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How The NRA Blocks Common-sense Gun Laws In Cities Like Cleveland

John Feinblatt | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics
John Feinblatt

As much as Cleveland might like to set more reasonable limits on where people can openly carry guns, the city is handcuffed. In 2006, the gun lobby's allies in the Ohio general assembly overrode a Republican governor's veto and made "preemption" the law.

Open And Concealed Carry Firearm Laws Increase Gun Violence

John Rosenthal | Posted 07.20.2016 | Politics
John Rosenthal

If you are planning to attend this week's Republican National Convention in Cleveland, please be sure to leave your tennis balls at home. But if you want to bring your fully loaded AR-15 assault rifle, please, feel free.

Police Across The Country Push Back Against Open Carry Laws

Reuters | Chloe Angyal | Posted 07.19.2016 | Politics

Tents, ladders, coolers, canned goods, tennis balls and bicycle locks are banned in the area surrounding the Republican National Convention in Clevela...

Dallas Officials Say Open Carry Makes Situations More Confusing, Not More Secure

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 07.12.2016 | Politics

In the wake of a mass shooting that killed five Dallas police officers last week, the city’s mayor and top law enforcement officer are criticizing t...

Local Woman Escorted Off Premises After Gun Revealed To Be Yoga Mat

Rhiannon Giles | Posted 06.29.2016 | Comedy
Rhiannon Giles

Looking up from the gun he was cleaning, Rawlings added, "Young folks these days don't have so much impulse control, and I've heard that yoga is a gateway to meditation. I mean, have these kids even taken a yoga safety class?"

"The Only Thing Jesus 'Open Carried' Was the Cross": A Minister Confronts the Gun Industry

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 06.28.2016 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

Did Jesus ever "open carry"? Yes, he did. Jesus open carried the Roman weapon of execution, the cross on which he died. And that's the only weapon Jesus ever open carried.

In Defense of Open Carry at the GOP Convention

The Second City | Posted 04.01.2016 | Comedy
The Second City

To Whom It May Concern: I am an American citizen and Republican primary voter planning to attend my National Convention in Cleveland this July. As a ...

Playing with Guns

Robert Koehler | Posted 03.31.2016 | Politics
Robert Koehler

A petition has enveloped the looming Republican National Convention in Cleveland this summer in awkward surrealism, and has forced the three Republican presidential candidates to duck for cover from their own words.

How the Second Amendment Differs From the Rest of the Bill of Rights

Mike Weisser | Posted 03.14.2016 | Politics
Mike Weisser

When I look at the 2nd Amendment as an Article in the Bill of Rights, one thing jumps out at me which the gun debate seems to have overlooked, namely, that it is the only Article in the Bill of Rights that protects only a certain group of individuals: people who decide to own guns.

Obama's SXSW Appearance Coincides With Open Carry Protest

The Huffington Post | Willa Frej | Posted 03.11.2016 | Politics

Pro-gun group Open Carry Texas is planning to openly carry guns at this year's South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas -- and their demonstration...

3 Things Every Citizen Can Do to Make a Difference in Reducing Gun Violence...Meet Gotham Chopra (Interview No. 4)

Jessica Mindich | Posted 02.29.2016 | Crime
Jessica Mindich

YOU CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT is a series of frank interviews with passionate men and women who are leaders, activists and influencers on the subject of gun violence in America.

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 open wher...

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

Mike Weisser | Posted 07.20.2016 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 06.26.2016 | 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 06.19.2016 | 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 05.14.2016 | 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...