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Lawmakers must do more to prevent gun violence

Firearms are the leading cause of death among children and teens in Utah. This disturbing fact underscores the need for more effective gun control laws in our state. However, due to a twisted interpretation of the Second Amendment, our state lawmakers refuse to act on gun violence prevention. Instead of continuing to move in the

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Katie Matheson: Gatekeepers at the Capitol stop popular bills

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. There are gatekeepers at work in Utah’s government, working behind the scenes to make or break legislation. Some of the bills being held back by these gatekeepers are broadly supported by Utahns, but the guardians of conservative ideology on the Hill are keeping these bills from seeing the light of day

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“Rhetoric is a poor substitute for action, and we have trusted only to rhetoric. If we are really to be a great nation, we must not merely talk; we must act big.” Theodore Roosevelt It has only been two weeks since thirty-one Americans were brutally murdered and dozens more injured in the senseless mass shootings

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Guest opinion: Take one small step to prevent gun violence

This article originally appeared in the Deseret News. A few years back, I had the opportunity to experience a slice of Canadian gun control first-hand. I was visiting my sister in Ontario for a birthday celebration, and we may have taken the idea of open-door festivities too far because we woke the next morning to

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Op-ed: Wild West rhetoric distracts from gun-violence solutions

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune Among many incidents of gun violence this summer, two were particularly disturbing. The first was close to home, when Jeremy Patterson of Draper stalked and killed Memorez Rackley and her son as they walked home from school. Patterson injured two other children and committed suicide. The second is a road-rage

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U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, R-tea party

Better UTAH Communications Director Isaac Holyoak published an op-ed in the Salt Lake Tribune over the weekend in which he argues Lee’s voting record on guns is indicative of Lee’s ideological distaste for the 17th Amendment. From labor laws that made safer workplaces, to banking regulations designed to curb the influence of big money, to

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Petition garners thousands of signers, Gov vetoes HB76

Salt Lake City — Utah Governor Gary Herbert exercised his veto power today in agreement with the majority of Utahns who favor responsible second amendment rights. Herbert vetoed the controversial HB76, Concealed Weapon Carry Amendments, Friday morning. Maryann Martindale, executive director of the Alliance for a Better UTAH, has issued the following statement: “We applaud

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Press statement on today’s gun legislation

Salt Lake City — Maryann Martindale, executive director of the Alliance for a Better UTAH, issued the following statement after a series of gun bills were considered at the Utah State Legislature today. “The state legislature heard a series of bills today that seriously infringe upon the right of Utahns to live safe, productive and

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