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A Reagan Litmus Test for 2012 GOP Hopefuls

Will Bunch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Will Bunch

I think we can agree in our muddled political environment of 2011 that any candidate who could answer "yes" to all 10 of the following questions would make America a much better place than it's become in recent years.

Closing the "Open Carry" Loophole

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Hoyt Hilsman

In the wake of the Tucson shootings, efforts have begun to repeal "open carry" laws that have been exploited for political purposes by the more extreme elements of the gun rights community.

ATF, Strong Gun Laws Needed to Fight Illegal Guns

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

The Washington Post has recently reported that the already under-funded ATF may soon face a 13% budget cut, which would be devastating to the the agency's ability to interrupt the flow of illegal guns across America and Mexico.

High Capacity: What's Not to Like?

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Just so you know: There are plenty of perfectly good reasons to buy high-capacity magazines for your favorite firearm. Unfortunately, I seem to have m...

It's the Guns, Stupid

Scott Blakeman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Blakeman

In the week since the shootings in Arizona, there have been many comments about Sarah Palin, the Tea Party, and civility. And comparatively very litt...

Would Charles Darwin Get a Gun?

Bernard Starr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bernard Starr

Another devastating chapter in our long history of massacres with guns unfolded in Tucson Arizona on January 8th with the ambush of Congresswoman Gabr...

Jon Meacham, Gun Owner, On Necessity Of Restoring Assault Weapons Ban

Jon Meacham | PBS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

First, some personal history. I am a southerner who grew up with and around guns. I own some still. My father gave me a .22 rifle when I was 9 and a...

Tucson: The Real Questions

Will Marshall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Will Marshall

The political finger-pointing that has followed the Tucson shooting has been revolting. It's not too early to start grappling with some of the pertinent questions this tragedy actually raises.

Tucson Shooting Shows True Face of NRA's "Second Amendment Remedies"

Josh Horwitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

We can describe Saturday's shooting rampage in Tucson as shocking, horrifying, and unthinkable; but no one -- no elected official, no media commentator, no opinion maker -- can truthfully say it was a surprise.

Serious Guns and White Terrorism: Two Unasked Question in Tucson Mass Murder

Bill Quigley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Quigley

Question: How does a mentally unstable man who was kicked out of school and had run-ins with the law buy an assault weapon?

NRA Sides With Mass Killers Over ATF

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

Now that the NRA bosses have exposed themselves as the mass gunman's best friend, President Obama and Congress should move swiftly to get an ATF director in place.

Got a Gender Gap Problem? Push for Gun Restrictions

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

If Democrats want to know what women want this election season, I encourage their campaign gurus to start talking about an issue that has strong consistent support from women of all ages, races, and locations: gun control.

Guns to Mexico: NRA Mythology Cannot Survive the Facts

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

Why do Mexican drug cartels have to resort to U.S. gun shops? The answer is plain: because Mexico's strong gun laws are effective.

"Most Compelling Testimony" Ever

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

Yesterday, the Crime Sub-Committee of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee hosted a forum on legislation to close the loophole that allows "private sellers" of firearms to bypass Brady background checks at gun shows.

McCain, Tester and Their Dream-Killing Team

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

Just a few weeks ago, Nardyne Jefferies lost her only child in a barrage of AK-47 bullets as the teen stood among friends in Southeast D.C. mourning the recent gun death of a peer.

Deadly Weapons, Cheap Jewelry

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

Some say we need more people with more guns in more places to make us all safer. The logic is insulting -- in order to put out the fire, they say, pour more gasoline on it.

Jason Linkins

Virginia GOP's Boucher/Perriello Attack Ad Backfires | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Virginia GOP got all red in the face when Mexican President Felipe Calderon came to give a speech to Congress and recommended a ban on assault wea...

On Guns, Calderon Spoke for All of Us

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

President Calderon understands that it does no damage to the Second Amendment to protect police officers from assault weapons. Are you listening, President Obama?

Obama Gun Boom Comes to an Official End

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

A "family" of gun companies collectively known as The Freedom Group has just filed new documents with the SEC, in anticipation of its IPO.

Palin Around with Terrorists' Pals: Sarah Speaks to the NRA

Cliff Schecter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Cliff Schecter

I was truly honored to have the former demi-term Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, contact me and ask me to write her speech for today's family-friendly NRA event. Here is an advanced copy of what I came up with.

The Collapse of the AR-15 Assault Weapon Market

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

One of the greatest talents of the NRA and the gun industry has been their ability exploit high-profile events -- the Brady Bill; Y2K; the election Barack Obama -- to pump up gun sales.

Guns And Starbucks: Espresso Shots, Not Gunshots

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Paul Helmke

Welcome to the "open carry" movement, an effort by "gun rights" extremists to foist their interpretation of the Second Amendment on the rest of us by openly carrying handguns in public places.

Primary Image on Drudge Report While Soldiers Were Being Slaughtered at Fort Hood...

Martin Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Martin Lewis

With unwitting but impeccable timing, the sole banner advertisement prominently emblazoned on Drudge Thursday was the image of a discharged member of the military brandishing his M16 rifle.

Help Wanted: Mexican Drug Kingpin

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

Mexico's drug-related violence will not end with the death of drug kingpin Beltran Leyva. Until we recognize that the U.S.-led global war on drugs is the systemic cause of the carnage, violence will intensify.

"Resistance Efforts," Guns and the Constitution

Josh Horwitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

Armed protesters have made it clear that individual safety is not their primary concern -- instead their show of force at public events reminds elected officials that, in their view, armed citizens have the final say.