A new poll shows 53 percent of Americans believe the Republican party is too extreme. So why is the party pushing harder to the right? Rev. Al Sharpton talks with radio host Joe Madison and Margie Omero. watch
Her name never made national news. There were no headlines screaming for gun control. There were no teary eyes in the White House. And no one dared utter the obligatory, ‘it’s not supposed to happen here,’ as they so often do when the young and innocent are so tragically taken.
Heaven Sutton was seven years old when she was killed last summer, struck by a stray bullet as she sold candy and snow cones in her front yard on the eve of Chicago’s hottest day of the year. read more
In the final days of his congressional career, Massachusetts's Barney Frank predicts that at least some Republicans will have the courage to join with Democrats in pursuing new gun laws in the wake of the Newtown mass murder. read more
Many Democrats who've joined PoliticsNation this week have argued that the Newtown shootings have caused a fundamental shift in the direction of gun control in this country. The big question is whether or not enough Republicans can be swayed to get something done.
Since Friday's Newtown shootings, Republicans and prominent conservatives have joined the national debate on how to prevent this from happening again. Of course, almost no elected Republicans have been willing to discuss gun control. Still, some ideas have been relatively reasonable—ensuring better access to mental health services, for instance, or examining the role of video games and movies in creating a culture of violence.
But others have been, um, less so. Here's a quick rundown of some of the more interesting ideas put forward by the right:
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Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal says the shootings in his home state have created a "tectonic movement politically" that will help get meaningful new gun laws passed in Congress.
"I'm confident that we are in a different era when it comes to gun violence prevention," he said on PoliticsNation. "This slaughter of children, really of babies, was so brutal, and so inhumane, horrible, unspeakable, unimaginable until it occurred... that I think it has elicited a different kind of response from the more moderate and thoughtful of Republicans or Democrats." read more
Democrats are calling for stricter gun laws, and the White House says the president is “actively supportive” of efforts to reinstate an assault weapons ban. But some Republicans are saying gun control should not be the only response to Friday’s tragedy... watch
The NRA removed their Facebook page, but continued an online show called “NRA News” that featured conservatives calling to insist that new gun laws won’t happen. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., weighs in on Democrats’ ability to pass meaningful gun... watch
Two more of the youngest victims of the shooting, James Mattioli and Jessica Rekos, were laid to rest Tuesday. Rev. Al Sharpton talks with Rev. Boise Kimber about how we can work together to ensure that a tragedy like this never happens again. watch
Some Republicans indicate their party needs a makeover, yet the list for next year’s major conservative conference CPAC has many familiar faces, like Jeb Bush and Rep. Paul Ryan. MSNBC’s Krystal Ball and Steve Kornacki join Rev. Al Sharpton. watch
The nation's most famous gun rights organization has made headlines for its silence in the aftermath of the tragic Newtown, Conn., shootings that left 20 children and 7 adults dead. The National Rifle Association unpublished it's Facebook page and ceased communication on twitter, and even refused to respond to media requests. But while the organization has been publicly silent, it has quietly continued to communicate with some of its most die-hard supporters via the NRA News, which broadcasts online. read more