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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
Handguns are seen for sale in a display case at Metro Shooting Supplies in Bridgeton, Missouri, November 13, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Young

Democrats At Last Stand Up To The Gun Lobby

Their protest didn’t work, but that shouldn’t be counted as defeat. Lewis and fellow Democrats — who even sang, with slightly revised lyrics, the old standby “We Shall Overcome” — succeeded in highlighting the cruel and crazy intransigence of the gun lobby and its claque of political water-carriers.

June 26, 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

Is Disarmament An Insurrectionist Myth?

Among gun some gun rights advocates, talk of “control” and “regulation” can eventually end up at “conspiracy”. Some are convinced national political leaders want firearms confiscation. But why would the U.S. government want to take everyone’s guns?

June 26, 2016
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks during a news conference as Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) listens on Capitol Hill in Washington March 8, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Senate Rejects Gun-Control Measures After Orlando Shooting

The effort to keep firearms away from people on terrorism watch lists faced an uphill battle, with critics in both parties skeptical about its chances. “What am I going to tell the community of Orlando?” asked Democratic Senator Bill Nelson of Florida after the votes. “Sadly, what I’m going to tell them is the NRA won again.”

June 20, 2016
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#EndorseThis: John Oliver Takes Aim At The NRA

“Yes, it’s the old ‘I’m not doing anything until you can prove it’ argument: the same argument favored by climate change deniers and fathers of the baby on Maury. Happy Father’s Day!” began the Last Week Tonight host.

June 20, 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
Investigators work the scene following a mass shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando Florida, U.S. June 12, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

NRA Head Calls Gun Control A Diversion

Wayne LaPierre blamed political correctness for Mateen’s ability to buy weapons. “We all mourn from what happened, but we face a terrorist challenge,” he said on CBS News’ “Face the Nation.” He accused the administration of attempting to divert attention away from terrorism and said the issue of gun control had been politicized.

June 19, 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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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
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
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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
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
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers a speech at St. Anselm's College in Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S., June 13, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

In Response To Orlando, Trump Says Immigration Will Lead To Terrorism

In his most anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant speech of the entire campaign, Trump manipulated the shooting into an opportunity to spread vitriol and criticize the U.S. immigration system, which he claims brings terrorism into the country.

June 13, 2016
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Ted Nugent Reelected To NRA Board After 2016 Of Hate

In the group’s 2013 board elections Nugent was second only to Iran-Contra figure Oliver North for most votes in favor of reelection. He frequently mixes his pitches for the NRA with inflammatory commentary, such as when he told people to join the NRA while calling for the “evil carcasses” of President Obama and other progressive politicians.

May 22, 2016
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Rubio Sighting In The Capitol

These days a Rubio sighting in the Capitol is rare. But he showed up — to vote against preventing people on the FBI’s terror watch list from buying guns.

December 15, 2015
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NRA Abandons Hunters In Favor Of Oil And Gas Corporations

While the National Rifle Association is not best known for its environmental conscientiousness, its self-proclaimed status as “the number-one hunter’s organization in America” does give it a vested interest in preserving wildlife and its habitats. Since 2008, however, this interest has been slowly undermined by the oil and gas industry’s increasingly aggressive contributions to the NRA […]

April 29, 2014
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