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Gun Ownership

An Assault on Love

Steven Wozencraft | Posted 08.03.2016 | Politics
Steven Wozencraft

All my adult life I have worked and campaigned to ensure everyone can love whomever they choose. I consider being able to love whomever you want to be a most sacred human right and I will do all I can to make sure love is allowed to flourish.

Removing Guns From Domestic Violence Situations Saves Lives

Mike Weisser | Posted 02.22.2017 | Politics
Mike Weisser

There is a five-fold increase in deaths when either person (usually a man) in a domestic dispute has access to a gun.

Responsible Gun Owners Must Be the Loudest Voices for Gun Safety Legislation

Montel Williams | Posted 01.05.2017 | Politics
Montel Williams

As a proud, responsible gun owner, I paid close attention to the president's speech outlining his executive actions on guns and studied the written proposal put forth by the White House carefully. I can't not support them. Universal background checks should be a no-brainer. Ronald Reagan, a conservative hero, wrote poignantly in 1991 that if background checks and waiting periods impacted gun deaths by as little as 10 to 15 percent, it should be the law of the land. But if you look at all the ads and the rhetoric today, it's all about how divisive we can be, how strong a line in the sand we can draw to have our way. We cannot be this divisive when the safety of our greatest treasures are at stake -- our children.

Just How Many Guns Do Americans Own?

Mike Weisser | Posted 12.16.2016 | Politics
Mike Weisser

We are told again and again that the size of the civilian arsenal is somewhere above 300 million and climbing fast. Since we don't have anything close to universal (or even partial) gun registration, this number comes from a somewhat creative extrapolation.

The Alarming Statistics On Millennials With Guns

Caroline Beaton | Posted 11.16.2016 | Politics
Caroline Beaton

Last Friday night, four people were shot a block from my house in Denver. This event and countless others inevitably spark debate on American gun laws. But we consistently forget to factor in the group that's most affected when forming our views: America's youth.

Testing the Limits of the Gun Industry Spin Machine

Mike Weisser | Posted 08.31.2016 | Politics
Mike Weisser

It will be interesting to watch pro-gun zealots spin the news about how guns protect us from crime when gun sales continue to soar but so does violent crime.

More Evidence That Gun Sales Aren't Doing So Well

John A. Tures | Posted 08.28.2016 | Crime
John A. Tures

You'll find no shortage of articles, liberal and conservative, that claim gun sales are still booming, even after the Newtown, Connecticut shooting. They rarely, if ever, cite gun sales statistics. They note membership in a gun group like the NRA. Or they'll list background check data.

Study Suggests Military Kids May Be More Apt To Smoke, Drink And Carry Guns

Reuters | Paige Lavender | Posted 08.17.2015 | Politics

(Reuters Health) - Teens with parents or caregivers in the military may be more likely to drink, smoke, and carry weapons than other kids, a U.S. stud...

This One Thing Could Keep Cops From Being Shot On The Job

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 08.14.2015 | Healthy Living

Support for expansive gun rights and police officers often go hand in hand, and most conversations about gun control center on civilian casualties. Bu...

This Is What The Average Gun Owner Looks Like In America

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 07.02.2015 | Health News

After a shooting in Charleston, South Carolina claimed nine lives, President Barack Obama called for the nation to come to terms with the fact that no...

Gun Violence Awareness Day Shows NRA Is Losing the Culture War

Mike Weisser | Posted 06.01.2016 | Politics
Mike Weisser

Until recently, the playing field where gun violence arguments played out was controlled by the NRA. But right now the field is tilting the other way. And notice how millennial culture has no problem attaching the word 'violence' to the word 'guns.'

Guns N' Roses

Renee Fisher | Posted 05.27.2016 | Fifty
Renee Fisher

BL suspects that if there weren't a very large buck to be made (and shot at, on occasion), most gun sales would revert back to hunting rifles and whatever is used for target practice.

Fewer and Fewer Americans Own Guns

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 05.21.2016 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

A clear majority -- two thirds -- of Americans don't have guns in their homes. Almost four out of five Americans don't personally own a gun. And as the gun-owning population continues to age and die off, fewer Americans are taking their place. These numbers terrify the NRA and their "corporate partners" in the gun industry but should offer hope for the majority of Americans.

Stronger Gun Laws, Less Violence

Robert Muggah | Posted 05.03.2016 | Politics
Robert Muggah

Strong gun laws are not equivalent to taking guns away from citizens. To the contrary, they consist of transparent rules and procedures designed to manage the possession, storage and carrying of firearms in order to limit access to legitimate users alone.

So Why Are More Americans Turning Away From Guns?

John A. Tures | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

The trends don't look too good for those who want to build a sizable coalition of voters for future legislative battles over guns. Maybe the old tactics of the NRA emphasizing responsible gun ownership and professionalism were better than the "in your face" style today.

California Court Upholds City's Gun Restrictions

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 03.05.2015 | Politics

Signaling a major win for gun control advocates, a California court ruled Wednesday that a city's ban on high-capacity gun magazines is both constitut...

"Gun People" Making Bad Bets, and Lives are the Cost

Josh Horwitz | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

There are certainly many legitimate purposes for firearms in our society, to include recreational shooting, home defense, collectors, etc. But just because something is legitimate doesn't make it wise.

Doctors Should Tell The Truth About Guns

Mike Weisser | Posted 02.22.2015 | Politics
Mike Weisser

If the physician determines that the patient is, in fact, a health risk if there's a gun around, how do you determine the degree of gun access without infringing on his right to own a gun whether he's a risk for gun violence or not?

A Bad Week for the NRA

John Feinblatt | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics
John Feinblatt

And every time the NRA has a week as bad as this one, the American public wins.

One of Its Own Members Says There Is Reason Not to Trust the Supreme Court

David Ropeik | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics
David Ropeik

The Supreme Court is losing the only thing it really has to maintain it's power, the trust of the American public. No mater what side you're on, if you are patriotic American, that's scary.

Another Church Offers Rifle Giveaway

Posted 03.10.2014 | Religion

An upstate New York church is hosting an event on March 23 meant to honor hunters and gun owners. State Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin will speak; evang...

Transforming Tragedy as Gun Incidents Rise

Carol J. Carter | Posted 01.24.2014 | Impact
Carol J. Carter

As shootings in public spaces like schools and movie theaters are seemingly more commonplace, more people are turning to guns for self-defense. But more gun owners do not make a country any safer.

White Men and Their Guns

Leonard Steinhorn | Posted 02.16.2014 | Politics
Leonard Steinhorn

Perhaps we are asking the wrong questions in our national gun control debate. The issue is not whether we should have gun control laws in this country -- or what they should be.

If You Let Your Guns Get Stolen, You're a Menace to Society

Tom Harvey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Tom Harvey

The possibility that a stolen gun will result in the owner being identified and being held responsible for negligence is a strong incentive to improve storage practices.

A Matter of Sanity

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 11.20.2013 | Crime
Mark Rubinstein

I believe that in the interest of the greater good would be federal legislation mandating anyone with certain psychiatric diagnoses (Paranoid Schizophrenia, certain types of dementia, and other psychotic disorders) be entered into a federal database, prohibiting them from gun ownership.