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Gun Lobby

Healing and Talking Guns in a Post Orlando World

Cody Lyon | Posted 06.29.2016 | New York
Cody Lyon

I saw the news on my phone and ran outside hollering. My dad lumbered up into the house and helped me navigate his TV to CNN. Initial reports and footage made at least one thing clear. "Lord have mercy, somebody did this because of hate," my dad said quietly.

"The Only Thing Jesus 'Open Carried' Was the Cross": A Minister Confronts the Gun Industry

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 06.28.2016 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

Did Jesus ever "open carry"? Yes, he did. Jesus open carried the Roman weapon of execution, the cross on which he died. And that's the only weapon Jesus ever open carried.

The Right to Bear Harm

Samuel C. Spitale | Posted 06.21.2016 | Crime
Samuel C. Spitale

In 1999 sociologist Barry Glassner published his national bestseller, The Culture of Fear, about the hidden forces that manipulate us in the name of p...

Orlando: How Our Ideology Is Killing Us

Robert Hall | Posted 06.17.2016 | Politics
Robert Hall

Our enemy's beliefs and connected actions threaten our safety and our way of life. Our failure to connect our beliefs to the higher purpose of constructive relationships blocks our attempts to respond with holistic, strategic action. It is time to Relationship-up!

We're With Her: Hillary Clinton Is the Candidate for Gun Sense Voters

Shannon Watts | Posted 06.08.2016 | Impact
Shannon Watts

Hillary is the only candidate who has consistently stood on the side of gun safety. She's the only candidate has stood with gun violence survivors. And she's the only candidate who has shown the backbone to stand up to the gun lobby's extreme "guns everywhere" agenda.

Bernie Sanders Stumbles On Guns And Sandy Hook Families

The Huffington Post | Christina Wilkie | Posted 04.15.2016 | Politics

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) struggled to explain his position Thursday on whether Sandy Hook families should be able to hold the manufacturer of the A...

The NRA: Spinning Straw into Gold

Jeffrey Moualim | Posted 04.07.2016 | Politics
Jeffrey Moualim

Consider, for a moment, this statement. There is a national epidemic that kills over 30,000 Americans every year that the United States Congress will not let the CDC research.

The NRA Lobbied Against A Bill That Could Have Prevented This Boy's Death

Robert Greenwald | Posted 03.15.2016 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

In February 2013, a year before Eddie Zee Holmes was killed, the NRA lobbied against a law that would have required Washington State residents to store their guns safely. If the bill had passed, Eddie might still be alive. But the NRA and gun company executives put profits ahead of safety.

Advocacy Group Warns U.S. Gun Industry Is Targeting Children

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 02.22.2016 | Politics

The U.S. firearms industry is designing and marketing guns specifically for children in a concerted effort to build a new base of customers, according...

Gabby Giffords Is Ready To Campaign For Hillary Clinton Like There's No Tomorrow

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 01.31.2016 | Politics

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Gabby Giffords uses her words sparingly. After being shot in the head five years ago, the former Arizona congresswoman has had to ...

Let's Make Guns Safe By Giving Each Gun A Tinier Gun For Protection

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 01.14.2016 | Comedy

We need to do something about the guns in this country. They're not safe. And if I've learned anything in the past year, if you want to make something...

Why The NRA Might Not Be As Powerful As You Think

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 01.07.2016 | Politics

The National Rifle Association, often described as one of the groups most feared by lawmakers and often cited as a prominent obstacle standing in the ...

Executive Action on Gun Control: President Obama Had No Choice

Raza Habib Raja | Posted 01.06.2016 | Politics
Raza Habib Raja

Frankly, Obama had no choice because the entire gun control issue has been completely hijacked by the gun rights lobby which has been able to prevent even minor legislation at the federal level.

When it Comes to Guns, America Refuses to Learn

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 12.11.2015 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

That loud sighing sound you heard after the San Bernardino shooting was a collective sigh of relief from guns of all sorts from all over the United States. And for good reason. Each time the mass slaughter of U.S. citizens occurs, the guns worry that someone will remember Australia and Scotland and suggest that the United States should do what those countries did after mass shootings.

What I Love About the U.S.A.

Rev. Chris Glaser | Posted 12.10.2015 | Politics
Rev. Chris Glaser

As I look upon the faces and read the names of the 14 people murdered during a holiday party of colleagues serving the San Bernardino County Departmen...

Fear Itself

Jeff Danziger | Posted 12.07.2015 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

The gun lobby.

Ben Carson Still Insists Jews Could Have Gunned Their Way out of the Holocaust

Bernard Starr | Posted 10.27.2015 | Politics
Bernard Starr

Ben Carson doesn't spell out how armed Jews could have changed the history of the Holocaust. Not surprisingly, he has come up with no examples of Jews fighting back as they were rounded up and sent to extermination camps. So let's put Carson's thesis to the test.

Live Video: Its Impact on Police Brutality; Its Absence in Mass Murders

Michael J. Tansey | Posted 10.08.2015 | Politics
Michael J. Tansey

Videos of police brutality have galvanized astonishingly productive action in the space of less than a year. We can hope that the legislation from New York will serve as a model everywhere. Absent gruesome live video, is there anything that can prevent the NRA from grinding its boot-heel against our necks?

Guns: What Teachers Should Carry

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 10.06.2015 | Education
T. Elijah Hawkes

When it comes to guns, what teachers should carry isn't a weapon -- it's the weight of the debate. Teachers must at least have more courage than Congress. At least let the kids study the issue.

The Oregon Massacre Won't Shake NRA Stranglehold

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 10.04.2015 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Obama didn't single out Congressional Republicans as the prime culprits, but it was strongly implied that he meant them in the congressional genuflection to the NRA. Clinton, however, did finger Republicans as the culprits and vowed to go after the GOP if elected. Clinton and Obama are right, but both left this out in their targets. In 2010, 53 Democrats took tens of thousands in campaign cash from the NRA.

Chiwetel Ejiofor Doesn't Understand America's Attachment To Guns

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 08.21.2015 | Black Voices

From America's fierce attachment to guns to the staggering statistics on police killings, there are a few aspects of U.S. culture that Chiwetel Ejiofo...

Crafty Conservative Confederate Flag Move Obscures Larger Issue

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 07.07.2016 | Politics
Michael Fauntroy

I fear that all of the attention on the flag provides cover to politicians who want to ignore the larger problem. Some of the same politicians talking about bringing down the flag are doing so to avoid talking about the proliferation of guns.

Good Guys With Guns?

B. Jeffrey Madoff | Posted 06.23.2016 | Politics
B. Jeffrey Madoff

Good guys stopping bad guys is a myth perpetuated in movies and television. The best chance of stopping a bad guy with a gun is good policy that makes it tougher to get one.

How To Stop The Carnage

Stacey Newman | Posted 06.21.2016 | Politics
Stacey Newman

Most of us are silent as one more senseless mass shooting traumatizes a community, this time in South Carolina. I am sick and tired of silence. Silence is killing us. Who is ultimately responsible for dozens of gun lobby sponsored bills advancing each year in conservative legislatures? We are.

New York City Gun Shop Video May Not Be Real, But It Has the Gun Lobby Worried

Mike Weisser | Posted 05.23.2015 | Politics
Mike Weisser

The reaction to this video by the gun guys in New York tells me that the digital playing field on gun violence is beginning to level out.