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March for Our Lives Chicago: Important Event Details

March for Our Lives Chicago: Important Event Details
Saturday brings the March for Our Lives, a show of solidarity against the epidemic of gun violence that plagues our country. It's also a call to action for the implementation of common sense guns laws, and to thus hold the NRA, the politicians that support them, and the arms manufacturers and dealers accountable. The main event, much like all the other marches that have been held since January 2017, will be held in Washington D.C. but the motto of the local event is this:   In Chicago We March for Our Lives Everyday....

Blue Wave Coming in November? Looking Beyond Conor Lamb Triumph

Blue Wave Coming in November? Looking Beyond Conor Lamb Triumph
Democrat Conor Lamb's upsetting of Republican and Donald Trump endorsed Rick Saccone in the Pennsylvania special election 18th district is yet another sign of an impending blue wave in the coming midterm elections. It's a heavily Republican district that Trump won by 20 points, and Mitt Romney won by 17. It's also the heart of steel country, so perhaps a message was sent tonight about those steel tariffs. We've heard all about the blue wave that's supposed to be washing ashore this November, but it won't be coming unless the enthusiasm gap is closed; and then some. The gap needs to be surpassed because Democrats just aren't as good (bad for us the voter) at gerrymandering...

Congressman Ro Khanna, Steve Kerr to Lead Town Hall Discussion on Gun Violence

Congressman Ro Khanna, Steve Kerr to Lead Town Hall Discussion on Gun Violence
Gun sense, gun reform, gun control, whichever term you prefer to use, this is the primary issue in America right now. We currently find ourselves in an extremely pivotal moment regarding this debate, and it appears a tipping point could be coming. Amidst this potential sea change, Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif) and Golden State Warriors Coach Steve Kerr will lead a town hall style discussion on gun violence in America with high school students from seven different schools across California's 17th district. Gun violence is an issue that definitely hits home for Kerr, as he was just 18 when his father, former President of the American University of Beirut Malcolm Kerr, was assassinated by gunmen in January 1984. The event, which is expected to be attended by 2,000 people, will take place at Newark Memorial High School in the events center starting at 3:45pm PT on Monday, 3/12. It will also be live-streamed on Rep. Khanna’s official Facebook page. Khanna granted us an exclusive interview ahead of the event, and you can listen to audio of that below...
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Major Gun Sense Obstacles Part 1: Cultural/Macro Level Issues

Major Gun Sense Obstacles Part 1: Cultural/Macro Level Issues

Since an overwhelming majority of Americans want common sense gun laws, and our politicians in power (allegedly) work for the people, what stands in our way of finally bringing gun sense? The general answer comes to two parts, with every detail adhering to one of the two categories.

Today we look at the cultural or macro level obstacles that stand in the way. Later, in part two, we’ll explore the policy or micro level issues that halt change for the better.

Traditionally, there has always been a very wide enthusiasm gap between the gun fetishists and gun sense groups of people. The National Rifle Association leadership, not the everyday members of the group, but the people running the NRA have done an astounding job of redefining what the second amendment and gun ownership really means.

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Joseph Kennedy Visits Chicago, Boosts Uncle’s Surging Gubernatorial Campaign

Joseph Kennedy Visits Chicago, Boosts Uncle’s Surging Gubernatorial Campaign

Gun control is the most important issue of the day, and the topic that’s dominating political talk shows these days. Coincidentally, a man whose childhood was rocked by gun violence, Chris Kennedy, is now emerging in the Illinois gubernatorial race.

Kennedy was just five when his father, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, was assassinated in 1968. Bobby Kennedy was likely on his way to winning the Democratic Party nomination and perhaps also the presidency when he was gunned down. Congressman Joseph Kennedy III (D-MA, 4th District) is Chris Kennedy’s nephew, and a rising star in American politics. He was chosen to give the Democratic Party response to the Presidential State of the Union address earlier this month. 

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Gun Control: Outraged Younger Generation Now Leads the Fight

Gun Control: Outraged Younger Generation Now Leads the Fight

Since the adults in the room, in every single room it seems, will do nothing but dawdle, the younger generation will step up and take the lead in the fight for gun control. In the wake of the tragedy at Stoneman Douglas High School in south Florida, American youth are shattering the widely held stereotypes of millenials in the political arena.

Yesterday Emma Gonzalez just completely destroyed every tired cliche endlessly regurgitated by Ted Cruz, Paul Ryan and every other politician in the pocket of the Gun lobby.

You know the drill after every mass shooting- “it’s too early to have a gun control discussion.” That’s what we always hear from the NRA bought GOP congressional leadership in the wake of all mass shootings. Guess what guys?

It’s NOT up to you. It’s up to the survivors, and they tell us when it’s time to talk sensible gun legislation. Gonzalez, and the rest of the Parkland survivors say that it's right now.

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Local Broadcasting Icon Mike Adamle Joins Duerson Act Coalition

Local Broadcasting Icon Mike Adamle Joins Duerson Act Coalition
Without a doubt, the most memorable and powerful portion of today's press conference announcing the filing of the Duerson Act was when Mike Adamle took to the podium. The former Chicago Bears and Northwestern Wildcats running back, was a television broadcaster in Chicago for over three decades, until a 2016 diagnosis of CTE-induced dementia forced his retirement from television. Adamle, through his time at WLS channel 7 (ABC) from 1983-89, WBBM channel 2 (CBS) 2001-04 and WMAQ channel 5 (1998-2001, 2004-2016) has become extremely familiar to most Chicagoans. During today's press conference, Adamle certainly did not hold back, and gave new meaning to the phrase wearing your heart on your sleeve...

Need to Impeach Founder Tom Steyer Wows 'Em at Women's March Chicago

Need to Impeach Founder Tom Steyer Wows 'Em at Women's March Chicago

Tom Steyer is a hedge fund manager, philanthropist, environmentalist, progressive activist, and fundraiser with a net worth of $1.6 billion. You know him as the man who appears in that "Need to Impeach" President Donald Trump ad campaign that runs on television quite frequently. 

Tom Steyer was also the highlight of the speaking program at yesterday's Women's March Chicago: March to the Polls, as he delivered a powerful call to action...

Gun Sense Movement Gathering Momentum Against the NRA Agenda in 2018

Gun Sense Movement Gathering Momentum Against the NRA Agenda in 2018
As the calendar flips from 2017 to 2018, gun sense needs to be America's legislative priority, because the issue is top of mind. A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll asked respondents "what was the most significant event of 2017?" Mass shootings topped the list, and it was followed by natural disasters, the inauguration of Donald Trump, terrorist attacks, the tax plan in Congress and sexual harassment/#metoo movement. Take a moment to review and examine that list again. Common sense gun laws resonate with Americans more than even forces of nature, the world's biggest attention seeker/narcissist, and the issues that the media tends to focus on the most. America is much more united than it is divided when it comes to wanting gun sense, a term almost all of us can agree on...
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Colin Kaepernick Ideals, Stances are More Popular than You Think

Colin Kaepernick Ideals, Stances are More Popular than You Think

Americans are more with Colin Kaepernick and the NFL players who protest racial injustice during the national anthem than the media likes to portray. The ideals of Kaepernick and his protesting brethren resonate with the people, but just like the Democratic party, there's a major messaging issue going on here.

Polls show that more Americans agree with the Democrats on the actual substance of the major issues than do not, but the left continues to lose the communications battle. The exact same holds true with Colin Kaepernick and protests staged during the national anthem at NFL games....