiana University alum, former athlete […]

Commentary: Indiana, an NRA franchise

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Commentary: Indiana, an NRA franchise

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – We Americans recorded a couple of milestones a few days ago. We notched our 150th school shooting since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. And we racked up our 300th mass shooting of 2015. Given that we’re less than three years past the grieving and burials […]

Commentary: This is why we fight

Commentary: This is why we fight

By Michael Leppert TheStatehouseFile.com One of my new favorite bands was in town for a concert at the Murat Theatre that Tuesday night. And The Decemberists killed it. There were two encores, which always leads to question: “what do you think they will play?” One of my favorite songs of theirs is “This Is Why […]

Commentary: Guns and tragedy, yet again

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Commentary: Guns and tragedy, yet again

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – These moments now come with numbing regularity. A troubled young man. A lot of guns. A savage shooting. Many deaths. A lot of grief. Another frustrated – and frustrating – debate about guns and violence and tragedy. This time, the moments of horror took place in Oregon, where a […]