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Commentary: NRA reacts ‘hysterically’ to reasonable proposals

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Commentary: NRA reacts ‘hysterically’ to reasonable proposals

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Last year, when the National Rifle Association made one of its election-year purchases of an Indiana political candidate, I got into a spat with the gun group. I wrote a column criticizing the transactional nature of the NRA’s relationship with the candidate. The NRA responded by getting personal. One […]

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Commentary: Let the NRA pay for America’s gun party

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A couple of New York newspapers had a lot of fun with National Rifle Association honcho Wayne LaPierre’s suggestion that the way to prevent mass shootings at America’s schools would be to put armed guards at every one of them. The New York Daily News ran a front-page picture […]

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Guest column: Recommit to families and faith to prevent violence

By Sen. Mike Delph Special to The Statehouse File This week, The Indianapolis Star published an article regarding the recent gun violence in Connecticut and its impact on Indiana. I would like to further elaborate my beliefs concerning this issue as my complete statement was not included in the article. As the father of five […]

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Gov.-elect Pence calls for school safety study, downplays role of guns in Connecticut massacre

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov.-elect Mike Pence said Wednesday he will seek a comprehensive study of school safety in Indiana in the wake of the Connecticut massacre that left 20 elementary students dead. Pence said he wants the study to focus on schools, not the state’s guns laws. When pressed, he said he […]

Commentary: NRA not interested in Indiana race but 2016 battle instead

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Commentary: NRA not interested in Indiana race but 2016 battle instead

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – So, the National Rifle Association has endorsed a candidate in the Indiana governor’s race. “Mike Pence is a staunch supporter of our Second Amendment rights. Voters in Indiana can trust that Mike Pence will respect their right to self-defense and will honor their rich hunting heritage as […]

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Commentary: Supporters of gun rights don’t even want conversation

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Those gun lovers – they never disappoint and they’re always predictable. Whenever someone suggests, however mildly, that maybe, just maybe having private gun ownership in this country multiply faster than fruit flies in heat causes some problems, they howl that their rights are being violated. The fact […]

Commentary: Colorado slayings renew need to debate gun control

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Commentary: Colorado slayings renew need to debate gun control

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – It happened again, this time in Colorado. More gunshots. More victims. More death. More grief. When a gunman opened fire at a movie theater in a Denver suburb, killing a dozen people and wounding 58 more, in addition to devastating lives he reopened our endless debate about […]

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Across the nation, fights over gun restrictions heat up

By Maggie Clark Stateline.org Despite the scrutiny of state gun laws following the February shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, state legislators across the country continue to work on scaling back gun restrictions this session. The Indiana General Assembly adjourned its 2012 session last month without making any notable changes to the […]

Gun lobby touchy about its grab at a Senate seat

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Gun lobby touchy about its grab at a Senate seat

By John Krull The Statehouse File   INDIANAPOLIS – The National Rifle Association got its feelings hurt. Not long ago, Chris Cox, the gun group’s chief lobbyist, invited Indiana journalists to a conference call so he could announce that the NRA was endorsing state Treasurer Richard Mourdock in his primary campaign against incumbent U.S. Sen. […]