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Killed by a Gun

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The headlines in the case were sadly familiar. An angry adult armed with a gun used it to shoot and kill an unarmed black teenager he thought seemed "bad" -- this time, because the teenager and his friends were sitting in a car listening to music the grownup didn't like. In this outrageous Florida case, a middle-aged white man, Michael Dunn, was convicted of three counts of attempted murder and one count of shooting a gun into an occupied car. Jurors agreed he faced no threat after he was annoyed by loud music -- coming from a car he had deliberately chosen to park next to -- and then started an argument, pulled a gun on the car's black teens, and fired three shots at the young men inside the car as they tried to drive away from him.

One Year Later

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

One year later, despite Congress's appalling lack of action, there has been important progress in some areas and states. The White House has quietly delivered on most of the executive actions President Obama promised in the aftermath of the Newtown shooting.

Senators Question Security Clearance Process

Reuters | Posted 12.31.2013 | Politics

By Deborah Charles WASHINGTON, Oct 31 (Reuters) - U.S. senators on Thursday questioned the government's security clearance process, ca...

Senate To Examine Security Clearances In Wake Of Navy Yard Shooting

AP | ERIC TUCKER | Posted 10.31.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials say they are retooling aspects of the nation's security clearance system, including the process of...

Ryan J. Reilly

Navy Yard Shooting Photos, Video Of Aaron Alexis Released By FBI | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 09.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Aaron Alexis was prepared to die and held onto the delusional belief that he was being controlled by extremely low-frequency electromagn...

Still No Movement on Gun Regulation

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 11.22.2013 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

It is not likely that there will be any meaningful changes to gun laws in the near future, but in the longer term, the prospects look good. The struggle will not be easy, as almost no progressive struggles are, but the curve is already in the right direction.


Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

What is it going to take for us to stand up and say enough to this internal gun war of American against American? What is it going to take to create a mental health system that prevents such tragedies from happening over and over?

Who Do You Trust?

Jim Moore | Posted 11.20.2013 | Media
Jim Moore

Who do we trust? Who can we trust? In a world where the NSA and Homeland Security probably know what I'm wearing as I'm typing this article, we are awash in information, but bereft of knowledge and integrity; flooded with stories, but left to die in a drought of truth.

Ryan Grim

House Set To Examine Links Between Video Games, Violence | Ryan Grim | Posted 09.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The revelation that the man who shot and killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday played violent games for up to 16 hours ...

TELL US: Which Is More Pressing: Mental Health Legislation Or Gun Control?

Posted 09.19.2013 | Black Voices

When gunfire erupted at the Washington, D.C. navy yard on Monday, so did the debate over our nation's gun control policies, legislation which allowed ...

DC Navy Yard Shooting: Let's Not Shirk Our Responsibility

Dr. Faheem Younus | Posted 11.19.2013 | Religion
Dr. Faheem Younus

There is never a dispute about the "what" and "who" of mass shootings. But mention the word "why" and the politicians, the pundits, the lobbyists, and even the parents, put up their deflectors and unleash the spin machines.

Navy Yard Reopening For Normal Operations

AP | BRIAN WITTE | Posted 11.19.2013 | Crime

WASHINGTON — Some employees returning to work at the Washington Navy Yard Thursday said they felt it was too early to talk about the massacre ea...

Biden Visits Wounded Navy Yard Victims

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 09.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House says Vice President Joe Biden is visiting patients injured Monday in a mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. Biden...

When It Comes to the Real WMDs, It's Time to Get Off the Pot

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 11.17.2013 | Politics
Charles Karel Bouley

Flags are at half-mast on Capitol Hill, just a few miles away, while Secretary Chuck Hagel laid a wreath at the Navy Yard, this scene of America's lat...

Arin Greenwood

Wary Workers Return To A Quiet Navy Yard Neighborhood | Arin Greenwood | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics

The Washington Navy Yard building where 12 people were killed by alleged gunman Aaron Alexis on Monday was still cordoned off with crime scene tape a ...

Jennifer Bendery

Navy Yard Victim 'Was A Good Person' | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 09.18.2013 | Politics

WALDORF, Md. -- It’s not every day you meet someone who, just for the love of it, works the night shift at Walmart. After all, Sylvia Frasier alr...

Michael Calderone

Should Media Give Mass Shooter The Spotlight? | Michael Calderone | Posted 11.17.2013 | Media

NEW YORK -- Dave Cullen, a journalist and the author of the definitive book on the Columbine High School massacre, says he's conflicted when interview...

Committee Seeks Records On Suspected Navy Yard Shooter

AP | KEVIN FREKING | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The chairman of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee is seeking details about any VA health care or other services provided to the susp...

David Wood

Aaron Alexis Enlisted In Navy During Period Of Criminal Record Waivers | David Wood | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics

Alleged Washington Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis was able to enlist in the Navy in 2007, despite an earlier shooting incident in which he claimed to ...

Jason Cherkis

Navy Yard Shooting Victim Was An Immigrant Devoted To U.S. Ideals | Jason Cherkis | Posted 09.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON - Vishnu B. Pandit, 61, wasn’t just an engineer and suburban family man, says M. Nuns Jain, a friend from their days at a Calcutta univer...

Amanda Terkel

Steny Hoyer: Navy Yard Shooting Will Renew Gun Control Debate | Amanda Terkel | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said on Tuesday that he expects the tragic shooting at the Navy Yard will renew the debate aroun...

Gun Control Debate Begins Again After Tragedy

AP | ALICIA A. CALDWELL | Posted 11.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The gunman in the mass shootings at the Washington Navy Yard, Aaron Alexis, had a history of violent outbursts, was at least twice ...

Jennifer Bendery

Navy Yard Employees Brace For Lost Friends After Day Of Horror | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It was one of the worst days D.C. has seen in a long time. Twelve people were killed and 14 others were wounded at the Navy Yard on M...

MAP: Washington Navy Yard Shooting Area

Posted 12.18.2013 | Crime


Sam Stein

Senator Calls For Renewed Gun Debate After Navy Yard Shooting | Sam Stein | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Monday's mass shooting at the Navy Yard has failed to stir the political world to revive the gun control debates that immediately follow...