The Plum Line: gun control


Posted at 06:16 PM ET, 04/17/2013

Stronger background checks go down -- this time

Today was a brutal day for supporters of tough new legislation. But it still can be a step forward.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:16 PM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gun control

Posted at 09:21 AM ET, 01/11/2013

The Morning Plum: The NRA's Big Lies

The organization's Second Amendment alarmism, extreme views on sensible gun regulation, and outright dishonesty render it less and less credible.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:21 AM ET, 01/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, gun control, Morning Plum, nra, platinum coin

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 01/10/2013

Another blast in the gun wars

Can Andrew Cuomo's tough package of gun reforms serve as a model for national gun law reform?

By Jamelle Bouie  |  01:44 PM ET, 01/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gun control. Andrew Cuomo

Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 01/10/2013

The Morning Plum: Will any Republicans support sensible gun law reforms?

Perhaps some moderate Republicans can be induced to resist the increasing southernization of the GOP.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:17 AM ET, 01/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, gun control, Morning Plum, platinum coin

Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 01/09/2013

Hang tough on guns, Dems. It's gonna get ugly.

Congressional Democrats will need a tremendous amount of support from the left to beat back the NRA.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:42 PM ET, 01/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gun control, joe biden

Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 01/09/2013

The Morning Plum: Clever GOP spin on debt ceiling

Republicans are painstakingly defining the debt ceiling hike as a concession they will be making to Obama, rather than as something that must be done to protect the country from financial disaster. And news orgs are playing along.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:15 AM ET, 01/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, fiscal cliff, gun control, Morning Plum, platinum coin

Posted at 06:26 PM ET, 01/08/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  06:26 PM ET, 01/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, fiscal cliff, gun control, Happy Hour Roundup, platinum coin

Posted at 09:26 AM ET, 01/08/2013

The Morning Plum: Job one for the White House -- isolate the NRA

The White House and Democrats appear to be fully engaged for the fight to come. They will have to be.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:26 AM ET, 01/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, fiscal cliff, gun control, Morning Plum, nra

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 01/03/2013

What to expect from the 113th Congress

It may seem unlikely, but the prospects for cooperation and legislative action may marginally improve in the next two years.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  04:30 PM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  congress, gun control, health care, immigration reform, Republicans

Posted at 06:30 PM ET, 01/02/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

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By Greg Sargent  |  06:30 PM ET, 01/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, fiscal cliff, gun control, Happy Hour Roundup, john boehner

Posted at 09:11 AM ET, 01/02/2013

The Morning Plum: GOP can't put Tea Party genie back in bottle

Yesterday's events confirm again that House conservatives may no longer be capable of being part of the conversation over how to move the country forward.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:11 AM ET, 01/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bush tax cuts, fiscal cliff, gun control, Morning Plum, Republicans, Tea Party

Posted at 12:52 PM ET, 12/21/2012

NRA resorts to its usual tricks: Obfuscation and distraction

Today's presser was about one thing: Keeping the focus off the easy availability of guns for as long as possible. It's a familiar play.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:52 PM ET, 12/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gun control, national rifle association, Newtown

Posted at 09:13 AM ET, 12/21/2012

The Morning Plum: In Plan B implosion, House conservatives exit the conversation

Last night's outcome confirms that House conservatives may not be capable of playing any role in the conversation over how to move the country forward.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:13 AM ET, 12/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  fiscal cliff, gun control, john boehner, Morning Plum, Newtown

Posted at 02:24 PM ET, 12/20/2012

Dems to push for more sweeping assault weapons ban

If next year's gun control push is going to work, drafters of the legislation will have to learn from the failures of the assault weapons ban of the 1990s. Democrats say they plan to do just that.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:24 PM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  dianne feinstein, gun control, Newtown

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 12/19/2012

Finally! Obama shows true leadership on guns

In so doing, the President invited us to insist that he continue to engage the issue until real solutions are found.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:48 PM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barack obama, gun control, Newtown

Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 12/19/2012

The Morning Plum: Gun 'rights' on the defensive

It now seems certain that we will find out whether meaningful gun law reform is possible if it is actually attempted.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:17 AM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  fiscal cliff, gun control, Morning Plum, Newtown

Posted at 07:04 PM ET, 12/18/2012

Happy Hour Roundup

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By Greg Sargent  |  07:04 PM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  fiscal cliff, gun control, Happy Hour Roundup, Newtown

Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 12/18/2012

Dems showing real movement on gun control

A top lawmaker says Democrats will introduce a whole package of reforms early in the new year.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:19 PM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Democrats, Dick Durbin, gun control, Newtown, Senate

Posted at 06:24 PM ET, 12/17/2012

Happy Hour Roundup

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By Greg Sargent  |  06:24 PM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  fiscal cliff, gun control, Happy Hour Roundup, Newtown

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 12/17/2012

Why Dems shouldn't fear politics of gun control

A new poll shows that the voters who oppose stricter gun laws are the ones who aren't voting for Obama to begin with.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:04 PM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gun control, Newtown

Posted at 09:13 AM ET, 12/17/2012

The Morning Plum: Is 'God, guns, and gays' losing its peril for Democrats?

Demographic shifts mean that Dems no longer need rural white conservatives -- and no longer need to fear the cultural issues they care so much about.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:13 AM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, fiscal cliff, gun control, john boehner, Morning Plum, Newton

Posted at 07:10 PM ET, 12/14/2012

Happy Hour Roundup

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By Greg Sargent  |  07:10 PM ET, 12/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barack obama, gun control, Happy Hour Roundup, Newtown

Posted at 04:23 PM ET, 12/14/2012

If today's shooting doesn't prompt action on guns, then nothing ever will

This time, our public officials simply must act -- we have no alternative but to insist that they do.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:23 PM ET, 12/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gun control, gun violence, Newton