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The U.S. Is Downright Weird When It Comes to Firearms

The United States continues to be peculiar in handing out powerful, magazine-fed firearms to almost anyone who wants one and not requiring background checks on private purchases, even those made at gun shows.

Posted on Jul 12, 2016 READ MORE


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Posted on Jun 22, 2016 ENLARGE


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Ending the Gun Lobby’s Con Game

The apologists for the weapons industry demonstrate their intellectual bankruptcy by regularly contradicting themselves with a straight face.

Posted on Jan 6, 2016 READ MORE



VIDEO: Obama Announces Executive Action Plan for Gun Control

President Obama is well aware that he faces one of the biggest battles of his White House tenure in taking up the gun control issue, but on Tuesday, he exercised his executive authority and moved to restrict sales of certain kinds of firearms.

Posted on Jan 5, 2016 READ MORE



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



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



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White Right-Wing Terrorists Are Biggest Threat to Americans, Study Finds

Wait until you see how many people were killed by white supremacist terrorist acts, as opposed to attacks by others.

Posted on Jul 30, 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



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



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



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Republicans Say No to CDC Gun Violence Research

Giving the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention money for gun violence research is a “request to fund propaganda,” a Georgia congressman says.

Posted on Apr 22, 2014 READ MORE



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A Year After Sandy Hook, Are We Any Safer? In a Word, No

Since the massacre that was supposed to have changed the national debate over gun control, more state laws have been enacted that loosen gun restrictions than restrict them. So the lesson from Sandy Hook is that we need to change our name to the Insane States of America.

Posted on Dec 11, 2013 READ MORE



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The LAX Shooting, Domestic Terrorism and the NRA

Perhaps seeing gun violence as part of the pattern of domestic terrorism will do more to move the needle on gun control.

Posted on Nov 8, 2013 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Apr 4, 2013 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Apr 4, 2013 READ MORE



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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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



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The School Security America Doesn’t Need

Outrage over the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre may or may not spur any meaningful gun control laws, but you can bet your Crayolas that it will lead to more 7-year-olds getting handcuffed and hauled away to local police precincts.

Posted on Feb 27, 2013 READ MORE



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On Guns, Unfinished Business

Despite the best efforts of the National Rifle Association and like-minded groups to make sure this business remains unfinished, reducing gun violence remains stubbornly high on the nation’s agenda.

Posted on Feb 4, 2013 READ MORE


Watch: Sandy Hook Chorus Performs With Jennifer Hudson at Super Bowl

“We have come to New Orleans to represent the Sandy Hook Family and the community of Newtown, Connecticut,” a statement from the school said. “Our wish is to demonstrate to America and the world that, ‘We are Sandy Hook and We Choose Love.’ ”

Posted on Feb 4, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


Death Wish Recognized: A Case for Long-Term Treatment

Who creates a massacre? Can we identify those people? Can they be stopped? Congress hopes to address these questions, but where will these answers come from? Enter the Bipartisan Task Force on Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety, the Connecticut legislators who will draft a bill, informed in part by public hearings related to the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook.

Posted on Feb 2, 2013 READ MORE



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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


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Posted on Jan 18, 2013 ENLARGE


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Posted on Jan 18, 2013 ENLARGE



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NRA Calls New York’s New Gun Law ‘Draconian’

New York legislators took just two days to pass a new gun control law, making it the first state in the union to do so in response to the school massacre in Connecticut last month.

Posted on Jan 15, 2013 READ MORE



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An Urgent Resolution for 2013

Guns do kill people. Our national New Year’s resolution must be to stop the madness.

Posted on Jan 2, 2013 READ MORE



Pull the Global Trigger on Gun Control

While the final funerals for the victims of the Newtown, Conn., school massacre have been held, gun violence continues apace, most notably with the Christmas Eve murder of two volunteer firefighters in rural Webster, N.Y., at the hands of an ex-convict who was armed, as was the Newtown shooter Adam Lanza, with a Bushmaster .223 caliber AR-15 semiautomatic rifle.

Posted on Dec 26, 2012 READ MORE


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