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Thanks To The NRA And Their Lackeys In Congress, It Is Illegal to Study Gun Violence

It is illegal for the Federal Center for Disease Control and Prevention to study connection between gun ownership and police violence.

July 18, 2016
A pile of handguns are placed in a trash bin after they were surrendered during a gun buyback program organized by Mayor Eric Garcetti's Gang Reduction and Youth Development Office in Los Angeles, California, December 14, 2013. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian

The Supreme Court Just Affirmed That Domestic Violence Vacates Gun Rights — Here’s Why That’s So Important

Thirty-four states and the District of Colombia have defined the Lautenberg Amendment, the legislation governing the dispute in question, as including “reckless” instances of domestic violence as grounds for prohibition of gun ownership. This decision would apply that standard nationwide.

June 27, 2016

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
A Maricopa County, Arizona police SWAT team with an armored vehicle stand guard outside a campaign rally being held by Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump in Fountain Hills, Arizona March 19, 2016. REUTERS/Ricardo Arduengo

How Teenagers Got Police To Back Down And Remove Military-Grade Weaponry From Their High Schools

After nearly two years of sit-ins and protests, a coalition of Los Angeles high school students and grassroots organizers forced the police department for the second-largest public school district in the United States to remove grenade launchers, M-16 rifles, a mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle, and other military-grade weaponry from its arsenal.

May 31, 2016

Kalamazoo Gun Rampage Completely Ignored

No presidential candidates were asked about gun violence.

February 22, 2016
M60 machine gun

Friends Saw Foolish Man, Not Radical Muslim

FBI agents say Samy Mohamed Hamzeh was a radical Muslim who wanted to make the mujahedeen proud by going on a killing spree in Milwaukee.

January 28, 2016
Sundance Film Festival

Sundance 2016: A Film Festival Tackles Gun Violence, From Many Angles

There were more than 40 mass shootings in the United States last year, prompting many politicians to hold forth and a large number of Americans to simply shake their heads. Now a new group is entering the debate: independent filmmakers.

January 21, 2016
A U.S. border patrol officer sits in his vehicle along the border with Mexico near San Ysidro, California

Obama Administration Must Give Congressional Panel Fast And Furious Documents

The Obama administration must hand over documents sought by a congressional committee that has been reviewing the failed U.S. Justice Department weapons trafficking probe known as Operation Fast and Furious.

January 20, 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 sheds a tear while delivering statement on administration efforts to reduce gun violence at the White House in Washington

President Obama, Wiping Away Tears, Announces Executive Actions On Guns

In a speech outlining executive actions his administration plans to take in an effort to curb gun violence, many of which he has been trying to implement for years, he stressed the common sense of his directives, and urged Americans to stand up to those who oppose his efforts.

January 5, 2016
Weapons confiscated from last Wednesday's attack in San Bernardino, California

Easy Access To Assault Weapons Is Still Gospel On The Right

No matter what inspired the couple, whether Islamist extremism or perceived workplace grievances, they were mimicking countless other American mass shooters who find some twisted glory in gunning down other citizens — strangers, passers-by, co-workers, moviegoers, schoolchildren. This is a peculiarly American phenomenon, a homegrown form of madness.

December 5, 2015
Officers swarm the area near where suspects were shot following a mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015. (Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Police Kill Man, Woman Connected To San Bernardino Mass Shooting; 1 Suspect Identified

A man and a woman connected to a mass shooting that left 14 people dead and 17 wounded in San Bernardino were killed in a firefight with police officers after a car chase Wednesday, authorities said.

December 3, 2015
Police officers and fire department personnel lead people who were in a Planned Parenthood center out of an armored vehicle, after reports of an active shooter in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Obama Hopes Colorado Shooting Will Spark Action On Guns, Honest Conversation About Abortion

A weary-sounding President Obama voiced Tuesday his hope — yet again — that a mass shooting in America might actually inspire action on gun control.

December 1, 2015
Robert L. Dear is seen in an undated picture released by the Colorado Springs Police Department

Suspect In Colorado Clinic Shooting Told He Faces Murder Charge

The man accused of killing three people and wounding nine in a shooting rampage at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs was told he faces charges including first-degree murder during his first court appearance on Monday.

November 30, 2015
guns and ammo

Fact Is No Match For Fear

Toddlers in America have been shooting people this year at a rate of one a week. You know how the story goes. We fixate on stopping the stranger kicking in the front door. Meantime, there goes the toddler, balancing atop the chair, chubby little hands closing on the gun in the top drawer.

November 9, 2015
Prepped for the next zombie apocalypse

‘If I Only Had A Gun…’

It’s so clear to me now. Guns don’t take lives, they save them. Guns make everything better. Carson is a surgeon, not an optometrist, but golly gosh, he’s sure opened my eyes.

October 19, 2015
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
Black Lives Matter NYC Protest

Black-On-Black Violence Demands Our Attention

No matter how those black lives are snuffed out, the senseless loss of black life demands a response.

September 5, 2015

If Sandy Hook Is ‘Bearable,’ What Is Not?

Every time there is a tragic gun shooting, we say it’s going to be different now. But it never is.

September 2, 2015

‘If I Have To Be The John Walsh Of Gun Control’: Victim’s Father To Become Advocate

The father of a victim in Wednesday’s murder of the local TV crew in Virginia is quickly emerging as a new spokesman for gun control — determined that these mass shootings not just keep on happening.

August 27, 2015
Dylann Storm Roof appears by closed-circuit television at his bond hearing in Charleston

‘Temporary’ Not Guilty Plea Entered For Charleston Suspect

Dylann Roof was arraigned on 33 federal hate crime and firearms charges, plus state murder and attempted murder counts.

July 31, 2015
Guns, Second Amendment Rights, Laws, Shootings, Online Shopping, Weapons Ban

How Many Must Die In Mass Shootings For Lawmakers To Act?

Why was someone who had been “involuntarily committed” and reportedly had a history of domestic violence able to get a handgun?

July 24, 2015
U.S. flag flies alongside a sign in honor of the four Marines killed in Chattanooga, Tennessee

The Troubled Young Terrorist Next Door

The similarities between the stories of the various young men who commit acts of terrorism in this country are hard to ignore.

July 21, 2015
James Comey

FBI Chief Says Agency Should Not Have Cleared Gun Sale To Dylann Roof

FBI Director James B. Comey said agency employees should have rejected Dylann Roof’s attempt to purchase a gun because Roof had earlier been arrested for possession of drugs.

July 10, 2015
Charleston, S.C., aftermath

Charleston And The Politics Of Evasion

Millions of words will be written and spoken about the victims in Charleston. We’ll deal with everything — except the need to change.

June 22, 2015