OK, we now know what some of N.C. legislators think about Newtown. Their views aren’t particularly visionary, insightful or helpful, but there you go.
Don’t stop there, news organizations.
Tell me what the NRA thinks of them. Here is a chart for the Senate. (Sen. Richard Burr gets an A rating; Sen. Kay Hagan, an F. Here is a video of Burr speaking at the NRA Celebration of American Values convention in 2010.) The NRA’s endorsements for House members is easy enough to find, too.
Tell me what groups gave money to the elected officials. (The NRA contributed at least $3,000 to Rep. Howard Coble’s most recent campaign, according to Yes! Weekly.) Look at the difference in campaign contributions from pro-gun lobby and the gun control lobby.
Remind your readers/viewers of the history of the 2nd Amendment, as that seems to be pivotal in the thinking of some legislators. Here is a good primer from the New Yorker. (It wasn’t until the 1980s that the right of citizens to bear virtually any arms became the prevailing legal interpretation.)
Here is a good place to start. Some senators have promised legislation in January. Where are our two senators on them?
It’s not just guns. Tell me where the state legislators stand on mental health support and funding. With the GOP controlling the General Assembly and the governor’s office, there will be momentum in cutting taxes, which generally means cutting services. Will mental health services be on the chopping block again?
From WRAL: Rep. Verla Insko, D-Orange, a proponent of mental health services in the state, says most people in North Carolina with mental health issues don’t have any health insurance, and they don’t qualify for Medicaid. That’s why, she says, many are in and out of jail and crowding emergency rooms to get help.
Are schools protected well enough? Do we need more resource officers? Do we pay teachers enough? There is this silly argument about arming teachers — will we pay for that training?
Are This is my personal plea not to let this issue drop once a few weeks pass. There is still a lot of good journalism to be had here.