The president ordered the Justice Department's beleaguered Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to deliver an annual report on lost and stolen firearms in the United States. It makes for fascinating, disturbing reading
If the NRA leadership is no longer the primary obstacle, what is? The answer lies in the threat of demoralization that resides within each of us, separately, and within the group psychology of the gun control movement, collectively.
It was obvious from the way I handled the gun that I knew nothing about firearms. Tony sold it to me anyway. The whole thing took 7 minutes. As a gratified consumer, I thought, "Well, that was easy." Then the terrifying reality hit me, "Holy hell, that was EASY." Too easy.
The signing of these bills into law is the closest any state has come to seceding. One resolution went so far as to urge the federal government to "recede." We have officially adopted laws asserting autonomy and authority over the union of which we are a part, to which we pledge allegiance to.
States began loosening conceal carry laws, says the Institute, in 1996 when the executive director of the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action told lawmakers, "these citizens don't commit violent crimes." There was just one problem with her assurance. She was wrong.
At the core of the concern of people in communities across the country is the desire for their children to come home, for their families to heal and for forgiveness to take place.
The gridlock that plagues Washington leads many, fairly or unfairly, to lump together the two parties and declare a pox on both their houses. But most state governments are not gridlocked.
Gun violence constitutes one of the gravest assaults on law and order. Since every individual and institution has a stake in efforts to alleviate this problem, then surely all of us -- including (especially) the companies that manufacture the guns -- have a solemn civic duty to support those efforts.
Kris Kobach, a national figure in terms of anti-immigrant rhetoric and policy, has a choice. He can continue to stoke fear and hate or he can acknowledge that he has gone too far and apologize for his extreme and threatening comments.
Last month a young gunman's bullets tore into a second line parade, New Orleans' signature neighborhood celebration. 19 people, including two 10-year-old children, were hit in the barrage, shot down as they danced through the streets in honor of Mother's Day.
While the tale of the tape suggests that, in a democratic battle, the majority opinion will dominate against a passionate minority, the reality is far different.
We may be headed towards Round 2 of the gun control fight, in which case the NRA will begin kicking and screaming about how expanding the national criminal background check system will ultimately lead to the confiscation of guns. But is the argument really about "constitutional rights"? Or is the real argument about something else?
One wonders how the specious claims of the no-control gun advocates -- so filled with uncertainty and conjecture -- stands against the certainty of any human lives being saved. If this is a clash of simple values, then I choose life.
The NRA and its "corporate partners" in the gun industry have opposed and blocked even the smallest steps forward to regulate firearms. This kind of obstruction has consequences for real people: families left bereft, communities devastated.
As one of the roughly 60 million Americans living with a mental illness, I was happy to hear President Obama highlight the issue at last week's National Conference on Mental Health. But that's not what many of my colleagues in the media picked up on.
One of the NRA's first great victories was a prohibition to use federal funds for research into gun violence. We need to end this irrationality now. We should defend the work of scientists who spend their lives trying to save human beings, not offer spurious excuses to negate their efforts.