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Mass Shootings

Fort Hood Tears Down Site Of 2009 Massacre

AP | NOMAAN MERCHANT | Posted 02.18.2014 | Crime

DALLAS (AP) — A Texas Army post has razed the building where a former psychiatrist carried out one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history, with...

What's Happening In The Aurora Theater Shooter's Private Court Appearance

AP | DAN ELLIOTT | Posted 01.27.2014 | Crime

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Colorado theater shooting defendant James Holmes returns to court Monday for a closed hearing on whether he should get a se...

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.

Silence of the Lame

Patricia McGuire | Posted 02.13.2014 | DC
Patricia McGuire

Whether a shocking massacre, or solitary assault with a rifle, the prevalence of gun violence in this nation is the best evidence we have of the genuine moral paralysis of government.

Protecting Second Amendment While Trampling the First

Ken Toltz | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics
Ken Toltz

In their enthusiasm for the promotion of more guns wielded by more people in more places, they have trampled American's rights as enumerated by the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights, freedom of speech, peaceful assembly and petitioning our government for changes in the laws.

These Are The Faces Of America's Gun Violence Victims

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Schuster | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

The reality is anyone could be a victim of gun violence. Simon Frankel, Ann Marie Crowell, Kamal Saini, Pam Simon, Debra Fine, and Jammal Simon could ...

Why We Don't Need a 'National Database of the Mentally Ill' to Control Guns

Zach Weissmueller | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Zach Weissmueller

By targeting and stigmatizing the mentally ill, especially in the absence of a coherent risk-identification strategy, the effect may be to discourage people who need help from seeking it, while also stripping away the rights of a huge group of people who will likely never commit a violent act.

Shooting After Shooting, Congress Does Nothing Towards Gun Control

Jose Aristimuno | Posted 01.25.2014 | Latino Voices
Jose Aristimuno

It's obvious at this point that the gun lobby is doing everything in its ability to kick the can down the road. But as we have seen, time and time again, the issue is not going anywhere.

Tucson Shooting Survivor: 'It's A Nightmare That's Relived Over And Over'

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Schuster | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics

Mass shootings might seem like a distant fear, a random act of violence, and something that will not affect the lives of the ones we love so dearly. Y...

Teacher Killings Bring Shocking School Violence Numbers To Light

AP | CAROLYN THOMPSON | Posted 11.18.2013 | Crime

When a 16-year-old student slammed a metal trash can onto Philip Raimondo's head, it did more than break open the history teacher's scalp, knock him o...

NRA, Pro-Gun Movement, Are Major Source of TSA Animus

Josh Horwitz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

The NRA, of course, has taken the lead in advancing the twisted idea that the Second Amendment protects to the rights of individuals to go to war with their own government.

Barbershop Shooting Leaves At Least 2 Dead

AP | COREY WILLIAMS | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime

DETROIT — DETROIT (AP) — Detroit police say gunfire broke out at a barbershop known for gambling activity, leaving at least two people dead. ...

Shooting At Tennessee Naval Base, Several Injured

Posted 10.24.2013 | Crime

A gunman shot several people near a U.S. Navy base in Millington, Tenn., authorities say. Fox13 reports that an employee of the base was relieved o...

Holder: Number Of Mass Shootings Tripled

AP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday the average number of mass shooting incidents has tripled in recent years. ...

A Modest Proposal to the NRA

Zach Hindin | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Zach Hindin

No doubt, these are high aims to shoot for. But I believe, with steady hands and hearts full of prayer, we can hit our target right between the eyes.  And after all, isn't that what gun control is all about?

Revolution in Brain Science Offers Optimism Following Latest Mass Shooting

Chantel Garrett | Posted 11.30.2013 | Science
Chantel Garrett

Lost in the noise and partisan debates, a rare cause for optimism has gone nearly unnoticed and should be universally embraced. Revolutionary therapies aimed at prevention and recovery for the 'big three' mental illnesses are being actively pursued today.

Experts Say This Is More Likely To Kill You Than Terrorists And Mass Shooters

AP | JESSE WASHINGTON | Posted 09.28.2013 | World

-- It almost feels these days as if there is no safe place – that after global jihad strikes a Nairobi shopping mall or a deranged shooter inva...

Have You Heard the One About Gun Control?

Galanty Miller | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics
Galanty Miller

The gun violence debate is over. The gun people won. There is no point in beating a dead horse. Let's all get behind the reality we now live in.

Teen Who Plotted Shooting Convicted

AP | Posted 09.25.2013 | Crime

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (AP) — A teenager who authorities say tried to recruit classmates for a mass shooting and bomb attack at his northeastern Oklaho...

Another Senseless Mass Shooting at the Navy Yard

Mary Buffett | Posted 11.24.2013 | Crime
Mary Buffett

We should not let ourselves become dulled by this horror because wisdom will carry the day in the end. We should pray for those wounded and killed and killed, knowing that the good fight for sensible gun legislation will continue.

Gun Reform Is Dead; Long Live Gun Reform

Shannon Watts | Posted 11.23.2013 | Media
Shannon Watts

Just hours after 13 Americans were shot and killed on a military base in our nation's capital, reporters and pundits began speculating that gun reform was dead.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 11.21.2013 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week began with another mass shooting -- the 16th since Newtown in December. As the president presides over yet another grim memorial service, it's time for an honest assessment of what is really happening in our culture. Yes, we need better background checks and mental health screening, but we need to also look deeper -- at the root causes that lead to nearly 32,000 gun deaths a year, and over 1 million Americans taking part in gang activities. Matthew Dowd defined "the real core problem" as "poverty of the soul." And fixing it will require more compassion, less division and the recognition that our common humanity is greater than our differences. On Thursday, Pope Francis took a step in that direction, faulting the Catholic Church for being "obsessed" with gays and abortion at the expense of the larger mission. "We must always consider the person," he said. Our well-being as a nation depends on it.

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.

How Aaron Alexis Passed a Background Check and Bought a Gun

Josh Horwitz | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

When individuals like Aaron Alexis are not prohibited purchasers under existing federal law, it is obvious that universal background checks alone are not enough. We need to have a national discussion about expanding the disqualifying criteria.

'Why Is It That Guns Are The One Danger We Seem Utterly Unable To Do Anything About?'

Posted 09.19.2013 | Comedy

On Wednesday, Jon Stewart expressed the frustration that a lot of Americans are feeling in the wake of yet another mass shooting. How was Aaron Alexis...