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Inside the NRA Convention: Five Impressions

Every year, it is fascinating to observe the National Rifle Association leadership and the group’s faithful at their annual meeting. This year, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV), was able to obtain audio recordings and photographs from inside the convention—including the closed-door “Ted Nugent: Freedom is not Free and We the People Must Keep It Alive!” event.

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Grit and Grandeur

“The Whole Gritty City” is a documentary about young students in New Orleans playing in three different school marching bands. New Orleans has a proud history as one of America’s most musical cities, but also casts a shadow as one of its most violent. Louisiana has the second highest gun death rate of the 50 states and some of the weakest gun laws in the nation. Municipalities like The Big Easy are prohibited by the state legislature from enacting any local gun laws tougher than the bare state minimum.

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Still I Rise

The way I view the world and myself can best be explained by a poem by Maya Angelou entitled, “Still I Rise.” The poem speaks of facing adversity but still having the strength to rise and be the pillar that God intended. This poem has always resonated with me because of my story.

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Chasing the White Rabbit

The film “White Rabbit” will hit VOD and movie theaters in eight cities on February 13, 2015. Directed by Tim McCann, it tackles the subjects of bullying and gun violence head-on, and humanizes the type of tragedy we hear/read about on a daily basis in this country. The film contains riveting performances from Nick Krause (“The Descendents”) and Britt Robertson (“Under the Dome”) and delivers a powerful emotional punch.

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Be Careful What You Wish

For decades now, the gun lobby has trotted out the same tired canard when Americans have called for gun reform in the wake of a mass shooting. “Enforce the laws on the books,” they tell us, as if there is an ample supply of American gun laws with actual teeth to be enforced.