Daily Archives: Dec. 21, 2012

Majority (but not of men and GOP) support gun control

In the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, 54 percent of Americans support stricter gun-control laws while 43 percent oppose them, according to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll. There is a gender gap on guns, as 59 percent of women support more gun control compared with 47 percent of men. Only 29 percent of Republicans support more gun control. Regarding specific proposals, 59 percent of those surveyed support a ban on high-capacity ammunition clips, and 52 percent support a ban on semi-automatic handguns. Only 27 percent support banning all handgun sales except to law enforcement.

Words of gratitude, reflection from Foulston

Sedgwick County is seeing the end of an era with the retirement of District Attorney Nola Foulston, a Democrat first elected in 1988 and the first woman to hold the job. Foulston has written a commentary, available at Kansas.com/opinion, reflecting on her 24 years in office and expressing gratitude for the agencies and community organizations that have been partners in crime fighting with her office. Foulston notes that her office has handled tragic cases, grieved with victims and also made law at the U.S. Supreme Court, concluding: “I will always be grateful for the support and encouragement from our community, without which my job would have been immensely more difficult. I have always believed and endeavored each day to promote the principle that the duty of the prosecutor is to seek justice, not merely to convict.” Foulston will be succeeded by Republican Marc Bennett, deputy district attorney in Foulston’s office.