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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 agencies...

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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 s...

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President Obama promises swift action to deal with "epidemic" of gun deaths in the U.S. listen

12/19/12 AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Spurred by a horrific elementary school shooting, President Barack Obama vowed Wednesday to send Congress new policy proposals for reducing gun violence by January.

The president, who exerted little political capital on gun control despite a series of mass shootings in his first term, bristled at suggestions that he had been silent on the issue during his first four years in office. But he acknowledged that Friday's deadly shooting had been a wake-up call.

The president's announcement W...

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Mass shooting at CT school rekindles push to stop gun violence listen

12/14/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A man opened fire Friday inside the Connecticut elementary school where his mother worked as a teacher, killing 26 people, including 20 children.

In a statement to news media, President Barack Obama said,

"As a country we have been through this too many times. Whether it's an elementary school in Newton, or a shopping mall in Oregon or a temple in Wisconsin or a movie theater in Aurora or a street corner in Chicago, these neighborhoods are our neighborhoods and these children are our ...

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Rawstory Writer Tells How To Legally Bring a Gun to the Republican National Convention

07/24/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Welcome to the second half of Radioactivity. I'm Rob lorei. In this segment we'll talk with Megan Carpentier who wrote a controversial piece yesterday for Rawstory.com called How to Legally Bring a Gun to the Republican National Convention

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SWFWMD considers allowing hunting on some properties, but there's opposition listen

12/06/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The Southwest Florida Water Management District, or SWFWMD, is considering opening more of its public land for hunting. Recreational users like horseback riders and hikers are squaring off against the hunters to stop the plan from proceeding.

Opponents of increased hunting on three SWFWMD properties are staking much of their debate on the financial burden it could put on the agency. Those properties are [Cypress Creek Prese...

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