Category Archives: Firearms Legislation

President Obama’s Legacy — Podcast January 16, 2017

It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times: Democratic Perspective Looks Back At the Obama Years. On the eve of President-Elect Trump’s inauguration, Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, Klaus von Stutterheim, and Steve Williamson evaluate the successes and failures of President … Continue reading

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The National Party Platforms: Haven’t We All Been Here Before? — Podcast August 8, 2016

The Democratic and Republican Party Platforms: Promises, Promises…. Democratic Perspective hosts Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, and Steve Williamson take a closer look at the Democratic and Republican Party platforms. 51 and 58 pages, respectively, of wonkery, neither of which, if history is any guide, is likely to be … Continue reading

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A Not-So-Magnificent Obsession: The History, Psychology, and Politics of Gun Ownership in America — Podcast November 9, 2015

Unfinished Business: The Second Amendment, the NRA, the Arms Industry, and 30,000+ Shooting Deaths per Year in the U.S.: Is Anyone EVER Going to Connect These Dots?  Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, and Steve Williamson try to make some sense of the controversy over … Continue reading

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The Arizona Legislative Lunacy Report: Spring 2015 Edition — Podcast April 30, 2015

The March of Ideology and Incompetence Continues in Phoenix: Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino and Gary LaMaster take a detailed look at the Arizona Republic’s recently published docket of bills pending in the Legislature. Listen as our intrepid analysts subject the moderately acceptable, the irredeemably awful, and the crazy ugly to the test … Continue reading

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Extreme Representation.

Arizona’s Legislative District 6 (LD6) is populated by mostly moderate, sensible people. So Democratic Perspective asked, “Why is it represented in the state legislature by a trio of right wing extremists, otherwise known as Rep. Brenda Barton, Rep. Bob Thorpe … Continue reading

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Arizona LD6: Are Republicans Really Getting What They Voted For? — Podcast August 19, 2013

Conservative Extremism in Arizona’s Legislative District 6: Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster and Steve Williamson examine the legislative records and public statements of the Republican state legislators representing LD6: State Senator Chester Crandell, and State Representatives Brenda Barton and Bob Thorpe. … Continue reading

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Michael Austin Interview — Podcast April 1, 2013

The Second Amendment Doesn’t Mean What the Right Wing Thinks It Does: Professor Michael Austin, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Newman University in Wichita, Kansas, returns to Democratic Perspective to discuss the national controversy surrounding the Second Amendment. In his … Continue reading

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What The NRA Doesn’t Want You To Know.

There were 34 mass shootings in the US in 2012 and more than 70 since Representative Gabby Giffords was shot in the head and 6 people killed at a Congress on Your Corner event in Tucson. On average, there are … Continue reading

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Mass Shootings and Gun Control — Podcast January 7, 2013

Gun Control: Will It Ever Be Possible? In the wake of the Newtown massacre, Gary LaMaster and Bill Timberman join Democratic Perspective co-hosts Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson for a discussion of the rise in mass shootings in the United States. … Continue reading

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