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The Truth About Israel's Gun Laws

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 12.20.2012 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

"Guns aren't the issue. Look at Israel. They've got lots of guns and little gun-related violence." There's only one problem with this argument: It's not true. So the next time someone tells you that, "Israel shows we don't need gun control," here's what to tell them.

Guns, Knives, People and Tragedy

Frank A. Weil | Posted 02.19.2013 | Politics
Frank A. Weil

Which is worse: to stigmatize or to allow people to be at large with a risk of doing serious harm to others? We have a twin problem -- access to guns at large and access to guns by deranged actors, who are, or should be, known by society to exist.

WATCH: Barney Frank Rips Newt Gingrich Over Gun Comments

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 12.20.2012 | Politics

Outgoing Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) ripped into Newt Gingrich during an appearance on MSNBC Wednesday night, criticizing the former House speaker for...

Former Westboro Baptist Church Member: They Should Be Barred From Funerals

Posted 12.20.2012 | HuffPost Live 321

Nate Phelps, the son of Westboro Baptist Church's founder Fred Phelps, appeared on HuffPost Live Wednesday to discuss the controversial organization's...

WATCH: Newtown Victim's Sister Writes Letter To Obama

Posted 12.20.2012 | Parents

In the wake of Friday's horrific tragedy in Newtown, Conn., many are speaking out for gun control. Among them is 10-year-old Natalie Barden, whose bro...

Follow the Money: Is Your Mutual Fund Investing in Guns?

Judith Samuelson | Posted 02.18.2013 | Money
Judith Samuelson

When real investors pay attention to this question, as they have in the wake of the Newtown massacre of innocents at Sandy Hook Elementary, things can get pretty interesting.

For My Newtown

Anna Hodge | Posted 02.18.2013 | Teen
Anna Hodge

These children are our brothers, sisters, daughters, sons, cousins, neighbors, and the kids we babysat every day after school or taught swimming lessons. They were an integral part of our community; they were our happiness.

It's Elementary: Ample Guns + Paltry Mental Health Services = Tragedy

Mark W. Schleisner | Posted 02.18.2013 | Crime
Mark W. Schleisner

It's a recipe for never-ending tragedy. And I'm not just talking about tragedies like Newtown. What about all the times that people have killed others by gunfire in an act of road rage, family bickering, or a squabble with someone down the block?

CNN Student News: Broadcasting Gut-Wrenching Stories of Sandy Hook Tragedy Directly Into Classrooms

Kari Henley | Posted 02.17.2013 | Media
Kari Henley

CNN has been entrusted by classrooms across the country to provide relevant news to our nation's children. This was not a story for children to see their first day back.

'Pumped Up Kicks' Pulled From Radio In Wake Of Newtown

Posted 12.19.2012 | Entertainment

In light of the Dec. 14 school shooting in Newtown, Conn., Foster The People's 2011 summer hit, "Pumped Up Kicks," has been pulled from some radio sta...

Honor the Sandy Hook Children: Turn Off Your Lights on Dec. 24

Nancy Hipp | Posted 02.17.2013 | Parents
Nancy Hipp

I will turn off my Christmas lights at 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve and light them on Christmas Day at about 8 a.m. (about the same time those Newtown chil...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Lawmakers Split Over Gun Control After Newtown | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Pro-gun lawmakers suggested Tuesday the country needs to take a "wholistic" approach to violence, rather than writing new gun laws after...

Ellen DeGeneres' Emotional Dedication To Newtown

Posted 12.18.2012 | Celebrity

A teary-eyed Ellen DeGeneres announced this morning that her Dec. 18 show would be dedicated to the residents of Newtown, Conn., who were directly aff...

Connecticut Tragedy: Focusing on the Wrong Things

Josh Birch | Posted 02.17.2013 | College
Josh Birch

Reporters are taught to break the story and get the interview that will captivate an audience. However, there are exceptions where there is something more important than ratings and more important than making a good story.

Newtown Is a Village in Pakistan

Ethan Casey | Posted 02.17.2013 | Crime
Ethan Casey

Children in Pakistan have in common with children in America in that both are God's children. In both countries, the urgent challenge is to provide young men with productive work to do and dignified, adult roles to play in their families and society.

Are We Awake Yet?

Dan Bimrose | Posted 02.17.2013 | Politics
Dan Bimrose

This is no time for trite phrases such as, "guns don't kill people, people kill people." This particular tragedy does not take place without the existence of a gun. This battle is uphill, but there are some gun reform proposals that we should start working on now.

Knitters Making Stuffed Animals For All 600 Every Sandy Hook Students

Posted 12.18.2012 | Impact

Knit one for this great cause.

Action Plan for Obama to Reduce Violence by Mentally Ill

DJ Jaffe | Posted 02.17.2013 | Crime
DJ Jaffe

Though mental illness is as yet unconfirmed in the Newtown killer's case, here is what the federal government can do to prevent violence related to mental illness.

How About Some Media Control?

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.17.2013 | Media
Chris Weigant

I'd like to see a bit of introspection and navel-gazing from our mainstream media. I'd like viewers to chime in as wel. It may not be as important a conversation as the political discussion over gun control laws, but it is ultimately an easier problem to fix.

Newtown Massacre: What We Don't Need Is a 'National Conversation' -- We Need Action

Arianna Huffington | Posted 02.16.2013 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

On Sunday night, President Obama spoke at an interfaith service for the victims of the horrific elementary school shooting. Not surprisingly, it was a poignant and moving speech. But the sad, horrible, tragic fact is that none of what we are witnessing is surprising. Shocking, yes, but not surprising. Mass shootings have become a defining feature of modern America. Yet on the issue of gun violence, President Obama has shown a gift for eloquent rhetoric but no follow-through. What we need now is not another national conversation but action -- starting with a ban on the sale of weapons that are only good for mass murder. Will the president lead the way? Will Congress act? Or will we succumb to the fatalistic conventional wisdom that says we'll never be able to prevent this from happening again -- and again and again?

WATCH: Gun Dealer Says Assault Weapons Ban Won't Help

The Huffington Post | John Stephens | Posted 12.18.2012 | HuffPost Live 321

Larry Hyatt, owner of Hyatt Gun Shop in Charlotte, N.C., said Monday that he believes a ban on assault weapons would not only be bad for his business,...

WATCH: Former Sandy Hook Student: Focus On Newtown's Response To Tragedy

The Huffington Post | John Stephens | Posted 12.17.2012 | HuffPost Live 321

Eddie Small, a former resident of Newtown, Conn., and alumnus of Sandy Hook Elementary School said Monday that he hopes his hometown can be remembere...

WATCH: Newtown Dad's Song Named After Daughter Killed In Massacre

Posted 12.17.2012 | Black Voices

As the stories of Newtown, Connecticut's youngest shooting victims continue to emerge, so does the anguish of those who knew them best. Among them:...

We Are All Hiding Something

Liz Spikol | Posted 02.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Liz Spikol

If it turns out Adam Lanza is bipolar and I'm bipolar, does the bipolar explain his violence? Or does it explain my passivity? The labels are useful up to a point -- but they're hopeless in moments like these when the scope of the behavior is so far beyond the norm.

Aurora Shooting Survivor Lives Minutes From Newtown, Conn.

Posted 12.18.2012 | Denver

Stephen Barton, 22, was on a cross-country biking trip from Virginia Beach to San Francisco when he decided to take in a midnight screening of "The Da...