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Tag: Gun Control

The Conservative Evasion on Guns

Conservatives all over the world are aghast at our nation’s permissive attitude toward guns. Is a dangerous and harebrained absolutism about weaponry really the issue on which American conservatives want to practice exceptionalism?

Posted on Oct 5, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: John Oliver Dares Politicians to Actually Do Something About Mental Health

“If we’re going to constantly use mentally ill people to dodge conversations about gun control,” comedian John Oliver said angrily on Sunday’s episode of “Last Week Tonight,” “then the very least we owe them is a fucking plan.”

Posted on Oct 5, 2015 READ MORE

Is the Gun Lobby’s Power Overstated?

The National Rifle Association and other anti-gun-control groups are formidable, but political trends may be loosening their grip on lawmakers.

Posted on Oct 5, 2015 READ MORE

5 Right-Wing Idiocies From Last Week—Let’s Start With Bill O’Reilly’s Gun Violence Delusion

Here are five lowlights from the right from the week that was. Enjoy!

Posted on Oct 4, 2015 READ MORE

Roseburg Shooter Mercer Killed One-Third the Annual Gun Death Toll of England and Wales

The U.S. is downright weird compared with many other countries: We continue to be peculiar in handing out powerful magazine-fed firearms to almost anyone who wants them. 

Posted on Oct 4, 2015 READ MORE

Guns R Us: The Stats Behind America’s Firearms Industry

Of all the revolvers, rifles, pistols, shotguns and other types of firearms made in the U.S. since 2013, only 4 percent were sent abroad. The other 10,413,880 stayed home.

Posted on Oct 2, 2015 READ MORE

Murder, USA: Why Politicians Have Blood on Their Hands

Ten people died and seven were wounded this week in a mass shooting at a community college in Roseburg, Ore. Such shootings are more than another tragic expression of unchecked violence in the United States; they are symptomatic of a society engulfed in fear, militarism, a survival-of-the-fittest ethos and a growing disdain for human life.

Posted on Oct 2, 2015 READ MORE

Your Guns or My Kids?

Whose rights are more important—those of people who seek to bear arms at any cost or those of people who want their children to live without fearing for their safety?

Posted on Sep 10, 2015 READ MORE

Gun Deaths

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U.S. Gun Deaths

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NRA Terror

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Father of Virginia Shooting Victim Alison Parker Makes Gun Control Plea to President Obama

Maybe now is a good time for the president to get a grip on America’s gun problem.

Posted on Aug 27, 2015 READ MORE

Reporter, Cameraman Shot and Killed in Virginia; Details Emerge About Gunman

Following Wednesday morning’s on-air shooting of two employees from WDBJ7 TV in Virginia, in which 24-year-old journalist Alison Parker and 27-year-old cameraman Adam Ward were killed, details from the back story about the gunman and his potential motives came to light.

Posted on Aug 26, 2015 READ MORE

George Zimmerman Joins Forces With Anti-Muslim Gun Seller to Push Confederate Flag Art

If someone had entered, in some mythical headline generator, all the key ingredients to produce the perfect mashup of utter racist nonsense from recent American history, this might be it.

Posted on Aug 18, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Colorado Theater Gunman James Holmes Sentenced to Life in Prison

Unable to unanimously agree on the death penalty, a jury gave the Aurora movie theater gunman life in prison without possibility of parole in the killing of 12 people in the 2012 rampage.

Posted on Aug 7, 2015 READ MORE

America and Guns

Posted on Aug 7, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Amy Schumer Joins Gun-Control Fight in Wake of ‘Trainwreck’ Shootings

With her cousin U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer alongside, the comedian unveiled a new legislative initiative taking aim at gun violence. The move is in response to the fatal shooting last month of two people at a Lafayette, La., showing of the movie comedy, which she wrote and in which she stars. The gunman then killed himself.

Posted on Aug 3, 2015 READ MORE


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3 Killed, 7 Wounded During ‘Trainwreck’ Screening at Louisiana Theater

Three people died and seven others were injured at a Lafayette theater Thursday night after a gunman opened fire during a screening of “Trainwreck.” One of the dead was reported to be the shooter.

Posted on Jul 23, 2015 READ MORE

Four Marines Dead: Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons Are a Security Problem for the U.S.

With lone wolf terrorists among us, the threat posed by ordinary citizens’ access to military-style weapons is no longer just a local problem but a very real national security risk.

Posted on Jul 16, 2015 READ MORE

FBI: Dylann Roof Should Not Have Been Sold Gun

FBI director James B. Comey has confirmed that a flawed background check allowed the suspect to purchase the weapon used in the mass slaying at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., last month.

Posted on Jul 10, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Here’s How Insane Our Lack of Gun Control Looks From Abroad

In a clip that’s as relevant today as it was two years ago when it was filmed, British comedian Charlie Brooker takes a hard look at the gun violence that now characterizes America.

Posted on Jul 9, 2015 READ MORE

After Obama’s Charleston Eulogy, What Will Change?

After a few choruses of “Kumbaya,” things tend to go back to the way they were. Is there any reason to believe that this time things will be different?

Posted on Jun 29, 2015 READ MORE

Hate Plus Guns

Posted on Jun 25, 2015 READ MORE

Americans Have the Right to Be Free—From Guns

As long as gun control is a cause linked to ideology and party—and as long as the National Rifle Association and its allies claim a monopoly on individual rights arguments—reasonable steps will be ground to death by the Washington Obstruction Machine.

Posted on Jun 24, 2015 READ MORE

Hillary Clinton Calls Charleston Shooting an ‘Act of Racist Terrorism’

Hillary Clinton made a definitive statement Tuesday on the June 17 mass shooting at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church that will no doubt set the tone for much of her latest campaign for the presidency.

Posted on Jun 23, 2015 READ MORE

Hope and Hate in Charleston

Even if Dylann Roof, the man arrested in the church massacre in South Carolina, acted alone, he is not alone in his hateful views. And it is up to white Americans to defeat the poison of racism in this country.

Posted on Jun 21, 2015 READ MORE

Bernie Sanders Is No Gun Nut

When the Vermont senator votes or speaks about gun control, he’s representing his people, many of whom are responsible gun owners. Painting him as a rabid gun fanatic is disingenuous.

Posted on May 20, 2015 READ MORE

Guns in Classroom

Posted on Apr 14, 2015 READ MORE

Open Mind on Guns

Posted on Jan 4, 2015 READ MORE

Gun Violence

Posted on Dec 20, 2014 READ MORE

Why Gun Control Groups Have Moved Away From an Assault Weapons Ban

A decade after the ban expired, gun control groups say that focusing on other policies will save more American lives.

Posted on Sep 10, 2014 READ MORE

Driving American Politics Underground

Seizure of institutions by corporate power means our real political life has been transferred to groups that operate outside the system.

Posted on Sep 7, 2014 READ MORE

NRA Logic

Posted on Aug 30, 2014 READ MORE

American Hearse-Story

Posted on Jul 22, 2014 READ MORE

Gumball Machine

Posted on Jul 9, 2014 READ MORE

Peter Z. Scheer

Target: Guns Are Not Family Friendly

The nation’s second-largest retailer has announced that guns are not welcome in its stores, even in states where it is legal to carry firearms.

Posted on Jul 2, 2014 READ MORE

Gun Violence

Posted on Jun 22, 2014 READ MORE

1 Dead, 3 Injured in Shooting at Seattle Pacific University

In yet another incident underscoring the prevalence of gun violence in the U.S., a gunman opened fire at Seattle Pacific University on Thursday, killing a 19-year-old man and wounding at least three others before being tackled by a student and arrested.

Posted on Jun 5, 2014 READ MORE

Another Mass Shooting

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The Best Reporting on Guns in America

In the wake of last week’s shooting, we’ve laid out the most revealing reporting about guns.

Posted on May 29, 2014 READ MORE

Gun Nut Argument

Posted on May 28, 2014 READ MORE

Senseless Shootings

Posted on May 26, 2014 READ MORE

Another Shooting

Posted on May 25, 2014 READ MORE


Why Don’t We Know How Many People Are Shot Each Year in America?

How many Americans have been shot over the past 10 years? No one really knows.

Posted on May 14, 2014 READ MORE

Gun Rights Nation

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 READ MORE

Trigger Lock

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 READ MORE

Should She Stay or Should She Go? The Debate Over Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Retirement

It should come as no surprise that Ginsburg is at the center of a roiling debate among left-leaning lawyers, scholars and legal commentators as to whether the time has come for her to retire in order to permit a Democratic president, Barack Obama, to nominate her successor. 

Posted on Apr 15, 2014 READ MORE

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