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Thousands Of Guns Have Been Sold To Domestic Abusers Thanks To This Loophole

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 07.08.2016 | Politics

A loophole in the federal background check system has allowed gun dealers to sell thousands of firearms to domestic abusers before their background ch...

The Moment Is Now

Rep. Jim Langevin | Posted 06.29.2016 | Politics
Rep. Jim Langevin

No more tweets, no more 'thoughts and prayers,' no more empty statements. Let us debate. Let us have a real conversation. And then let us vote.

Occupy Congress!

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.22.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

As I write this, a protest is occurring on the floor of the House of Representatives. Democrats, led by John Lewis, Jim Clyburn, Nancy Pelosi (and many others), are staging a "sit-in" to protest Republicans' refusal to even hold a vote on any gun control legislation.

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?

Conservative Response To Orlando Shooting Is Embarrassing

Dale Hansen | Posted 06.17.2016 | Politics
Dale Hansen

No one is suggesting that by limiting the sale of certain types of guns or doing background checks we will eliminate the types of mass shootings that have become an all too common occurrence in the U.S.

In Response to the Tragedy in Orlando - America Should Launch a New War - Against Intolerance and Hate Speech

Robert Creamer | Posted 06.12.2016 | Politics
Robert Creamer

One thing is certain: intolerance and hatred inevitably lead to violence and death. Our primary response to the horrific massacre at the Pulse nightclub must be to rededicate ourselves to creating a culturally diverse society that is based on tolerance and respect for other religions, sexual orientations, races and life styles.

Kelly Ayotte Wants You To Think She Voted For More Gun Background Checks. She Didn't.

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.01.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), one of the most vulnerable senators up for re-election, is running a new campaign ad suggesting she voted fo...

I Publicly Called Out My Favorite Senator and Now I Must Thank Him

Kim Parker Russell | Posted 05.20.2016 | Politics
Kim Parker Russell

It's not easy to talk to the press about being shot and losing a friend to gun violence. It's even harder to tell your story while calling out one of the most powerful members of Congress. But some issues are just that important.

Does the U.S. Need a Legal Right to Be Forgotten?

Brad Reid | Posted 04.11.2016 | Business
Brad Reid

Within the past ten years, the European Union (EU) has enacted laws creating a "right to be forgotten." The basic idea is that individuals should not ...

The New Testament, as Rewritten By the NRA

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 03.29.2016 | Arts
Ronald A. Lindsay

Why fairy tales? Why not make use of the greatest story ever told to talk about the greatness of guns? Herewith my suggestions for how beloved New Testament stories can be respectfully rewritten to bring home the NRA's valuable lesson.

Study Points To The Most Effective Way Of Reducing Gun Deaths

Reuters | Andrew Hart | Posted 03.10.2016 | Politics

Laws requiring background checks for buyers of guns and ammunition, as well as requirements that firearms be traceable, could sharply reduce gun death...

Bernie Sanders Should Apologize For His Mental Health Joke

Max Baumbach | Posted 03.09.2016 | Politics
Max Baumbach

Mental illness was not among the main topics discussed by Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders at the most recent Democratic debate in Flint. Nevertheless, the instances in which it arose were the two moments I remember best.

Terry's Terrible Deal

Josh Horwitz | Posted 02.16.2016 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

The Virginia Governor invited the NRA to the table, but not gun violence prevention experts, and it shows.

Broadly Excluding Workers With Criminal Records Is Bad News For The Economy

Mark L. O'Brien | Posted 01.14.2016 | Business
Mark L. O'Brien

When our sentences end, people with criminal records are expected to return home and begin to support our families and selves. When I got out of jail, I started the hard work of rebuilding. I applied to over 60 jobs, but nobody would hire me. Broadly excluding workers with criminal records makes no sense.

Republicans Support Tougher Gun Background Checks, Unless It’s Obama Suggesting Them

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 01.14.2016 | Politics

Americans, regardless of party, broadly agree that strengthening gun background checks is a good idea. Ask them about "President Obama's plan" to stre...

The President Is Not Coming to Take Your Guns @huffpostblog

Dale Hansen | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
Dale Hansen

Only in the minds of gun enthusiasts is an action that is "legally meaningless" construed as the president repealing the second amendment. The president is not coming to take your guns.

Friday Talking Points -- Underpants Gnomes Will Defeat Trump!

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.08.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Now that the primaries are getting a lot closer, some are doing mental pretzel-bends to rationalize their gut feeling about Trump's inevitable loss (since their gut feeling can't possibly be wrong, of course.)

Guns Make Anger and Despair Lethal

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.09.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

These new measures will not prevent every shooting that snuffs out the lives of nearly seven children to gun violence daily, but they will save many lives and help staunch the relentless plague of gun violence that terrorizes our nation's homes, schools and communities.

Internet Gun Sales And Background Checks, Explained

The Trace | Annum Masroor | Posted 01.08.2016 | Politics

One of the most parsed moments in President Barack Obama’s speech unveiling his executive actions on guns on Tuesday was a sentence that drew little...

Obama Enlists Healthcare.Gov Fixers To Tackle Gun Background Checks

The Trace | Benjamin Hart | Posted 01.07.2016 | Politics

Now that President Barack Obama’s tears have been wiped away and the angry tweets have flown from opponents, both sides of the gun policy debate are...

My Brother Was Murdered By A Man With A Gun

Alex Schneps | Posted 01.08.2016 | Politics
Alex Schneps

That's an easy, simple truth. It can't be politicized, analyzed or reduced to anything other than what it is: reality. My brother is dead because of a gun. You can lump him into a statistic. You can break down the circumstances. But at the end of the day, what can I really say that will call you to action?


Shan Wells | Posted 01.06.2016 | Denver
Shan Wells

Row, row, row your boat.

If Guns Are So Good, Invite 'Em to GOP Rallies

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 01.05.2016 | Politics
Clay Farris Naff

Dear Donald, Ted, Marco, Jeb, and the whole GOP field, Are you serious? Are you seriously contending that background checks for everyone who buys a gun are bad policy and a threat to the Constitution?

Why Obama's Tiny Changes To Gun Policy Are Actually Really Important

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 01.06.2016 | Politics

President Barack Obama on Tuesday gave an unusually emotional speech about gun violence. At least officially, the purpose was to introduce a series of...

Thank You, Mr. President, for Executive Actions to Prevent Gun Violence

Lonnie and Sandy Phillips | Posted 01.04.2016 | Politics
Lonnie and Sandy Phillips

President Obama has taken the moral high ground when others would not. He has listened to the American people who are crying out for the carnage to stop when Congress would not. He has decided to be on the right side of history when others would not. He has decided to save lives when other leaders would not.