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May 17th, 2014
thesmithian

'After Columbine there was a general sense that something had to be done. That kids getting killed at school was a thing we weren't going to be okay with. “Never again,” as they say. It wasn't some fanciful impossibility. The British did it after Dunblane. And so we did that. Everyone got together and passed sweeping gun control legislation and there was never another mass shooting in America.'

April 19th, 2014
thesmithian

Mayors are now pairing with moms. Together they’ll crib directly from the playbook of the NRA. They’ll focus on statehouses if Congress won’t listen. And under a new umbrella group, “Everytown for Gun Safety” — backed by $50 million of [former NYC Mayor Michael] Bloomberg’s own money — they’re aiming to create the elusive political counterweight to the NRA.

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April 17th, 2014
thesmithian

Susana Martinez, governor of New Mexico, didn’t start out Republican. She and her husband…had always been Democrats. But she’d long dreamed of running for office, and when word got out that she had her eyes on the district attorney’s seat, two local Republican activists asked her to lunch. At the meeting, the story goes, her suitors didn’t talk about party affiliation or ideology. They zeroed in on issues—taxes, welfare, gun rights, the death penalty. Afterward, Martinez got into the car, turned to her husband, and said, “I’ll be damned, we’re Republicans.”

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Susana Martinez, governor of New Mexico, didn’t start out Republican. She and her husband…had always been Democrats. But she’d long dreamed of running for office, and when word got out that she had her eyes on the district attorney’s seat, two local Republican activists asked her to lunch. At the meeting, the story goes, her suitors didn’t talk about party affiliation or ideology. They zeroed in on issues—taxes, welfare, gun rights, the death penalty. Afterward, Martinez got into the car, turned to her husband, and said, “I’ll be damned, we’re Republicans.”

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March 12th, 2014
thesmithian

A man who tells a woman he loves her—who does, in fact, love her—can kill her, too. Forgetting that is a profound domestic danger. There are many forms of intimacy, which can impinge on each other…

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March 12th, 2014
thesmithian

Erika Harold doesn’t fit neatly into the taxonomy of today’s Republican factions: She is not a middle-of-the-road Republican. Nor is she a neocon, a Tea Partier or a strict libertarian cribbing Ayn Rand quotes. She calls herself a constitutional conservative. She is anti-abortion rights, pro-gun, believes that marriage is between a man and a woman. She does not support marijuana legalization. She wants to repeal Obamacare. She also is against the death penalty…

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January 30th, 2014
thesmithian
…it’s a confluence of a number of different things, primary of which is people’s desire to stay alive and free.

Rev. Michael McBride, he

directs the Lifelines to Healing Campaign, a project of the PICO National Network. The campaign is committed to addressing gun violence and mass incarceration of young people of color.

and was responding to

"In 2013 there was a drop in homicides in Oakland, San Francisco, Richmond…in San Jose, [and] in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago—from your perspective what do you think is going on here?"

December 29th, 2013
thesmithian
We were chatting when we heard a big explosion, followed by machine-gun fire. My natural reaction was to run, but the woman I was with pulled me to the ground. I turned to grab my purse and saw the man who had taken our original seats, at the high table, lying on the ground. There was blood everywhere, and he wasn’t moving.
Bendita Malakia, on living through the Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi
December 26th, 2013
thesmithian
If I had to outlaw one thing, it’d be guns…You’d have to pass a demeanor test to see how you are under pressure, and what you’re gonna do when the pressure cracks you. There shouldn’t be no need for automatic weapons to be in the hands of regular citizens.
December 15th, 2013
thesmithian

It’s hard to hear [Cobain] sing lines like “I swear I don’t have a gun.” and “Don’t expect me to die,” without thinking about what would tragically follow, only four months after the performance.

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November 16th, 2013
thesmithian
I couldn’t accept no apology because my daughter don’t breathe no more…I believe this man took my daughter’s life for no reason. We just want justice done.
November 7th, 2013
thesmithian
You see a young black lady on your porch and you shoot? There was no window broken. My niece didn’t bother anyone. She went looking for help and now she’s dead.
Bernita Spinks, of Detroit
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