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Poll: Voters Will Punish Congress for Gun Control Cowardice

There are two questions on every issue that every politician worries about: Do my constituents care? And, more importantly, how much do they care?

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The Quiet Closing of Washington

Conservative Republicans in our nation’s capital have managed to accomplish something they only dreamed of when tea partyers streamed into Congress at the start of 2011: They’ve basically shut Congress down.

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Santa Monica Shootings: Gun Violence Happens Everywhere

A rampage that left five people dead, including the suspected gunman, in the wealthy, liberal, seaside paradise of Santa Monica, Calif., reminds us that guns and killers are everywhere in America.

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Gun Crime

Posted on Jun 3, 2013 ENLARGE

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Now, You Can’t Ban Guns at the Public Pool

Since the 1980s, the National Rifle Association and other groups have led a successful campaign to get state legislatures to limit local control over gun regulations. These “preemption” laws block cities from enacting their own gun policies, effectively requiring cities with higher rates of gun violence to have the same gun regulations as smaller towns.

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Sacrifice to the Gun God

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Every Gun

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3-D Computer Gun

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Surveillance Video Captures New Orleans Parade Shooting

Nineteen people, including two children, were wounded after gunmen opened fire on the crowd at a neighborhood Mother’s Day parade. Authorities believe a possible suspect can be seen in newly released surveillance video.

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‘Slow-Motion Mass Murders’

Public officials are very selective about when violence and death matter. Massacres and terrorist incidents cannot be ignored, but the day-to-day toll from gun violence is often swept aside. Politicians who tout themselves as advocates of law and order don’t want to be unmasked as caring even more about their ratings from gun lobbyists.

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My First Rifle

Posted on May 10, 2013 ENLARGE

Shot Down

Posted on May 10, 2013 ENLARGE

Campus Carry

Posted on May 8, 2013 ENLARGE

Fighting Tyranny

Posted on May 8, 2013 ENLARGE

NRA Takes a Turn to the Right

Posted on May 7, 2013 ENLARGE


This Man Just Fired the World’s First 3-D Printed Gun

Exhibiting no concern for the inevitably deadly consequences of his actions, 25-year-old Texas law student Cody Wilson hopes to bring about “a complete explosion of all available gun laws” with his designs for 3-D printable firearms.

Posted on May 6, 2013 READ MORE

Crickett Rifles

Posted on May 5, 2013 ENLARGE

Bob Davis

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Mr. Gun Nut Head

Posted on May 4, 2013 ENLARGE

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NRA Plays the Victim at National Convention

“Our freedom is under attack like never before,” said Chris Cox of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action on Friday at the gun lobby’s big get-together in Houston. As if that wasn’t enough, Texas Gov. Rick Perry opened his mouth.

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The Pen Is Mightier

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Victims in Perspective

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Obama Needs to Hope Again

If a president finds himself in the role of a political scientist, he has a problem—even when his political science lesson is 100 percent accurate.

Posted on May 1, 2013 READ MORE

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Fact: The United States Tortured People

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A bipartisan panel tries to end the debate on torture so we don’t do it again, U.S. terrorism, why Congress is free to ignore demand for gun control and the best show you’re not watching.

Posted on Apr 28, 2013 READ MORE

Fact: The United States Tortured People

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A bipartisan panel tries to end the debate on torture so we don’t do it again, U.S. terrorism, why Congress is free to ignore demand for gun control and the best show you’re not watching.

Posted on Apr 28, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN

Weapons of Mass Destruction

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NRA Parrot

Posted on Apr 26, 2013 ENLARGE

Slippery Slope

Posted on Apr 24, 2013 ENLARGE

Gun Bill

Posted on Apr 24, 2013 ENLARGE

Congress’ Best Side

Posted on Apr 23, 2013 ENLARGE

Resolute, but With an Asterisk

The nation demonstrated again last week how resolute it can be when threatened by murderous terrorists—and how helpless when ordered to heel by smug lobbyists for the gun industry.

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Time to Judge Bush Legacy, Rove Battles the Koch Brothers, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the Republican governor who is pushing for stricter gun control and Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake pulls a fast one on the mother of a mass shooting victim.

Posted on Apr 22, 2013 READ MORE

GOP and Guns

Posted on Apr 22, 2013 ENLARGE

Senate Votes Against Background Checks

Posted on Apr 22, 2013 ENLARGE

Senate Gun Fail

Posted on Apr 22, 2013 ENLARGE

Sandy Hook Legacy

Posted on Apr 22, 2013 ENLARGE

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The Way Forward on Guns

Victories often contain the seeds of future defeats. So it is—or at least should be—with the Senate’s morally reprehensible rejection of expanded background checks for gun buyers.

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Gun Heart

Posted on Apr 21, 2013 ENLARGE

Boston and Washington

Posted on Apr 21, 2013 ENLARGE

Little D

Posted on Apr 19, 2013 ENLARGE

A Butt Man

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Married to Guns

Posted on Apr 19, 2013 ENLARGE

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Protecting the ‘Second Amendment Rights’ of Thugs and Terrorists

The gun lobby and its legislative servants are “soft on crime”—although they routinely pretend to be tough on criminals.

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Backbone Checks

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Mutual Interests

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And He Is Us

Posted on Apr 19, 2013 ENLARGE

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