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'Nothing We Can Do' And Other Lies About Gun Violence

Jim Wallis | Posted 10.10.2015 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Suppose we arm everyone -- do we really want to live in that kind of country and raise our children there? Or send our children to college on those campuses, as I will do for the first time next fall?

The NRA Requires More Background Checks for its Employees Than for Gun Owners

Peter J. Ognibene | Posted 10.08.2015 | Politics
Peter J. Ognibene

The NRA is doing all it can to make it easier for practically anyone to get anything from a revolver to a high-capacity, semi-automatic weapon without having to suffer the indignity of a background check.

People Die Because of This Man: The Real Reason We Never Get Gun Control, No Matter How Many People Get Gunned Down

Peter Dreier | Posted 10.08.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Until we tame the power of the NRA, we can expect more killings, a part of the deadly daily diet of murders throughout America committed by angry gun-toting people whose "freedom" to own weapons of mass destruction that Wayne LaPierre defends.

How to Change the Gun Debate

Adam Winkler | Posted 10.07.2015 | Politics
Adam Winkler

Opponents of gun control are also often single-issue voters; they decide who to vote for based solely on a candidate's position on guns. Support for gun control, by contrast, has been broad but not deep.

Why America Won't Quit Guns

The Huffington Post | Howard Fineman | Posted 10.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sandy Hook. Charleston. Roseburg. The ghastly roll call of gun violence in America is ever lengthening. The United States has the highe...

What Drives Our Dumb and Disorganized Mental Health Policies?

Allen Frances | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics
Allen Frances

In a rational world, the real needs of the mentally ill would be identified and addressed in an efficient and cost effective way. Those who need care would receive it. Unfortunately, policy in the United States is based mostly on profit, political power, and ideology -- thus producing terrible outcomes that are anything but rational.

More Bush "S---" from Jeb!

Bernie Shine | Posted 10.03.2015 | Politics
Bernie Shine

Poor Jeb. He's stepped in it again. Responding to the possible need for new gun laws following the most recent school shootings and killings, this time Roseburg, Oregon, Jeb noted, "Look, stuff happens."

Hello... Moderate Gun Owners. Where ARE You?

Karl Gude | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics
Karl Gude

I know how gun owners feel about their guns because I've known a lot of them, and most have been rational, educated and caring people, many with school-aged kids. So, why haven't these gun owners been moved enough by the killings of school children to join efforts to stop the carnage?

Our Country Has Forgotten the Value of a Life

Michael Shammas | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics
Michael Shammas

Maybe for a time before dying, a very small time, Bryce Williams's swirling anger, Chris Harper Mercer's swirling anger, stopped swirling. Perhaps, at long last, they felt sated. How relatively pitiful the causes of their anger; how incomparably grievous the consequences.

Gun Extremists May Propel Colorado Senate Candidate

Jason Salzman | Posted 10.02.2015 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Everyone knows Brown loves Neville, and vice versa, and it goes beyond their mutual dream of eliminating all background checks on anyone who purchases any gun anywhere, in this life or the next.

The Routine-ness Of The Gun Law Fight

Eric Schmeltzer | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics
Eric Schmeltzer

After thousands of mass shootings in the last 15 years with no action, now is as good a time as any for those of us in favor of sensible gun laws to reconsider our place in this situation, too. Massacres, and the response from all sides and all parties, has become routine. The sense of urgency is gone. Time to get it back.

Proposals for Common Sense Gun Control

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

In the current political climate, the chances for comprehensive common sense gun control in the United States is only a pipe dream as long as the National Rifle Association controls Congress and state legislatures, for if they did not, we would have seen effective laws passed years ago resulting in countless lives saved.

Gun-Crazed Nation

Rick Horowitz | Posted 08.29.2015 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

"We're Number 1!" (We must be so proud...)

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.

Children Shooting Children: America's Preventable Tragedies

Terry Newell | Posted 08.08.2015 | 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.

Gun Violence Kills More Than 3,000 Hispanics Per Year, New Study Finds

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 08.06.2015 | Latino Voices
Josh Sugarmann

These are eye-opening facts about a significant portion of our citizenry that are all too often neglected in our national awareness about gun violence.

Ted Nugent Calls People 'Stupid' For Being Upset About The Killing Of Cecil The Lion

The Huffington Post | Julia Brucculieri | Posted 07.29.2015 | Entertainment

On July 1, an American hunter killed Cecil the lion, one of the most famous creatures in Zimbabwe, causing widespread outrage. Musician and National R...

An Open Letter to Bernie Sanders and His Supporters

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 07.09.2015 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

I have tried to look for areas in which you and Hillary have real disagreements, and they are hard to find. So what I hope you and your supporters do through the rest of the primary season is continue to focus on and speak out on the issues you care about. Direct your verbal attacks toward the clown car of Republican candidates looking for their party's nomination.

The Charleston Victims Weren't 'Asking for It'

Josh Horwitz | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

In response to sexual violence, we too often hear the hateful and self-serving phrase "they were asking for it." Now, in the wake of mass shootings, gun apologists have taken to publicly and loudly importing this shameful, victim-blaming tactic.

Friday Talking Points -- Racist Domestic Terrorism

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It's been a rollercoaster week in the political world, beginning with Hillary Clinton shifting the gears of her campaign by holding her first big rally, which was immediately followed by the man we're going to call "Jeb! Bush!" finally officially announcing his own candidacy.

OUTRAGE: Sniper Shoots Down Confederate Flag At S.C. Statehouse

Douglas Anthony Cooper | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Douglas Anthony Cooper

In a crime that has outraged locals, a sniper has reportedly shot down the beloved Confederate flag that traditionally graces the Statehouse in Columbia, South Carolina. "This was clearly one very disturbed individual," said Council Chairman Harvey "Harve" Jeffcoat. "And I can tell you with certainty that he does not represent our community."

NRA Official Says Slain Charleston Pastor Is Responsible For Deaths At Church

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics

Gun activists have said allowing guns in church could have stopped Wednesday's killings at a Charleston, South Carolina, church, and they wasted no ti...

Why Gun Manufacturers Are in Serious Financial Trouble

John A. Tures | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

If gun sales are supposedly "red hot," why are gun manufacturers struggling, even filing for bankruptcy? The answers include a gun glut and long-term trends in gun ownership in America.

The Hypocrisy of 'Pro-Life' and the GOP

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

In actuality, the GOP conducts itself as a party that stands for life until birth; then one is left to fend for oneself.

First Amendment Lawsuit Says Student Was Punished for Wearing a T-shirt Advocating Gun Rights

Student Press Law Center | Posted 05.27.2015 | Education
Student Press Law Center

Near the entrance of Logan Middle School is a statue called "The Doughboy" -- a World War I soldier carrying a firearm in one hand, and in the other a grenade.