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Good Violence, Bad Violence

Robert Koehler | Posted 09.25.2012 | Politics
Robert Koehler

From Charles Whitman up to the present day, the collective American memory preserves the name of the killer. We're far too fascinated with violence not to mythologize its perpetrators.

Gene Demby

Obama: Gun Restrictions 'Shouldn't Be Controversial, But Common Sense' | Gene Demby | Posted 07.25.2012 | Black Voices

President Barack Obama called for "common sense" gun restrictions in the aftermath of last week's mass killing in Aurora, Colo., in a speech to a majo...

Republicans Have Made It Harder to Vote, Easier to Buy Guns

Bob Cesca | Posted 09.24.2012 | Politics
Bob Cesca

In a Republican world, it's mandatory for government to regulate voting even though the Constitution repeatedly deregulates voting, while it's a trespass against patriotism to regulate firearms, even though the Constitution explicitly calls for firearms to be "well regulated."

The Aurora Shootings and the Mean World Syndrome

David Ropeik | Posted 09.24.2012 | Crime
David Ropeik

Does violence in media lead to violence in the real world? If we think the world is a 'mean' and violent and unsafe place, the kind of world we see again and again in both the news and so much entertainment media, we live our lives accordingly.

Dan Froomkin

Sacrifice For Security Skips Big Guns | Dan Froomkin | Posted 07.25.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Americans have given up a lot in the name of increased security. Intrusive and expensive measures adopted since 9/11 have eroded privacy...


Robert Walker | Posted 09.22.2012 | Politics
Robert Walker

Turn off the TV. Put down the newspaper. There is only one appropriate response to this horrific gun tragedy and all of its predecessors. Tell your friends, tell your neighbors, and, most importantly, tell your elected-Representatives in Washington, "Enough."

On Aurora, Guns and 'Rights'

Andy Richter | Posted 09.22.2012 | Comedy
Andy Richter

Why is it so crazy to float the notion that the kind of assault weapon used in Aurora (not necessarily the gun itself, but the magazine) might not be the kind of thing that just anybody should be able to stroll into a gun shop and buy?

What's Easier To Buy: French Cheese Or An Automatic Weapon?

The Huffington Post | Ethan Klapper | Posted 12.17.2012 | Politics

Following last week's shooting massacre in Aurora, Colo., many were outraged at how easy it was for the suspect, James Holmes, to legally obtain guns ...

If You Want to Talk Defense, Defend Us from Weapons of Mass Assault Right Here at Home

David M. Abromowitz | Posted 09.22.2012 | Politics
David M. Abromowitz

In no time, Congressmen and candidates who like to talk tough on defense will let the Aurora slaughter slide into the background, and turn back to pushing Americans to pump up military spending.

Get Rid of the Damn Guns

Andy Ostroy | Posted 09.22.2012 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

There's been so much said since the horrific shooting deaths in Aurora, CO, Friday. But our nation's leaders, in particular President Obama and the presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney, have been woefully silent on the one subject that counts: gun control.

Calling for an Executive Order Banning Assault Weapons

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 09.21.2012 | Politics
Robert David Jaffee

President Obama has said that he would rather be a good one-term president, than a mediocre two-term one. If he really means that then why doesn't he issue an executive order banning assault weapons and high-capacity gun magazines?

The Dark Knight Shootings: 'All It Takes Is a Little Push'

William Bradley | Posted 09.21.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

This is a culture with too much anger, too little reflection, and too many guns. Hopefully, this time around will be different.

David Lohr

Florida Woman Accused Of Beating Ex-Boyfriend With Sledgehammer | David Lohr | Posted 05.10.2012 | Crime

A Florida woman has been accused in the brutal sledgehammer assault of her ex-boyfriend. Angela Rhodes, 52, beat her ex-boyfriend, 48-year-old Thom...

How Our Nation Can Protect Children, Not Guns

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.30.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

It's shameful that when child and teen gun deaths are compared in 23 high-income countries, 87 percent of all children under 15 killed by guns were in the United States. Our gun homicide rate for teens and young adults 15-24 years old was 42.7 times higher than the rate for the other countries combined. There are an estimated 283 million guns in civilian hands in America -- almost one gun per person. Why is the United States alone in allowing this unbridled epidemic of guns and public health hazard all over America to continue? As parents and grandparents and concerned adults and voters, it is up to us to tell our leaders no more.

Pregnant Woman Shocked By Stun Gun In Road Rage Assault: Cops

AP | Posted 02.03.2012 | Crime

CONCORD, N.H. -- A New Hampshire jury has convicted a 23-year-old woman of assault for using a stun gun on a pregnant woman during a road-rage inciden...

Let's Commit to Stop the Pain and Toll of Gun Violence

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 12.27.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

To honor the 80 Americans who lose their lives to gunfire every day and the families, and communities like Carson City, that suffer so grievously, let us do what we can to stop the toll of gun violence.

How Many Second Amendment Cases Will the NRA Lose?

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 12.06.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

Three years, 400 legal challenges, and "millions of dollars in legal bills" later, all the gun lobby has had to show for its efforts is a body of case law affirming the right of the people to have strong gun laws.

A Fitting Tribute to 9/11 Victims: No Easy Access to Guns for Terrorists

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 11.10.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

In response to the horrific tragedy of September 11, 2001, federal officials have taken extraordinary steps to prevent other airliners from being turned into incendiary devices. Yet Congress has repeatedly failed to deny suspected or known terrorists easy access to guns and explosives.

Is Obama Ready to Take On the Gun Lobby?

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 09.14.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

The Obama administration has taken a modest, though useful, step toward curbing the torrent of assault rifles flowing from U.S. gun shops into the hands of the Mexican drug cartels. Hopefully, it reflects a new willingness by the president to take on the gun lobby.

In the ATF "Fast and Furious" Controversy, Congress Needs to Question Its Own Behavior

Paul Helmke | Posted 08.29.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

It is time for Washington's politicians to look out for average people who do not deserve to have unethical gun dealers -- and the gun lobby that shields them -- pushing illegal guns into their neighborhoods.

Was Heller a Hollow Victory For the Gun Lobby?

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 08.28.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

The Supreme Court's ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller has largely resulted in a reaffirmation of the constitutionality of laws to restrict access to firearms. For the "gun rights" forces, it has been three long years of frustration.

NRA's Deadly Agenda Is Out

Paul Helmke | Posted 07.06.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

In yet another sign of how out of touch it is with how people interact in a civilized society, the National Rifle Association is apparently so wrapped...

Obama: "Let's Work Together to Prevent Gun Violence"

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

On Tuesday, I attended a meeting at the U.S. Justice Department with representatives from the White House. The Administration indicated that this was the first of what they hoped would be a series of discussions on ending gun violence.

It Could Have Been Less Deadly

Maria Cuomo Cole | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Maria Cuomo Cole

What happened in Tucson, if you were there? Seconds felt like an eternity for those on the scene; taut cracks of sound the human mind interprets as ...

The Appeal of the Repeal Amendment

Mark Steinberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Mark Steinberg

There are several efforts under way to gut last year's landmark health care legislation. The best known of these is the lawsuit brought by the attorne...