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Al Cross: Trump is back-and-forth on gun control; in the end he and McConnell must agree

In Louisville on Wednesday, President Trump said he would get, or help get, Gov. Matt Bevin and Sen. Mitch McConnell re-elected: “We’ll get them both back in.” Bevin was on hand, to bask in the glow of a president who has the approval of most Kentucky voters and whose support he needs to win a second term. McConnell wasn’t around, because he was recovering from surgery six days earlier to repair...

Bill Straub: About those votes against the Violence Against Women Act; NRA saw is as gun control

The He-Man Woman Haters Club, created by Alfalfa, Spanky and other members of the Little Rascals back in the 1930s, looks to be undergoing a surprising revival even though the boyish imps of the original incarnation have been displaced by the manful, masculine, manly men known as the Republicans in the Kentucky congressional delegation. This resurrection isn’t so much because the GOP House members...

Rural Blog: Students in rural communities facing backlash when speaking out in favor of gun control

Recent school shootings have inspired a wave of gun-control activism, some of it from students, and a few of those students from rural areas. “In a more liberal city like Parkland, Fla., or at a rally in Washington, these students might have been celebrated as young leaders,” Jack Healy reports for The New York Times. “But in rural, conservative parts of the country where farm fields...

Bill Straub: Key word is ‘Enough,’ though Congress is unlikely to act, only solution is at the ballot box

As noted in the past, I stopped hoping for any serious effort to end the slaughter created by guns not long after Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, the day 20-year-old Adam Lanza, entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CN., and proceeded to mow down 26 of his fellow human beings, including 20 children – 20, mind you — between the ages of six and seven. It became obvious soon thereafter that...

Bill Straub: In wake of deadly Las Vegas shooting, expect Congress to do absolutely nothing

It was Ethel Lina White in her novel The Wheel Spins who first maintained that “Lost causes are the only ones worth fighting for,’’ which naturally brings us around, yet again, to the issue of guns and the nation’s mind-boggling refusal to address the wholesale slaughter they all too often render. Fifty-nine people were killed and more than 500 injured – think about that for a moment, 59...

Bevin adds Kentucky to 25 states challenging handgun carry rights law in California

Gov. Matt Bevin has joined with 25 other states in filing an amicus brief in Peruta v. San Diego County, an important Second Amendment case challenging the constitutionality of a California law restricting citizens’ rights to carry handguns outside their homes for self-defense. Gov. Matt Bevin “As states and individuals, we must stand united against arbitrary government overreach and this unconstitutional...

Bill Straub: Massie’s Second Amendment Caucus may be be out of step with mood of country

WASHINGTON – The Whiz Kid is at it again. Just a little more than a week before the city of Louisville revealed that 2016 proved to be its deadliest, with homicides reaching at least 113 and law enforcement authorities responding to more than 400 shooting reports, Rep. Thomas Massie, R-SomewhereorotherLewisCounty, is revving up that old Second Amendment war horse, essentially promising the good...

Bill Straub: Framing gun control measures as anti-terrorism could leave McConnell in a pickle

WASHINGTON – Put up or shut up time may be approaching for Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. The issue is guns and how best to keep them out of the hands of potential terrorists. You may remember that shortly after the bloody slaughter at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, FL, earlier this month that left 49 dead, the Louisville lawmaker solemnly intoned that he was open to suggestions from...

Bill Straub: Another day, yet another senseless slaughter … and the beat goes on

WASHINGTON – Frankly, I gave up on Congress addressing the nation’s barely existent gun control laws about four years ago when some monster marched into the Sandy Hook School in Newtown, CT, and mercilessly gunned down 27 people – including 20 children. Twenty kids, mind you. Finally, lawmakers simply must act, supporters of rationale gun restrictions thought – an opportunity to actually...

Bill Straub: Disregarding the facts, Republicans still unwilling to address gun violence seriously

WASHINGTON – On Tuesday of this week, President Obama signed a modest set of executive orders designed to reduce gun violence by, among other things, requiring anyone who sells firearms to obtain a license and conduct background checks on everyone making a purchase. He also took steps to keep arms out of the hands of the mentally ill, something that obviously should have been done long ago were...

Bill Straub: Despite plaintive cries of victims’ families, all’s quiet on the gun control front

  Remember the great Ebola scare of 2014? Thousands of normally sane people were terrified by the prospect of the dreaded disease penetrating American shores. They demanded that the Centers for Disease Control and any number of other governmental agencies do something – anything – to halt the spread of this unholy plague.   After a reasonable amount of time, say another week or...

Bill Straub: Despite plaintive cries of victims' families, all's quiet on the gun control front

  Remember the great Ebola scare of 2014? Thousands of normally sane people were terrified by the prospect of the dreaded disease penetrating American shores. They demanded that the Centers for Disease Control and any number of other governmental agencies do something – anything – to halt the spread of this unholy plague.   After a reasonable amount of time, say another week or...

Author of ‘Living with Guns’ to speak on gun control, gun rights issues in free lecture at UK

Why does America have a constitutional right to keep and bear arms? Exactly what does that mean? Can we reconcile the individual right to own and use guns with the right of Americans to live in safety from gun violence? Are 30,000 deaths by gunfire every year the necessary price of the Second Amendment? Is keeping guns out of the hands of as many Americans as possible really the best way to keep...

Senate OKs bill allowing state to ignore any new federal gun laws, sends it on to House

The Kentucky Senate approved legislation yesterday that would prohibit the state from enforcing any new federal laws that require gun registration or restrict certain firearms.   Senate Bill 129, sponsored jointly by Sen. Jared Carpenter, R-Berea, and Sen. Ray Jones, D-Pikeville, would allow the state to ignore any new federal restrictions on ownership of semi-automatic firearms, magazines or...

Keven Moore on Insurance: What you should know about gun ownership and insurance

As I sat comfortably in our family board room (converted living room office) last Saturday morning drinking coffee with my wife and discussing family issues and grateful to have survived the Mayan end of the world prediction, a text came in from my good buddy and Army veteran Mike Hall inviting me to attend the local gun show down at Heritage Hall in Rupp Arena. Within 25 minutes I was out the door...

Robert Treadway: In assault rifle debate, it
is crucial to understand historical perspective

The battle lines are being drawn. The shooting in Newtown, Conn., has brought the debate on gun control, and specifically on the control of assault weapons, to the front burner. I will not argue for or against a ban on assault rifles; this is a policy decision with far-reaching ramifications. What I will offer is a historical perspective on assault weapons, and a more modest argument that, whatever...

John Calipari takes issue with NCAA meal guidelines as players gain weight during break

For weeks, UK head coach John Calipari has complained about his players’ energy level and fitness.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] He thinks a NCAA rule limiting college athletes to one formal “training meal” per day may have factored in their lethargy.   “They all lost weight,” Calipari said of his players fall semester. “Maybe they were dieting...