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Republican nominee Donald Trump speaks at "Joni's Roast and Ride" in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S., August 27, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Trump Faces Flack For Politicizing Dwyane Wade Family Tragedy

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump Saturday attempted to use the fatal shooting of NBA star Dwyane Wade’s cousin to forward his campaign and garner more African-American votes. In a tweet misspelling the Chicago Bulls player’s name, Trump said: “Dwayne Wade’s cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago. Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!”

August 28, 2016
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Cartoon: Trump’s ‘Second Amendment People’

Do *something*, Second Amendment people…

August 11, 2016
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#EndorseThis: Trump Surrogates Explain Away ‘Second Amendment’ Comment

All it takes is one person outside the Trump bubble to lay out what Trump actually wanted his supporters to hear. Take one CSPAN caller, who reported that Trump wanted him to “defend our rights with… guns.”

August 10, 2016
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Texas Professors Ask U.S. Court To Ban Guns In Their Classrooms

The professors argue they discuss emotionally-laden subjects such as reproductive rights, and it would be inevitable for them to alter their classroom presentations because of potential gun violence.

August 5, 2016
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Cartoon: Guns On Campus

Pick up your pencil, put down the glock.

August 2, 2016
Members of the FBI Evidence Response Team survey the crime scene two days after a lone gunman ambushed and killed five police officers at a protest decrying police shootings of black men, in Dallas, Texas, U.S., July 9, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Dallas Police Chief Debunks Conservatives’ ‘Good Guy With A Gun’ Myth

“It is increasingly challenging when people have AR-15s (a type of rifle) slung over, and shootings occur in a crowd. And they begin running, and we don’t know if they are a shooter or not,” Brown said. “We don’t know who the ‘good guy’ versus who the ‘bad guy’ is, if everybody starts shooting.”

July 12, 2016
Dallas Police respond after shots were fired at a Black Lives Matter rally in downtown Dallas.

This Week’s Violence Exposes America’s Deepest Cracks

The deaths of five Dallas police officers and Alton Sterling and Philando Castile have exposed the fissures in American society, bringing together some of the toughest issues the nation faces into one week: mistrust of police within the Black community, gun violence, and hyper-partisanship.

July 8, 2016
File Photo: NRA gun enthusiasts view Sig Sauer rifles at the National Rifle Association's annual meetings & exhibits show in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S. on May 21, 2016. REUTERS/John Sommers II

A Question For Voters: End Gun Deaths, Or End Televised Gun Deaths?

To the extent that banning people on an arbitrary terrorist watch list from buying guns temporarily will prevent terrorism — which, as history has borne out, it may not — that merely provides an answer to mass shootings. The kind that make their way onto television and spur the gun debates that revolve around the 24-hour news cycle.

July 5, 2016
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Veterans’ Groups Call Out The NRA: ‘Don’t Use Our Dead To Score Political Points’

Veterans’ groups are criticizing the National Rifle Association for releasing a pro-Donald Trump ad that was apparently filmed at a national cemetery in violation of government policy, calling for the ad to be taken down and accusing the gun group of “using our dead to score political points.”

July 4, 2016
Dylann Roof (R), the 21-year-old man charged with murdering nine worshippers at a historic black church in Charleston last month, is helped to his chair by chief public defender Ashley Pennington during a hearing at the Judicial Center in Charleston, South Carolina July 16, 2015. REUTERS/Randall Hill

Families Of Charleston Church Shooting Victims, Survivors Sue The FBI

In April 2015, Roof walked into Shooter’s Choice in West Columbia to buy the handgun. When the store submitted the background check to the FBI, the purchase was initially flagged. But through a series of mishaps, the clerk did not deny the sale of the gun before the required three-day waiting period ended.

July 2, 2016
Handguns turned in from the public as part of the "Gun Turn-in" event where a gift card is given for every firearm turned over to Chicago Police are seen in a box at Universal Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. May 28, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

Activists Launch Satirical ‘Buy One, Give One’ Gun Website

According to the site’s home page, the organization supports a “Buy One, Give One” policy aimed at arming less fortunate families and individuals across the country. Like a perverse cousin of Tom’s Shoes, Share the Safety promises to match each purchase of a handgun by donating an additional weapon to an in-need neighborhood of the buyer’s choice.

June 30, 2016
Japanese protester holds a placard to protest against U.S. President Obama and Japanese PM Abe, at the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima

Hair-Trigger Alert

The time has come for extraordinary change. We need a new vision, a manifestation of the moral intelligence that is also part of who we are: a vision of how this nuclear-armed, gun-saturated nation can disarm itself and, in the process, become a force for real peace.

June 29, 2016
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We’ve Failed Sherdavia Jenkins, And Others Like Her

I still remember then-Florida state lawmaker Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall weeping over your coffin, then-Congressman Kendrick Meek standing there in speechless anguish, and then-Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio deploring the violence that took you away at just nine years of age. “In our very midst,” he said, “we sit on a crisis of epic proportions” that we fail to recognize.

June 26, 2016
Handguns are seen for sale in a display case at Metro Shooting Supplies in Bridgeton, Missouri, November 13, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Young

Democrats At Last Stand Up To The Gun Lobby

Their protest didn’t work, but that shouldn’t be counted as defeat. Lewis and fellow Democrats — who even sang, with slightly revised lyrics, the old standby “We Shall Overcome” — succeeded in highlighting the cruel and crazy intransigence of the gun lobby and its claque of political water-carriers.

June 26, 2016
AR-15 rifles line a shelf in the gun library at the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms National Tracing Center in Martinsburg, West Virginia December 15, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Is Disarmament An Insurrectionist Myth?

Among gun some gun rights advocates, talk of “control” and “regulation” can eventually end up at “conspiracy”. Some are convinced national political leaders want firearms confiscation. But why would the U.S. government want to take everyone’s guns?

June 26, 2016
A photo shot and tweeted from the floor of the House by U.S. House Rep. John Yarmuth shows Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives, including Rep. Joe Courtney (L) and Rep. John Lewis (C) staging a sit-in on the House floor "to demand action on common sense gun legislation" on Capitol Hill in Washington, United States, June 22, 2016. REUTERS/U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth/Handout

House Members Sit To Move America

Something’s happening here in the People’s House. What’s going down seems exactly clear: a stage of our democracy, men and women players speaking unscripted lines that could wait no more.

June 24, 2016
Dominique Hernandez holds up her fist painted in the colors of a rainbow, with a heart on her pulse, attends a vigil in memory of victims one day after a mass shooting at the Pulse gay night club in Orlando, in Los Angeles

Gay And Lesbian Activists Take On The Gun Lobby

In the aftermath of the outright slaughter of 49 LGBTQ people in Orlando, Fla., the pairing of gays and guns is beginning to take on a far different meaning. Gays and lesbians saw the murders at the Pulse nightclub as an attack on their community — one that was facilitated by easy access to guns by someone who clearly shouldn’t have had that right.

June 24, 2016
Reps. Debbie Dingell and John Lewis at the #NoBillNoBreak sit-in to call for gun control legislation.

Rep. Debbie Dingell Delivers An Emotional Speech for Gun Control

“Enough is enough.” That was the message of an intensely emotional speech by Rep. Debbie Dingell during the #NoBillNoBreak sit-in for gun control legislation, as she invoked her childhood with an abusive, gun-owning father.

June 23, 2016
House Democrats walk out on the East Front on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., after their sit-in over gun-control law. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

House Democrats Didn’t Win The Battle, But They Are Preparing To Win The War

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said the sit-in was a “publicity stunt.”

It probably was — but is there anything wrong with that?

June 23, 2016
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#EndorseThis: House Democrats Sing ‘We Shall Overcome’ At Sit-In

As Paul Ryan moved through the standard procedure for a vote, meant to interrupt the protest, Democrats chanted “No bill, no break!” and began to sing “We Shall Overcome” with altered lyrics, like “We shall pass a bill some day.”

June 23, 2016
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Cartoon: Gun Shop

More fear, more money.

June 23, 2016
A photo shot and tweeted from the floor of the House by U.S. House Rep. John Yarmuth shows Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives, including Rep. Joe Courtney (L) and Rep. John Lewis (C) staging a sit-in on the House floor "to demand action on common sense gun legislation" on Capitol Hill in Washington, United States, June 22, 2016. REUTERS/U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth/Handout

#NoBillNoBreak: As House Democrats Stage Sit-In To Force Gun Vote, Republicans Return To Take Up Unrelated Bills

The scene, including chants of “No bill, no break!” was like nothing that has occurred in Congress in recent years, more reminiscent of the civil rights battles of the 1960s than today’s often predictably scripted debates.

June 23, 2016
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#EndorseThis: Rep. John Lewis Leads House Sit-In For Gun Control

“Now is the time for us to find a way to dramatize it, to make it real,” Lewis said after the daily recess, as Democrats took over the floor. “We have to occupy the floor of the House until there is action.”

June 22, 2016
Murphy and Blumenthal speak to reporters after ending a 14-hour filibuster in the hopes of pressuring the U.S. Senate to action on gun control measures, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

This Is How Much Each GOP Senator Has Received From Gun Rights Groups

Barely more than a week after 49 people lost their lives in the worst mass shooting in American history, Congress has once again voted against gun control. The GOP-controlled Senate rejected four measures that would’ve made background-checks mandatory and prevented names on the terror list watch list from buying guns

June 21, 2016
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Susan Collins Is Trying To Salvage A Compromise On Guns

A day after the Senate rejected four gun control measures in the wake of the Orlando shooting, a bipartisan group of 9 senators expressed their willingness to compromise on gun control. Specifically, legislation meant to prevent people on the no-fly list and the selective screening list from buying guns.

June 21, 2016