Daily Archives: June 4, 2014

NRA abandons common sense on open carry

gunopen-carryIt wasn’t hard to see this coming: The National Rifle Association did an about-face on its criticism of activists who carry military-style assault rifles into public places, such as restaurants. On its website, the NRA had called such actions “downright weird” and said that “using guns merely to draw attention to yourself in public not only defies common sense, it shows a lack of consideration and manners.” How reasonable of the NRA. But under pressure from “open-carry” groups, the NRA disavowed the criticism Tuesday, calling it a “mistake” made by a staffer. So much for common sense.

Open thread (June 4)


Time likely running out on Kansas’ gay-marriage ban

gayweddingcakeWhat is most striking about all the recent court decisions striking down state bans on gay marriage is the diversity of judges and states. Since last June, 13 judges in red and blue states have either overturned bans on gay marriage or ordered states to recognize gay marriages from other states, the Sunday Eagle reported. Opponents of gay marriage have tried to blame these decisions on “activist judges.” But as Thomas Witt, executive director of Equality Kansas, noted, “judges of all backgrounds and political affiliations are striking down these state-level bans.” It’s likely only a matter of time before Kansas’ ban is struck down, too.