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Assault Weapons

Court Decision Uses Gun Industry's Own Fiction to Uphold Assault Rifle Regulations

Mike Weisser | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics
Mike Weisser

The 2nd Amendment doesn't give the gun industry the right to invent a tall tale to justify how it tries to sell guns.

Major Assault Weapons Case May Be Heading To The Supreme Court

AP | Chloe Angyal | Posted 10.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court has so far resisted elaborating on two landmark decisions that established a nationwide right to defend one's ho...

A Challenge to the Media in Reducing Mass Shootings

Andy Ostroy | Posted 10.09.2015 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

It's time to take some action in reducing mass murders in the United States, and it can simply start with the media. I challenge broadcast and cable news networks, local TV and radio stations, newspapers and magazines, and news websites to immediately agree to no longer make public the names and photos of these brutal killers.

Rise Up, Education Leaders

Marybeth Gasman | Posted 10.02.2015 | Education
Marybeth Gasman

We are being terrorized -- but not by the shooters. Instead, it's the gun lobby and the cowardly politicians throughout our country. Politicians at the state and federal level don't have the courage to step up and stand up for our children, our friends and our neighbors. It's time for us to stop looking to them for direction.

Proposals for Common Sense Gun Control

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

In the current political climate, the chances for comprehensive common sense gun control in the United States is only a pipe dream as long as the National Rifle Association controls Congress and state legislatures, for if they did not, we would have seen effective laws passed years ago resulting in countless lives saved.

Bernie Sanders' Gun Control Affair: It's Complicated

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 08.24.2015 | Politics
Anhvinh Doanvo

Bernie Sanders' position on gun control is far more complex than these headlines suggest, however, even if his nuances lack a reasonable basis. Both Sanders' supporters and detractors need to be aware of these nuances before blindly praising or criticizing his politics.

Removing Military Weaponry From Our Streets

John Lindsay-Poland | Posted 08.06.2015 | Crime
John Lindsay-Poland

Ultimately, we must slow down and stop the accelerated arming of police and citizens with military weapons of war. We can begin by stopping the importation of foreign-produced assault weapons for the U.S. civilian market, and by removing assault weapons from ordinary police patrols.

Why Gun Manufacturers Are in Serious Financial Trouble

John A. Tures | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

If gun sales are supposedly "red hot," why are gun manufacturers struggling, even filing for bankruptcy? The answers include a gun glut and long-term trends in gun ownership in America.

All About That Brass: The Ukraine-Russia-UAE Weapons Triangle

Innokenty (Kes) Grekov | Posted 04.29.2015 | World
Innokenty (Kes) Grekov

Yet there's something unsettling about this scenario, in which Ukraine buys weapons from the Emirates and Russia sells to and makes weapons with the Emirates. This thriving, happy triangle boils down to very bad news for the civilians facing a protracted war in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions of Ukraine.

Gun Toters Being 'Bullied' by... Moms?

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Robert L. Cavnar

Probably one of the weirdest hashtags in use today is #guncontrolbullies, coined by Open Carry, a loose affiliation of state organizations, which holds protests around the country at which zealots parade around with loaded firearms in public places.

GOP Senate Candidate Makes Assault Weapon Giveaways A Hallmark Of His Campaign

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics

A Republican Senate hopeful in Georgia is making the calculation that nothing gets primary voters more fired-up than free gun giveaways. Rep. Paul...

Gun Industry Hawks Militarized Products at Vegas SHOT Show

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

This is not your grandfather's gun industry that met the needs of hunters and sportsmen. Instead, gun companies are promoting assault rifles like the AR-15, AK-47, and numerous others as the profit center of last resort.

Pot, Guns And Paparazzi: New Laws Run Gamut In US

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 12.30.2013 | Crime

The new year is bringing a host of new laws taking effect in January or thereabouts. A look at some state and local laws that are making news: ____...

The Great American Gun Violence Lottery

Erin Ryan | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Erin Ryan

Just as our gun culture has changed for the worse, it can also change for the better. If the common-sense majority can just shake off this paralyzing mantle of powerlessness, we can start making the changes we want in our world.

Remembering Newtown, and Gun Control

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 02.13.2014 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

The families of Newtown victims have done a lot to push for gun control and their work will surely continue to make a difference both in terms of public awareness and also legislation, but the burden of restoring sanity to a nation gone gun crazy should not fall to them alone.

Time to Find Common Ground on Reducing Gun Violence

Paul Helmke | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics
Paul Helmke

While common ground shouldn't be that hard to find, the political reality is that this won't happen until our elected officials feel the pressure from the public, and the NRA feels the pressure from its supporters, to be willing to compromise.

When Guns Do Kill People

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

America's love affair with guns has now reached a zenith (or a nadir, depending on how you look at it), wherein no amount of carnage seems to be able to change our basic fondness for owning guns.

The Time A GOP Congresswoman's Family Failed To Follow Gun Safety Practices

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics

Visit the website of Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.), and the congresswoman makes her views on the Second Amendment clear. The second-term Republican s...

Who Is Missing in the Assault Weapons Debate?

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Dr. Peggy Drexler

The debate over assault weapons rages on, with both sides of the issue hardening positions with each event. But amid the high-decibel back and forth, one voice is curiously silent: the companies that make a profit by putting these weapons on our streets.

Pentagon's Militarization of Our Main Streets and Municipal Police

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 12.10.2013 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Between the Armored Personnel Carriers locking down main streets in major American cities or Special Weapons and Tactics and Special Forces units canvassing our country, if we're not careful, this militarization of our domestic policing will make-over America, and fast.

State's Gun Control Law Sparks Record Gun Sales

AP | BRIAN WITTE | Posted 09.28.2013 | Politics

PASADENA, Md. -- Maryland residents have been buying guns in record numbers before a law takes effect Tuesday, with provisions aimed at helping keep g...

Why Is It Easier to Get an Assault Weapon Than to Vote?

Barbra Streisand | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
Barbra Streisand

Our voter participation rates are already among the lowest in the world's democracies, but conservatives seem intent on lowering it further. But guns, why, owning them should be easier than ever.

Clinton's Voting Rights Line Was All Too True

Salon | Posted 08.29.2013 | Politics

At the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington yesterday afternoon, former president Bill Clinton delivered not just one of...

The Town the Militia Took Over

Josh Horwitz | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

National Rifle Association (NRA) CEO Wayne LaPierre once famously told a CPAC gathering that "the guys with the guns make the rules." In the town of Gilberton, Pennsylvania, he might have finally found the perfect test case for his insane vision of America.

We Must Do Better: Look at the Facts

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.25.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The gun lobby has been enriching gun manufacturers at the expense of our children's safety for far too long. For years the National Rifle Association has blocked the truth and actively fought against the passage and enforcement of gun safety laws.