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The Gag Rule on Guns

For all the dysfunction in our political system, a healthy pattern usually takes hold when a terrible tragedy seizes the nation’s attention. Unless the tragedy involves guns.

Posted on Jul 20, 2012 READ MORE

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Need to Bear Arms? The Internet Can Help

The bowels of the Internet can be a scary place, as evidenced by a site called The Armory—a no-questions-asked, anonymous weapons-supply store.

Posted on Jul 19, 2012 READ MORE


What You Don’t Know About the ‘Fast and Furious’ Scandal

Fortune magazine has dug into the Fast and Furious scandal to expose political distortions and popular misconceptions.

Posted on Jun 27, 2012 READ MORE

Our Guns-and-Butter Economy

There are troubling consequences that come from the particular kind of export economy we’re building.

Posted on May 10, 2012 READ MORE

Right-Wing Center

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Guns Are Us

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Ending Fecklessness on Guns

Mayors have filled the void left in state legislatures, Congress and the White House by moderates, liberals and many conservatives who ought to know better but are too petrified by the NRA to confront it.

Posted on Apr 15, 2012 READ MORE

Too Many Gun Nuts

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School Shooting

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Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News

Repeal the ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws

The “Stand Your Ground” laws in Florida and other states should all be repealed. At best, they are redundant. At worst, as in the Trayvon Martin killing, they are nothing but a license to kill.

Posted on Mar 27, 2012 READ MORE

NRA and the GOP

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Florida Shooting

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Stand Your Ground

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Trayvon Martin Shooting

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Documentary Connects Shootings to Economic Struggle

“Murder by Proxy: How America Went Postal” starts with the earliest post office massacre in 1986 in exploring how economic factors might play a role in the epidemic of shootings.

Posted on Jan 5, 2012 READ MORE

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ATF Chief Reassigned Over Deadly Sting

The Obama administration is punishing top officials for the failed ATF operation that placed American guns in the hands of Mexican drug cartels. (more)

Posted on Aug 30, 2011 READ MORE

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U.S. Soldier Admits to Planning Attack on Fort Hood

A U.S. soldier who has been absent without leave since early July was arrested Wednesday in a motel room hear Fort Hood in Texas where FBI officials announced Thursday that he had been found with guns and bomb-making materials. The AWOL soldier admitted to planning an attack on the base, an Army alert said Thursday.

Posted on Jul 28, 2011 READ MORE

Gun Runner

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Video Shows Brazilian Police Shooting Boy

Recently uncovered 2010 security footage showing Brazilian police shooting a 14-year-old boy has led to the arrest of five men. The BBC reports that the “boy survived with several wounds and is now in a witness protection programme along with his family.”

Posted on Mar 25, 2011 READ MORE

Obama’s Audacity Deficit on Guns

“My administration has not curtailed the rights of gun owners,” the president boasted, “it has expanded them, including allowing people to carry their guns in national parks and wildlife refuges.”

Posted on Mar 17, 2011 READ MORE

Obama and Guns

Posted on Mar 14, 2011 READ MORE

Glenn Beck Has a Point

Excuse us while we hold back the dry heave and acknowledge that buried in this obnoxious, childish rant of Glenn Beck’s, there’s a valid point lurking.

Posted on Jan 20, 2011 READ MORE

Tucson, Juarez and an Assault Weapons Ban

The Glock 19 semiautomatic pistol that Jared Loughner is accused of using in his rampage in Tucson, Ariz., is, according to Glock’s website, “ideal for versatile use through reduced dimensions” and is “suitable for concealed carry.”

Posted on Jan 18, 2011 READ MORE

Palin’s Egocentric Umbrage

In the spirit of civil discourse, I’d like to humbly suggest that Sarah Palin please consider being quiet for a while. Perhaps a great while.

Posted on Jan 18, 2011 READ MORE

Palin Map

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White House / Pete Souza

Healer in Chief

Listening to Obama’s speech brought back memories of Obama the candidate, a mesmerizing orator with the power to summon visions of a better America.

Posted on Jan 14, 2011 READ MORE

Finding the Forgotten Majority

The new media economy encourages ever more violent vitriol because that’s now become the most reliable way to build a following and, thus, generate profit.

Posted on Jan 14, 2011 READ MORE

How We Enable Crimes of Insanity

The law requires us to assess Jared Lee Loughner’s mental state and motivations, but we might do better to analyze our own craziness.

Posted on Jan 14, 2011 READ MORE

Daily Kos

Obama and Palin Speeches Compared

Daily Kos blogger Jed Lewison plugged the president and Sarah Palin’s respective speeches about the tragedy in Tucson, Ariz., into a word cloud generator to create a visual representation of the rhetoric. (more)

Posted on Jan 13, 2011 READ MORE

Rush Limbaugh’s ‘Straight Shooter’ Billboard in Tucson Taken Down

A spokesman for the shock jock’s syndicate says a Tucson, Ariz., billboard featuring Limbaugh’s name, the phrase “straight shooter” and bullet hole imagery was designed by a local station and removed after the shooting massacre that took place in that city.

Posted on Jan 13, 2011 READ MORE

President Obama: ‘Our Hearts Are Broken’

The president’s talents as a communicator were in desperate need in Arizona, where he spoke Wednesday at the memorial for the victims of the shooting in Tucson. (Full text and video after the jump)

Posted on Jan 13, 2011 READ MORE

Much to Answer For

Posted on Jan 13, 2011 READ MORE

How Violent Talk Blocks Sane Gun Laws

The descriptions of President Obama as a “tyrant,” the intimations that he is “alien” and the suggestions that his presidency is illegitimate are essential to the core rationale for resisting any restrictions on firearms.

Posted on Jan 13, 2011 READ MORE

Words That Don’t Heal

Blood libel is a term with a specific and terrible history. It refers to the scurrilous accusation that Jews kidnapped and murdered Christian children to use their blood to prepare Passover matzo.

Posted on Jan 12, 2011 READ MORE

David Frum Blames Ariz. Shooting on Reefer Madness

The former Bush speechwriter who coined the term “axis of evil” claims a link between Jared Loughner, schizophrenia and pot smoking. Forget guns, “The Tucson shooting should remind us why we regulate marijuana.” (more)

Posted on Jan 12, 2011 READ MORE

The Great American Craziness

I do not believe that Sarah Palin had anything to do with the gunning down of innocents in Arizona. What bothers me is the cowardice of national leaders and other politicians who allow people to carry around weapons on the streets, in restaurants and bars. That’s the great American craziness.

Posted on Jan 11, 2011 READ MORE

How Many Bullets Do You Need?

“High Capacity Magazines ... When ten rounds isn’t enough,” the Internet site offers. When, exactly, would that be? Enough for what?

Posted on Jan 11, 2011 READ MORE

A Tale of Two Sheriffs

The Tucson massacre that left six dead and 14 injured, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, brought into sharp public focus the local sheriff, Clarence Dupnik.

Posted on Jan 11, 2011 READ MORE

Flickr / Eve Chan (CC-BY-ND)

‘Surely Some Revelation Is at Hand’

David Sirota calls this Steve Almond essay the best take he’s seen on the Giffords shooting and it’s hard to disagree. “What happens when a large and well-armed portion of our citizenry can no longer apologize?” Almond asks. “When humility becomes another form of humiliation? Their heroes exhort them: Never retreat. Reload.”

Posted on Jan 11, 2011 READ MORE

Flickr / M Glasgow (CC-BY)

Gun Crazy

We may not be sure that the bloodbath in Tucson had anything to do with politics, but we know it had everything to do with our nation’s insane refusal to impose reasonable controls on guns.

Posted on Jan 11, 2011 READ MORE

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Glenn Greenwald Is on Collapsing Empire Watch

As the Salon scribe points out, it can be “quite difficult to really internalize” America’s superpower implosion, but the numbers don’t lie. Our life expectancy ranking is dropping like a rock, while we’re getting better and better at imprisoning, executing and selling guns to people. USA! USA!

Posted on Oct 11, 2010 READ MORE

Flickr / kevindooley (CC-BY)

Done With Guns, NRA Has Other Targets

The Supreme Court has pretty much decided the National Rifle Association’s main issue, but the pressure group, which has managed to make a plaything of Congress, shows no signs of disarming or disbanding. Instead, the gun lobby has set its sights on health care, Elena Kagan and other matters of state.

Posted on Jul 12, 2010 READ MORE

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American Guns Stopped at the Border

Much has been made about Mexico’s deadly drug war and the potential for violence to spill across the border, but it is less often reported that American guns make that war go. Over the weekend, police in Laredo, Texas, seized 147 AK-47 rifles and 10,000 rounds of ammunition en route to Mexico.

Posted on Jun 2, 2010 READ MORE

What Rand Really Believes

Rand Paul, tea party flavor of the month, is said to be avoiding “overexposure.” When he emerges from hiding and explains his most extreme positions, even many Republicans may think twice or three times before they vote for him.

Posted on May 27, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Ross D. Franklin

How Long Can GOP Leaders Ignore Tea Party Death Threats?

Let’s not pretend anymore that the tea party movement is harmless. Even Sarah Palin is making comments that could have lethal consequences, such as “Don’t Retreat, Instead—RELOAD!”

Posted on Mar 25, 2010 READ MORE

Starbucks in Gun Activist Crossfire

Those aspiring screenwriters and novelists clogging up Starbucks may soon have more dramatic material from which to draw inspiration, as the coffee chain has become a reluctant battlefield in the culture wars. Gun enthusiasts and/or nuts have taken to arming themselves before overpaying for coffee. (continued)

Posted on Mar 3, 2010 READ MORE

Gun Safety

Posted on Jan 10, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Evan Vucci

Bullets, Wizards and Too Much Love

It wasn’t the Gunfight at the NBA Corral that turned Gilbert Arenas’ life into a bittersweet story. That happened a long time ago—at birth—but that’s how it works in a subculture ruled by stars, in which everyone prefers the sweet to the bitter.

Posted on Jan 7, 2010 READ MORE

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