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The Idea That Women Use Guns For Self-Defense Against Men Is A Big Lie

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 09.21.2016 | Women

If you listen to the National Rifle Association, every woman in America should carry a gun so she can protect herself from dangerous strangers, domest...

Exposing NRA Myths Will Not Change Gun Advocates' Minds

Marvin Meadors | Posted 04.30.2016 | Politics
Marvin Meadors

Knocking down the myths of the NRA such as the number of the defensive gun uses will not convince gun advocates and conservative politicians bankrolled by the NRA to change their minds about passing sensible gun legislation.

Advocacy Group Warns U.S. Gun Industry Is Targeting Children

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 02.22.2016 | Politics

The U.S. firearms industry is designing and marketing guns specifically for children in a concerted effort to build a new base of customers, according...

Gun Deaths Are Now Outpacing Traffic Deaths In 21 States, And Counting

The Huffington Post | Mariah Stewart | Posted 01.15.2016 | Politics

More people died from guns than from motor vehicle accidents in 21 states in 2014, according to a report released this week. The Violence Policy Cente...

The States Where Women Are Most Likely To Be Murdered By Men

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 09.17.2015 | Women

More than 1,600 women in the U.S. were murdered by men in 2013, according to a new report released Tuesday by the Violence Policy Center. Black women ...

Good Guys With Guns?

B. Jeffrey Madoff | Posted 06.23.2016 | Politics
B. Jeffrey Madoff

Good guys stopping bad guys is a myth perpetuated in movies and television. The best chance of stopping a bad guy with a gun is good policy that makes it tougher to get one.

Buck's 'Guns for Felons' Legislation

Ken Toltz | Posted 06.19.2016 | Politics
Ken Toltz

Nearly everyone would agree that convicted, violent criminals should not be able to purchase guns. Everyone, that is, except first-term Colorado Rep. Ken Buck -- who is now advancing NRA-supported legislation to reinstate a federal "guns for felons" program.

Using Guns In Self-Defense Is Rare, Study Finds

The Huffington Post | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 06.17.2015 | Crime

American gun owners are far more likely to injure themselves or someone else with their firearm than to stop a criminal, according to a new study from...

Do Guns Protect Us? Violence Policy Center Says No

Mike Weisser | Posted 03.14.2015 | Politics
Mike Weisser

I'm licensed for CCW and I carry a gun from time to time. So I'm not opposed per se to the notion that guns do more good than harm. What I do oppose is constructing an argument for either position out of whole cloth.

Focus on the NRA

Peter Dreier | Posted 02.27.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

It has been a week since Ismaayl Brinsley, a deranged man with a long criminal record, killed two New York City police officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, in cold blood, but so far we haven't heard a word from the National Rifle Association.

Murder Rate for Black Americans Is Four Times the National Average

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

Here are a couple of facts that every American should be ashamed of: Black Americans are four times more likely to be murdered than the national average. What's more, four out of five black homicide victims are killed with guns.

Who Is Missing in the Assault Weapons Debate?

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Dr. Peggy Drexler

The debate over assault weapons rages on, with both sides of the issue hardening positions with each event. But amid the high-decibel back and forth, one voice is curiously silent: the companies that make a profit by putting these weapons on our streets.

Nevada Once Again Leads Nation in Women Murdered by Men

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 11.26.2012 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

For the third year in a row, and for the fifth time in six years, Nevada ranked first in the nation in the rate of women killed by men according to the annual report When Men Murder Women.

NRA Reaps Profits From the Internet Ammo Sales It Made Possible

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 09.23.2012 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

Prior to passage of McClure-Volkmer, interstate ammunition sales by common carrier to private individuals were banned and records were maintained of ammunition sales. McClure-Volkmer ended these limited controls -- and opened up a new financial funding stream for the NRA.

Gun Deaths Exceed Motor Vehicle Deaths in 10 States

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 07.22.2012 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

Each day, how many motor vehicles do you see or actually use? You probably couldn't keep track. Now, how about guns. How many do you see or actually use during the same period? For most people, not that many. If any at all. And yet, in 10 states gun deaths actually outpace motor vehicle deaths.

Nevada Ranks #1 in Rate of Women Murdered by Men

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 11.20.2011 | Crime
Josh Sugarmann

For the second year in a row, and for the fourth time in the last five years, Nevada is first in the nation in the rate of women killed by men.

Wayne Lapierre: Old Dog, Old Tricks

Cliff Schecter | Posted 10.11.2011 | Politics
Cliff Schecter

To quote Lawrence O'Donnell from his show back in February, Wayne LaPierre is "Washington's lobbyist in favor of murderer's rights, always to use the gun of their choice."

Norway Shooter's Mini-14: The "Poor Man's Assault Rifle"

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 09.26.2011 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

The attack in Norway by Anders Behring Breivik, apparently involving a Ruger Mini-14 assault rifle, is only the most horrific of the mass shootings in...

Gun Industry Militarization Drives Mexico Gun Trafficking

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 08.14.2011 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

If Congress wants to find the real causes of the gun traffic to Mexico, it needs to look upstream to the gun industry's callous transformation of the American gun market into one more suited to warfare than sport.

NRA Receives Millions from Gun Industry "Corporate Partners"

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 06.13.2011 | Business
Josh Sugarmann

We have found that the National Rifle Association (NRA) receives millions of dollars directly from domestic and foreign gun manufacturers and other members of the firearms industry through an organized corporate outreach program.

Gun Conglomerate Pulls IPO, Latest Bad News for Firearms Industry

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 06.04.2011 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

Despite the gun industry's essentially unchallenged chest thumping that things are going great for firearm manufacturers, a giant dose of reality reared its ugly head when Freedom Group canceled a long-delayed IPO.

NRA's LaPierre Can't Even Support NRA's Own Position on Background Checks

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

In the red-meat fulmination that is Wayne LaPierre's yearly appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference (commonly known as CPAC, held h...

NRA: It's Good to Live Like a King

Cliff Schecter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cliff Schecter

There is plenty of circumstantial evidence that the NRA's mission has nothing to do with its members, but everything to do with protecting the profits of the gun manufacturers who support the organization with big bucks.

Michigan CCW Holders' Suicide Rate Higher Than Michigan's General Population

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

Concealed handgun license holders in the Wolverine State commit suicide at a rate higher than the general Michigan population according to information...

Top Ten Most Murderous States for Women Killed by Men

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Josh Sugarmann

Each year for Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October the Violence Policy Center releases its report When Men Murder Women. This VPC study, usin...