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The NRA Has Found Its Tyranny -- And It Is Us

Marty Rudoy | Posted 07.12.2016 | Politics
Marty Rudoy

Congratulations, NRA. The War Against Tyranny has begun, and you just won the first battle.

The House Sit-In: Will 90 Percent Of Us Be Heard?!

Susie Sampson | Posted 06.24.2016 | Comedy
Susie Sampson

Gun control. The House sit-in. The Senate filibuster. The NRA, GOP, mass shootings. What's it all about? I wanted to find out some more information about the AR-15 since it seems to be the weapon of mass shooters.

Hair-Trigger Alert

Robert Koehler | Posted 06.24.2016 | Politics
Robert Koehler

And the War on Terror, which I call the War To Promote Terror, is still going on 15 years later, with no end in sight. The funding for it is unquestioned and seemingly limitless. The point of it is also unquestioned, except at the social and political margins.

NRA-Owned GOP Does Wall Street's Bidding While People's Protest Burns Bright

Marty Rudoy | Posted 06.23.2016 | Politics
Marty Rudoy

The NRA's captive House Republican majority rammed through a vote permitting Wall Street "advisors" to scam the elderly over the strains of "We Shall Overcome" sung by anti-assault weapon Democrats.

Gun Violence Prevention: Ten Critical Facts Regarding Guns, Gun Laws, and the United States Supreme Court

Brenda M. Cotter | Posted 06.22.2016 | Politics
Brenda M. Cotter

There has been a resurgence of discussion about gun violence prevention in the wake of the mass shooting in Orlando. For those who may be less familiar with some of the gun terms used, and the legal principles at the heart of the discussion, here is a summary of ten basic and important facts:

The Orlando Tragedy, "Terror Gap" & Assault Weapon Ban: An Interview With David Yassky

Ellen Freudenheim | Posted 06.22.2016 | Politics
Ellen Freudenheim

There seems to be a lot of argumentation over what an assault weapon is. In 1994 the law used a technical definition, characterizing specific features of the guns. But not to get lost in the weeds, the key idea was that the legislation should cover guns with the capacity to spray fire, guns designed to enable rapid-fire release of many bullets.

Firing Back At Omar: 49 Acts Of Kindness

Brian Stone | Posted 06.20.2016 | Queer Voices
Brian Stone

Break out of your daily norm. Burst out of the chains of your indifference and feel the warm sunlight of brotherhood. Only kindness can unite us.

Supreme Court Declines To Take Up 'Assault Weapons' Ban Enacted After Sandy Hook

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 06.21.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a sweeping ban on so-called "assault weapons" enacted in the wake of the 2012 shooting at...

Biden Calls For Assault Weapons Ban, Says Congress Can Do More On Guns

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 06.18.2016 | Politics

Vice President Joe Biden on Friday made an impassioned plea for a renewed assault weapons ban, saying it was just one step Congress could take to redu...

How We Can Save Lives During a Mass Shooting

Amy Dardashtian | Posted 06.17.2016 | Crime
Amy Dardashtian

As we see the casualties mount with each new shooting, the one question gun advocates and gun opponents should both be asking, is: is there a way to save even one life, without threatening each person's ability to defend their own?

Thousands Of Americans Are Gunned Down Each Year, But Few Die By Assault-Style Rifle

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 06.18.2016 | Politics

In the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, the political debate has quickly turned to the weapon a gunman used to massacre 49 pe...

Watch Joe Biden's Emotional Sandy Hook Tribute

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 06.16.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden delivered a moving tribute to the Sandy Hook victims Wednesday night, sharing his experience losing his own chi...

GOP Lawmaker To Give Away Two AR-15 Rifles As Door Prize At Fundraiser

The Huffington Post | Laura Bassett | Posted 06.18.2016 | Politics

One day after the worst mass shooting in American history, Tennessee State Rep. Andy Holt (R) said he plans to give away two AR-15 rifles -- the same ...

Talking To A 13-Year-Old About Orlando

Amy Arndt | Posted 06.13.2016 | Parents
Amy Arndt

As I cried, my 13-year-old daughter slept peacefully in her room. Once again, I found myself faced with the question: How do I talk to my daughter about yet another mass shooting?

A Johnson/Weld Ticket Could Make the Libertarian Party Viable

Rich Rubino | Posted 05.23.2016 | Politics
Rich Rubino

This is a once in a political lifetime chance for the Libertarians to present themselves as a viable and credible alternative to the electoral hegemony the Democrats and Republicans currently enjoy.

Did the Assault Weapons Ban Work?

John A. Tures | Posted 04.20.2016 | Politics
John A. Tures

It's worth asking whether the assault weapons ban, which was in effect during the Columbine High School massacre, actually worked. Analysis of 108 shootings showed that the ban was successful, and such mass shootings have dramatically increased since the ban expired.

Owning An Assault Weapon Is No Longer A Fundamental Right -- For Now

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 03.07.2016 | Politics

A federal appeals court on Friday reversed course and agreed to reconsider a February ruling on Maryland's stringent gun control law, which includes a...

People Have A 'Fundamental Right' To Own Assault Weapons, Court Rules

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 02.05.2016 | Politics

In a major victory for gun rights advocates, a federal appeals court on Thursday sided with a broad coalition of gun owners, businesses and organizati...

Most Americans No Longer Support A Ban On Assault Weapons

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 12.16.2015 | Politics

Americans’ support for banning assault weapons, once near-universal, is now at a record low, a new survey shows. President Barack Obama renewed his ...

Bad Guys, Good Guys and Guns

Jeremiah Horrigan | Posted 12.07.2016 | Politics
Jeremiah Horrigan

Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, has famously said "the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy...

Supreme Court Rejects Major 2nd Amendment Case, And Justice Thomas Has A Fit

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 12.07.2015 | Politics

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up a controversial case out of Illinois that effectively upheld a ban on assault weapons as consiste...

The New York Times' Front-Page Editorial On Gun Control Is Bad

The Huffington Post | Nick Baumann | Posted 12.07.2015 | Politics

On Saturday, The New York Times printed a front-page editorial -- its first since 1920 -- calling for greater restrictions on gun ownership in the Uni...

Gun Violence Is Sin; Prayers Are Not Enough

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 12.03.2016 | Politics
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

What words are left? If we as a nation are willing to allow mass causality gun crimes to go unanswered with legislation that could make a meaningful difference in the lives of our people, what words are left to share with those killed at the social services center in San Bernardino, CA today? Do we share with them the same words of comfort and promises of action that were promised to the children massacred at Sandy Hook or the young college students murdered in Roseburg, Ore. earlier this fall? That fact that people are still able to purchase weapons of war, some of which were appropriately banned under the now-expired Assault Weapons Ban, is a moral failure on the part of our nation.

Where Are Mayors Opposing Police Militarization?

Jodie Evans | Posted 06.22.2016 | Politics
Jodie Evans

In cities across the United States, we have seen how the militarized mold of policing and the supply of armored vehicles, assault weapons and the like have resulted in police forces who no longer see their role as one of protecting and serving, but as an occupying army.

Half of Gun Owners Support an Assault Rifle Ban, So Why Are Politicians Still so Afraid of the NRA?

Mike Weisser | Posted 06.08.2016 | Politics
Mike Weisser

Researchers who focus on policy issues traditionally look for majority opinion as a guide to what may or may not be possibly changed in the public domain. But the fact that slightly less than half of all gun owners support the ban on assault rifles is a finding which needs to be considered on its own terms.