Happy Constitution Day! Bishop On Air goes live from 10 to noon on 970 WMAY. We'll talk the Second Amendment in the face of yet another tragic mass shooting. We'll also talk about the latest developments in Syria. And with a Springfield City Council meeting tonight, we'll get a preview of what to expect! That's all ahead when Bishop cracks open the mic just after 10am.
Washington Navy Yard
The debate over access to firearms comes hand-in-hand when news breaks of a mass shooting at some location, but is it really the access that law abiding citizens have to guns or is it the systems that are already set up showing themselves to be inadiqute and a symptom of overreaching not being followed through. The alleged (and dead) shooter Aaron Alexis had a history of unlawful use of a weapon ... but he still had a weapon. He also had a security clearance allowing him access to the base he's accused of shooting and killing nearly a dozen people despite reports of his past mishandling of firearms. New reports also indicate he had mental problems, and that hints that he could have even been on pscyhotropic medications ... but we won't talk about that ... we'll instead have to endure hours upon hours of diatribes about where people should be allowed to carry weapons or banning "assault weapons" or limiting the kinds of magazines people can own. All of these proposed regulations will be just as worthless as the current rules governing the sale and possession of firearms. What say you?
The latest developments from the investigation into what happened in Syria last month is from the United Nations investigators. They say there's no doubt that chemical weapons were used. We'll go over their findings ... what it says and what it doesn't say (hint: the UN report does not assign blame to either side of the conflict, but opportunists are jumping on the findings as irrefutably indicating Syria's government did it).
Also in Syrian news ... Peace Prize President Barack Obama seems to have bypassed the regulation banning the transfer of weapons to terrorist organizations by helping out the Syrian rebels ... See, you should be limited in the firepower you can have, but if you're a terrorist in a distant land fighting a government that's not friendly to the US, you can have weapons bought for by US taxpayer dollars. The irony is way too thick.
City Council Preview
Tonight the Springfield City Council meets and there's a ton on the agenda. After being off from covering the council last week, we'll review what's on the debate/consent/emergency passage agendas and also discuss some things that may come up in the meeting. We may also hear from Treasurer Jim Langfelder about accusation he should have notified aldermen about the police pension spike issue. That's all ahead with Bishop On Air!
Two more videos from my vacation have been edited and uploaded. You can watch all of the videos with this playlist:
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Nominated for Best Of
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