@Dan - Your request for statistical validation is entirely appropriate. I offer this in reply: Every pawn shop I've ever visited, heard about, or read about was owned and operated by people who were not members of an ethnic minority referred to by the previous commenter. This yields a result 100% in accord with my comment.
Admittedly, it's not a large sample, nor published in a peer-reviewed journal, but it is extremely random, and meticulously conducted I assure you. I probably should publish to establish the bona fides of the research. It might be a little difficult, though, to identify a publication that would reflect the proper gravitas. I don't think any NRA publications do peer review, unfortunately.
@idahomike - And if you dig a little deeper yet into those stats, you find that virtually all those guns were made by white-owned gun manufacturers, sold by white gun dealers and pawnshop owners, and the marketing supported by white NRA executives and lobbyists spending millions of dollars to coerce white Congress members to prevent any sane legislation to reduce the prevalence of firearms in poor communities.
Maybe those stats would also reveal how many gun dealers within 100 miles of the Texas/Mexico border are now millionaires after selling guns by the truckload to blatantly open members of the drug cartels who then ship them to all those poor communities.
And the only time "all lives matter" really gets any standing is when one of those millions of "2nd amendment guns" ends up being used to kill a cop.
Lee Enterprises has always followed a business model of hiring inexperienced (read: cheap) people for professional positions. Those were frequently newly-minted journalism grads or young reporters from small, local weeklies looking to advance. For decades that worked well, because Lee was able to absorb easily the process of training and maturation that involved, and to provide at least some prospects for advancement.
Unfortunately, Lee under Mary Junck has corrupted that business model to a slash-and-burn ecology that no longer provides any effort, or even a pretense, of training and developing competent people. This devolution was triggered initially by panic at the large debt incurred by purchasing Pulitzer just before the bottom fell out of the economy; but it has swallowed the entire corporate hierarchy and become the foundation of the whole culture in Davenport headquarters.
It has regressed now to the point of cannibalization. There is no longer the slightest consideration given to assuring profitability by gaining subscribers or readership through improving the product. The only focus left is to reduce every cost to the absolute minimum, and every round of cuts lops off another slice of journalistic meat, leaving just bone and gristle. Yet, anyone in the corporate structure who even cares about that doesn't dare speak up, for fear of jeopardizing Ms Junck's next bonus.
It's a death spiral that can only fulfill Mr Brooks' gloomy predictions.
The latest evolution in far-right strategy: They've bought all the Legislators they can, but there are still some laws left that protect the middle class and working poor. So now they move to pack the courts with extreme activists, challenge those laws, and count on a transformational verdict.
That's the real, and most damaging, legacy of Citizens United. It has led to an epiphany for the far right on how they can continue their efforts to repeal the entire 20th century.
There is no sane, rational reason to even consider restricting voter access through making it more difficult (or even impossible) to register.
The usual blatantly obvious excuse is "We have to prevent vote fraud!!"
In the last twelve years, SIX entire election cycles, there has been exactly ONE actual case of attempted vote fraud in Montana. A man forged his ex-wife's name on an absentee school board election ballot.
So, one instance of attempted fraud out of several million votes cast over that twelve years is sufficient justification to block the constitutionally guaranteed right to vote for several thousand Montana citizens?
We all know the real reason for this initiative: the intention to block voting by some people who might not vote "the right way."
All the asinine blather about "preventing vote fraud" and demanding "responsible citizenship" are just pathetically obvious excuses for that intention. GOP leaders have even bragged about their "successes" at restricting access to voting.
I don't think they'll get to brag about such a "success" in Montana.
"Freedom fighter???" Give me a break! Try "far-right domestic terrorist" That fits a lot better. Along with "paranoid idiot."
Mr Daines has self-identified and acts as a member of the so-called "tea party caucus." As such, he voted nearly four dozen times to deny health insurance coverage to thousands of Montana citizens. He voted to shut down the government, thus costing taxpayers an unnecessary 24 BILLION dollars. Montana taxpayers are on the hook for a share of that. Then he voted against re-opening government operations so that wasted expenditure would keep piling up.
Mr Daines keeps mouthing platitudes about listening and serving Montana citizens, but I haven't seen even one instance of that. Instead, he has voted consistently in the House to serve the interests of far-right extremists at the expense of the people who elected him.
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