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Where's the Gun Ban Predicted by Republicans?

Jason Salzman | Posted 02.02.2015 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Sabrina Siddiqui

The House Finally Voted For Something That Would Improve Background Checks

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives on Thursday approved a measure that would boost funding for the nation's background checks system, less tha...

Congress Robs Peter To Pay Paul

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is cutting back armed air marshals but increasing funding to deal with a surge in unaccompanied immigrant children. It's...

If Obama Is Actually Coming For Your Guns, He's Really Terrible At It

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics

Conservatives have said President Barack Obama is "coming for your guns" and had a "strategy" to get reelected and then "erase the Second Amendment fr...

Jennifer Bendery

Senate Democrat Calls For Bringing Back Gun Control Bills

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said Sunday that he plans to press Senate Democratic leaders to take another crack at passing gun cont...

State Firearm Laws Could Reduce Gun-Related Injuries in Children

Kate C. Prickett | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics
Kate C. Prickett

Regardless of where one comes down on the debates about gun control, everyone seems to agree that keeping firearms out of the hands of unattended children is a good idea.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week began the way so many do: with more tragic gun violence, as three people were killed in two shootings at Jewish centers in the Kansas City area, part of the 86 killed by guns in the U.S. every day. "We are united in our condemnation of this heinous attack," said Attorney General Holder. "These acts cannot be ignored." And yet, one year ago this month, the Senate rejected even a modest background check bill, despite the support of 90 percent of Americans. In the wake of the Kansas shootings, Michael Bloomberg's $50 million gun control effort, "Everytown for Gun Safety," unveiled its first ad. We "have another chance to stop a child from being killed," it said. We do, but only if we refuse to lower our expectations. As Gabriel García Márquez, who died on Thursday, wrote, "It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams."

Cue the NRA: 'Bloomberg's Coming for Your Guns'

Mike Weisser | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics
Mike Weisser

I can see it now. The NRA annual meeting is about to kick off in Indianapolis and I'll bet you dollars to doughnuts that every speaker at the banquet and other public events will be told to say something nasty about Mike Bloomberg's new campaign to "get rid" of guns.

Giffords' Solution To Gun Control Reform In Congress: Change Congress

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 04.17.2014 | Politics

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), who survived a 2011 mass shooting that killed six and wounded 13, marked the one-year anniversary of the U.S...

Dems Have Modest Goals A Year After Big Defeat

AP | ALAN FRAM | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic worries about this November's elections, a lack of Senate votes and House opposition are forcing congressional gun-cont...

Will New York City Lead the Fight Against Employment Discrimination?

Amy Traub | Posted 06.11.2014 | New York
Amy Traub

The nation's for-profit credit reporting companies, which developed credit reports as a tool for lenders, have sought new markets for their product and aggressively marketed them to employers -- evidence be damned.

Manchin And Toomey Team Up Again On Background Checks

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 04.10.2014 | Politics

Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) have teamed up once again to introduce legislation involving background checks. But the bill they'r...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 06.05.2014 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week reminded us once again of the costs of accepting lowered expectations as the new normal. On Wednesday, a 5-4 Supreme Court decision struck down overall limits on campaign donations, further ceding our political system to the highest bidder in the guise of "free speech." On the same day, Ft. Hood, Texas suffered its second mass shooting in five years, as a married father of four, in a fit of anger, killed four people, including himself, and wounded 16 others. Senator Harry Reid introduced a background checks bill the next day, but it will likely suffer the same fate as the one that failed last year even with the support of 90 percent of Americans. The week ended with yet another middling jobs report, with just 192,000 added in March. All three of these things should spark urgent calls for reform and change, because accepting them as the new normal only guarantees more of the same.