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Gunmaker's 'Adaptive Combat Rifle' Too Combat-y: Fires Full Auto!

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

When is a "combat rifle" for the U.S. civilian gun market too combat-y? When it fires like a full-auto machine gun. That's the problem Bushmaster now faces with its new Adaptive Combat Rifle

Toomey Dances on Guns and Terror

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

If Pat Toomey is elected to the United States Senate, he will no doubt do everything in his power to ensure that the "terror gap" endures, as well as working to weaken the few federal gun laws on the books.

Hunting Down Prop 109: Wildlife Protection, Voters' Rights At Risk

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wayne Pacelle

The Humane Society of the United States trusts the voters of Arizona. The NRA doesn't, and it wants to take away their rights to vote on citizen initi...

Glenn Beck, the NRA, and the Dangers of an Impolite Society

Josh Horwitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

A disturbing new report is out today that demonstrates a clear link between armed violence and the contemptuous political rhetoric that seems to be the raison d'être for Fox News.

Right Wing Militias and the NRA: Second Amendment Soulmates

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

In America, the threat of terrorism is real, but it does not originate with Al Qaeda alone. The danger of homegrown right wing political violence is just as real.

Guns to Mexico: NRA Mythology Cannot Survive the Facts

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

Why do Mexican drug cartels have to resort to U.S. gun shops? The answer is plain: because Mexico's strong gun laws are effective.

Close the "Terror Gap": Good Policy, Good Politics

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

Janet Napolitanosaid there is a "new and changing terrorist threat" from "homegrown" terrorists. Given this reality, how long can we tolerate the existing "terror gap" in our laws allowing persons on the terrorist watch list to buy guns and explosives?

Gardner Spokesman: Expect NRA To Endorse Betsy Markey In Colorado CD-4

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Betsy Markey is expected to become the second Democratic congressional candidate in Colorado to receive the endorsement of the National Rifle Associat...

"Gun Rights" Extremism Emerging as Campaign Issue

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

The emergence of successful Tea Party candidates in key Republican primaries is one of the few bright spots for the Democratic Party in this otherwise daunting election season for Democrats.

John Salazar Endorsed By NRA

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Colorado congressman John Salazar received some much-needed good news on Tuesday when the National Rifle Association endorsed the Democrat's reelectio...

Message to Progressives: Reclaim the Constitution!

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

Though Tea Partiers and the radical libertarians cast themselves as defenders of the Constitution, "Firearms Freedom" laws are in fact more in tune with the Anti-Federalists, who opposed ratification of our Constitution.

NRA Snubs Harry Reid: Lessons Learned?

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

Senator Reid, what did you gain by pandering to the NRA? Only your pivotal place in the recent failure of our political leadership to address the continuing tragedy of 300 Americans killed and injured by gunshots every passing day.

Poaching Doesn't Rock: Ted Nugent Caught in Illegal Deer Hunt

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

Nugent says one thing and does another. He says that sport hunters are great conservationists, and then he goes on to defend the most unsporting, reckless, and irresponsible forms of hunting.

Gillibrand Lauded By Brady Campaign To Prevent Gun Violence, Two Years After Being Hailed By NRA

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (KEHR'-sten JIL'-uh-brand) has been endorsed for election by a leading gun control gr...

NRA Instructor Shoots Student: What Can We Learn?

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

An individual, who the NRA itself has decided is such an expert in safe gun handling that he can teach a class in it, has now accidentally discharged his weapon in a public place and wounded an innocent person.

Obama Gun Policy: Fear and Fallacy

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

There is no question that we need to devote far more resources to enforcing federal gun laws. But it is a transparent fallacy to argue that deficiencies in enforcing current laws justify inaction to strengthen those laws.

Michael A. Bellesiles: Living Down Scholarly Scandal

New York Times | Patricia Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

His book "1877: America's Year of Living Violently," which will be published next week, is an attempted comeback for Mr. Bellesiles, who has languishe...

Glenn Beck's Violent Words Harm America

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Paul Helmke

Glenn Beck's recognition of the power and consequences of his words has not dampened his enthusiasm for injecting them with violence to hammer home his perspective.

Dr. King and the "Guys With the Guns" at the NRA

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

We now know that the NRA will be joining Beck and Palin for Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally at the Lincoln Memorial on the 47th Anniversary of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech. Is it possible to imagine a greater offense to the legacy of Dr. King?

House to Vote on Exempting Guns From Bankruptcy Claims

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

What does a family facing bankruptcy need more than anything? According to Ohio Representative John Boccieri the answer is easy: guns!

The Fantasy World of "More Guns = Less Crime"

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

More guns means less crime only in the imaginary world of the "gun rights" movement as it tries to push us toward an America where there is nowhere to go to escape the guns - even into churches.

New Court Ruling Throws Cold Water on "Gun Rights" Celebration

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

The U.S. v. Skoien ruling is a bucket of cold water thrown on the "gun rights" celebration following the Supreme Court's decision last month in McDonald v. City of Chicago striking down Chicago's handgun ban.

The NRA Protects a Potential Serial Killer

Cliff Schecter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cliff Schecter

What does the NRA have to do to convince anyone they are devoid of principle? They could lie to block authorities from information that would help catch a potential serial killer. Oh wait, they've already done that.

Chicago's New Gun Ordinance Takes Effect Today

Huffington Post/AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Starting today, Chicagoans can legally keep handguns in their homes. Following a Supreme Court decision that rendered the city's handgun ban illegal...

Gun Rights Advocates SUE Mayor Daley, City Of Chicago Over New Handgun Ordinance

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Gun rights advocates in Illinois filed a federal lawsuit against Mayor Daley and the City of Chicago Tuesday, claiming the city's gun ordinance--put i...