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Commentary: Lawmakers should listen to public on guns

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Commentary: Lawmakers should listen to public on guns

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – So, the Ways and Means Committee of the Indiana House of Representatives wants to see more guns in the state’s schools. That should make Indiana the National Rifle Association’s version of paradise. The committee voted, 16-7, to approve a measure that would require Indiana schools to have an employee […]

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Lawmakers create exception for proposal to require guns in schools

By Samm Quinn TheStatehousefile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House Ways and Means committee voted to pass a bill Tuesday that mandates schools to have an employee carry a weapon to protect students – but it allows schools to waive that requirement. Originally, Senate Bill was intended to give schools grants to hire more school resource officers. […]

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Commentary: Mayor Bloomberg brings fresh perspectives to old issues

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – On the day New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg began running gun control ads in Indiana, U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Ind., issued this statement: “Here in Indiana, responsible gun owners value the 2nd Amendment and know that Mayor Bloomberg’s knee-jerk reactions on everything from sodas to firearms aren’t going […]

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Long, Pence express some concern about bill to require guns in schools

By Samm Quinn TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence and the leader of the Indiana Senate said Thursday they have concerns about mandating that every school have an employee who carries a gun during school hours – especially if the state doesn’t pay the full cost. Pence said he generally prefers letting schools make decisions […]

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Bill requires guns in schools as part of safety plan

By Jesselyn Bickley TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Every public school in Indiana would be required to have an armed and trained officer or staff member on site under legislation passed Tuesday by a House committee. “It’s been shown time and time again that the best way to stop a bad person with a gun is a […]

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Lawmakers try to woo gun manufacturers to Indiana

By Tim Grimes TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A resolution that tries to tempt small arms manufacturers to come to Indiana passed the House on Tuesday. The Senate Committee on Rules and Legislative Procedure also passed an almost identical resolution the same day. Senate Resolution 61 and House Resolution 63 aim to attract gun manufacturers to Indiana […]

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Commentary: Life moves on, even in places of tragedy

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com NEWTOWN, Conn. – Life goes on. Those three words can be both comforting and horrifying. It’s quiet on this Easter Sunday morning just a little more than three months after a deluded soul with an arsenal at his disposal opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School and killed 26 people – […]

Commentary: Doubt prods thinking that can lead to compromise

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Commentary: Doubt prods thinking that can lead to compromise

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A caller named Tim took the talk about guns where it needed to go – to the place where many thoughtful Americans now are. His call came near the end of the radio show I host. For the better part of an hour, Indiana Sen. Jim Tomes, R-Wadesville, school […]

Commentary: NRA members need better leaders

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Commentary: NRA members need better leaders

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The National Rifle Association just completed a survey of its members. The outcome was foreordained because the NRA did a superb job of cooking the results. Gourmet chefs have nothing on the gun lobby. Seasoning a survey to achieve a desired outcome is, of course, a time-honored tradition among […]

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 […]