The successful recall of two Colorado state senators due to a campaign spearheaded by the National Rifle Association and other gun rights organizations sent a shockwave through Colorado that reverberated across the entire nation.
The NRA and key GOP congressional leader's response to President Obama's new round of unilateral executive orders on gun control was as predictable as the sun rising in the Sahara Desert in August.
They didn't stop that war and invent new religion just to end up watching "The Simpsons," reading "Doonesbury" and blogging on Facebook. Is that what the boomer generation is going to be remembered for? Just a single burst of youthful idealism, then a quick fade to the back?
The fact is that the initial sale of a gun is almost always legal. It's at the point where the owner faces criminal charges or mental challenges that the issue of legality gets muddled.
Is the human race determined to snuff itself out through mass violence? There are many signs that it is.
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.
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.