A New Hope

In January, two people were killed and 18 were injured during a school shooting in Benton, Kentucky. The social media response was tepid at best; signs of a public finally exhausted after years of reacting to almost-daily tragedies. That changed last Wednesday.

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Chicago

After a man drove a truck onto a Manhattan bike path on Halloween killed eight people, President Trump tweeted he had ordered Homeland Security to increase its “Extreme Vetting Program.”

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When asked on Tuesday if Trump would increase extreme vetting of gun owners after twenty-six year old Devin Kelley carried out a mass shooting on a Texas church resulting in the deaths of 26 people, Trump attacked… Chicago:

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Top Gun(s)

Following the results of last November’s election, the GOP now has control of both the legislature and the governorship in 25 states. By comparison, the Democrats have the same level of control in only 6 states. The Iowa Senate was one of two state senates the GOP gained on election night, giving the party full control of my home state.

As the Iowa Senate passed a voter ID bill last Thursday, Governor Terry Branstad signed into law the largest pro-gun bill in the state’s history. This brings Des Moines one step closer to becoming the next location from where Snake Plisskin must escape.

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