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Gun Safety Legislation

An Open Letter to Americans Who Are More Reasonable Than I Am

Sean Whitson | Posted 06.15.2016 | Politics
Sean Whitson

The NRA would call me an "extremist," and maybe I am. I would have thought I had a ways to go to get to that point, but nobody feels like an extremist themselves, I imagine.

Fresh Memories Of A Massacre Haunt South Carolina's Background Check Debate

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 01.21.2016 | Politics

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- In Marion Square on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, relatives of those who were killed at the Emanuel AME Church around the corner las...

Children Shooting Children: America's Preventable Tragedies

Terry Newell | Posted 08.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Terry Newell

The usual "gun control" solution -- better background checks -- will not solve this problem. Children are not buying the guns that kill them. The "gun rights" banner is also irrelevant. No one who supports the Second Amendment argues that it should apply to seven-year-olds.

The Path to Safer Guns

Mehroz Baig | Posted 09.24.2014 | Politics
Mehroz Baig

Technological advancements allowed cars to be what they are today: safer vehicles used for transportation that are "the first line of defense in an accident." It was a combination of movements that brought those technological changes to bear, however. The same could happen today with guns.

With More Kids Playing at Home During Summer, Gun Safety Must Be a Top Priority

John Feinblatt | Posted 08.30.2014 | Impact
John Feinblatt

Seventy percent of kids under age 10 knew where their parents stored their guns, even when they were hidden. When curious kids and their siblings or friends find those guns, the results can be tragic.

Pay Attention to Rep. Leslie Combs: She's Right

Rabbi Aaron Alexander | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics
Rabbi Aaron Alexander

Rep. Leslie Combs, as the news reports, 'accidentally fired her handgun in her Capitol Annex office Tuesday...' Part of her initial response has rightly caused anger and outrage. In her words, 'Like I said, I am a gun owner... it happens.' Exactly. And too often.

'Tis the Season

Lisa Longo | Posted 02.26.2014 | Impact
Lisa Longo

I'm not being politically correct, or religiously indifferent when I say "happy holidays," I am being sensitive to the fact that there are thousands of religions in the world, and I generally have no idea what flavor you choose to acknowledge, practice or ignore.

African-American Gun Club Hopes To Help Curb Youth Violence

NPR | Posted 01.25.2014 | Black Voices

More than 200 people have been killed this year in Baltimore. Most of them were black, and most of them were shot to death, despite Maryland having on...

A Year After the Sandy Hook Shootings, Our Children Aren't Any Safer From Guns

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 02.10.2014 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

We should be able to say something meaningful to the parents of Newtown; we should be able to show them how the deaths of their children moved us to action.

Washington Navy Yard Shooting Exposes a Failing System of Gun Safety

Kaile Shilling | Posted 11.20.2013 | Los Angeles
Kaile Shilling

Every time there is an incident of gun violence, we are told that it is the fault of an individual. This is a distraction that keeps us from examining a failing system.

Will Enough Ever Be Enough?

Dave Helfert | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics
Dave Helfert

When it comes to dealing with a vestige of our wild and rugged colonial and frontier history that way too often makes today's streets and offices and theaters and universities, and even elementary schools, look like the aftermath at the OK Corral, something has to change.

Jason Linkins

This Is NOT An Effective Argument Against Expanding Background Checks, Sorry! | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics

According to a new study released Tuesday by Pew Research, the gun homicide rate has declined 49 percent since its peak in 1993. Actually, check that ...

Jason Linkins

Kentucky Toddler's Shooting Death: A 'Natural Consequence' Of Gun Culture? | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.02.2013 | Politics

This past Tuesday, in Cumberland County, Ky., a 2-year-old girl was killed when her 5-year-old brother accidentally shot her with a .22-caliber rifle ...

Jason Linkins

For Background Checks, Is There Life After Legislative Loss? | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.02.2013 | Politics

When the Senate voted to frustrate the efforts of Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) to strengthen the existing system of background c...

Hope and Change Rise From the Ashes of Sandy Hook

Michelle Kraus | Posted 05.03.2013 | Politics
Michelle Kraus

Thank goodness, the President is done turning himself into a human pretzel, and for this we must rejoice. You just can't compromise with folks that hate you and all that you stand for.

Jason Linkins

Politicians Flaunt Steel To Come Off As 'Real': The Mash-up | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.11.2013 | Politics

The oddest thing about that weird period of our lives where the press was seeking (and then parsing) photographic evidence that President Barack Obama...

Jason Linkins

Lamar Alexander Says Videogames Are 'A Bigger Problem Than Guns' But No, They Aren't | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics

Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee heard several hours of testimony on gun violence, from luminaries up and down the spectrum of opinion on reducin...