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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.

Defining the Business of Selling Guns: One Common-sense Step Towards Fixing Broken Background Checks System

Mike Weisser | Posted 10.20.2015 | Politics
Mike Weisser

The easiest way to close the loophole, or at least make it smaller, is to define the word 'dealer' in a way that requires more people to become FFL-holders if they want to buy or sell guns.

The NRA Requires More Background Checks for its Employees Than for Gun Owners

Peter J. Ognibene | Posted 10.08.2015 | Politics
Peter J. Ognibene

The NRA is doing all it can to make it easier for practically anyone to get anything from a revolver to a high-capacity, semi-automatic weapon without having to suffer the indignity of a background check.

The GOP's Stance on Mental Health Makes Gun Reform Impossible

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 10.06.2015 | Politics
Anhvinh Doanvo

Even given the policy analysis failures of Trump's positions, other leading Republican contenders for the presidency are far more clearly referring to mental health as an excuse to dodge gun control rather than develop a functional system.

Speaking Freely of Guns

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.04.2015 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

For now, we have an endless litany of tragedies to which we react with collective pathos and impotence, knowing for certain that we await the next. We have a bizarre double-standard, in which the First Amendment is spared the tortured literalism imposed upon the Second by those with ulterior motives.

Where Mass Shooters Get Their Guns

The New York Times | Chloe Angyal | Posted 10.04.2015 | Politics

Criminal histories and documented mental health problems did not prevent at least eight of the gunmen in 14 recent mass shootings from obtaining their...

Our Country Has Forgotten the Value of a Life

Michael Shammas | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics
Michael Shammas

Maybe for a time before dying, a very small time, Bryce Williams's swirling anger, Chris Harper Mercer's swirling anger, stopped swirling. Perhaps, at long last, they felt sated. How relatively pitiful the causes of their anger; how incomparably grievous the consequences.

If Not Now, When?

Scott Blakeman | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics
Scott Blakeman

The background check legislation should be reintroduced in Congress today. The president must once again passionately fight for its passage. And all of us have the moral obligation to force our representatives to stand up against gun violence.

Republican Candidates Embrace Science!

Matthew Chapman | Posted 09.18.2015 | Politics
Matthew Chapman

"Good luck with that!" This is the most common response we get when we talk about, the non-profit founded to try and persuade the presidential candidates to attend a debate solely on science issues, including technology, the environment, and medicine.

Father Of Murdered TV Reporter Slams Congressman Goodlatte For Inaction On Gun Violence

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 09.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Andy Parker, whose daughter Alison was killed on live television just two weeks ago, tore into Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) on Thursday f...

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.