Friday, November 27, 2015
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Andy Parker Everytown Rally

Gun-Control Activists Stage Nationwide Rallies

United under the #WhateverItTakes, supporters and allies called out politicians in the name of enacting gun safety reform measures.

September 11, 2015
James Brady

Honor James Brady By Taking Real Action On Gun Violence

By Rekha Basu, Des Moines Register Some of the most powerful lessons about what is good for a nation begin with one person’s tragedy. But too often, they’re not implemented until more people are martyred to the cause. When he went to work as Ronald Reagan’s press secretary in 1981, James Brady could scarcely have […]

August 6, 2014

Two Years After Aurora, Where’s The Gun Reform?

It’s been two years since the tragic Aurora, Colorado theater shooting, which killed 12 people and injured 70. But although many politicians, including President Obama, vowed that the nation would finally do something to strengthen gun regulations, Congress still hasn’t passed a single gun control law since. In fact, Congress hasn’t passed any major gun reform since […]

July 18, 2014
NY Supreme Court

Supreme Court Upholds Key Element In Federal Gun Laws

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has upheld federal gun laws that make it a crime when buying a weapon to lie about plans to give it to someone else. By a 5-4 vote, the justices agreed that a “straw purchaser” of a gun is guilty of a crime, […]

June 16, 2014

NRA: Open-Carry ‘Hijinx’ Not Just ‘Counterproductive,’ But ‘Downright Weird’

In a rare display of common sense — albeit steeped in self-interest — the Institute for Legislative Action, the lobbying arm of the National Rifle Association — has issued a lengthy statement in part condemning the recent antics of gun fetishists Open Carry Texas, who have made a point to show up at restaurants and […]

June 2, 2014
Drive-by shooting in Isla Vista

Will Americans Ever Be Ready To Challenge The Gun Cult?

Another week, another disturbed young man, another mass killing spree. It’s come to the point where episodes like Elliot Rodger’s murder of four men and two women near the Cal-Santa Barbara campus have become so frequent in America that the crime scene tapes have hardly been removed before people turn them into political symbols. At […]

May 28, 2014
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5 Lowlights From The 2014 NRA Convention

AFP Photo/Karen Bleier After successfully beating back congressional attempts to strengthen gun laws, and watching firearm sales rocket to a 27-year high, one might think that the National Rifle Association would be in a good mood at its annual convention, which took place in Indianapolis over the weekend. But that wasn’t the case; as in […]

April 28, 2014
NRA convention

The Gun Supremacists’ Folly

WASHINGTON — Have we gone stark raving mad? The question is brought to mind by the new gun law signed last week in Georgia by Governor Nathan Deal. You might have thought that since the United States couldn’t possibly have more permissive firearms laws than it does now, nothing more could be done to coddle […]

April 28, 2014
Jack Kingston

America Is Exceptionally Dumb When It Comes To Guns

While Americans typically laud our national “exceptionalism” — a sense that the trajectory of history has bestowed greatness upon the United States — there are a few of our distinctive characteristics that don’t deserve celebration. On the subject of firearms, for example, the United States is exceptionally irrational. No other nation has set guns aside […]

April 26, 2014
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U.S. Judge In Chicago Delivers Stiff Sentence For Gun Smuggling

By Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune CHICAGO — Calling the free flow of guns on Chicago streets “the stuff of nightmares,” a federal judge sentenced a man Thursday to more than 11 years in prison for his role in a gun-smuggling scheme that brought high-powered weapons purchased in Indiana into the city’s most crime-ridden neighborhoods. “Short […]

April 25, 2014
Mike Bloomberg

NRA Members Need To Step Up On Ending Gun Violence

Please, Mr. Bloomberg… leave the checkbook open, but step away from the podium. Your efforts to curb gun violence and improve firearms safety are notable. The National Rifle Association thanks you. For years, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has been the best membership recruitment tool the NRA could hope for: a walking, talking, […]

April 22, 2014
Conservatives Attend CPAC

NRA’s LaPierre: America Is Falling Apart, So You Should Get A Gun

Be afraid. Be very afraid. They’re coming for your guns, your ideals, your religious freedom, your identity, and your country. Band together in fear. That’s the message that Wayne LaPierre, Executive VP and CEO of the NRA, gave to attendees of this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), which started today outside Washington D.C. Speaking […]

March 6, 2014
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Welcome To Florida, Where The NRA Rules And We Proudly Stand Our Ground

Don’t hold your breath waiting for the state legislature to fix Florida’s cockeyed Stand Your Ground law. The National Rifle Association owns too many of the Republican lawmakers who could end the madness. Nothing will get done in Tallahassee as long as black kids are the ones getting shot by white guys claiming they acted […]

February 25, 2014
NRA-Colorado Recalls

Supreme Court Turns Down Two Second Amendment Appeals From NRA

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has turned down a pair of Second Amendment appeals lodged by the National Rifle Association, keeping in place laws that restrict those under 21 years old from buying or carrying a handgun. Without comment, the justices dismissed claims by NRA attorneys who argued […]

February 24, 2014

San Diego County Gun Law Violates Second Amendment, Court Rules

By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court decided Thursday that a San Diego restriction on carrying concealed guns in public for self-defense infringes on citizens’ Second Amendment rights. In a 2-1 ruling, a panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned San Diego County permit requirements because […]

February 13, 2014
Gabrielle Giffords

Giffords Backs Washington State Proposal Requiring Checks For All Gun Sales

By Brian M. Rosenthal, The Seattle Times OLYMPIA, Wash. — Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords headlined a crowded and emotional hearing on gun-sale background checks here Tuesday, giving Washington state a preview of a looming debate. In brief remarks aimed both at lawmakers and the voters who will almost certainly get the final say, Giffords […]

January 29, 2014

Trigger Happy In The Gunshine State

Doug Varrieur likes to shoot. Problem is, it’s 25 miles to the nearest range, where they charge $45 an hour. What’s a gun enthusiast to do? Lucky for him, Varrieur lives in Florida. Problem solved. Just erect a makeshift range in the back yard and fire away. It’s perfectly legal. Re-read that if you want. […]

January 29, 2014
gun wall

People With Guns Are More Likely To Kill Than When Not Having One

Guns don’t kill people. People with guns kill people.

January 18, 2014
Shooting range

Gun Nuts Target One Of Their Own

Here is what he said: “…all constitutional rights are regulated, always have been, and need to be.” It would seem to be a self-evident truth. After all, your First Amendment right to freedom of speech is regulated. If you don’t believe it, write something libelous about a guy with deep pockets and man-eating lawyers. Your […]

January 8, 2014
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5 Reasons Ronald Reagan Couldn’t Make It In Today’s GOP

Reagan would have no chance at becoming party leaders in the Tea Party era.

May 27, 2013
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