Breakfast Links

 

NRA leader Wayne LaPierre has used Americans’ opposition to gun registry to effectively blunt calls for stricter gun controls.

What is stopping stricter gun control laws in the wake of so many mass shootings despite apparent support by a supermajority of Americans?

Slate’s Dave Weigel says its fear of a national gun registry — a fear that the National Rife Association uses to its advantage in intimidating elected officials into not supporting more aggressive gun control. Here’s the story.

Congratulations to Jerry Tarkanian, a Fresno State graduate, former Bulldogs basketball coach and the man who coached UNLV to a national championship. CBS Sports is reporting that Tark has been elected to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Here’s a little more on the story.

At least two California state lawmakers secretly traveled with Sacramento’s “best connected” lobbyist to Cuba during the legislature’s spring break, an exclusive CalWatchdog.com investigation reveals. One of them was  State Sen. Cathleen Galgiani, D-Livingston; the other was Assembly Member Katcho Achadjian, R-San Luis Obispo.

Roger Ebert’s 10 best reviews and 10 best zingers courtesy of The Daily Beast.

Our Letter of the Day is “In defense of Bush” from Jim Harmon of Friant.

Have a great weekend. I will be back with more “Links” on Monday.