Gun control
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Oliver North picked to lead NRA

by Leigh Jones
Posted 5/08/18, 11:34 am

The National Rifle Association announced Monday that retired U.S. Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North, a popular speaker and conservative commentator, will serve as its next president. North brings a level of star power to the organization that has operated quietly for several years. But the renewed push for gun restrictions following several mass shootings put the spotlight once again on one of the country’s most influential lobbying groups.

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Lead us not

Society | A wise society doesn’t follow the directions of children
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 4/26/18, 12:05 pm

West Side Story, which debuted in 1958, remains a staple of high-school musical productions. The catchy songs and energetic dances disguise how dated is this “updated” version of Romeo and Juliet. But one scene will always be relevant. It comes in the second act, after hostility between Sharks and Jets has claimed two lives and threatens at least two more. “You kids!” exclaims Doc, the owner of the drug store where the Jets hang out. “You make the whole world lousy!” Action, the default leader of the gang, snaps back, “That’s the way we found it, Doc!”

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Students rally against gun violence on Columbine anniversary

by Leigh Jones
Posted 4/20/18, 03:48 pm

Students across the country participated in the second walkout in as many months to protest gun violence and rail against laws protecting gun rights. Friday’s protests coincided with the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre in Littleton, Colo. Students at more than 2,700 schools registered their intent to leave class at 10 a.m. local time, and some state capitals expected large rallies afterward. Police in Richmond, Va., prepared for at least 10,000 protesters.

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