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Inspiring Lessons from Seattle Pacific University

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

I am so grateful to the Seattle Pacific University community for their witness of strength, forgiveness, and deep faith. Yet I am heartbroken that they and so many other children, youths, and adults walk in fear on a daily basis and keep having to worry about experiencing this at all. Why is our nation saturated with guns-- four million in military and law enforcement hands and 310 million in civilian hands? Why are American children and teens 17 times more likely to die from gun violence than their peers in 25 other high-income countries combined? Why is our mental health system still so inadequate to respond to the cries of those needing help? When will we all say enough? We can and must do better.

Emily Swanson

Americans Support Tighter Restrictions On Gun Ownership For The Mentally Ill, Poll Shows

HuffingtonPost.com | Emily Swanson | Posted 05.30.2014 | Politics

Last week's killing spree in Santa Barbara, California, has had little impact on Americans' overall support for stricter gun laws, a new HuffPost/YouG...

Sabrina Siddiqui

The House Finally Voted For Something That Would Improve Background Checks

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives on Thursday approved a measure that would boost funding for the nation's background checks system, less tha...

If Obama Is Actually Coming For Your Guns, He's Really Terrible At It

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics

Conservatives have said President Barack Obama is "coming for your guns" and had a "strategy" to get reelected and then "erase the Second Amendment fr...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Reid Urges Congress To Revisit Background Checks After Another Deadly Shooting At Fort Hood

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) urged Congress on Thursday to reconsider legislation to expand background checks in the wake ...

Universal Background Checks Study Makes Strong Case For New Policy

New Republic | NORA CAPLAN-BRICKER | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics

During last year’s battle over gun control, the pro-gun side did more than passionately invoke the Second Amendment: They claimed that gun control d...

Repeal Effort Of State's Strict Gun Control Laws Fails

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 02.11.2014 | Politics

Colorado's controversial ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines larger than 15 rounds will remain law after a House Democrats killed an effort to r...

Matt Ferner

Background Checks Surged To All-Time High In This State

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Almost 400,000 people tried to buy firearms last year in Colorado, where historic new gun laws went into effect in July, The Denver Post first reporte...

Expanding Background Checks Necessary, But Not Enough

Josh Horwitz | Posted 03.09.2014 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

Merely expanding background checks is not enough. We must strengthen the system itself so that individuals with a history of dangerous behavior can no longer clear its low bar.

State's Sheriffs Refuse To Enforce New Gun Laws

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Many of Colorado's elected sheriffs are refusing to enforce new gun laws passed in the state, including universal background checks and a ban on high-...

Job at Newtown

Gary Hart | Posted 02.14.2014 | Politics
Gary Hart

Newtown is a very dark cloud growing over the bright promise and hope of America. It cannot be merely accepted as a fact of modern life. It must be addressed and dealt with in the best ways the human mind and heart may devise. We are not permitted to forget and move on.

Here's A Look At All The Gun Control Laws Congress Has Passed Since Newtown

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., sent a shockwave through the collective conscience of the nation. The images of distraught ch...

New Background Check Law Helped Keep Guns From Criminals

Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Colorado's new background checks law is working, according to recent stats released by the state's Department of Public Safety. The latest data pub...

One Year Ago This Week

Stacey Newman | Posted 02.08.2014 | Politics
Stacey Newman

I will join hand in hand with victims' families and activists from almost every state on December 14th who mourn these nonsensical losses. But I will also renew my vow that I made 14 years ago to never stop trying to end the violence and to never stop believing that America is better than this.

State Voters: No To 'Gun Control,' Yes To Gun Control Laws

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics

Colorado voters oppose the concept of "gun control", but support specific gun control laws in a new Quinnipiac survey released Tuesday. According ...

Magpul... Still In Colorado?

The Boulder Daily Camera | John Aguilar | Posted 12.18.2013 | Denver

ERIE -- It was a high-profile announcement that generated a flurry of headlines across the state and the nation. State Rep. Lori Saine, R-Dacono, rea...

Kathleen Miles

Most Gun Dealers Support Expanded Background Checks, Survey Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Kathleen Miles | Posted 09.26.2013 | Politics

A majority of gun dealers support expanded background checks, according to a survey. Though enhanced checks on potential gun buyers may reduce sale...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Bloomberg Spends Big Money To Save Colorado Democrats

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, one of the most vocal proponents of stricter gun laws in America, donated $350,000 to the two Dem...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Colorado Democrat Facing Recall Vows To Defeat Gun Lobby

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 08.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Colorado's state legislature considered landmark gun control measures this year to reduce gun violence, state Sen. Angela Giron (D-Pu...

What the Media Won't Say About Chris Lane's Murder

Will Bunch | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics
Will Bunch

While no one can reasonably claim that this Oklahoma tragedy has been ignored, there's one aspect of the killing that jumps off the page, and yet -- but for a couple of isolated exceptions -- has been all but banned as a topic for discussion.

We Need a Change

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Our children are afraid for their friends, their families, and themselves. They know something needs to change. But they can't get there without us -- and they certainly can't get there by arming themselves with still more guns.

GOP Lawmaker's Gun-Toting Family Photo That May Horrifies 'Metrosexual Liberals'

Posted 07.26.2013 | Denver

A 2011 family photo of State Sen. Greg Brophy (R-Wray), who has announced a run for Colorado governor, recently got renewed attention when ColoradoPol...

'Bribe The Senate' Campaign Is A Thing

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 07.25.2013 | Politics

A new viral campaign launched this week is reaching out to anyone upset over the Senate's April vote against bipartisan legislation to expand backgrou...

Legislative Democrats in Strong Position Heading Into 2014

Michael Sargeant | Posted 09.21.2013 | Politics
Michael Sargeant

From fighting for working families to ensuring that Americans have access to equal rights, Democrats are on the right side of voters and the right side of history, and we are in a solid position moving into the elections later this year, in 2014, and for elections to come.

Judge Won't Block Recalls Over Gun Votes

AP | IVAN MORENO | Posted 09.17.2013 | Denver

DENVER — Two Democratic Colorado state senators who supported gun restrictions won't appeal a Denver judge's ruling Thursday refusing to stop re...