Firearms Arsenals, Teacher Shortages, Protecting Democracy and More

Posted on October 21, 2020

Firearms Arsenal Disclosure Act: Hundreds of thousands of people own huge arsenals of firearms without any disclosure or regulation. The Firearms Arsenal Disclosure Act requires individuals to disclose to law enforcement when they personally own an unusually large number of firearms and/or ammunition, and applies to them the recordkeeping, safe storage and other requirements that apply to licensed firearms dealers.

A democracy, yes or no? The upcoming election will determine whether the United States of America remains a democracy or becomes some form of plutocracy, oligarchy and/or kleptocracy. Because democracy is not especially protected in the U.S. Constitution, it has been substantially undermined, as explained in the latest IdeaLog, our blog intended to raise eyebrows and engage minds.

Politics Podcast: Since we’re less than two weeks from the most important election in memory, you may wish to keep up with the latest electoral analysis with podcasts at FiveThirtyEight.

A policy agenda to address the teacher shortage in U.S. public schools: The teacher shortage, particularly in high-poverty schools, is bad and getting worse. This report from the Economic Policy Institute offers principles and proposals to deal with the crisis.

States, Localities Need Federal Aid to Restore Jobs, Avoid More Layoffs: There’s still no federal COVID aid bill, mostly thanks to Mitch McConnell. But as the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities explains, states and localities badly need help.

How to talk about the issue of K-12 education: School closures because of COVID-19 make the issue of education more difficult than ever. Are you using the best messaging? Read this chapter from PLI’s messaging guide.