second amendment en Congressional Corner With Jim Fischer <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In today’s Congressional Corner, Jim Fischer — a Republican candidate for New York’s 20th district seat — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment.</p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:35:00 +0000 Alan Chartock 94980 at Congressional Corner With Jim Fischer "The Second Amendment: A Biography" By Michael Waldman <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Second Amendment was written to calm public fear that the new national government would crush the state militias made up of all (white) adult men—who were required to own a gun to serve.</p><p>In <em>The Second Amendment: A Biography,</em> Michael Waldman recounts the raucous public debate that has surrounded the amendment from its inception to the present.</p><p>Waldman is the president of the prestigious Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law.</p><p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 92138 at "The Second Amendment: A Biography" By Michael Waldman NY Gun Debate Gains Intensity <p></p><p>The legal debate over guns and the safety of New York's citizens continues at a fever pitch in the wake of the Herkimer horror, where four people were shot yesterday.</p><p>The Central New York tragedy and Wednesday’s refusal by a state judge to block New York's tough new gun law, have kicked the gun control issue into overdrive.<br><br>A Siena College poll recently found New York voters, by a 2-to-1 margin, support the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, which included a broader ban on assault weapons and lower limits on the capacity of magazines.</p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 16:13:32 +0000 Dave Lucas 59862 at NY Gun Debate Gains Intensity Keeping Schools Safe <p> NYS Education Commissioner John King released a statement Friday lamenting the mass shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school in Connecticut. King said, “Our schools are meant to be safe havens where children can learn, free from fear and violence.”</p><p> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 16:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 54059 at Keeping Schools Safe "Gunfight" by Adam Winkler <p></p><p>America's four-centuries-long political battle over gun control and the right to bear arms is the subject of Adam Winkler’s book, <em>Gunfight</em>. Winkler uses the landmark 2008 case District of Columbia v. Heller, which invalidated a law banning handguns in the nation's capital, as a springboard for a historical narrative.</p><p> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 16:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 54058 at "Gunfight" by Adam Winkler Dave Cullen <p></p><p>What happened on Friday reminded many of us of another tragic school shooting at Columbine High School on April 20th, 1999. That is the day seniors Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 12 students and one teacher, as well as injuring 24 others.</p><p> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 54057 at Dave Cullen Dr. Douglas Huntley - Superintendent of the Queensbury Union Free School District <p>Sandy Hook Elementary School perhaps did everything right. Its staff and teachers worked every day to create a climate that valued kindness and posted the plan for all to see. They had lockedown drills that trained everyone to stay low and quiet in the event of an emergency. A security system introduced this year required visitors to ring a bell, sign-in and produce a photo ID. After 9:30 a.m., the doors were locked.</p><p>And now it's the home of the one of the worst school shootings in U.S. history, twenty children dead and eight adults, including the shooter.</p> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 15:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 54055 at Living with Guns: A Liberal's Case for the Second Amendment <p>The issue of gun control is again on the minds of Americans in the wake of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. With 28 dead, including 20 children, some are saying it is one of the worst mass shootings in American history.</p><p>But despite this tragedy and others that have occurred recently in Oregon and Colorado, there has been a lack of cooperation between gun control supporters and opponents when it comes to an open discussion of what could be done to prevent mass shootings.</p> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 54054 at "Living with Guns: A Liberal's Case for the Second Amendment" by Craig Whitney <p>In his new book, <em><a href=";camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=1610391691&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20">Living with Guns: A Liberal's Case for the Second Amendment</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src=";l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=1610391691" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1"></em>, Craig Whitney reexamines America’s relationship with guns, showing how guns are an important part of American culture.</p> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 53174 at "Living with Guns: A Liberal's Case for the Second Amendment" by Craig Whitney Question of the Day - Gun Control? <p>Are you satisfied with current gun control laws?</p> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 14:11:06 +0000 Joe Donahue 53246 at