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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
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The Dallas Shootings Are An Attack At The Heart Of America

Dallas police were protecting the protesters’ constitutional rights, as they do with all protestors. The shooters attacked our political system. For all of our political system’s misuse of this word, these attacks were terrorism in the clearest sense.

July 8, 2016
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Snipers Kill Five Dallas Police; Obama Calls It ‘Despicable’ Attack

Police described Thursday night’s ambush as carefully planned and executed and said they had taken three people into custody before a fourth died. Dallas-based media said the suspect died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after a standoff that extended into Friday morning.

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
Guns are seen inside a display case at the Cabela's store in Fort Worth, Texas, June 26, 2008. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

German Gunman Took Hostages Before Being Shot, No Others Hurt: Police

A gunman took hostages at a German cinema in a small town in western Germany on Thursday before police shot him dead, a police spokesman told the N-TV television channel, adding that no other people were injured.

June 23, 2016
Security guards walk the steps of the Supreme Court in Washington in this file photo dated October 1, 2010. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Supreme Court Rejects Challenge To State Assault Weapon Bans

The laws in New York and Connecticut, among the strictest in the nation, were enacted after a gunman with a semiautomatic rifle killed 20 young children and six educators in 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

June 20, 2016
A gun rights supporter openly carries two pistols strapped to his leg during a rally in support of the Michigan Open Carry gun law in Romulus, Michigan April 27, 2014. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Senators Formulate Gun Control Compromise

While past gun-control measures have failed to clear Congress, the Orlando massacre, coupled with public pressure may be changing the picture.

June 19, 2016
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Cartoon: NRA Members

Why’s everybody mad at the NRA?

June 17, 2016
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20-Plus Years Of Anti-Gay Hate From The NRA

NRA Head Wayne LaPierre said one Obama administrator was “in the toilet” because of efforts to prevent discrimination against transgender students.

June 17, 2016
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#EndorseThis: Chris Murphy Filibusters For Change

Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn) concluded his nearly 15-hour filibuster to call for votes on two gun control measures early this morning by telling the story of six-year-old Dylan Hockley, an ebullient student at Sandy Hook Elementary with an infectious laugh. Diagnosed with autism, Hockley died on December 14, 2012 in the arms of his special […]

June 16, 2016
U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) (center L) and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) (center R) depart the Senate floor directly 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, U.S. June 16, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Senate Republicans Agree To Vote On Gun Control

Republicans, who currently have a 54-person majority in the Senate, have over the years blocked gun control measures, saying they step on Americans’ right to bear arms as guaranteed under the Constitution.

June 16, 2016
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It’s Time: Democrats Are Speaking Up About Gun Control

Pressure from Democrats to finally push the needle on gun reform, after repeated mass shootings have been met with silence from the right, came just hours after the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.

June 15, 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

The NRA And Prominent Republicans Are… Considering Gun Control?

Faced with the tragic killing of 49 people in Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, notable conservatives seem to be running out of excuses for why we need less gun control.

June 15, 2016
A woman throws a bouquet of flowers at a memorial for the victims of the shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, June 14, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

Hatred, Rhetoric And The Violence They Spawn

I don’t expect much from a mass murderer. But you’d like to think you can hope for a little — I don’t know — grace, dignity, statesmanship from a preacher and a would-be president. Is simple decency too much to ask? God help us, if it is.

June 15, 2016
People light candles during a vigil in memory of the victims of the gay nightclub mass shooting in Orlando, at St Anne's church in the Soho district of London, June 13, 2016. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Another Mass Shooting, Another Round Of Denial

I don’t care whether you call what he did — the worst mass shooting in American history — a terror attack or an act of radical Islamic terrorism or a massacre or a hate crime. What I care about is this: Without a legally purchased military-style rifle, he would’ve just been a guy standing in a bar.

June 14, 2016
A handout photograph posted by the Orlando Police Department on Twitter with the words, "Pulse shooting: In hail of gunfire in which suspect was killed, OPD officer was hit. Kevlar helmet saved his life", in reference to the operation against a gun man inside Pulse night club in Orlando, Florida, June 12, 2016. Orlando Police Department/Handout via REUTERS

Radical Islam Not Behind Most Mass US Shootings, Report Says

Data from the Washington Post shows that of the dozens of mass shootings that have taken place in America since 2014 in which three or more victims died, only three could be associated with radical Islam.

June 12, 2016
A Los Angeles Metro Police officer stands watch on the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) campus after it was placed on lockdown following reports of a shooter in Los Angeles, California June 1, 2016. REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon

Murder-Suicide Kills Two At UCLA, Shuts Down Campus

A murder-suicide killed two people at the University of California, Los Angeles on Wednesday, shutting down the campus for two hours as officers in camouflage and tactical gear responded to reports of a shooting.

June 1, 2016
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Officer Arrested After Three Killed In Washington-Area Shooting Spree

The first of Friday’s incidents began with a confrontation in a parking lot at Westfield Montgomery Mall in affluent Bethesda, Maryland, where two men and a woman were shot, police said. One of the men died, the other was in critical condition, and the woman’s life was not considered in danger, police said.

May 7, 2016
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Kalamazoo Gun Rampage Completely Ignored

No presidential candidates were asked about gun violence.

February 22, 2016
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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
Rescue crews tend to the injured in the intersection outside the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California in this still image taken from video December 2, 2015. REUTERS/NBCLA.com/Handout via Reuters

At Least 14 Dead, 17 More Wounded In Shooting In San Bernardino, California

Fourteen people are dead and 17 more wounded after at least two shooters opened fire in a rampage that terrorized the Southern California city of San Bernardino Wednesday.

December 2, 2015
People take part in candle light vigil following a mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg Oregon

Oregon Town Reels From Classroom Carnage

Residents of a quiet Oregon town struggled to comprehend the carnage left by the latest U.S. mass shooting as investigators puzzled over what drove a young gunman to kill nine people in a college classroom before he died in an exchange of gunfire with police.

October 2, 2015
Investigators stand outside a movie theatre where a man shot and killed filmgoers Thursday night in Lafayette, Louisiana

We Simply Sit And Wait For The Next Massacre

For a troubled man, young or old, finding guns for is only a mouse-click away. It’s the same sick story over and over.

July 28, 2015
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Suspect Captured In Charleston, S.C., Church Shooting That Killed 9

Authorities have captured a man suspected of opening fire at a historic black church during a prayer meeting and killing nine people in what is being investigated as a hate crime.

June 18, 2015