Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of January 15, 2013. Give Chad your feedback below and tune in to The Chad Hasty Show for these and many more topics from 8:30 to 11 am.

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1. Gun Control (link)

Today is the big day. Today we will find out what Vice President Joe Biden proposes to President Obama about guns. One thing though is for sure. President Obama will use executive order to handle some gun control, unless Republicans and the American people stand up and say no. According to the Weekly Standard, Obama said this yesterday:

"My understanding is the vice president's going to provide a range of steps that we can take to reduce gun violence," said Obama. "Some of them will require legislation, some of them I can accomplish through executive action. And so I will be reviewing those today, and as I said, I will speak in more detail to what we're going to go ahead and propose later in the week. But I'm confident that there are some steps that we can take that don't require legislation and that are within my authority as president, and where you get a step that, has the opportunity to reduce the possibility of gun violence, then i want to go ahead and take it."

So what will the President order? How far will this government go when it comes to trampling on the Constitution?

2. Local Leaders and Your Money

One has to wonder what is going on in the minds of some of our city leaders. Yesterday, I told you about a survey that has gone out from the Lubbock Chamber that has to deal with taxes and quality of life issues. There are rumblings that some city leaders are wanting state lawmakers to raise the sales tax in order to pay for pet projects. If you've taken the Chamber survey, one of the big questions is about raising the sales tax.

No Republican elected official would raise the sales tax in Texas right now. Perry won't sign off on it and Dewhurst wants to be seen as a conservative. Representatives Frullo and Perry would be thrown out of office if they proposed such an idea.

However, the idea and the want is still out there. All for wants, not needs.

All of this is also on the heels of the Imagine Lubbock Together meetings and right before a possible bond election in 2014. Keep your eyes open on this friends. Local leaders are wanting to build fun stuff and want to use more of your money to do it.

Oh, and LISD wants to join in the fun as well.

3. Polling on Guns (link)

The White House will really love some of these numbers when it comes to guns. According to the Washington Post, 52% of Americans are now more supportive of gun control.

More than half of all Americans — 52 percent in the new poll — say the Newtown shootings made them more supportive of gun control; just 5 percent say they are now less apt to back tighter restrictions. Most also are at least somewhat worried about a mass shooting in their own community, with concern jumping to 65 percent among those with school-age children at home.


The poll shows broad support among all Americans for establishing a database tracking all gun sales, an idea favored by 71 percent, and a ban on high-capacity ammunition clips (65 percent). Some 51 percent support a ban on semi-automatic handguns.


Some of the disagreements on policy reflect diverse opinions about the causes of gun violence in the country.

Overall, 56 percent see inadequate treatment of those with mental illness contributes “a great deal” to gun violence, and the same percentage blames insufficient background checks as a major cause. Next up is a lack of individual responsibility among gun owners. Fewer--38 percent--see violent movies, television and video games as playing a big role, although more Republicans than Democrats see entertainment as a main contributor to gun violence.


In addition to partisanship and gun ownership, perception of the threat of mass shootings is related to support for new measures. Among those who are very worried about a mass shooting where they live, 65 percent back a nationwide ban on semi-automatic handguns. It is a mirror image 65 percent opposition to such a ban among those who are not at all concerned.

Appearing on today’s show:

10:05am- Michael Quinn Sullivan, Empower Texans


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