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Joshua Horwitz, J.D., is Executive Director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. Mr. Horwitz is a graduate of the University of Michigan and received his law degree from the George Washington University. He is currently a visiting scholar at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the co-author of a book, Guns, Democracy and the Insurrectionist Idea, that was published by the University of Michigan Press in 2009. Mr. Horwitz has spent nearly two decades working on gun violence prevention issues.

Entries by Josh Horwitz

In Wake of Las Vegas Killings, It's Time to Tread on Insurrectionists

(420) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 8:13 AM

On Sunday, our nation endured another gruesome tragedy when pro-gun extremist Jerad Miller and his wife Amanda allegedly ambushed two police officers -- Alyn Beck, 41, and Igor Soldo, 31 -- in a Las Vegas pizza restaurant and shot them dead. The Millers then draped the officers' bodies...

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Is Cliven Bundy the New NRA Poster Child?

(638) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 6:53 AM

With Bunkerville crisis, NRA reaping what it has sowed through decades of insurrectionist propaganda

"There never was a government without force. What is the meaning of government? An institution to make people do their duty. A government leaving it to a man to do his duty, or not, as he...

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The Pugilistic Double Standard of the Pro-Gun Movement

(706) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 7:33 AM

They hit you? Grin and bear it. You hit them? Prepare to die.

It was National Rifle Association (NRA) CEO Wayne LaPierre who famously intoned that "the guys with the guns make the rules" during the 2009 Conservative Political Action Conference. I don't think I had ever fully...

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Expanding Background Checks Necessary, But Not Enough

(185) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 8:57 AM

Gun violence prevention efforts got off to a great start in 2014 when the Obama administration announced two new executive actions on January 3 that will help keep firearms out of the hands of people at an elevated risk of being a danger to themselves and/or others.

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NRA, Pro-Gun Movement, Are Major Source of TSA Animus

(22) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 7:48 AM

On Friday, airports around the nation halted operations at 9:20AM PST to observe a moment of silence in honor of Gerardo Hernandez, the 39-year-old Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officer killed at the same time on November 1st by a gunman at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). A public...

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What 'Guns Saves Lives Day' Tells Us About the Pro-Gun Movement

(524) Comments | Posted October 16, 2013 | 9:04 AM

Alan Gottlieb, executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation, hit rock bottom on Monday night when his plans to sponsor a "Guns Save Lives Day" on the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre were contested by CNN host Piers Morgan on his show "Piers...

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The Conspiracy Theory the NRA Hates

(289) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 8:51 AM

The National Rifle Association gives one the immediate impression of an organization that never met an anti-government conspiracy theory it didn't like. After all, the NRA has been recruiting members and raising money with such absurd fantasies for years: The "mass confiscation" of privately-held firearms after Hurricane Katrina,...

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How Aaron Alexis Passed a Background Check and Bought a Gun

(902) Comments | Posted September 19, 2013 | 1:05 PM

In the wake of the September 16th Navy Yard shooting which left 13 dead, including gunman Aaron Alexis, and eight wounded, many Americans are asking, "How was Alexis able to pass a background check and purchase a gun?" Their astonishment comes from Alexis' criminal and mental health history, which is...

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The Town the Militia Took Over

(1398) Comments | Posted August 2, 2013 | 6:41 AM

"You know why there's not more residents here? The threats. That's why. Because they're afraid. They're afraid they're going to have their windows shot out." - Lifelong Gilberton resident Rose McCarthy speaking about Police Chief Mark Kessler and his supporters on July 31, 2013

National Rifle Association (NRA) CEO Wayne...

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The NRA's Perverted View of America

(1836) Comments | Posted May 20, 2013 | 6:54 AM

"Universal access to firearms is indistinguishable from Emancipation." - Glenn Beck at the 2013 NRA Convention

Responding to the National Rifle Association's annual convention in Houston earlier this month, Connecticut's freshman Senator Chris Murphy noted, "The NRA kind of announced this weekend they're morphing into a paramilitary group,...

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Boston Seen as Roadmap for 'Second Amendment Remedies' Crowd

(616) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 9:53 AM

It made national headlines last week when 45 senators sided with the National Rifle Association and voted against a bill that would have significantly enhanced public safety in this country by requiring background checks on private sales of firearms at gun shows and other "commercial" venues. What escaped notice was...

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Time for House Democrats to Unite on Guns

(169) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 5:42 AM

Last week, Vice President Joe Biden stood before House Democrats at their annual retreat in Landsowne, Virginia and promised them that he would travel with President Obama to districts with high rates of firearm ownership to make the case for sensible gun laws. "You can go into areas where we're...

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LaPierre Reveals True Purpose Behind Assault Weapons

(2245) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 7:58 AM

Following last week's high-profile Senate Judiciary hearing in response to the tragedy at Newtown, the media paid extensive attention to National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre's flip-flop on the issue of closing the Gun Show Loophole and witness Gayle Trotter's ridiculous assertion that "guns...

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NRA Sheriff Organizing Campaign to Take Down Federal Government

(1180) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 10:20 AM

Since the gruesome mass shooting at Newtown, Connecticut, there have been major developments in the campaign to bring sanity to our nation's gun laws. On January 16, President Obama announced a historic package of comprehensive gun reform proposals during a press conference at the White House. Vice President...

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In Wake of Newtown, It's Time for America to Meet the NRA

(410) Comments | Posted January 18, 2013 | 6:00 AM

This week, America has been taken aback by the National Rifle Association's ad politicizing President Obama's daughters. With this latest episode, it's become patently obvious that unhinged attacks are the NRA leadership's calling card. As pundits cover the obstructionism and handwringing of high-profile NRA executives like

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On Eve of Election, Pro-Gunners Suggest Building IEDs for War With U.S. Government

(1712) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 5:45 AM

With Election Day upon us, it is worth remembering that voting is one of the great freedoms we enjoy as Americans, a pillar of our democracy. Our Founders fought a Revolutionary War in order to gain legislative representation. Their sacrifices should never be forgotten.

We should also never forget another...

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Will the Guys with the [Printed] Guns Make the Rules?

(1810) Comments | Posted October 10, 2012 | 6:52 AM

"Insurrectionism is as American as apple pie."
"Obama and the UN don't stand a bloody chance now."
- Cody Wilson, founder of Defense Distributed and the "Wiki Weapon" project

The Huffington Post and other major media outlets have been abuzz lately with discussion...

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Oh Ye of Little Faith: The Pro-Gun Movement's Total Disregard for Our Constitution

(168) Comments | Posted September 17, 2012 | 7:15 AM

National Rifle Association (NRA) board member and aged rocker Ted Nugent made national headlines in April when his threats against President Obama and Democrats earned him a visit from the Secret Service. But he has taken recently to uttering another mantra that is equally disturbing and...

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Aurora's Hard Truth: Mental Health Screening for Gun Buyers Is Nearly Non-Existent

(121) Comments | Posted August 1, 2012 | 8:21 AM

If you learn only one new thing about America's gun laws after the gruesome mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado, learn this: Even when individuals do undergo a background check when buying a gun in this country, the screening for mental health history is cursory at best.

You don't need to...

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The Return of the Nullifiers

(749) Comments | Posted July 12, 2012 | 7:40 AM

"You don't have to accept the federalist laws." - Tucson mass shooter Jared Loughner

In this era of polarized politics, it is not surprising that the right is up in arms about the Supreme Court's recent decision on health care. And I do mean -- literally -- up in arms....

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