By Brian Hicks
State Sen. Marlon Kimpson is no fool.
He’s not some starry-eyed idealist living in fantasyland, naïve to political reality.
But some people probably will think that, since last week he announced plans to push for tougher gun laws for South Carolina.
Political watchers know that most elected officials run for cover anytime someone has the temerity to suggest anything that could be construed as infringing on the Second Amendment. Read more ›
by Brian Hicks
It’s a shame Mary Moultrie didn’t live to see this.
Last week, trustees for the Medical University of South Carolina apologized for the hospital’s policy of racial discrimination that led to the 1969 hospital strike.
So bravo, and better late than never because — make no mistake — it was discrimination, pure and simple.
The hospital had a policy of paying black “non-professional workers” — the nurse’s aides, the food service workers, the people who changed the bed linens — 30 cents an hour less than the federal minimum wage. Read more ›
BY JAMIE SELF
A Charleston state senator says he will introduce gun-control legislation in January in response to recent gun violence in his home city.
State Sen. Marlon Kimpson, D-Charleston, said the June 17 slayings at Emanuel AME Church and more recent incidents of gun violence show the need for tighter restrictions on gun ownership.
Kimpson said he hopes the state Senate will give his proposals serious consideration when it returns to work in January. “I don’t think there is any dispute that there is a direct correlation between weak gun laws and violence,” Kimpson told The State on Monday. “It is within our power to do something about it.” Read more ›
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – The South Carolina state senator who represents the district that includes Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church is proposing tougher state gun controls in the aftermath of the shootings at the church that killed nine people.
Democratic Sen. Marlon Kimpson announced Monday he plans to pre-file bills in the General Assembly banning assault weapons, strengthening background checks and creating a gun registration system to make it easier to track guns. Read more ›