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After D’Souza Mocks Students, Business Group Cancels His Speech

The Fulshear Area Chamber of Commerce in Texas has canceled its event with conservative author and pundit Dinesh D’Souza after he mocked the student survivors of the Parkland, FL, school shooting. An organizer for the event confirmed to Media Matters in an email today that the event has been canceled.

February 22, 2018
Florida Gov. Rick Scott addresses an economic summit in Orlando, Florida, in this June 2, 2015 file photo. REUTERS/Steve Nesius

Florida Governor With A+ NRA Rating Goes Into Hiding After Massacre

Not only Florida’s Republican Gov. Rick Scott skipping Wednesday’s night’s nationally televised town hall meeting on gun violence, where he was invited but declined to participate, but it appears he’s quietly scrubbed himself from a speaker role at the NRA’s upcoming national convention in May.

February 22, 2018
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Florida GOP In Crisis As Major Donor Threatens To Pull Money Over Guns

Hoffman has donated millions of dollars to GOP causes and politicians, including Florida Gov. Rick Scott — a top recipient of NRA donations who maintains an “A+” rating from the NRA’s Political Victory Fund — and the Senate Leadership Fund, a group focused on defending Republicans’ majority in the Senate.

February 21, 2018
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Florida Lawmakers Face Horrified Backlash For Blocking Vote On Guns

Meanwhile, Trump himself seems to be feeling the heat after being scorched for his insensitivity to the students’ plight, with a belated push for the Department of Justice to consider banning the “bump fire stock” attachment used in previous massacres like the Las Vegas shooting in October 2017.

February 21, 2018
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Fascist Right Hits Parkland Students With Vicious Slurs And Conspiracies

In the days after the attack, Wintrich took to Twitter and posted attacks that mirrored those of far-right trolls on online message boards, claiming that the surviving students were “milking the deaths of their peers for careers,” that they “don’t care about those lives lost,” that they “are not fully learned and are far from it,” and that they’re “completely entitled” “little pricks.”

February 21, 2018
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How Political Pessimism Helps Doom Tougher Gun Laws

It’s predictable after every new mass-shooting horror: The political right’s reflexive call for “thoughts and prayers,” which is then mocked by people who favor more gun restrictions for lacking any accompanying ideas for preventing future killings.

February 20, 2018

Florida Students To March On Washington In Call For Gun Reform

Among the students announcing the march was Emma Gonzalez, who captured worldwide attention with a powerful speech in which she assailed President Donald Trump over the multi-million-dollar support his campaign received from the gun lobby. She vowed Stoneman Douglas would be “the last mass shooting.”

February 20, 2018

Are Dead Children The Price Of Freedom?

When the news broke on Valentine’s Day that 17 people—mostly young students—had lost their lives in Parkland, Florida, one could be forgiven for being numb. Of the 10 deadliest mass shootings in US history, six have come after 2012. Of those six, three have occurred in the last 5 months, including the October 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas that claimed 58 lives, the deadliest in US history.

February 20, 2018

Students To Boycott Schools Until Congress Acts On Guns

On Twitter, students used the hashtags #NationalSchoolWalkout, #April20 and #April20Walkout to plan mass boycotts on the anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting on April 20, 1999, as well as a separate walkout on March 14. Thousands have signed a petition from the Twitter account “National School Walkout.”

February 18, 2018
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Teen Who Survived Massacre Rips Trump To Pieces In Emotional Takedown

A Florida teenager who survived the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Florida, issued a rousing call to action at a rally against gun violence. Emma Gonzalez declared that the shooting at her school should be “the last mass shooting.” And she responded directly to Trump’s tweet, which blamed students at the school for not reporting on the shooter’s behavior before the event.

February 18, 2018
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

Memo To DHS: The Lone White Wolf Network Is The Biggest Terror Threat To Americans

The terror attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that claimed 17 lives on Valentine’s Day shows all the marks of the so-called Lone White Wolf Network (LWWN). The motives of the perpetrator, now in custody, remain unknown, but news reports show he fits the profile of previous LWWN attackers, with a record of gun worship, domestic violence, depression, racial chauvinism, and aspirations for complete impunity from social control.

February 17, 2018
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The Victims Of The Douglas High Mass Shooting

Martin Duque, a 14-year-old freshman, was at school Wednesday and died in the shooting. His older brother Miguel, who graduated from Douglas High last year, shared the news via an Instagram post early Thursday morning. “Words can not describe my pain,” he wrote. “I love brother Martin you’ll be missed buddy.”

February 16, 2018
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Fox News Refuses To Show Viewers Shooter’s Pro-Gun Photos

The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School claimed 17 lives and is the 18th school shooting this year alone, but Republicans are already signaling their intent to ignore the proliferation of guns, and blame everything else they can think of.

February 16, 2018
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Republican Anchor Nails Her Own Party: ‘It Has Blood On Its Hands’

As far as former Bush White House Communications Director and MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace is concerned, Republicans are not just refusing to help, they are responsible for the bloodshed. And as a “non-practicing” Republican, Wallace said, she shares the “culpability of a party being held hostage by the NRA.”

February 16, 2018
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Five Years After Sandy Hooks, Trump Hosts NRA Boss

Not only did Donald Trump not tweet out messages of condolences for families who lost loved ones five years ago on Thursday at the Sand Hook gun massacre in Connecticut, and not only did White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on that day insist there’s simply nothing that can be done to…

December 16, 2017
AR-15 Is the Weapon of Choice for Mass Shooters

Why The AR-15 Is The Weapon Of Choice For Mass Shooters

Besides his penchant for domestic abuse and his military background, another interesting connection emerged between the Sutherland Springs shooter and other recent killers. His weapon of choice was the AR-15, which seems to have become a favorite of mass murderers as of late.

November 9, 2017

Police Search For Gunman Who Killed Four At Mall In Washington State

Police in northwest Washington state were hunting a gunman on Saturday who killed four women and critically wounded a man in Burlington’s Cascade Mall.

September 24, 2016
A selection of handguns are seen for sale at the Pony Express Firearms shop in Parker, Colorado December 7, 2015. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Lawsuit: Trump Campaign Didn’t Act After NC State Director Pulled His Gun On A Staffer

According to a lawsuit filed by former Trump staffer Vincent Bordini, the Republican candidate’s campaign failed to act after Earl Phillip, then Trump’s North Carolina state director, pulled a gun on Bordini in February during a trip to Greenville, SC in Phillip’s Jeep.

August 11, 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
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

When Silence Is Just Not Loud Enough

Solving the problem would be relatively easy. The real problem is political — which is why no gun legislation with a serious chance of passing stands before Congress. The body counts, the gore, the all-too-vivid last moments captured on a hand-held camera mean nothing compared with the politics of gun ownership.

June 15, 2016

Gunman Kills 50, Injures Scores More In Shooting Rampage At Florida Gay Club

A gunman killed 50 people in a crowded gay nightclub in Florida early on Sunday before police shot him dead in what U.S. authorities described as a “terrorism incident.”

June 12, 2016
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Bernie’s Gun Record Won’t Help Him In New York

Last week, a Superior Court judge in Connecticut denied a motion by lawyers for Bushmaster Fire Arms International, the rifle’s manufacturer, to dismiss the law suit, allowing the litigation to continue.

April 19, 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