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Rob Bixby (CC-BY)

‘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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Koch Brothers Look to Expand Influence, Bachmann in Trouble, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the husband of an Arkansas Republican Party official suggests shooting GOP lawmakers over Medicaid expansion and a New York state lawmaker advocates torturing the Boston bombing suspect.

Posted on Apr 21, 2013 READ MORE



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Newtown’s Call to Reason

The heroic and inspiring role played by the families of the Sandy Hook massacre’s victims should not be used to create what would be a dangerously misleading narrative about how they changed the politics of guns.

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Public Opinion Shifts on Pot, Colbert Declares War on Scarborough, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Connecticut’s tough new gun laws and a recently created PAC looks to support candidates based on one nonpolitical trait.

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Time for the Majority to Vote on Gun Control

The longer this drags out, the less likely anything will get done. That is why President Barack Obama’s announcement of a commission, just four days after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, was a harbinger of failure and inaction.

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Michael Saechang (CC-BY-SA)

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?

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Maximum Mayhem on His Mind

It’s hard for me to accept that the right to “keep and bear arms” extends to the kind of arsenal that Adam Lanza—and his mother, Nancy, whom he also killed—assembled and kept in their home.

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Senators Vow Gun Control Filibuster, Limbaugh Admits Defeat, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including more legal troubles for former Idaho Sen. Larry Craig related to that infamous bathroom arrest and Barbara Walters’ possible major announcement.

Posted on Mar 28, 2013 READ MORE


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AP/Tina Fineberg

NRA Inundates Newtown Residents With Anti-Gun Control Robocalls (Audio)

Some residents are understandably upset at the National Rifle Association for bombarding them with pro-gun robocalls and postcards that ask the community to oppose gun-control measures that the Connecticut state legislature is considering in the wake of the deadly mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Posted on Mar 24, 2013 READ MORE



The Huffington Post

Mapping the Dead: Gun Fatalities Since Sandy Hook

A chilling infographic by The Huffington Post shows 2,243 Americans have been killed with guns in the 98 days that had passed as of Friday since the massacre in Newtown, Conn.

Posted on Mar 23, 2013 READ MORE


Even Fox News Thinks NRA Is Being ‘Ridiculous’

The National Rifle Association may want to consider adding conservative media outlet Fox News—or at least “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace—to its enemies list after Wallace took on NRA chief Wayne LaPierre during a tense interview Sunday morning.

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White House/Pete Souza

No Impossible Dream

Don’t listen to those who say President Obama’s bold plan to reduce gun violence—including an assault weapons ban—has no chance in Congress.

Posted on Jan 18, 2013 READ MORE


Anderson Cooper Rips Newtown Shooting Conspiracy Theorists

In case you missed it, a smattering of conspiracy theories about last month’s shooting in Newtown, Conn., has been making the rounds on the Internet. One claims the massacre never happened, while another states it was a plot by the government and the media in order to take people’s guns away.

Posted on Jan 16, 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.

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Obama’s ‘Worst Day’ as President, Bachmann’s Surprising Honor, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the company that would rather pay a daily $1.3 million fine than fund contraceptive coverage and a news magazine’s accidental posting of an obituary of an ex-president who is still alive.

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Kindness in the Face of Horror

We must act forcefully to contain gun violence, and that is a political matter. But a year that ended on notes of heroism in response to natural disaster and endurance in response to human horror brings to mind George H.W. Bush’s challenge: We need to become “a kinder, gentler nation.” That seems a worthy resolution for 2013. 
   

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‘Call Me Crazy,’ NRA Chief Says of Controversial New Gun Proposal

During a Sunday morning appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Wayne LaPierre doubled down on his much-maligned proposal to have armed guards in American schools.

Posted on Dec 23, 2012 READ MORE


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Newtown’s Moral Authority for Action

From such horrible tragedies emerge the beginnings of a national movement that shift sanctimonious politicians from talking to acting.

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AP/Newtown Bee, Shannon Hicks

Will We Forget Newtown’s Kids?

The gun lobby and the weapons merchants are counting on our notoriously short national attention span. They are counting on confusion, obfuscation and the quiet mobilization of allies to create one delay after another.

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Pro-Gun Senators Call for Gun Control, NRA Takes Down Facebook Page, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the death of one the longest serving U.S. senators and an update on negotiations to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff.

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 READ MORE



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Anonymous Hacks, Promises to ‘Destroy’ Westboro Baptist Church

The hacktivist group Anonymous is going after Westboro Baptist Church after members of the Topeka, Kan., religious hate group announced plans to protest at Sandy Hook Elementary School after the massacre that claimed the lives of 28 people, including 20 children.

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 READ MORE



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Is This the Most Inappropriate Reaction to Sandy Hook School Shooting?

Oregon state Rep. Dennis Richardson sent an email the day of the Connecticut massacre explaining how most of the kids who were killed that day “would still be alive” if he had been a principal or a teacher at the school.

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 READ MORE


Watch: ‘SNL’ Honors Connecticut School Shooting Victims

“Saturday Night Live” deviated from its traditional comedic cold open to pay tribute to the children and adults who lost their lives in Friday’s mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Posted on Dec 16, 2012 READ MORE


GOP Lawmaker’s Solution to Preventing Mass Shootings: More Guns

Some Democrats have publicly advocated for tighter gun control laws in the aftermath of Friday’s shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., that left 20 children and eight adults dead. But according to Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, the way to prevent such massacres from happening is to have more Americans carry firearms.

Posted on Dec 16, 2012 READ MORE



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The Future of Gun Control in the Aftermath of Sandy Hook

As a result of a grotesque confluence of cultural iconography celebrating the virtues of an armed citizenry, political cowardice in the face of pro-gun lobbies like the NRA, and a judiciary that has redefined the meaning of the Second Amendment, we have become a nation bereft of effective gun control, reduced to waiting for the next firearm fueled massacre.

Posted on Dec 16, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Julio Cortez

Questions I Ask Myself About the Connecticut School Shooting

Why do U.S. cable news networks intensively cover these mass shootings, making it the only story for a day or two and prying into every detail of them, when they aren’t interested in preventing them from happening again through banning semiautomatic weapons?

Posted on Dec 16, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Newtown Bee, Shannon Hicks

Dear God! When Will It Stop?

Once again we are faced with unspeakable horror from gun violence and once again we are reminded that there is no safe harbor for our children. How young do the victims have to be and how many children need to die before we stop the proliferation of guns in our nation and the killing of innocents?

Posted on Dec 16, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Newtown Bee, Shannon Hicks

20 Children Shot Dead at Elementary School in Connecticut

Sources involved in a developing investigation say a 20-year-old gunman killed 26 people, including 20 children, on Friday morning at a grade school in Newtown, Conn., roughly 60 miles northeast of New York City.

Posted on Dec 14, 2012 READ MORE


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