Political Brew: Gun violence, voter ID, and the return of congressional earmarks

Political Brew: Gun violence, voter ID, and the return of congressional earmarks

Our analysts this week are attorney and longtime WGAN Radio morning show host Ken Altshuler and Ray Richardson of WLOB Radio MAINE, USA — Calling gun violence a public health epidemic, President Joe Biden signed several executive orders this week to address the problem. The Maine Republican Party quickly declared Biden’s actions unconstitutional and said elected officials in Maine are on notice that undermining gun rights will cost them politically. But Ken Altshuler says the executive orders are no threat to lawful gun ownership. "Congress doesn’t do anything, and hasn’t done anything about gun control," he said. "I applaud Joe Biden for doing something. These orders are not going to affect gun ownership in any capacity." Ray Richardson argues that none of the president’s orders would have prevented the most recent mass shootings, and says "what we need the president to do, and what we need governors in all 50 states to do is to provide adequate mental health facilities so that we can get people into treatment." Altshuler agrees that mental health is an essential part of this, but suggests that a ban on shoulder braces on pistols such as one used by a shooter in Boulder, Colorado, could make a difference. I know that the conversation about guns in this country can be a difficult one. But even here, there’s much more common ground than some would have us believe. pic.twitter.com/ZtN0Zr0rBf — President Biden (@POTUS) April 9, 2021 Maine lawmakers are considering several election-related bills, including another […]

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