Hillary Clinton will certainly have supporters at Sunday's rally in Des Moines at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, but could face some stiff competition from another event: the final day of a three-day gun show. The show is one of six being held during 2015 at the fairgrounds, and one of more than a dozen put on around Iowa during the year by the show's promoter, Trade Show Productions:
The gun show is located in one of the fairground's 24 venues, the William C. Knapp Building. The Clinton campaign does not specify the venue for Sunday's rally, but a 2007 rally for Mrs. Clinton on her first run for president was held at one of the fairground's outdoor staging areas. According to CBS News, that event featured "an elaborate stage of hay bales, American flags and even a fireworks show at the conclusion."
Last summer, Mrs. Clinton had some harsh words for Second Amendment supporters, saying (via The Hill):
“We cannot let a minority of people, and that’s what it is, it is a minority of people, hold a view point that terrorizes the majority of people,” Clinton said during a CNN town-hall event.
It is unlikely Mrs. Clinton will address gun control Sunday, and not simply because of the proximity of the gun show. The second-time candidate has been hesitant so far in 2015 to articulate many specific policy proposals, and The Hill even speculated that muting her support of gun control measures could benefit Mrs. Clinton in the general election:
The extent to which Clinton embraces gun control in her White House bid remains to be seen.
While an emphasis on guns could help Clinton win over the left, it could prove to be a liability in several battleground states that could decide the presidential election.
For the first time in decades, a majority of Americans say it is more important to protect gun rights than it is to limit gun ownership, according to a December poll from the Pew Research Center.
The same Pew poll found that a slight majority of women now believe owning a handgun can protect them from becoming victims of crime.
The gun show is not the only event competing with the Clinton relaunch rally. The Iowa State Fairgrounds schedule shows that a flea market is also running Sunday concurrently with the rally. If Mrs. Clinton intends to continue to make her appeal to be the "champion" of Everyday Americans, plenty of them should be on hand this weekend in Des Moines.
The son of a mass shooting victim is advocating that government do "something about gun violence"--and he's emailing Americans on behalf of Barack Obama's spinoff noprofit, Organizing for Action. Here's the email from Sami Rahamim, sent from the address email@example.com and with the subject line "I'm doing this for my dad":
Karl Marx summed up Communism as “from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.” This is a good, pithy saying, which, in practice, has succeeded in bringing, upon those under its sway, misery, poverty, rape, torture, slavery, and death.
The Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of the National Cathedral in Washington, said Thursday morning that "people of faith" should come together to fight for gun control against the "gun lobby." In his opening remarks at a press conference on gun control organized by California Democrat Dianne Feinstein, Hall spoke about the influence of the so-called gun lobby in Washington. "Now, everyone in this city seems to live in terror of the gun lobby," Hall said. "But I believe the gun lobby is no match for the cross lobby." Watch the video below:
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Patrick Gaspard, the executive director of the Democratic National Party, announced on national television that President Barack Obama "continues to support the reinstatement of the assault weapons ban."
Judge Frank Easterbrook, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, is known for two things: First, he writes some of the crispest, liveliest opinions that the federal bench has seen in decades. Second, he has absolutely no tolerance for nonsense. Both of these traits were on display yesterday, in the Seventh Circuit's newest opinion in NRA v. Chicago.