Is Gun Control Dead?
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Gun violence has made recent headlines — most conspicuously in Tucson, and in other cities as well. But there's no new debate about restrictions on deadly weapons. We talk about gun rights, victims' rights and increased concerns about the intrusive powers of government. Also, President Obama taps GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt to chair his new jobs panel, and Army PFC Bradley Manning is accused of passing thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks, which made them public. Has a man who has not been convicted been abused during six months in custody?
Banner image: Law enforcement officers from multiply agencies stand near where a Miami-Dade police officer was killed and another was wounded and later died after a shooting erupted near NW 69 street and 7th ave when they tried to serve a warrant for a violent fugitive on January 20, 2011 in Miami, Florida. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Obama Creates New Jobs Panel, Taps GE CEO as Chair ()
Jeffrey Immelt, the CEO of General Electric will succeed Paul Volcker as President Obama's principal economic advisor. The Economic Recovery Advisory Board will be now be called the Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. Daniel Indiviglio is associated editor of The Atlantic magazine.
- Daniel Indiviglio: Associate Editor, The Atlantic
Is Gun Control Dead? ()
Since the deadly mass shooting in Tucson, three high school students have been shot near Los Angeles and a gunman killed two police officers in Miami. But there's been little support for new gun controls, in Washington or anyplace else. President Obama and White House aides have avoided the issue. In the past, mass murder and the killings, and attempted killings, of public figures have led to restrictions on guns, but times have changed. Recently, even those incidents that have worked their way into the language —Columbine, the DC sniper, Virginia Tech — have not. Have Democrats lost their nerve? Has the NRA won the battle? We hear from pollsters, reporters, the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the world's biggest gun trade show, going on now in Las Vegas.
- James Grimaldi: Investigative Reporter, Washington Post
- Michael Dimock: Associate Director, Pew Research Center
- Susan Davis: Congressional Correspondent, National Journal, @DaviSusan
- Paul Helmke: President, Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence
- Alan Gottlieb: Founder, Second Amendment Organization
Is Alleged Leaker Bradley Manning Being Abused at Quantico? ()
Bradley Manning is the Army PFC accused of the biggest leak of confidential documents in American history to WikiLeaks, which has published a lot of them on line. Manning, who has been in custody for six months, has not been convicted of any crime. His lawyer now says the Commander of the Marine Corps Jail at Quantico, Virginia has effectively punished him, placing him on suicide watch against the recommendation of psychiatrists for the Navy and for Manning's defense. Scott Shane has reported on Manning's imprisonment for the New York Times.
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