Maddow links Idaho Rep. Patterson to national trend on gun policy

MSNBC’s liberal talk-show host Rachel Maddow used the flap over Rep. Mark Patterson’s gun permit to advance one of her favorite topics: restrictions on guns.

Maddow led Wednesday night’s show with a 12-minute piece on how Patterson has lost his concealed weapons permit for failing to disclose a 1974 conviction for assault with intent to commit rape.

Maddow was predictably indignant about the facts, but she also deftly connected Patterson’s antics to the transformation in policy since President Reagan was shot in 1981. Gone are the days of bipartisan consensus on background checks and limits on military-style weapons and firearms that escape detection at security checkpoints, Maddow said.

Maddow didn’t mention that this is in significant part the fault of Democrats afraid to do anything that might offend the NRA.

Anyway, I wrote a story about the Maddow piece that’s on the Statesman home page. You may read it here.

Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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