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Focus on the NRA

Peter Dreier | Posted 12.28.2014 | 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...

Activist Judge Rules Against Wisconsin's CCW Ban, Cites Wikipedia, Ignores Facts

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

This week Wisconsin Circuit Court Judge Jon M. Counsell ruled that the state's ban on carrying concealed handguns in public was overly broad and therefore unconstitutional.

Rude Awakening: Two CCW Holders Kill One Another

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

Since May 2007, concealed handgun permit holders have killed at least 189 individuals -- including nine law enforcement officers -- in 26 states.

Murders by Concealed Handgun Permit Holders: 52 Convictions or Suicides and Counting

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

These most recent incidents stand as proof of why states and local governments must be able to prohibit the carrying of concealed handguns.

The Tea Party, Gun Lobby & Anti-Government Rhetoric

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

The NRA routinely presents the election of Barack Obama as a virtually apocalyptic threat not only to gun ownership, but to the future of the United States itself.

Man Who Threatened Rep. Cantor Had Concealed Handgun Permit

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

The threats and crimes committed by these "upstanding citizens," as the gun lobby likes to call concealed handgun permit holders, are no surprise.

Another Month, Another Batch of CCW Killings

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

The only thing as constant as the gun lobby's claim that concealed handgun permit holders are model citizens who never commit crimes is the ever-growing list of killings by CCW holders that prove such claims false.

Glenn Beck's Fellow "Responsible" Handgun Carriers Have Killed Over 150 Since May 2007

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

Glenn Beck, meet two of your fellow concealed handgun permit holders -- Matthew Culbertson and Roger Troy, two of 11 new concealed carry killers identified by the Violence Policy Center

Glenn Beck: Object Lesson on Gun Suicide

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

In January 2008, Glenn Beck cheered a state legislator who had introduced a bill to allow college students to carry concealed handguns on campus. Dis...

Killings by Concealed Handgun Licensees Hit 139 Since May 2007

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

The number of killings by concealed handgun permit holders since since May 2007 has hit 139, including nine dead law enforcement officers, 13 mass shootings, and 11 murder-suicides.