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Mass Shootings

South Carolina Will Seek Death Penalty For Dylann Roof

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 09.03.2015 | Crime

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Despite More Shootings, Americans Are Less Supportive of Tougher Gun Control

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 08.31.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

Public opinion data over more than 50 years reveals a country ever less willing to restrict gun ownership, even as mass shootings and other high-profile shooting incidents continue to make news.

Many Americans Want Stricter Gun Laws. Will It Matter?

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 08.28.2015 | Politics

In the aftermath of a high-profile shooting, three things tend to happen: A crop of newly bereaved advocates renew the call for gun control legislatio...

Chris Murphy: Congress Giving 'Quiet Endorsement' To Murders

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 08.28.2015 | Politics

So that happened. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) hammered Congressional inaction on gun violence during a HuffPost podcast interview, following...

I'm A 24-Year-Old Small-Town Journalist And I Don't Want To Die

Abby Norman | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics
Abby Norman

I always thought as long as I'm not reporting in a war-torn country, as long as I stay out of metropolitan areas, I'm safe aren't I? If Alison Parker -- who is my age and doing the same work I'm doing -- could be gunned down in broad daylight, then why should I feel safe?

Walmart's Plan To Stop Selling AR-15s Has A Major Flaw

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 08.26.2015 | Business

Walmart confirmed Wednesday that it plans to stop selling the sort of military-style weapons used in deadly shootings in Aurora, Colorado, a...

What's Your Kid Packing for Campus?

Martha Burk | Posted 08.26.2015 | Politics
Martha Burk

With the right to bear arms no matter the consequences firmly established in U.S. law and the psyche of our citizens, the NRA has to push new laws to stay viable and keep Congress and state legislatures firmly in its political pocket. One of the newer so-called gun rights the group has cooked up is campus carry.

Theater Shooter Is Remorseful, According To His Mom

AP | Andy Campbell | Posted 08.25.2015 | Crime

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) -- The mother of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes gave an impromptu public apology Tuesday, telling a judge during his se...

We're Missing The Big Picture On Mass Shootings

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 08.25.2015 | Politics

It felt like a summer of mass shootings. You probably heard about the killings in Charleston, South Carolina, where a white gunman opened fire inside...

Mass Shootings Far More Common In The U.S. Than Any Other Country

Newsweek | Jade Walker | Posted 08.24.2015 | Crime

The incidents seem to accumulate at a staggering pace: Mass shootings in schools, movie theaters and other public places have left scores of victims ...

Barbara Lee Hosts Community Forum on Racial Justice

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 08.21.2015 | Black Voices
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

On August 18th, 2015 Congresswoman Barbara Lee held a community forum at Brookins AME Church in Oakland, CA to discuss policing, church shootings, and racist policies in America. Watch.

Kim Kardashian Gets Introduced to the NRA

Mike Weisser | Posted 08.17.2015 | Politics
Mike Weisser

We're talking here about the keys to the kingdom, the kingdom being the millennial generation whose decisions about gun ownership will spell the life or death of the gun industry in the years to come.

The Second Amendment Hatchet Issue

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

In the two mass gun shootings at movie theaters in Aurora, Colorado, and Lafayette, Louisiana, there were a total of 14 deaths and 79 injuries. At the movie theater attack in Antioch, where a hatchet was used, a total of zero people were killed.

Let's Make the Capitol Building Open Carry

Jordan Weiers | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
Jordan Weiers

This solution should not seem so far-fetched. If these senators truly believe in lax or nonexistent gun laws, it should delight them to enact those principles and stand by fellow citizens by enrolling in mass-shooting self-defense courses.

Profiling the American Mass Killer

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 08.02.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

You want to profile America's mass killers? No need at all for the FBI or the national security state. You don't have to secretly read anyone's emails or check their phone metadata. You don't need to follow them on Twitter.

Dealing With Mass Killings in America

Karen J. Greenberg | Posted 08.02.2015 | Politics
Karen J. Greenberg

Aware of the legacy of the Bush years, the Obama White House, the Department of Homeland Security, and the FBI have spent much time and effort rethinking previous policies and have designed what they are calling a "new" approach to security.

Don't Let Background Check Failure Be the Lesson of Lafayette

Mike Weisser | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics
Mike Weisser

We have a problem in this country called gun violence and we're not going to solve it by 'fixing' a registration system that hasn't changed in more than 20 years; it's not going to be solved by putting the discussion off for another day; and it's certainly not going to be solved by asking every law-abiding citizen to walk around with a gun.

Another Week, Another Mass Shooting

Lev Raphael | Posted 07.25.2015 | Crime
Lev Raphael

Every time there's a mass shooting like the one in the Louisiana movie theater, we see opinion pieces engaged in soul-searching -- but repeated efforts at gun control have failed miserably for decades and they'll keep failing no matter how much anguish we suffer.

When Will Mental Health Services Become A Priority?

Deborah De Santis | Posted 07.24.2015 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

This past January, I wrote 2015 must be the year America addresses its mental health crisis. The circumstances surrounding yesterday's tragic shooting...

Week to Week News Quiz for 7/17/15

John Zipperer | Posted 07.17.2015 | San Francisco
John Zipperer

Put away your drachmas and plane tickets to Tehran, and take our latest Week to Week news quiz to see how much you know about the week's big events. ...

One Man is Crowdfunding an End to Gun Violence

NationSwell | Posted 07.17.2015 | Impact

Gun By Gun has crowdsourced more than $80,000, using the money to collect more than 750 guns in four cities over the course of five campaigns to end gun violence.

Gun Sale Background Check 'Breakdown' by NRA Design

John Rosenthal | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics
John Rosenthal

Major media outlets are referring to this situation as a "breakdown" in the background check system, but let's be honest and call this what it is: it's an NRA-designed loophole to undermine law enforcement's ability to restrict gun sales.

What We Don't Know About Gun Laws Hurts Us

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 07.02.2015 | Politics
John Roman, Ph.D.

In the wake of horrific tragedies in Charleston and Sandy Hook, our national conversation persistently returns to guns, but goes nowhere. Why? In part, I think, because we have ignored a fundamental truth: most Americans think lots of 'common-sense' gun rules are already law.

The President Sings Amazing Grace: A Song About "Our Nation's Original Sin"

Derek Flood | Posted 06.29.2015 | Religion
Derek Flood

Amazing Grace is a song about one man's real and ugly sin. The sin of slavery. At the same time it is a song about the power of forgiveness, a song about looking into the depths of very real evil and, even there, especially there, finding grace that is bigger than all the hate.

Conservative Legislation Provides Support for Gun Control

Dale Hansen | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Dale Hansen

The NRA and many gun advocates argue that background checks and registering guns won't work because criminals will still get their guns. Yet it is many of these same conservatives that support voter ID laws despite the fact that criminals will still find ways to commit voter fraud.