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Callers aren't sold on need for new Rays stadium; mixed opinions on gun control

01/30/13 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Where will Tampa Bay’s Major League Baseball team play a decade from now?

The team seems to be saying it wants out its lease of Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg but wants to stay in the region.

St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster wants the Rays to stay in his city.

This week Pinellas County officials said they are open to the team considering regional options.

The Rays spoke with Hillsborough County Commissioners last week.

We heard from listeners about their opinions.

We also c...

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Gun rights groups plan to converge on Brooksville listen

01/18/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Gun rights activists will be headed out to what they hope will be a massive rally in Brooksville Saturday to protect their guns. In response to national calls for stricter guns rights, these gun owners are reminding Floridians that it is their constitutionally protected right to arm themselves. Damon Locke is an organizer of the Florida Guns Across America rally. Gun owners won’t be allowed to have firearms out in the open due to Florida’s open carry laws, but people with concealed ca...

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Hillsborough County School Board rejects armed guards in elementary schools listen

01/16/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Last night Hillsborough County School Board members gutted a proposal by the Superintendent to add armed security guards to all of the district’s elementary schools. Not everyone was directly opposed to MaryEllen Elia’s idea, but all said the board needs more time and information to come up with a plan.

Elia wanted to spend $700,000 this year and more than $4 million next year to hire 130 security personnel to work in elementary schools. [Doretha Edgecomb](https://www.sdhc.k12.fl.us/...

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President Obama announces executive actions to curb gun violence & wants Congress to beef up background checks & ban assault weapons listen

01/16/13 wire reports
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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President Barack Obama has announced a $500 million package of executive actions and legislative proposals aimed at reducing gun violence a month after a mass shooting in Connecticut killed 20 elementary school children. Obama signed 23 executive actions — which require no congressional approval — including several aimed at improving access to data for background checks. A presidential memorandum will instruct the Centers for Disease Control to research causes and prevention of gun violen...

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St. Pete City Council's Kornell wants assault weapons ban & gun show loopholes closed listen

01/10/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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As elementary schools across the Tampa Bay area are increasing security in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting, St. Pete City Council member Steve Kornell wants the city to lobby Tallahassee to implement an assault weapons ban. During a city council meeting Thursday, the entire council including Kornell voted to move the matter to the Legislative Affairs committee.

Issues surrounding gun control have become a major talking point around water coolers nationwide. Kornell, who repres...

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Arming Hillsborough County schools

01/10/13 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Hillsborough County School Board chair April Griffin joined the program to talk about a variety of issues, but our callers mostly wanted to talk about Superintendent MaryEllen Elia's plan to expand an armed security force so it can guard every elementary school.

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Hillsborough County Commission wants task force on gun violence but balks at idea of gun buy-back -- for now listen

01/09/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Wednesday the Hillsborough County Commission put aside a suggestion to organize gun buy-back programs to reduce crime. But the idea may come back as soon as next month among the suggestions for a task force to reduce gun violence. Commissioner Kevin Beckner recommended forming a task force – it was unanimously approved by the board.

"To direct staff to make recommendations for convening a task force under the County Administrator's office. They consist of at least law enforcement agenci...

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The Original Intent of the Second Amendment with Professor Saul Cornell

01/04/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today we'll speak with a prominent historian about the history of the Second Amendment. But first- three listener comments about yesterday's program-- including suggestions for getting more callers on the air and the interview with Peace activist Cindy Sheehan.

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Our next guest says that "If the nation truly embraced the Second Amendment as it was originally written and understood, it would be the NRA's worst nightma...

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Gun control: How it varies from state to state

12/27/12 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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In the wake of the latest gun-shooting massacre in America, lawmakers are talking for the first time in years about seriously trying to pass gun-control measures.

Earlier this year the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence released a report grading each individual state in terms of its gun control laws, and matching statistics to how many deaths occur in the states due to gun violence.

The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence's Executive Director, Robyn Thomas, spoke to WMNF in the first 15 ...

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NRA says answer to school violence is more guns in schools listen

12/21/12 wire services including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The National Rifle Association broke its silence today on last week's shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school that left 26 children and staff dead. The nation's largest gun-rights lobby called for armed police officers to be posted in every American school to stop the next killer waiting in the wings.

"I call on Congress today to act immediately, to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every school — and to do it now, to make sure that blanket of...

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