Despite approval in the Senate Judiciary Committee last week on a bill to renew the assault weapons ban, observers predict failure in the U.S. Senate.
So, despite a Democratic majority . . . despite strong backing from the President . . . despite overwhelming support among the American people . . . and despite this:
“Military-style assault weapons have been the weapon of choice in a number of recent U.S. mass shootings, including one at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, that killed 20 children and six adults on December 14.” (Reuters – March 14, 2013) . . .
. . . Congress is poised to do nothing?? This is one example of why the terms “Congress” and “Do-nothing Congress” have become almost synonymous. It’s why Congress polls less favorably than traffic jams, root canals and colonoscopies. It could be worse for the folks on Capitol Hill. At least Congress beats the Kardashians and Fidel Castro.
Monday, Dr. Charles Goldman co-hosts the show as we try to sort out just what the heck is behind Congress’ inability to move forward on the gun issue. Here’s Charles’ take: “While the NRA and right-wing media would have you think that their objection to the assault weapons ban is about your Second Amendment rights, turns out it is more about record profits of the munitions manufacturers, who only a decade ago were looking at a business in decline as interest in hunting rifles and handguns was rapidly diminishing. The NRA simply serves as a lobbying arm for those same manufacturers.”
Tuesday, Rob Hach and I discuss wind energy. And either today or later this week, other guests and I will talk about one GOP Senator coming out in support of gay marriage, the latest on farm subsidies, and more on Des Moines School Board member Teree Caldwell-Johnson’s astounding unwillingness to talk with reporters.
Wednesday, Troy Church co-hosts with me (I need all the help I can get) as we talk with Del “Saxman” Jones, Pa Cha Vang, and others about the local music scene. Hey, Des Moines didn’t get to be the Cultural and Culinary Cross-roads of the Continent for nothing.
Thursday, we talk with Peter Clay – who worked for many years at Des Moines’ Great Ape Trust – about the grave threats facing African elephants . . . and what we can do here in Iowa. Also, State Rep. Dan Kelley provides us our weekly inside look at the Iowa Statehouse. And Nakisha Phillips charts her journey through pregnancy with a doula and a midwife.
Friday, Heather Ryan joins us for another weekly feature: “Ryan’s Rants.”
So, Monday-Friday, join the conversation online from 12:00-1:00 pm on the Fallon Forum website. Call-in at 244-0077 or toll free (855) 244-0077 and add your voice to the dialogue. If you miss a show, video and audio-only podcasts are available later in the day. Thanks!