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Bill Straub: The Grim Reaper holds fast, then blames the other side; just count the bills on his desk

The best way to describe the legislative acumen of Senate Republican Leader Mitch “Root-‘n-Branch’’ McConnell is to resurrect the three-card monte guys that used to set up outside the Port Authority Building in Manhattan to scam the Jersey guys that constantly poured out on to Eighth Avenue. These days, McConnell, of Moscow, by way of Louisville, is utilizing his sleight-of-hand skills to convince...

Bill Straub: Deja Vu all over again — gun massacres, promise of controls, then nothing; repeat rapid fire

All right, let’s break this one down to its component parts. On the morning of Aug. 3, a gunman, 21-year-old Patrick Crusius, shot and killed 22 people and injured 24 others in El Paso, TX. About 13 hours later, in Dayton, OH, a second gunman shot and killed 10 people and injured 17 others. The incidents brought to 251 the number of mass shootings that have occurred in the United States of America...

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...

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: 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...

Billy Reed: Time has come to stand up to the NRA and try a new approach to slowing gun violence

Less than a half-mile from my home, there is a big store that sells all kinds of hunting and fishing equipment. If I wished, I could walk there in 10 minutes or so and purchase an assault weapon more or less like the one used to kill 49 people early last Sunday morning in an Orlando, Fla., nightclub. Since I don’t have a criminal record, I’m pretty sure I would pass the background checks and get...

Top music stars to perform in Louisville at 145th NRA annual Meetings and Exhibits Weekend

The National Rifle Association announced the lineup of top music stars slated to perform during the 145th NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits May 20 and 21, 2016, in Louisville, Kentucky. World-class country vocalist Brett Eldredge and special guest Jana Kramer will hit the stage for the NRA Country Jam, presented by historic firearm manufacturer Colt’s Manufacturing Company LLC, Friday, May 20 and...

Louisville hosts 45th annual NRA Meeting and Exhibits; event expected to draw over 70,000

The National Rifle Association (NRA) Annual Meetings and Exhibits, sponsored by MidwayUSA, will be held May 19-22, 2016. Special events will be held at the Kentucky Exposition Center, KFC Center Arena, Kentucky International Convention Center and Belvedere at Waterfront Park. The exhibit hall at the Kentucky Exposition Center opens Friday, May 20 at 9 a.m. For more information, including event tickets,...

Col Owens: The time has come for us to pass reasonable gun safety legislation

This past weekend my wife and I got a robocall from Sen. Mitch McConnell, saying that President Obama is doing everything in his power to restrict our constitutional right to keep and bear arms.   Sen. McConnell should be ashamed. Nothing could be further from the truth. These calls are simply an attempt to distract attention from the senseless tragedy at Sandy Hook and the ensuing outrage from...

Keven Moore on Insurance: Buying a gun comes with much responsibility – and liability

A few weeks ago, I made the conscious decision to secure a new personal self-defensive weapon that will soon be carried in certain public settings, once I am able to secure my carry-and-conceal license within the next few weeks.   This decision wasn’t an easy one to make I must say, and it came with much internal debate. My decision was made this past Thanksgiving day on a day to be thankful,...