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Gun Sales Surge, But Fewer Excited Gun-Buyers In Colo., Conn.

AP | EILEEN SULLIVAN | Posted 03.09.2013 | Denver

WASHINGTON -- People who lived in the two states that saw the most deadly U.S. mass shootings in 2012 were less enthusiastic about buying new guns at ...

For Sale: Very Large, Slightly Damaged Country

Tom Gerdy | Posted 03.08.2013 | Politics
Tom Gerdy

At this point in our history, I am certain the country would be listed in realtor's terms as a "fixer-upper" or a "handyman special." This country might not have a long history compared with others around the world, but it has a strong one.

White House Weighing Broad Gun Control Approach

Reuters | Posted 03.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Jan 6 (Reuters) - The White House is weighing a far broader approach to curbing U.S. gun violence than just reinstating ...

I'm With Stupid: The Longer the Weapon, the Shorter the Tool

Todd Hartley | Posted 03.06.2013 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

So, since I'm not particularly concerned about the National Rifle Association ruining my political career, I'll be the one to say it: If you own multiple guns or feel the need to possess a military-style assault weapon, it's because you have a small penis.

Former NRA President Compares Assault Weapons Ban To Racial Discrimination

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Marion Hammer, former president of the National Rifle Association, recently spoke out against an effort by congressional lawmakers to reinstate a ban ...

U.S. Marine Pens Response To Gun Control Bill: 'I Am Not Your Servant'

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 01.04.2013 | Politics

A United States Marine veteran has penned a response to California Sen. Dianne Feinstein's gun control proposal, saying the government has no right to...

A Modest Proposal

Glen Martin | Posted 03.06.2013 | Crime
Glen Martin

Given that all attempts to ban military-style firearms have failed miserably, we must look to a new approach. One possibility: stop trying to define illegal firearms. Rather, do the opposite.

For 2013, Let's Ban Cars and Guns

Gavin Magrath | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics
Gavin Magrath

No one is suggesting we ban all cars -- and no one is suggesting we ban all guns. Pretending all regulation is equivalent to a ban is a classic false dichotomy: a total ban is not the only alternative to the status quo.

State Assault Weapons Ban Clears Committee Vote

Belleville News-Democrat | Brian Brueggemann | Posted 03.05.2013 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois senators returned to the Capitol on Wednesday with plans to vote on legalizing gay marriage and banning certain types of guns,...

An Open Letter to Vice President Joe Biden on Gun Control

Martin Long | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics
Martin Long

I fondly recall learning to shoot a .22 rifle at Boy Scout camp oh those many years ago. I've had little direct experience with guns since then. But I do not write to you today as an anti-gun polemicist.

Why Gun Control Advocates Are Wrong -- Dead Wrong

Daryl Rowland | Posted 03.04.2013 | Comedy
Daryl Rowland

The Second Amendment was included in the Bill of Rights to protect citizens from a tyrannical federal government. That's why gun control advocates have it utterly backward when they call for the ban of assault weapons and high capacity clips. That is a slippery slope in the wrong direction.

Gun Control and Arms Control

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 03.01.2013 | World
Lawrence Wittner

Preventing or restraining armed aggression needs to be tackled not only by arms control and disarmament, but by just and effective governance on the local, national, and international levels.

Not Good Enough, Not By a Long Shot

Amy Ephron | Posted 02.27.2013 | Politics
Amy Ephron

Todays headline: "Dems to Introduce Gun Control Law on First Day of Congress." But look beneath the headline and find that it's not really a gun control bill at all. It's not even a halfway measure.

We Are to Blame for the Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre

John Rosenthal | Posted 02.27.2013 | Politics
John Rosenthal

To fully comprehend how such a tragedy could occur in Newtown, Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora, or any town in America, look in the mirror.

Sam Stein

Democrats Will Introduce High-Capacity Magazine Ban On First Day Of Next Congress | Sam Stein | Posted 12.29.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Democrats will introduce legislation to ban the production of high-capacity magazines on the first day of the next congressional s...

The Lines Have Been Drawn

Eric Gorovitz | Posted 02.26.2013 | Politics
Eric Gorovitz

The NRA and its supporters have shed the cloak of respectability that has enshrouded their real motives. We can now see that we have not been arguing merely over which people should have access to which guns. We have been fighting for the very soul of America.

We Are Well Ahead of Yemen -- But It Is Just Killing Us

Rep. Carolyn Maloney | Posted 02.26.2013 | Politics
Rep. Carolyn Maloney

If guns kept Americans safe, then America would surely be the safest country in the whole world. Because, by a huge margin, America has the most guns. Yemen, a poor, developing country with warring tribes, heavily armed militias and an al Qaeda presence, comes in a distant second.

The Cancer of Gun Violence Requires the Policy Equivalent of Chemotherapy

Brian Levin | Posted 02.26.2013 | Politics
Brian Levin

Gun violence is a cancer plaguing our American body politic. True meaningful action to reduce violence requires a holistic approach. Supporting the Second Amendment is not incompatible with the gun control supported by the majority of Americans.

Forget the Guns -- Put Law Enforcement in Control of the Bullets

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 02.26.2013 | Crime
Sarah O'Leary

For "responsible" gun owners, ammunition control by law enforcement should be a welcome compromise. The argument has always been that control laws only affect responsible gun owners.

Adam Lanza's Grip on Reality: A Civic Perspective

Peter Alexander Meyers | Posted 02.26.2013 | Politics
Peter Alexander Meyers

Out of, it seems, nowhere, we are having right now a new national discussion about guns, mental health, and violence because through a terrible act Adam Lanza brought his denial of reality back into our reality with a vengeance.

Even Fundamental Rights Are Subject to Certain Limitations

George Chanos | Posted 02.25.2013 | Politics
George Chanos

A ban on assault weapons is a reasonable, necessary and appropriate limitation on our rights under the Second Amendment. It is a limitation that will help to protect, at least to some degree, the lives of our children.

Joravsky on Rahm: "And He Wonders Why No One Trusts Him"

Barbara Popovic | Posted 02.25.2013 | Chicago
Barbara Popovic

Does Mayor Emanuel already know what schools he wants to close in March? The Reader's Ben Joravsky thinks he does. And WBEZ's Achy Obejas thinks that there's not going to be much movement on gun regulation.

Another "Ho-Ho-Horowitz Christmas"? Not This Year

Rick Horowitz | Posted 02.23.2013 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

After Newtown, an annual tradition falls by the wayside.

A Proven Way to End the Gun Slaughter: Will We Fight For it?

Douglas Anthony Cooper | Posted 02.25.2013 | Politics
Douglas Anthony Cooper

The "middle ground"' is the place to stand if you care more about guns than children. What will work -- and it will require a seismic shift in the American psyche of the sort rarely experienced in history -- is the uncompromising gun policy adopted in Australia.

Is the NRA Right -- Are Second Amendment Freedoms Under Attack?

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 02.23.2013 | Politics
Brian Levin, J.D.

The NRA's complete and insane refusal to put any regulations on weapon type, magazine capacity, and ammunition on the table of public discourse may be about many things, but the Second Amendment is simply not one of them.