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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.

Laura Barron-Lopez

John McCain Just Can't Stop Laughing At Ted Cruz

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Study: People Who Own a Lot of Guns Are More Likely to Get in Fights, Carry Guns Outside the Home

Mike Weisser | Posted 06.13.2015 | Politics
Mike Weisser

The new study compares rates of impulsive, angry behavior with access to guns. Jeffrey Swanson and his research colleagues asked 5,653 respondents to answer questions about their own behavior, and also asked these same research subjects if they owned and/or carried guns.

Kansas To Allow Concealed Carry Of Guns Without A Permit

Reuters | Posted 04.03.2015 | Politics

By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Kan., April 2 (Reuters) - Kansas residents will be allowed to carry concealed weapons in the state without training or...

Going Back to Indiana: With Two Cheers for Its Gun-Toting Gals!

Peter Schwartz | Posted 05.31.2015 | Politics
Peter Schwartz

If only this beautiful vision were true. Social research survey data from mainstream polling organizations tells us, over and over again, that women represent approximately 10 percent of the nation's gun-owning population.

West Virginia Governor Bucks Legislature, Vetoes Permit-Less Concealed Carry Bill

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.20.2015 | Politics

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) vetoed a bill Friday that would have eliminated the permit requirement for concealed carry, citing the concern...

Samantha Lachman

This Is Where Likely 2016 Voters Draw The Line On Gun Rights

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A vast majority of likely 2016 voters oppose legislation that would allow gun owners to carry their concealed weapons without a permit, ...

GOP-Controlled State Legislatures Passing Wave Of Bills Expanding Gun Rights

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics

The Texas state Senate gave preliminary approval Monday to legislation that would allow licensed handgun owners to visibly bear their firearms, in a m...

National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Law Will Increase Gun Violence

John Rosenthal | Posted 05.16.2015 | Crime
John Rosenthal

Unlike in Florida and Texas, in Massachusetts and several other states, we treat a license to carry a firearm seriously, and only allow our most responsible citizens to do so.

Scott Walker Open To Repealing Handgun Waiting Period

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 03.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) suggested he supports legislation that would eliminate his state's 48 hour waiting period for handgun pu...

Samantha Lachman

Nevada GOP Pushes New Gun Law Reminiscent Of 'Stand Your Ground'

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Nevada state Senate committee considered a controversial package of gun-rights provisions on Wednesday, just a day before the third an...

Six Thoughts on Guns and Freedom

Peter Schwartz | Posted 04.19.2015 | Politics
Peter Schwartz

With the NRA now publicizing its 2015 annual meeting in Nashville, it seems like a good time to revisit last year's frenzied, speaking-in-tongues tent revival, along with some of the ideas on the relationship between guns and freedom prompted by NRA nuttiness.

Do Guns Protect Us? Violence Policy Center Says No

Mike Weisser | Posted 03.14.2015 | Politics
Mike Weisser

I'm licensed for CCW and I carry a gun from time to time. So I'm not opposed per se to the notion that guns do more good than harm. What I do oppose is constructing an argument for either position out of whole cloth.

Bernie Goetz "The Subway Gunman" 30 Years Later

Richard Feldman | Posted 02.21.2015 | Politics
Richard Feldman

Thirty years ago today the inviolate right to self-defense and the battle over firearm civil liberties were joined in one of the unlikeliest of battle zones -- New York City.

Do Good Guys With Guns Stop Bad Guys?

Mike Weisser | Posted 02.14.2015 | Politics
Mike Weisser

Since anyone with a concealed-carry permit is, by definition, one of the good guys, the gun industry and its supporters work overtime trying to get concealed-carry accepted as the law of the land.

Shadee Ashtari

Right-To-Carry Gun Laws Linked To Rise In Violent Crimes, Study Shows

HuffingtonPost.com | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 11.14.2014 | Politics

Laws in all 50 states permitting people to carry concealed firearms in public have been connected to a rise in violent crimes, according to a new repo...

Katy Hall

Fashion Keeps Embracing Guns, While Guns Keep Killing Women

HuffingtonPost.com | Katy Hall | Posted 10.24.2014 | Style

Former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.) brought the message that gun violence is a women's issue earlier this week, declaring at an Iowa domestic violenc...

Where Are My Rape Threats?

David Trumble | Posted 12.23.2014 | Women
David Trumble

The malignant only threaten those who make inroads, who carve out spaces where they can be heard and can affect change, who realize their independent and collective power and wield it, from every dark corner into every dark corner.

Scaring Up Another War

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 11.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

The fact that America leads the developed world in guns and gun-related deaths doesn't faze gun advocates. Like tax cuts, guns are considered a cure-all. Unfortunately, the same appears true of munitions in American foreign policy.

Missouri Law Will Allow Teachers To Carry Guns, Defying Statistics And Common Sense

Mike Weisser | Posted 11.15.2014 | Politics
Mike Weisser

Having seen the impact of easier handgun access on gun homicide rates, the legislature in its wisdom now believes that it will move the gospel of "good guys with guns protecting us from bad guys with guns" into the schools.