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It's The Unsafe Access (Stupid)

Daniel Gross | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Daniel Gross

When James Carville said ,"It's the economy, stupid," it wasn't meant to insult anyone. It was to emphasize a point that should be obvious, but had instead been obscured by over-complication. We need to apply that same sense of pragmatism to the national conversation about guns.

What the NRA Doesn't Want You to Know

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.29.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

For years the NRA has actively fought against and prevented research on the causes and costs of gun violence. Why have we put up so long with efforts to block all research on a huge public health threat that injures and kills tens of thousands of Americans every year?

The Time for Debating Is Over -- We Need Action

Sarah Brady | Posted 02.15.2013 | Politics
Sarah Brady

The Brady Law, named for my husband after he was shot in the 1981 attempt to assassinate President Reagan, required background checks for gun purchases from licensed gun dealers. Most private sales, including those at gun shows, don't require background checks. That's insanity.

The Darkest Valley: God, Guns And The Church

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 09.22.2012 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

Gun violence is contrary to the will of God, and thus we are called to do what we can to change the reality of our circumstances so that moviegoers and school children no longer have to be afraid of living in a violent world.

Guns Help People Kill People

Cynthia Kounaris | Posted 06.17.2012 | Crime
Cynthia Kounaris

Cars don't kill people. And we all accept the common sense rules around car ownership and driving. Why do people not interpret these laws as infringing on their rights? Because these are rational ideas and for the common good.

Jim and Sarah Brady: We'll Never Know How Many Lives They Saved

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.30.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

We now mark the anniversary of Jim Brady's shooting with a renewed sense of loss: Tucson. A major difference between the two tragedies is that the outcome on January 8 was even more deadly.

The President on Guns: What Does it Mean?

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

If President Obama truly wants a system that no longer allows countless violent criminals to "effortlessly" avoid background checks, eventually he will have no choice but to confront the NRA, and defeat it.

LaPierre vs. Reagan: Different Lessons on Guns

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

After a month of silence following the horrifying Tucson shootings, the NRA's "top gun," Wayne LaPierre, returned to his old talking points before CPAC this week. "These clowns want to ban magazines?" La Pierre raged, "Are you kidding me?"

Would Charles Darwin Get a Gun?

Bernard Starr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bernard Starr

Another devastating chapter in our long history of massacres with guns unfolded in Tucson Arizona on January 8th with the ambush of Congresswoman Gabr...

A Million Lines of Defense Against Tragedy

Colin and Andrew Goddard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Colin and Andrew Goddard

On January 7, we wrote a blog celebrating the third anniversary of a law passed to prevent people with disqualifying mental health records from buying guns. The next day, the mass shooting in Tucson happened.

Really, Jon Stewart of the Daily Show? Really?

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Paul Helmke

Did Jon Stewart really suggest on the Oprah Show that when it comes to the horrific experience of school shootings that it's not the guns that are the problem, but "crazy is the problem"?

The NRA Is Wrong Again

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

America has the highest number of guns in the industrialized world and our citizens make up 80 percent of people in the industrialized world who die from bullet blasts.

"Most Compelling Testimony" Ever

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

Yesterday, the Crime Sub-Committee of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee hosted a forum on legislation to close the loophole that allows "private sellers" of firearms to bypass Brady background checks at gun shows.

Future of Guns Laws After McDonald

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

Even after the landmark Supreme Court decisions that gave individuals across the country a right to have a gun in the home for self-defense, the gun lobby still isn't happy.

Utah's License Give-Away Must Go

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

Utah is issuing concealed weapon licenses -- by the thousands -- to people willing to pay the mere $65.25 fee. You don't have to live, or ever set foot, in Utah to get the license.

Kagan is No Lady Gaga of Law

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

Maybe Kagan is no Lady Gaga when it comes to fashion. But for most Americans, the way Kagan outfits herself is just fine. What's in her mind and her heart are far more important than what's on her back, neck, or her ring finger.

Making Lemonade

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

On this day 29 years ago, a robust, warm, funny, clever man took a bullet intended for the President. Back then, this happened because we made it too easy in America for dangerous people to get dangerous guns. We still do.

Shooting Deaths of Children Rose for Second Straight Year

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The United States is one of the few industrialized countries without common-sense controls on gun sales. We regulate toy guns but not the real ones that kill tens of thousands every year.

Message to Rahm Emanuel: On Guns and Terror, If Not Now, When?

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

I have a modest suggestion for the President. In the State of the Union address, demonstrate that national security trumps fear of the gun lobby.

Edward Kennedy: A Lion In The Fight Against Gun Violence

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

The Brady Campaign, and all survivors of gun violence, will miss Senator Kennedy's giant presence on the national stage.

Guns in Church and the Myth of the NRA

Richard Aborn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Aborn

Did you see the story in today's New York Times about a pastor who is holding a "bring your gun to church day"? Outrageous. But the real thrust of t...

A New Day For Gun Violence Prevention

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

Last year at this time, I said that America was turning a corner on the gun issue, and the watershed events of 2008 confirmed that prediction. The pa...

Obama And McCain: Address Gun Violence In America

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

Tonight, Senators John McCain and Barack Obama will debate each other in a town hall at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. This time, unlike...