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The Real Reason Texas Abandoned Its Progressive Gun Control Policy

Donald G. Nieman | Posted 01.26.2016 | Politics
Donald G. Nieman

Why are Texans safer yet feeling more vulnerable? Certainly, it's a manifestation of single-issue politics and the power of the National Rifle Association. But it also reflects the failure of political leadership and the triumph of the politics of fear.

Open Carry in Thoughts and Beads

David W. Peters | Posted 01.06.2016 | Religion
David W. Peters

Coming face to face with raw violence changes a person's vision of the world. In this new, unsafe world, threats are everywhere and hyper-vigilance is the new normal. Can carrying a gun help a person feel safer? Can it, at least, give us back our illusion of safety?

Texas Open Carry Law Puts Pro-Gun Arguments to the Test

Mike Weisser | Posted 12.31.2015 | Politics
Mike Weisser

I believe that wearing a gun in a public venue does nothing to promote public safety. And the merchants who have opted out of open carry evidently agree, with most citing concerns about guns endangering rather than protecting their customers, particularly in places where alcohol is served.

The Price of 'Normalizing' Open Carry

Josh Horwitz | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

Those who advocate the Open Carry of firearms in public have been telling us for some time that their goal is to "normalize" this behavior. On October 31, we learned the price of treating such threatening and dangerous behavior as normal, and it might have been three human lives.

No Guns In My Classroom

David Smith-Soto | Posted 09.30.2015 | Politics
David Smith-Soto

The Texas State Legislature went one gun too far when it passed the so-called "campus carry" legislation this year, which would allow individuals to carry concealed firearms on public university campuses in 2016. I don't want those guns in my classroom.

Judge Allows Man To Openly Carry A Gun At His Daughter’s Elementary School

ThinkProgress | Paige Lavender | Posted 08.17.2015 | Politics

A Michigan judge held last week that a Grand Rapids man may carry a gun inside his daughter’s school — provided he carries it out in the o...

NRA's Post-Charleston Silence Shows Vulnerability of Tenuous Pro-Gun Positions

Mike Weisser | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
Mike Weisser

In the weeks following the unspeakable gun violence in Charleston, there was one public voice notably absent, namely, the NRA. This time America's "oldest civil rights organization" kept their collectives mouths shut. Well, almost all of them did.

Andrew Lord

7 Companies That Don't Want Guns In Their Stores | Andrew Lord | Posted 07.17.2015 | Business

A majority of Americans prefer that shops and restaurants don't allow customers to carry their guns inside. These companies are listening.

An Open Letter to the NRA and Its Trolls

Steve Nelson | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics
Steve Nelson

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?

Stop Blaming The Charleston Massacre on Gun-Free Zones

Mike Weisser | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics
Mike Weisser

Pro-gun mouthpieces couldn't even wait 24 hours after the unspeakable event to begin peddling a shabby version of "they got what they probably deserved." But the simple fact of the matter is that mass shootings aren't supposed to happen in churches or schools. These places are sanctuaries in every sense of the word.

Man Carries Fully Loaded AR-15 Into World's Busiest Airport

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 06.03.2015 | Weird News

A Georgia man openly carried a fully loaded AR-15 semiautomatic rifle into Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the busiest in the worl...

Texas Is Close To Allowing Concealed Carry Of Guns On Campuses

Reuters | Posted 05.30.2015 | Politics

May 30 (Reuters) - The Republican-controlled Texas Senate voted on Saturday to allow the licensed carrying of concealed handguns in most state univers...

Federal Appeals Court to Police Officer: No, You Can't Slap Cuffs on Peaceful Gun Owners

Evan Bernick | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

Every part of Shawn Northrup's midsummer evening walk with his wife, daughter, grandson, and dog was legal -- including the holstered handgun he openly carried on his hip. But that was not enough to keep Northrup from being disarmed, handcuffed, and threatened with arrest by a police officer.

GOP-Controlled State Legislatures Passing Wave Of Bills Expanding Gun Rights

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics

The Texas state Senate gave preliminary approval Monday to legislation that would allow licensed handgun owners to visibly bear their firearms, in a m...

So Why Are More Americans Turning Away From Guns?

John A. Tures | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

The trends don't look too good for those who want to build a sizable coalition of voters for future legislative battles over guns. Maybe the old tactics of the NRA emphasizing responsible gun ownership and professionalism were better than the "in your face" style today.

Six Thoughts on Guns and Freedom

Peter Schwartz | Posted 04.19.2015 | Politics
Peter Schwartz

With the NRA now publicizing its 2015 annual meeting in Nashville, it seems like a good time to revisit last year's frenzied, speaking-in-tongues tent revival, along with some of the ideas on the relationship between guns and freedom prompted by NRA nuttiness.

No Panic Buttons for the Public: Why Open Carry Is Bad for America

Shannon Watts | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
Shannon Watts

With rights come responsibilities, and for the safety and security of our restaurants, state capitols, and other public places, we must push back on armed intimidation. After all, there are no panic buttons for the public.

Texas Open-Carry Movement Turning to Terrorism

Josh Horwitz | Posted 04.12.2015 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

Typically, pro-gun activists are coy when confronted about their perverted belief that the Second Amendment provides an individual right to shoot and kill government officials in response to perceived "tyranny." But last week, a threat that is so often implicit was made perfectly explicit by a leader in Texas' open-carry movement.

Constitutional Carry: Are the Inmates Finally Taking Over the Asylum?

Mike Weisser | Posted 04.11.2015 | Politics
Mike Weisser

Called "constitutional carry," as opposed to "concealed carry," the loudest and most active proponents of this new credo can be found in the Lone Star State where this nutty idea sprang from a group of dissident NRA members. But to the NRA: You have only yourselves to blame. Whom exactly do you now represent?

Texas Weighs Allowing Open Carry Of Handguns

AP | JIM VERTUNO | Posted 02.13.2015 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Long depicted as the rootin'-tootin' capital of American gun culture, Texas is one of the few states with an outright ban on th...

Black Men Openly Carrying a Gun in a Holster Will End Racial Profiling in America

H. A. Goodman | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

A legal, constitutionally protected way to defeat racism is right in front of us. After all, everyone can relate to not wanting to be viewed as a criminal, regardless of how they feel about climate change or taxes.

Three Reasons Why Black Men Should Openly Carry a Gun

H. A. Goodman | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

These reasons explain how the benefits of black men openly carrying a gun have little to do with advocating the use of such weapons, and everything to do with what displaying the gun will entail and how open-carry laws can help put an end to racial profiling and unarmed deaths.

The Message Kroger Doesn't Want You to Hear

Shannon Watts | Posted 12.30.2014 | Politics
Shannon Watts

For months, Moms have called on Kroger to make a safer and more family-friendly shopping environment by prohibiting the open carry of firearms in its stores, just as brands including Target, Starbucks, and Panera have done. Instead of meeting with us and reconsidering an irresponsible policy, Kroger's leadership has refused to listen.

Man Practicing Open Carry Rights Gets Robbed Of His Gun

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 10.17.2014 | Crime

One man's right to bear arms is another man's wrong to bear arms. A man in Gresham, Oregon, practicing his open carry rights, was robbed by a thief...

Gun Nuts' Tragic Confusion: Why 'Open Carry' Groups Don't Get Police Brutality

Salon | Heather Digby Parton | Posted 10.01.2014 | Black Voices

To their credit, some gun groups were upset when John Crawford was shot by cops. The problem is their odd reasoning....