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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 […]

Commentary: Try using common sense on guns

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Commentary: Try using common sense on guns

By Rep. Linda Lawson TheStatehouseFile.com I remember my first domestic violence case as a young officer on the Hammond Police Department. My partner and I went out on the call and had to contact our sergeant and lieutenant for advice.  The scene was shocking and absolutely vicious. Children were in the home as well as […]

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Janet get your gun: Incoming first lady provides gun safety training

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com  EDINBURGH, Ind. — First lady-designee Janet Holcomb started her husband’s inauguration weekend out with a bang. Janet Holcomb, a National Rifle Association certified shooting and safety training instructor, hosted a virtual weapon training experience with nearly 450 constituents Saturday. The purpose of the event was instruct Hoosiers on proper weapon training […]

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Commentary: Rage finds a trigger

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – So many souls lost. So many scars upon the land. The mass shooting in Dallas, Texas, of 12 police officers that killed at least five of them followed by a day the shooting of a black man by a police officer in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota. Which […]

Commentary: Guns and a lost art that might help

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Commentary: Guns and a lost art that might help

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – An old teacher of mine had a useful saying. “We can’t learn anything when our lips are moving,” he said. “It’s only when we shut up and listen that we have a chance to learn anything.” I thought about that bit of wisdom during President Barack Obama’s town hall […]

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 […]

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: Reading with the NRA

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Commentary: Reading with the NRA

By Michael Leppert TheStatehouseFile.com Last week, I wrote a piece about gun violence in America and in it I predicted that our culture’s perspective on guns will ultimately change in the future.  I opined that the shift will come as a result of some seemingly small tweak in policy, or as a result of some […]

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New law: Sawed-off shotguns no longer outlawed

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS– Manufacturing, importing, selling and owning a sawed-off shotgun will be legal in the Hoosier state beginning on July 1. Indiana currently prohibits these firearms, but Sen. Jim Tomes, R-Wadesville, authored Senate Bill 433, which the General Assembly approved this session. “The state discontinued to transfer federal approvals and all of […]

Commentary: Villages, lawmakers and outsourced thinking

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Commentary: Villages, lawmakers and outsourced thinking

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – As the tragicomedy that is the 2015 session of the Indiana General Assembly stumbles and pratfalls its way to an end, one conclusion can be drawn. Many Indiana villages must be missing their idiots, because they sent them to the state legislature. The latest example of peculiar thought – […]

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