Is the United States of America a country where guns come before books? Arming teachers represents a major step in advancing our cultural arms escalation. Consider: Teachers aren't "supposed to be" soldiers or law enforcement officers.
Seeing what a feral hog hunt actually looks like, and knowing that he's a cheerful promoter as well as participant, Nugent's "joke" about gunning down "South Central" residents now has a dark visual resonance.
The NRA says that we need more armed citizens. Brady says we need fewer guns. Both sides always talk about guns and crime. But there's another kind of gun violence that we never talk about.
The result of lax concealed carry laws, combined with the failure to adopt other gun violence prevention policies like background checks and a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines, is that horrific events like the mass shootings in Hialeah are repeated over and over again.
Gun industry analyst Tom Diaz explores Florida's role as a testing ground for laws that make it easier to carry, conceal and use guns in public spaces, and the booming business of "enhanced lethality."
Have you noticed how each side in the current argument about guns has a favorite statistic that they like to throw around? Does anyone know where these numbers come from? Here's the answer.
Sure, the NRA and gun lovers will kick and scream as they always do, but at some point, America must draw the line against letting those groups jeopardize our safety and take a stand for our right to be free of gun violence.
Black parents already tell their sons not to give police any excuse to shoot them. Must that warning now be broadened to include any white man who might have a gun?
Since the NRA believes guns make their owners and others around them safer, I'm sure we can count on the group throwing the bulk of its effort into making sure young black males are carrying guns, ASAP.
Where was the NRA on Trayvon Martin's right to stand his ground? What happened to their principled position? Let's be clear: the Trayvon Martins of the world never had that right because the "ground" was never considered theirs to stand on.
Why is it that National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent gets away with joking about machine-gunning South Central Los Angeles residents from a helicopter, equating them with the feral hogs he likes to hunt in the same manner?
On issue after issue, the GOP has veered far from the mainstream of the American electorate. Worse, they are swimming upstream against a tide of changing demographics.
It can be hard to tell how much of it is driven by cynicism and how much is honest paranoia, but there's no denying the commitment with which the NRA promotes the fantasy that an armed America is a safer America.
Anger and jealousy do not last forever, but a gunshot fired in an impulsive rage often does. Easy accessibility to lethal guns makes a fatal difference over and over again.
The president ordered the Justice Department's beleaguered Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to deliver an annual report on lost and stolen firearms in the United States. It makes for fascinating, disturbing reading
If the NRA leadership is no longer the primary obstacle, what is? The answer lies in the threat of demoralization that resides within each of us, separately, and within the group psychology of the gun control movement, collectively.