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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.

Let's Make the Capitol Building Open Carry

Jordan Weiers | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
Jordan Weiers

This solution should not seem so far-fetched. If these senators truly believe in lax or nonexistent gun laws, it should delight them to enact those principles and stand by fellow citizens by enrolling in mass-shooting self-defense courses.

Does Gun Control Encourage Crime? The Science of Crime Statistics

David H. Bailey | Posted 08.03.2015 | Science
David H. Bailey

It is widely assumed that crime is increasing, and is prima facie evidence of a breakdown of public order and private morality. Yet the facts point in quite the opposite direction. Indeed, the latest U.S. crime data has stunned even the most optimistic of observers.

We're Just Haggling Over Price

Eric Conrad | Posted 08.03.2015 | Politics
Eric Conrad

I am a Southern, white, gun-owning male who worries that one day my family will have to pay the price for America's unwillingness to stand up to the gun lobby. Let me be very clear: I am not opposed to personal gun ownership. What I am opposed to is the gun lobby's stranglehold on our elected leaders.

Don't Let Background Check Failure Be the Lesson of Lafayette

Mike Weisser | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics
Mike Weisser

We have a problem in this country called gun violence and we're not going to solve it by 'fixing' a registration system that hasn't changed in more than 20 years; it's not going to be solved by putting the discussion off for another day; and it's certainly not going to be solved by asking every law-abiding citizen to walk around with a gun.

Gun Sale Background Check 'Breakdown' by NRA Design

John Rosenthal | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics
John Rosenthal

Major media outlets are referring to this situation as a "breakdown" in the background check system, but let's be honest and call this what it is: it's an NRA-designed loophole to undermine law enforcement's ability to restrict gun sales.

NRA Missing Opportunity for Reasonable Compromise on Background Check Bill

Mike Weisser | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Mike Weisser

You would think that someone at NRA headquarters would realize that Van Hollen's bill would be the perfect vehicle for getting the holy grail of all gun bills passed, namely, a bill extending concealed-carry in all 50 states.

Half of Gun Owners Support an Assault Rifle Ban, So Why Are Politicians Still so Afraid of the NRA?

Mike Weisser | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics
Mike Weisser

Researchers who focus on policy issues traditionally look for majority opinion as a guide to what may or may not be possibly changed in the public domain. But the fact that slightly less than half of all gun owners support the ban on assault rifles is a finding which needs to be considered on its own terms.

Christopher Mathias

Half Of Cop-Killers In 2013 Were Prohibited From Having A Gun... But Got One Anyway | Christopher Mathias | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics

More than half of the fatal shootings of American law enforcement officers in 2013 were committed by people who were prohibited from possessing guns in the first place, according to a new report obtained exclusively by The Huffington Post.

Character in Politics?

Frank A. Weil | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Frank A. Weil

The worst possible outcome for most Democrats in 2016 would be for Clinton to fail to be elected because these issues had been dismissed as history or not worthy of concern.

Misplaced Priorities in Child Safety and Youth Sports

Fred Engh | Posted 06.22.2015 | Parents
Fred Engh

The bottom line is that to me letting your kids go to the park unsupervised is a whole lot better than putting them in the hands for a full season with someone you haven't a clue about.

Background Checks... Don't Be So Sure

Fred Engh | Posted 06.08.2015 | Impact
Fred Engh

Whatever we can do to prevent child abusers from abusing children in organized sports, I'm all for. Throughout the last several years, the phrase "background checks" has been floating around as if it's a panacea for making sure youth sports leagues are doing the right thing.

Where's the Gun Ban Predicted by Republicans?

Jason Salzman | Posted 04.04.2015 | Denver
Jason Salzman

ColoradoPols did us a favor yesterday by trotting out some of the ridiculous misinformation delivered by opponents of gun-safety laws when Democrats passed those laws in 2013. And Pols pleaded with local reporters to correct such falsehoods if they pop up this year.

Oregon Becomes The Focus Of Efforts To Expand Background Checks For Guns

AP | JEFF BARNARD | Posted 01.24.2015 | Politics

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Fresh off a victory in Washington state, a leading gun control group backed by billionaire Michael Bloomberg is hoping to m...

FBI Data Show Thousands Of Gun Sales Beat Background Check System

AP | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (AP) — More gun sales than ever are slipping through the federal background check system — 186,000 last year, a rate of 512 gun ...

Black Friday Is One Of The Busiest Days For Gun Purchases

AP | By MATT STROUD | Posted 01.26.2015 | Business

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (AP) — More gun sales than ever are slipping through the federal background check system — 186,000 last year, a rate of 512 gun ...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Gun Control Groups' New Background Checks Strategy: Let Voters Decide | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Fresh off the heels of a successful ballot measure to expand background checks in Washington state, the anti-gun violence coalition is e...

What Does Washington's I-594 Mean Going Forward? Trouble for the NRA

Mike Weisser | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics
Mike Weisser

If gun safety advocates use the experience in Washington as a template and begin moving ballot initiatives for background checks into other states, they will not only negate the lobbying power of the NRA at the legislative level, but can use the financial resources of their chief supporters to equalize or overcome the monies that the NRA doles out for political campaigns.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Voters Favor Background Checks For Gun Sales, But The Issue Isn't Driving Their Votes | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 10.31.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A week after another school shooting, support for gun background checks remains widespread among voters, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll has ...

Christina Wilkie

Washington Voters Will Weigh Competing Gun Control Measures On Heels Of School Shooting | Christina Wilkie | Posted 10.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A shooting at a suburban Washington state high school on Friday is likely to intensify an already heated debate over two competing state...

Gun Violence Prevention Matters to the Faith Community

Rachel Laser | Posted 12.20.2014 | Religion
Rachel Laser

More than 30,000 people are killed by firearms each year in this country, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. In Washington State, studies show that death by gun violence has consistently exceeded motor vehicle crash deaths.

There IS Something You Can Do to Prevent Gun Violence

David C. Bohnett | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics
David C. Bohnett

The sad reality is that most gun deaths result from the 300 million guns primarily owned by decent, law-abiding people who assume they are bringing guns into their homes for self protection, and not anticipating a tragic accident.

Gun Control Groups Stand By Their Candidates, NRA Abandons Pro-Gun Dems

The Huffington Post | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 10.10.2014 | Politics

The gun lobby may have abandoned Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska), even though both senators voted against a universal backgro...

Bill, Melinda Gates Donate $1 Million To Gun Control Campaign

AP | Posted 10.25.2014 | Politics

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, have donated $1 million to a Washington state campaign seeking to expan...

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick Signs Overhaul Of Gun Laws

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) signed an extensive package of gun control measures on Wednesday, according to the Associated Press. The legi...