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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

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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 li...

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...

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

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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.

Paul Ryan Wants Someone To Close The Gun Show Loophole, As Long As That Someone Isn't Obama

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 01.04.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) criticized President Barack Obama on Monday for planning to use his executive authority to implement g...

Obama May Act To Expand Background Checks On Gun Sales

Reuters | Paige Lavender | Posted 12.31.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Dec 31 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to announce executive action expanding background checks on gun sales, media o...

Senators Had To Cancel A Press Conference About A Mass Shooting Because Of A Mass Shooting

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 12.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Connecticut's Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy were planning to hold a press conference in early October to push legislation t...

What I Love About the U.S.A.

Rev. Chris Glaser | Posted 12.10.2015 | Politics
Rev. Chris Glaser

As I look upon the faces and read the names of the 14 people murdered during a holiday party of colleagues serving the San Bernardino County Departmen...

White House Finalizes Proposal To Expand Background Checks On Gun Sales

AP | Annum Masroor | Posted 12.10.2015 | Politics

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America Can Reduce Mass Murder With These Gun Laws

Vijay K. Mathur | Posted 12.07.2015 | Politics
Vijay K. Mathur

Fear-mongering statements, often made by NRA and other opponents of any firearms regulations, defy simple logic. We all have heard the claim that guns do not kill people, but people kill people. Precisely due to this reason, I propose nationwide universal firearms regulations and background checks.

Senate Republicans Just Blocked A Bunch Of Gun Control Measures

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 12.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One day after 14 people were killed in a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, Senate Democrats pushed through votes on measures...

Paul Ryan Pushes Mental Health Reform Instead Of Gun Laws After Colorado Shooting

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.02.2015 | Politics

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Democrats Urge Obama To Act On Hillary Clinton's Gun Control Proposal

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton has said that, as president, she would use her executive authority to tighten a loophole that lets people buy guns onli...

More Guns Won't Make Us Safer

Rob Tindula | Posted 11.13.2015 | Politics
Rob Tindula

The simple fact is that we can do something about gun violence and the evidence is overwhelming. We as Americans need to turn the conversation inward and seriously weigh the consequences of our second amendment rights against the greater good.

To Vet or Not to Vet

Kristina DiPalo | Posted 11.11.2015 | Politics
Kristina DiPalo

We're in the middle of a vetting avalanche, I'm convinced of that. Anyone stepping into a new job - especially one that comes with housing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue - should be prepared to have every word, decision, thought and social media post dissected ad nauseam.

U.S. Police Chiefs Call For Background Checks For All Gun Purchases

Reuters | Paige Lavender | Posted 10.27.2015 | Politics

CHICAGO, Oct 26 (Reuters) - Police chiefs from across the United States called on Monday for universal background checks for firearms purchases, sayin...

Top 3 Ways to Prevent a School Shooting

Susie Sampson | Posted 10.22.2015 | Politics
Susie Sampson

School shootings are a common occurrence these days. The shooting in Oregon shook America... but not enough to do anything about it.