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- A Gun-Control Activist Said ‘Yes’ to the Texas Governor’s Invitation. Here’s What Happened N...“You’ve done nothing!” has emerged as a repeated refrain in the wake of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary school in Uvalde, Texas — from angry parents restrained by law enforcement, and from opposition leaders like Beto O’Rourke, who disrupted Gov. Greg Abbott’s press conference on Wednesday. In advance of this weekend’s NRA conference in Houston, where Abbott was scheduled to appear, protesters are mobilizing to voice their exasperation with inaction from state leaders in the wake of yet another massacre. But actually, in 2018, after a mass shooting at Santa Fe High School near Houston, and again in 2019 following a mass shooting at an El Paso Walmart, the Texas governor did do something: He pulled a task force together, and asked Ed Scruggs — gun control activist and former board president of Texas Gun Sense — to be a part of it. Scruggs talked to POLITICO Magazine about… ..... Read More.16 hours ago
- The Plot to Out Ronald ReaganIt was 3:15 on the morning of June 26, 1980, and Congressman Bob Livingston was extraordinarily drunk, hiding in the congressional gym beneath the Rayburn House Office Building, petrified that a team of highly trained right-wing homosexual assassins working on behalf of Ronald Reagan was about to kill him. To the extent that the Louisiana Republican is remembered today, it’s for the brief but sensational role he played in America’s most infamous political sex scandal. On the same day in December 1998 that Bill Clinton was impeached for lying about his affair with a White House intern, Livingston, then the House speaker-designate, shocked the nation with his own admission of adultery. Preempting a journalistic exposé that had dredged up evidence of his past relationships with women not his wife, he not only refused the speakership but announced his resignation from Congress altogether.What people don’t know is that nearly two decades… ..... Read More.16 hours ago
- Opinion | The NRA Isn’t that Powerful. Its Creed Is.The National Rifle Association will put on a show at its annual leadership forum in Houston on Friday. Senior Republicans will parade through the event. Gun industry executives will fill the VIP seats wearing the coveted gold jackets of the NRA Golden Ring of Freedom. The tragedy in Uvalde, Texas will put a damper on some of the festivities — Don McLean, who sang the 1970s-anthem “American Pie,” withdrew from the event — but other lesser-known acts will perform. It’s a remarkable show of force, particularly for an organization that has been battered in recent years by litigation, plummeting revenue and a failed coup. Indeed, Friday will be the first time that Republican leaders have spoken at an NRA annual meeting since 2019 in Indianapolis, after a struggle for power broke out within the NRA leadership. The still-hot civil war started after Oliver North, the Reagan-era conservative hero and then-NRA… ..... Read More.16 hours ago
- He Did Not Act Alone“We don’t know his motive yet, but authorities believe he acted alone”…“it was a lone gunman”…“the shooter acted alone…” No, he didn’t. A motive will probably be assigned to him. We have studied every mass shooting since 1982. And the “motives” are usually some combination of the following: He struggled with bullying. Or self-loathing and depression. Maybe he had an ax to grind with an authority figure. Maybe he hated a certain group of people. But whatever we learn about the Uvalde shooter, or any future ones—because there will be more—don’t say they “acted alone,” which is largely media code for “this doesn’t appear to be Islamic terrorism.” No matter the particulars, these “lone” gunmen all have scores of accomplices. Here is a wholly incomplete list of those who bear direct responsibility in this slaughter of 19 children and two teachers, and the brutality visited on those still in the… ..... Read More.1 day ago
- ‘It Is Absolutely Comprehensible … It’s Happened Over and Over Again’In the wake of the Uvalde, Texas, shooting, which left 19 kids and two teachers dead earlier this week, public attention has once again focused on the systemic political factors paralyzing the U.S. gun violence debate. Texas is a deep-red state, where it’s long been considered politically career-ending to take any position in favor of gun control — even though it has seen many particularly devastating mass shootings in the past several years, prompting many Texans to adopt positions in favor of more gun control. Still, lawmakers continue to relax gun restrictions in the state. One person has learned some of these lessons about guns and Texas politics the hard way: Wendy Davis, the former state senator, known for filibustering an abortion bill in pink sneakers for 13 hours in 2013, who went on to lose her bid for Texas governor in 2014. In 2015, she wrote about her biggest… ..... Read More.1 day ago
- “Nothing Can Be Done” Is a LieMinutes after news of the mass shooting in Uvalde broke, I went to pick up my child from school. The yard was full of kids playing, and I tried to look cheerful and untroubled as I watched him grab his backpack and run toward me. I thought about the parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts and uncles who were expecting to greet their kids at the end of this day, only to learn that they would never do that again. Because of a gun. Because of so many guns, in so many hands, including so many of the wrong hands. But this is not a story about guns, or even about this latest horrific news. You’ve already heard all about that. Maybe you’ve been glued to your Twitter feed or cable TV, watching as people you agreed with, or not, argued about what should happen now. Maybe you felt despair as you… ..... Read More.1 day ago