Yes, I know that Dylann Roof's gun purchase was legal. Perhaps no regulation would have prevented him from attaining a weapon. But is it possible that this disturbed young man felt entitled to take things into his own hands because of our gun culture?
The NRA and many gun advocates argue that background checks and registering guns won't work because criminals will still get their guns. Yet it is many of these same conservatives that support voter ID laws despite the fact that criminals will still find ways to commit voter fraud.
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Good guys stopping bad guys is a myth perpetuated in movies and television. The best chance of stopping a bad guy with a gun is good policy that makes it tougher to get one.
We live in a society plagued by racial division, where the instigating half of the population actively ignores and denies the problem--evidenced by the slew of high-profile Republicans and FOX News pundits calling the Emanuel AME Church shooting "an attack on religious liberty."
Of all the knee jerk and predictable responses to another round of horrific gun violence, this may be the worst of all because of the inaction that follows. Isn't it past time that we replaced "our thoughts and prayers" with our ideas and actions in town halls and in the voting booth?
Every time there's a mass shooting, it ignites the debate about whether guns make us more or less safe. And even though the NRA has been surprisingly silent since the Charleston massacre, they have plenty of surrogates running the virtues of the 'armed citizen' up the rhetorical flagpole
By refusing to lower its Confederate flag in front of the state capital to half-mast, South Carolina is raising its middle finger to America. It's ...
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.
Charleston newspaper on day after massacre featuring sticker with sale on guns and ammo. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims' families and ...
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."
The dominance of semiautomatic pistols has greatly increased the firepower in civilian hands. Not only are semiautomatic pistols capable of rapid fire, they utilize high-capacity ammunition magazines and can be quickly reloaded. The combination of these features makes semiautomatic pistols efficient killing machines.
As the Charleston community and the rest of the nation try to comfort the victims of yet another senseless mass shooting it's important to consider the hateful racist gun culture perpetrated by the NRA in our country.
The facts of this tragedy remain under investigation, and there is still a lot that we don't know. But what we do know is that every day, 88 Americans are killed in shootings. No, there is not a single magic solution that will keep every gun out of the hands of every person intent on doing harm -- but we can do a lot better.
This email from National Rifle Association (NRA) CEO Wayne LaPierre was forwarded to your humble correspondent, who feels it his civic duty to share with the public, in light of the fact that American kids are accidentally, but quite regularly, shooting themselves, their siblings, and sometimes their own parents.