May 31, 2013
We started off this morning with a look at the startling National Journal article, "Gun Deaths Since Newtown Now Surpass Number of Americans Killed in Iraq." But as startling as that is, it's based on Slate's crowd-sourced and "necessarily incomplete" interactive database cataloging gun deaths since 12/14, and CDC statistics tell us that there have been far, far more deaths than that. How many more? Listen and find out. Two recent #GunFAIL episodes illustrate a cultural divide in how we think of the dangers guns can pose. More national press join the gun violence chase, this time watching child shootings. Norm Ornstein on the renewed nuclear option fight. Rep. Bobby Rush swipes at Sen. Mark Kirk's efforts to fund an anti-gang initiative as an "elitist white boy solution." Armando calls in to discuss appointment powers, the "unitary executive" theory, and constitutional hardball, and float some bold theories. Free advice! Just what every president needs! Also: Did John McCain pose with suspected kidnappers during his Syria excursion? ArchPundit sends word to help us clear up the situation with Illinois gun law. And the conservative-leaning Volokh Conspiracy blog dismisses the accusation that AG Eric Holder lied under oath.