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Police Chief Implements Common-Sense Gun Training Requirement, Backlash Predictably Ensues

Mike Weisser | Posted 02.02.2016 | Politics
Mike Weisser

Under current state law, you can buy a gun, load it up and carry it around having never shot it even once. And if that's what pro-gun folks believe will make us all more safe, then we've reached a point in the gun debate where a rational exchange of ideas simply can't take place.

No, We Won't Be Safer If We All Go Buy Guns. Here's The Data.

Pacific Standard | Nico Pitney | Posted 01.21.2016 | Politics

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Texas Open Carry Law Puts Pro-Gun Arguments to the Test

Mike Weisser | Posted 12.31.2015 | Politics
Mike Weisser

I believe that wearing a gun in a public venue does nothing to promote public safety. And the merchants who have opted out of open carry evidently agree, with most citing concerns about guns endangering rather than protecting their customers, particularly in places where alcohol is served.

Virginia Will No Longer Recognize Concealed-Carry Gun Permits From 25 States

Reuters | Kelly Chen | Posted 12.23.2015 | Politics

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GOP Lawmaker Says Armed Citizens Should 'Clean Our Society Of Scum Bags'

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 12.22.2015 | Politics

Following a shooting at a local shopping mall in Madison, Wisconsin, a state lawmaker is calling for citizens to arm themselves and "clean our society...

Senate Considering Bill That Would Open Up Access To Guns In D.C.

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 12.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Legislation targeting Washington, D.C.’s strict gun laws may get some movement in the Senate soon. Days after shooters in San Be...

Christian Crusaders Urged to Arm for Liberty

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 12.07.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Jerry Falwell Jr., current President of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, urged all students at the school's convocation on Friday, December ...

Concealed Handgun Laws -- (Fire)Power to the People?

SpearIt | Posted 11.18.2015 | Crime

The proliferation of gun laws that permit civilians to carry a concealed firearm triggers many important questions. For starters, what are the social effects of more citizens packing more heat?

Paintball Gun-Wielding Robbery Suspect Shot, Killed

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 11.02.2015 | Crime

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Gun Krazy Kansas and More Fun Stuff

Charlie Allenson | Posted 10.23.2015 | Politics
Charlie Allenson

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback was one day late for his April Fool's gag. But I guess he thought he could get one in anyway. It's a killer.

Man Shoots Self In Theater, Audience Freaks

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 10.19.2015 | Weird News

This was no fake Hollywood drama. A man accidentally shot himself at a Salina, Kansas, movie theater Friday night, freaking out the audience...

One by One, Put Down Our Guns

Dr. Cindi Love | Posted 10.15.2015 | College
Dr. Cindi Love

I would like to suggest that the staggering toll of gun violence in America is a critical public health and safety issue, not a constitutional rights concern. We will not take effective action until we choose to depoliticize this issue and take charge of our own health and safety.

You Can Now Carry Concealed Guns In Maine With No Permit

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 10.15.2015 | Politics

A law effective Thursday allows people in the state of Maine to carry concealed handguns without a permit. The new statute, which applies to both res...

Texas Students Reach For Sex Toys To Protest Concealed Carry Law

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 10.12.2015 | College

Students at the University of Texas at Austin are planning a provocative protest against a new gun law that forces the state's public c...

Don't Shoot the Messenger: 5 New Thoughts on Gun Violence

Tammy Letherer | Posted 10.05.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Tammy Letherer

I come from a family of gun enthusiasts. My younger brother is a firearms instructor in Iraq. My older brother, who lives in Atlanta, keeps a handgun ...

No Guns In My Classroom

David Smith-Soto | Posted 09.30.2015 | Politics
David Smith-Soto

The Texas State Legislature went one gun too far when it passed the so-called "campus carry" legislation this year, which would allow individuals to carry concealed firearms on public university campuses in 2016. I don't want those guns in my classroom.

The Gun Lobby's Own Publications Expose the Fantasy of the 'Good Guy With a Gun'

Mike Weisser | Posted 09.28.2015 | Politics
Mike Weisser

Last week the pro-gun gang received a shot in the arm from a story out of Detroit where a legally-armed private citizen yanked out a gun and shot a man who was running away from a bank with a pile of cash.

Concealed Carry on Colleges Campuses: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics
Nancy K. Kaufman

Ending sexual assault on campus is a multi-faceted task. It begins with engendering an atmosphere of respect for women in particular, a cultural shift that calls on men and women to become part of the solution, to intervene against assault and to disrupt situations that lead to assault.

Governor Pence Perpetuates NRA Fiction With 'Training' Program for National Guard

Mike Weisser | Posted 08.24.2015 | Politics
Mike Weisser

If there's anything the NRA has been able to accomplish in its quest to be the defining voice in the gun debate, it was taken care of for them by Indiana Governor Mike Pence.

An Open Letter to the NRA and Its Trolls

Steve Nelson | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics
Steve Nelson

Yes, I know that Dylann Roof's gun purchase was legal. Perhaps no regulation would have prevented him from attaining a weapon. But is it possible that this disturbed young man felt entitled to take things into his own hands because of our gun culture?

'Good Guy With a Gun' Stories Are a Lot Less Common Than the NRA Wants You to Believe

Mike Weisser | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Mike Weisser

Every time there's a mass shooting, it ignites the debate about whether guns make us more or less safe. And even though the NRA has been surprisingly silent since the Charleston massacre, they have plenty of surrogates running the virtues of the 'armed citizen' up the rhetorical flagpole

Which Illinois Counties Have the Most Concealed Carry Permits?

Reboot Illinois | Posted 06.16.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Illinois became the last state in the union to legalized the carrying of concealed weapons nearly two years ago. The Illinois State Police began issuing concealed carry licenses to residents in the spring of 2014.

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.

'My ISIS Is the Police': Race and Guns in Nebraska

David Moshman | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
David Moshman

State senator Ernie Chambers was first elected to Nebraska's unicameral legislature in 1970. Representing a largely African American neighborhood of Omaha in a largely white legislature, he often says what others don't want to hear.

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John McCain Just Can't Stop Laughing At Ted Cruz | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Monday denied reports that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is pushing him to h...