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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses members of the National Rifle Association's during their NRA-ILA Leadership Forum during their annual meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., May 20, 2016. REUTERS/John Sommers II

Trump Panders On Guns After NRA Endorsement

Echoing his history of waffling on abortion, Trump took a maximalist position on the issue at hand in order to make the group of people directly in front of him satisfied with his show of ultra-conservatism.

May 20, 2016
Sanford police officer Timothy Smith holds up the gun that was used to kill Trayvon Martin, while testifying during George Zimmerman's murder trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Florida, June 28, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Burbank/Pool/File Photo

Fake Buyers Like ‘Racist McShootFace’ Hijack Trayvon Martin Gun Sale

Bidding in an online auction for the pistol George Zimmerman used to shoot and kill unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012 topped a total of $65 million on Friday, though the amount appeared to be inflated by fake buyers with names such as “Racist McShootFace.”

May 13, 2016
Handout photo of the handgun that was used in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin

Zimmerman To Auction Gun Used To Kill Trayvon Martin

The Florida man who shot and killed black teenager Trayvon Martin in an incident that triggered nationwide civil rights protests will auction the gun he used on Thursday and spend some of the proceeds to challenge gun control policies, the auction website said.

May 12, 2016
Amy Schumer’s QVC Gun Show

Endorse This: Amy Schumer’s QVC Gun Show

“If You’re Mentally Ill, You’d Be Mentally Ill Not to Give Us a Call!”

April 29, 2016
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Clinton Approved Gun Sales For Sandy Hook Manufacturer

Hillary Clinton presents herself as a tough advocate for gun control, but she’s approved some bills that are explicitly against gun control.

April 18, 2016
Weapons and ammunitions belonging to Sandy Hook Elementary school gunman Adam Lanza in Newtown, Connecticut are seen in a picture released by the state's attorney's office November 25, 2013. California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday unveiled a ballot initiative aimed at strengthening the state's gun control laws by banning possession of large-capacity magazines and requiring background checks for ammunition purchases. REUTERS/Connecticut Department of Justice/Handout

The Sandy Hook Lawsuit: What it Means for Gun Victims

Relatives of the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting argue the gun maker that manufactured the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle “designed [it] to kill” and “designed [it] for mass murder,” then made it available to the general public.

April 15, 2016
Andy (L) and Barbara Parker (C), whose daughter Alison Parker was shot and killed on air during a live television segment in August, take part in a protest and vigil against gun violence on the third anniversary of the Sandy Hook mass shooting, outside the National Rifle Association (NRA) headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia December 14, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Connecticut Judge Deals Blow to Gun Manufacturers

At issue is the 2005 federal law that provides gun businesses immunity from civil lawsuits.

April 14, 2016
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe walks after a news conference at the Mariel port in Artemisa province, Cuba

Virginia Governor Signs Gun Law Compromise Measures

From now on, Virginia can confiscate firearms from anyone who is under a permanent protective order for domestic violence offenses.

February 26, 2016
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Facebook To Prohibit Private Firearm Transactions On Its Service

Company moves to counter concerns that it was increasingly being used to circumvent background checks on gun purchases.

January 29, 2016
NEWS: Democratic Debate

5 Reasons Democrats Should Be Proud Of This Presidential Primary

Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have fervent supporters who oppose the other, although the fanatics are a minority. Both candidates are historic in their own right. And both candidates represent the kind of energy necessary to grow the Obama coalition.

January 25, 2016
A man walks past an exhibit booth for firearms manufacturer

TSA Finds 20 Percent More Guns In Carry-On Bags In 2015, And Most Are Loaded

Airport security screeners in the U.S. found a record high number of firearms in carry-on bags last year, officials said.

January 22, 2016
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Open Carry Is No Big Deal In Texas So Far

Open carry seems to be going off without a bang in Texas.

January 19, 2016
Democratic U.S. presidential candidates Sanders and Clinton share a laugh

Here’s A Fact: No Democrat Gets High Marks From NRA

The liveliest portions of Sunday’s Democratic debate, the last before Iowa’s caucuses Feb. 1, were sparked by gun control and Wall Street regulation.

January 19, 2016
A memorial still remains outside as workers return to work for the first time at the Inland Regional Center (IRC) in San Bernardino

Family Of San Bernardino Shooting Victim Voices Concerns To Lawmakers On Both Sides Of Gun Issue

The U.S. shouldn’t put the Second Amendment above all others.

January 19, 2016
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Firing Florida Atlantic Professor Long Overdue

Florida Atlantic University finally canned the despicable James F. Tracy. Despite what he might say, his travails have nothing to do with the First Amendment.

January 12, 2016
U.S. President Obama reacts while talking about Newtown and other mass killings during an event held to announce new gun control measures at the White House in Washington

President Obama’s Tear A Starkly Human Thing

One nation, two realities, one of them populated by the NRA and its GOP henchmen, by extremists who don’t just own guns or like guns, but who sanctify and worship guns and so regard even the most humble effort to check their destructive power as blasphemy against their god.

January 10, 2016
Walmart 7451 McCart Ave Ft Worth, TX

Wal-Mart Workers On Pistol Patrol As Law Lets Texans Tote Guns

Managers at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in Texas have a new task to add to their list of duties: asking customers if they have a permit to carry a handgun.

January 8, 2016
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This Week In Crazy: Welcome Back To The Nuthouse

And we’re back. The right wing kicked the year off by freaking out in spectacular fashion to President Obama’s executive actions on gun control, indulging in some pandering to those precious Iowan evangelical ballot punchers, and kicking that dead horse called “traditional marriage” into a pulp. Welcome to “This Week In Crazy.”

January 8, 2016
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Obama’s Beautiful Words: Actions Fall Short

The president wept and spoke eloquently on gun violence. This is altogether fitting. Yet his actual actions are not always as sweeping as his beautiful language suggests.

January 8, 2016
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Late Night Roundup: Obama Cries At Gun Deaths — And Fox News Scowls

President Obama’s emotional speech for his new actions on gun control was the talk of late-night shows — along with the right-wing response.

January 7, 2016
A selection of AK and AR rifles are seen for sale at the Pony Express Firearms shop in Parker, Colorado December 7, 2015. Many Americans are stocking up on weapons after the country's worst mass shooting in three years. Gun retailers are reporting surging sales, with customers saying they want to keep handguns and rifles at hand for self-defense in the event of another attack. REUTERS/Rick Wilking - RTX1XMR4

A President Cries, And The NRA Trembles

Republican right-wing propagandist Ted Cruz said: “We don’t beat the bad guys by taking away our guns. We beat the bad guys by using our guns.” If he weren’t serious, he’d be hilarious. It’s so easy to imagine all 5 feet 8 inches of him standing there in the dirt with spurs jingling as his hands hover over the Colts in the gun belt slung around his hip-huggers.

January 7, 2016
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Huckabee Sells ‘Obamacare’ Gun Targets

The target depicts the president’s name and the “O” campaign logo.

January 6, 2016
U.S. President Obama delivers statement on administration efforts to reduce gun violence at the White House in Washington

Connecticut Democrats Take Lead Turn On Obama Gun Actions

Obama’s actions are considered to be modest in terms of gun control.

January 6, 2016
U.S. President Obama delivers statement on administration efforts to reduce gun violence at the White House in Washington

Bullets, Ballots And Baloney

This is America. You feel blue or you get angry or you get drunk or you take drugs or you get driven by the demons speaking to you from inside your skull, and you grab a gun. When it comes to gun violence, it’s not about the numbers anymore. It is about the numbness.

January 6, 2016
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Obama Quotes Reagan — For Gun Control

During his speech Tuesday to roll out his latest executive actions on background checks for gun purchases, President Obama quoted an unlikely source.

January 5, 2016
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