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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 03.13.2015 | 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 02.18.2015 | 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 02.13.2015 | 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 02.10.2015 | 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 02.09.2015 | 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....

A Louisiana Restaurant Is Giving A 10 Percent Discount To Gun Carriers

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 09.29.2014 | Business

A Louisiana cajun restaurant thinks your smoked ribs and fried catfish would go better with a side of firearms. Bergeron's Restaurant in Port Allen...

Michael Brown and Our Great Opportunity

Michael W. Waters | Posted 10.22.2014 | Black Voices
Michael W. Waters

No one who cares about the death of Michael Brown, or the scourge of police brutality, can ever choose not to vote, again. Period. Not only did people die so that you could vote, people die because you do not vote.

Why Moms Across America Are Calling On Kroger To Protect Our Children

Shannon Watts | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
Shannon Watts

When confronted with a semiautomatic rifle in the frozen food aisle with our children, how is any mom supposed to know if these are political activists making a statement, or if we should duck and cover?

The Hot Kids' Book? 'My Parents Open Carry.' (Yes, It's For Real.)

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 10.10.2014 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

Again, it seemed too silly to take seriously. Consider: The book tells the story of 13-year-old Brenna Strong, who spends a Saturday morning running errands with her mom, Bea ("Be Strong") and her dad, Richard ("Dick Strong"). Just like thee and me -- only Mr. and Mrs. Strong carry handguns for self-defense. Openly.

Emily Swanson

Americans Say No To Guns For Blind People | Emily Swanson | Posted 08.09.2014 | Politics

Earlier this week, a commentator for NRA News raised eyebrows with a video making the case for letting the blind legally carry guns in public. Most Am...

Nope, That's Not Terrifying AT ALL

The Huffington Post | Carol Hartsell | Posted 08.06.2014 | Comedy

On Tuesday, Stephen Colbert opened his show with a bang, taking a look at the children's book that has taken the nation by storm, "My Parents Open Car...

Gun Extremists: Why Are You 'Defending Liberty' in a Coffee Shop and Not on the Battlefield?

Tom Young | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Tom Young

Bringing a Glock into Starbucks doesn't make you a freedom fighter. If you want to carry a weapon and wear tactical clothing, here's an idea: Go see a recruiter.

Ben Hallman

Bringing A Gun Into A Georgia Bar Just Got A Lot Easier | Ben Hallman | Posted 07.01.2014 | Business

From this day forward, the only thing that can keep guns out of Georgia's bars are Georgia's bar owners. Georgia's new gun-carry law, one of the na...

Let's Call 'Open Carry' Gun Gangs What They Are

Bob Cesca | Posted 08.26.2014 | Politics
Bob Cesca

Carrying loaded -- or even unloaded -- military-style weapons that are intentionally designed to look like props from a Michael Bay movie goes light years beyond peaceably protesting -- and merges into being ominous, sneering intimidation of innocent people.

Shutting Out the Gun Nuts? Cigarettes May Show the Way

Rick Horowitz | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

While waiting for the next mass shooting... ...

The Bill of Rights Is Not 'The Bill of Entitlements'

Steve Nelson | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics
Steve Nelson

I think the Bill of Rights is overdue for a re-write. The meaning and purpose of the First and Second Amendments have been distorted beyond recognition.

Pajama-Clad Gunman Gets His Rifle Back After Tense Police Standoff

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 06.17.2014 | Crime

An armed Michigan man who got into a tense standoff with police last month had his rifle taken away, but authorities gave it back to him the very next...

Open Carry Makes It Easier for Criminals

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 08.10.2014 | Crime
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

Criminals (and the mentally disturbed) must be popping champagne corks everywhere knowing that they can now go almost anywhere with weapon in hand, mix with the crowd until the time is right and then use it either to rob or shoot somebody.