December 22nd, 2012
09:18 AM ET
2 years ago

The great divide: Little common ground with pro- and anti-gun forces

Washington (CNN) - For National Rifle Association Vice President Wayne LaPierre and many other pro-gun Americans, the task is clear: The best way to protect children from becoming victims of a slaughter like the one seen last week in Newtown, Connecticut, is to make sure every school in America has "qualified armed security."

For President Barack Obama, many Democratic leaders and a slight majority of the American public, the solution starts with tougher legislation on assault weapons, universal background checks and limits on high-capacity magazines, the first steps needed to begin to make it harder to get at the kinds of firearms that kill thousands of Americans each year.

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Filed under: Gun rights • NRA
August 29th, 2012
08:14 PM ET
2 years ago

'Gen Xer' Paul Ryan takes up GOP torch, makes case to young voters

Tampa, Florida (CNN) – For many Republicans of his era, Paul Ryan symbolizes an overdue change and call to the Reagan-era principles that appealed to many young voters in the 1980s and that the party hopes will attract a range of youthful support in November.

"As a fellow Gen Xer, I'm excited about him and it says a lot," said Dylan Glenn, a former Bush administration economic policy analyst who has been friends with Ryan, 42, for nearly two decades.

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Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Paul Ryan • Republican National Convention