Gun Control

4/4/13 - Panel

Apr 4, 2013

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, WAMC’s Morning Edition Host, David Guistina, and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao. Ray Graf moderates.

This morning our discussion topics include:
• In a Budget Gesture, Obama Will Return 5% of His Salary
• Obama administration pushes banks to make home loans to people with weaker credit
• U.S. Embassy Tweets Jon Stewart's Egypt Monologue; Diplomatic Incident Ensues
• Latest Updates on the Gun Violence Debate
• Leno Blesses ‘Tonight Show’ Succession Plan

4/3/13 - Panel

Apr 3, 2013

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, WAMC’s Morning Edition Host, David Guistina, and Associate Editor of The Times Union – Mike Spain. Ray Graf moderates.

This morning our discussion topics include:

  • State Senator Malcolm Smith corruption case
  • Gun Control Reform, President Obama is in CO today, CT next week
  • Gallup Poll shows The Capital Region is among the least religious regions in the nation
  • China Smog Linked to 1.2 Million Premature Deaths

Conn. lawmakers to vote on gun control package

Apr 3, 2013
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Connecticut lawmakers are expected to pass a package of gun control measures they believe are some of the most comprehensive in the country, following the Newtown school massacre.

Debate on the far-reaching legislation, negotiated by Democratic and Republican legislative leaders, is expected to begin later this morning.

It could last for hours. Both gun rights advocates and gun control supporters are expected to show up in large numbers.

3/29/13 - Panel

Mar 29, 2013

  Today's panelists are WAMC newsmen Ray Graf and David Guistina, and The Roundtable's producer, Sarah LaDuke. Joe Donahue moderates.

Topics aren't set - we'll open the phones (800 348 2551) and talk about whatever you'd like to talk about.  We're looking to have a free-and-easy weekend ease-in conversation.


With your calls leading the way, we wound up talking a little about music, spring and weekend plans, and gun control. 

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Applications for gun permits have jumped in Newtown, Conn., since a school massacre there revived the national debate on gun control and led to worries about new restrictions.

Newtown in recent years has issued about 130 gun permits annually. Police say the town received 79 permit applications in the three months since the Dec. 14 massacre, well over double the normal pace.

Robert Berkins, records manager for Newtown police, says many applicants are expressing concerns that their gun rights will be taken away.

3/20/13 – Panel

Mar 20, 2013
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Today’s panelists are WAMC News Director Ian Pickus, WAMC Morning Edition host and producer David Guistina, and Schenectady Daily Gazette editor Judy Patrick. Joe Donahue moderates.

Today’s topics include:

  • Expectations of President Obama’s trip to the Middle East
  • Assault weapons ban dropped from Senate gun bill
  • The average wedding cost tops $28,ooo
  • Schenectady County Community College advancing a new degree program on casino gambling
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Let me start my commentary today with an anecdote:  Eighteen year- old, Jane Doe, had just arrived at her residence hall at a university and was eagerly anticipating meeting her roommate and getting to know other first- year classmates. 

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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.

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.

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.

If we were to compare our nation’s growth to periods, like those of individuals, one might call America’s present period an apt match for – “The Terrible Teens!”  There is a definite national attitude of adolescent willfulness displayed by too many individuals, who seem to be straining against the slightest semblance of restraint of any kind.  One might describe the prevailing temper as one of national antipathy for any form of control.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The National Rifle Association is showing a stepped-up presence in Connecticut.