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Rick Santorum Is a Better Father Than I

Tony Phillips | Posted 06.16.2012 | Politics
Tony Phillips

I know there are those who might question the appropriateness of aligning a child with any political lobbying group in that child's toddlerhood and to them I say, "Commie!"

Gun Lovers Prep For Doomsday With Zombie-Themed Targets

Reuters | Posted 06.15.2012 | Weird News

By Greg McCune ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - One of Patrick Flanagan's favorite movies as a kid was "Night of the Living Dead," a 1968 horror f...

George Zimmerman Had Accomplices. Shame We Can't Arrest Them Too

Daniel Gross | Posted 06.13.2012 | Politics
Daniel Gross

Don't get me wrong, I blame George Zimmerman for shooting Trayvon Martin. But I also blame the NRA and the politicians who do their bidding for putting the gun in his hands.

What a Difference a Gun Makes

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.13.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

It's a tragedy that five years after Virginia Tech so little has changed. How many years must we wait until tragic headlines about school shootings, children dying, and people using the "shoot first and ask questions later" defense to take the law into their own hands go away? When will we finally get the courage to stand up as a nation and say enough to the deadly proliferation of guns and gun violence that endanger children's and public safety? As a nation we can't afford to keep waiting for common-sense gun control laws that would protect our children and all of us from indefensible gun violence. The time to act is now.

The NRA "Good Guy" You Didn't Hear About

Josh Horwitz | Posted 06.13.2012 | Crime
Josh Horwitz

Reflecting on the murder-suicide perpetrated by his friend Landon Jorgensen, owner Nathan Collier said, "Prior to this incident Landon was one of the good guys. He taught people how to protect themselves from these very types of attacks."

Poll: Most Americans Support Right To Use Deadly Force

Reuters | Posted 06.12.2012 | Politics

* 68 pct of Americans have favorable view of NRA * Americans want to be able to defend themselves * Back curbs on automa...

NRA Meets in MO -- State Ranks #1 in Black Homicide Victimization, Most Involving Guns

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 06.12.2012 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

This week, our nation's self-proclaimed "oldest civil rights organization" is setting up camp in St. Louis, Missouri, for its annual meeting and gun industry exposition, a celebration of Freedom!, Freedom!, and yes, even more Freedom!

NRA Donates Most Money To New York As City Leads Fight For Strict Gun Laws

The Huffington Post | Inae Oh | Posted 04.12.2012 | New York

As Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly lead the fight calling for stricter gun laws, the National Rifle Association has worked to thwart...

Jennifer Bendery

Trayvon Martin Shooting Unlikely To Change Gun Debate, Lawmakers Concede | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 04.09.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's been more than a year since Jared Loughner walked up to former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) at a constituent event in Tucson, ...

Jennifer Bendery

Congressional Black Caucus Introduces Trayvon Martin Resolution | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 04.05.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Congressional Black Caucus unveiled a resolution on Wednesday that honors the life of Trayvon Martin and calls for the repeal of "St...

Constitution Check: Is There a Constitutional Right to "Stand Your Ground"?

Lyle Denniston | Posted 06.03.2012 | Politics
Lyle Denniston

As of now, "stand your ground" laws are a matter of state law only, but could in time provide the means to implement a right nationwide if self-defense were ultimately to emerge as a guaranteed right under the Constitution.

What the NRA's "Founder" and George Zimmerman Have in Common

Josh Horwitz | Posted 05.29.2012 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

If Harlon Carter, Ted Nugent, and other NRA peddlers of vigilantism wanted a poster boy for their ideas about justice and the "rule of law," they have certainly found one in George Zimmerman.

The 'Good-Guy-Bad-Guy' Myth Laid Bare

Robert J. Spitzer | Posted 05.28.2012 | Home
Robert J. Spitzer

Shouldn't law-abiding citizens be able to protect themselves from predators, whether at home or in the public? As the NRA said in a letter to its members in 2010, why shouldn't the full weight of the law be "on the side of the victims, not their criminal attackers"?

Stand Your Ground

Patrick Anderson | Posted 05.26.2012 | Crime
Patrick Anderson

This is the world of National Rifle Association lobbyists, Republican-dominated state legislatures, and eager-to-please governors.

Corporate-Backed Lobbyists Are Behind 'Stand Your Ground' Laws

The New York Times | Paul Krugman | Posted 03.26.2012 | Politics

Florida’s now-infamous Stand Your Ground law, which lets you shoot someone you consider threatening without facing arrest, let alone prosecution, so...

ALEC, The NRA, And The Killing Of Trayvon Martin

Bill Berkowitz | Posted 05.23.2012 | Politics
Bill Berkowitz

Every once in a while something so egregious happens that ALEC is forced out of the shadows. Investigations surrounding the cold-blooded killing of Trayvon Martin by a self-styled vigilante, could push ALEC out into the open.

Exposed: The Corporations Behind the Law That May Let Trayvon Martin's Killer Go Free

Suzanne Merkelson | Posted 05.23.2012 | Politics
Suzanne Merkelson

It's been widely reported today that the American Legislative Exchange Council helped pass the law that might allow Trayvon Martin's killer, George Zimmerman, to escape prosecution.

Trayvon Martin's Life One of Hundreds Ended by Concealed Carry Killers

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 05.22.2012 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

While Florida's 'Shoot First' law is the reason that George Zimmerman has not been arrested, it's Florida's concealed carry law that enabled him to confront Trayvon Martin with a loaded handgun in the first place.

Meet George Zimmerman: He Is the NRA

Daniel Gross | Posted 05.22.2012 | Politics
Daniel Gross

Much more so than any of the shills the NRA had promoting their agenda in their big budget propaganda campaign, George Zimmerman is the embodiment of the gun lobby and its vision for America.

Arming Zimmerman

Josh Horwitz | Posted 05.20.2012 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

Trayvon Martin's father, Tracy, recently told reporters of his son's murder: "There is no justice in this." And even if George Zimmerman were ultimately to be convicted, Tracy Martin will still be right, because his son will still be lost to him as a result of ill-advised and reckless changes to Florida law in the past. Meanwhile, the NRA continues its push to arm civilians by liberalizing the use of lethal force. Four states now allow citizens to carry loaded guns in public with no permitting, screening or training. Until this lethal agenda is countered by Americans of conscience, the inevitability of future Trayvon Martins will hang over America like a funeral shroud.

Shooting of Florida Teen Shows Danger of Maryland Judge's Renegade Ruling

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.19.2012 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

The full facts about this incident are still emerging. But one thing seems clear. If George Zimmerman had not been carrying a gun, it is likely Trayvon Martin would be alive today.

Concealed Carry Fight Rages On

Posted 03.07.2012 | Chicago

Illinois remains the only state in the union without a concealed carry law on the books -- and despite repeated failures, gun rights advocates are not...

School Kids Dying in Ohio: It's a Gun Problem

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.05.2012 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

Chardon happened not because an Ohio teenager was so troubled that he became violent. Chardon happened because a troubled, violent Ohio teenager was able to get access to a gun.

When Buying a Gun Becomes Easier Than Voting

Josh Horwitz | Posted 05.05.2012 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

Does anyone seriously believe that the vision of our Founders was that guys who carry a gun on their hips 24/7 are "super-citizens" with greater political rights than senior citizens, minorities, the impoverished?

Max J. Rosenthal

Vets Want Loophole For Terrorists Closed | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 02.28.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Under current U.S. law, there are several ways a person can fail the background check required to purchase a gun. Being on the FBI's ter...