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The Shootings You Didn’t Hear Trump Denounce Because They Weren’t Committed by Muslims

If we’re going to be hysterical about shooters and terrorism, maybe we should save some of our hysteria for the possibility of having a guy in the White House who is so admired by and exciting to the racist far right.

Posted on Sep 30, 2016 READ MORE


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‘Pow, Pow, Yous Are Dead!’

I hid my face in my hands. It wasn’t just that my toddler son was playing guns but that he was using a Pride flag as his weapon at a vigil to mourn those killed at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla.

Posted on Aug 1, 2016 READ MORE

Good Guy With a Gun

Posted on Jul 14, 2016 ENLARGE

Will Sit-In Make Congress Stand Up on Gun Control?

The extremely rare sit-in by Democrats in the House chamber may have been a “publicity stunt.” But it was a righteous one that may improve the prospects for meaningful gun control.

Posted on Jun 24, 2016 READ MORE

A Narrow Focus on Mass Shootings Undermines Efforts to Solve America’s Gun Problem

Gun control advocates cite Australia as a model for how the United States can address gun violence. But for four reasons, it’s not that simple.

Posted on Jun 23, 2016 READ MORE

Gun-Free Zones

Posted on Jun 22, 2016 ENLARGE

Gun Control

Posted on Jun 22, 2016 ENLARGE

Obama: Hating Muslims Makes You an Ally of Islamic State and Is Un-American (Video)

President Obama is clearly concerned about the direction of the country and the mainstreaming of anti-Muslim hate speech, especially in the context of impossible-to-prevent lone-wolf attacks like that in Orlando, Fla.

Posted on Jun 15, 2016 READ MORE

Seeing Red

Posted on Jun 14, 2016 ENLARGE    

Analyzing Religious Extremism Hides the True Culprit in American Mass Shootings

While there are zealots in every religion, it’s important to remember that these views are not representative of whole communities.

Posted on Jun 14, 2016 READ MORE

Amy Schumer’s Skit on Just How Easy It Is to Buy Guns in America Is Hilarious and Horrifying (Video)

When callers on Schumer’s faux home-shopping show say they can’t buy guns because of silly things such as violent convictions or being on the no-fly list, the comedian puts them at ease.

Posted on May 8, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

American Roulette

Posted on Jan 10, 2016 ENLARGE

VIDEO: Charlie Brooker Despairs at 2015, a Year of ‘Fascistic Demagogues’ Capitalizing on Tragedies

With dry wit, the British comedian looks back at the most notable events of 2015, including mass shootings in the United States and beyond, media reactions toward Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s election, and the ominous rise of Donald Trump.

Posted on Jan 5, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Two Gun Manufacturers’ Stock Prices Doubled in 2015 Amid Intensifying Climate of Fear

The Dow Jones industrial average registered its first annual decline since 2008 as trading ended for 2015. But the stocks of the two largest market-listed gun manufacturers—Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger & Co.—doubled during the year.

Posted on Jan 2, 2016 READ MORE

America’s Addiction to Violence

Mass shootings have become routine in the United States and speak to a society that both lives by violence and uses it as a tool to feed the coffers of the merchants of death.

Posted on Dec 28, 2015 READ MORE

Gun Laws

Posted on Dec 28, 2015 ENLARGE

2015 in Review: Marriage Equality, Mass Shootings, Pope Francis and Islamic State

Despite conservative backlash against same-sex weddings in 2015, ministers who support them can now fully practice their religions. Meanwhile, hateful rhetoric from Donald Trump and others means patriotic and law-abiding Muslims face a rising tide of hate crimes.

Posted on Dec 24, 2015 READ MORE

Kids’ Questions on a Lockdown Planet

I just couldn’t square my son’s loving exuberance and confidence in the people around him with the sheer, teeth-hurting terror of children being stalked by an armed killer through the halls of the Friendship School. How, after all, do you practice for the unthinkable?

Posted on Dec 23, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: The 2015 ‘Daily Show’ Year in Review

After rattling off a list of the many terrible mass shootings that took place this year, “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah declared that 2015 was a “shit year, really.” But for those of us who don’t want to end the year only on a gloomy note, Noah then highlights the “fun” events that also occurred.

Posted on Dec 22, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Happy Holidays

Posted on Dec 21, 2015 ENLARGE

Those Radical Aussies, and How They Tackled Gun Violence

What worked so well for Australia—firearm confiscation—unfortunately seems out of reach for the U.S. Even so, there are common-sense approaches in some foreign countries that could work here. Pictured right, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who is proposing a 2016 ballot initiative to strengthen the state’s gun laws.

Posted on Dec 15, 2015 READ MORE

Why Counting Mass Shootings Is a Bad Way to Understand Gun Violence in America

It glosses over the broader reality of who is most at risk of being murdered with guns.

Posted on Dec 9, 2015 READ MORE


Posted on Dec 7, 2015 ENLARGE

Gun Storm

Posted on Dec 7, 2015 ENLARGE

Congress Responds

Posted on Dec 7, 2015 ENLARGE

Mass Shootings

Posted on Dec 4, 2015 ENLARGE

Mass Shootings Are Good for Business, Say Gun Industry Executives

Behind closed doors, the makers and sellers of firearms in the U.S. have told investors and Wall Street analysts that mass shootings are opportunities to make lots of money.

Posted on Dec 4, 2015 READ MORE

Four Hit at a University in What Is Believed to Be the 294th Mass Shooting of 2015

One person is dead after a gunman opened fire during a dispute over a dice game on Tennessee State University’s campus Thursday night.

Posted on Oct 23, 2015 READ MORE

The Moon: Who Will Lead It?

He already thinks he hung it, so Donald Trump would be a natural leader for Jeb Bush’s future moon colony.

Posted on Oct 15, 2015 READ MORE


Posted on Oct 13, 2015 ENLARGE

Could Using Solar Energy Save Companies Billions of Dollars?

Going solar could represent a no-brainer for some companies looking to cut costs; activists are using dildos to protest a new Texas law that would allow guns on college campuses; meanwhile, a writer explores what our ideas about gender have to do with mass shootings. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 13, 2015 READ MORE


Posted on Oct 11, 2015 ENLARGE

Mental Illness

Posted on Oct 11, 2015 ENLARGE

Politicize Tragedy

Posted on Oct 8, 2015 ENLARGE

Gun Violence

Posted on Oct 8, 2015 ENLARGE

VIDEO: Gun Logic

Posted on Oct 8, 2015 ENLARGE

VIDEO: Trevor Noah on Ben Carson’s Genius Plans to Deal With Mass Shootings

After the recent shooting in Oregon, the Republican presidential candidate suggested some interesting ways we could tackle mass shootings in the U.S. And by interesting, we mean insensitive and insane, of course.

Posted on Oct 8, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Background Check

Posted on Oct 8, 2015 ENLARGE

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 WATCH & LISTEN

NRA Emergency

Posted on Jul 29, 2015 ENLARGE

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 WATCH & LISTEN

Jon Stewart: America Has Reached ‘Breakthrough’ in the Way That We Deal With Mass Shootings

Why don’t we just accept the senseless killings that most developed countries don’t experience as an inevitable fact of American life and stop trying to fix them?

Posted on Jun 4, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN

Mass Shooting

Posted on Apr 3, 2013 ENLARGE

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Will the GOP Block Background Checks?

Is Congress on the verge of turning away from the lessons of the slaughter in Newtown even as Connecticut enacts sweeping laws to curb gun violence? Is the gun lobby hell-bent on aligning our country with such great friends of liberty as Iran, North Korea and Syria by opposing efforts to condition international gun sales on the human rights records of buyers?

Posted on Apr 3, 2013 READ MORE

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How the NRA Undermined Congress’ Last Push for Gun Control

The NRA has already begun to lobby on Capitol Hill to counter the Obama administration’s sweeping gun control proposals. To get a sense of what the the gun lobby group might do, it’s helpful to look at how it scored a victory during the last major federal initiative to tighten gun control.

Posted on Jan 24, 2013 READ MORE

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What Congress Should Do About Gun Control

Recent mass shootings have rightly sparked a national debate about gun control. Unfortunately, like so many political debates, this one has been loud, divisive and lacking in substantive analysis or reasoned compromise.

Posted on Jan 14, 2013 READ MORE

Record Heat

Posted on Jan 12, 2013 ENLARGE


Mass Shootings Do Little to Change State Gun Laws

Following the mass shooting in Connecticut, the Obama administration and lawmakers around the country have promised to re-examine gun control in America. Here’s a look at what’s happened legislatively in states where some of the worst shootings in recent U.S. history have occurred to see what effect, if any, those events had on gun laws.

Posted on Jan 4, 2013 READ MORE

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