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Gun Violence Prevention

NAN's Huddle Uses Positive Peer Pressure to Tackle Societal Issues

Marcus Bright | Posted 07.24.2014 | New York
Marcus Bright

One model that is serving as a catalyst for promoting cultural change among urban youth is the National Action Network's (NAN) Youth Move Huddle.

Laura Bassett

Santa Barbara Congresswoman Pushes 3 Gun Bills In Wake Of Shooting | Laura Bassett | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics

After the mass shooting last month that left seven dead in Isla Vista, Calif., the area's congresswoman, Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.), went back to her ...

Guns, Cars and Too Much Liberty

Barron H. Lerner | Posted 08.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Barron H. Lerner

As someone who has now personally experienced a tragic, unnecessary death, I worry that the banner of libertarianism too often drowns out rational, middle-of-the road approaches to genuine harms. It is hard to imagine anyone who has lost a relative or dear friend in such a manner to see such innocent deaths as the price of doing business. Indeed, it is downright chilling to suggest this.

Time for a New Flag

Jonathan Schmock | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Schmock


Student Who Pepper-Sprayed Seattle Pacific Gunman: It's 'Hard To Accept' Hero Status

Associated Press | Posted 06.09.2014 | Impact

SEATTLE (AP) — College student Jon Meis, who has shied away from the spotlight since he ended a Seattle campus shooting by pepper-spraying the gunma...

We Don't Need to Live in a Society Where Race Limits Any Child's Destiny

Gordon Whitman | Posted 08.02.2014 | Politics
Gordon Whitman

One of the great tragedies in America today is the mistaken belief that racial inequality is a sad but inevitable condition of our society.

The One Question I Am Asked In Every Country I Visit

Joanna Zelman | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
Joanna Zelman

I have been asked about Miley Cyrus a handful of times during my travels abroad. I am often asked if I know someone named "John" who also lives in New York City. But the only question I have been asked on every coast of every country I've visited is: "Why do Americans love guns so much?"

We Need a Response Plan for Gun Violence on Campus

Chris Kowal | Posted 03.25.2014 | College
Chris Kowal

Procedures were not clear. Classroom doors did not lock. Communication systems were not consistent; students received information sooner in many cases than did the faculty. I believe this lack of preparedness is true across our nation.

Social Change via the Living Room

Rachael Chong | Posted 03.24.2014 | Impact
Rachael Chong

In New York, we went to interview Erica Ford in Jamaica, Queens, where for 340 days she and her team, I Love My LIFE, had stopped violence -- not a single shot, not a single murder happened.

Gun Industry Hawks Militarized Products at Vegas SHOT Show

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

This is not your grandfather's gun industry that met the needs of hunters and sportsmen. Instead, gun companies are promoting assault rifles like the AR-15, AK-47, and numerous others as the profit center of last resort.

Moving Everyday Gun Violence Into View

Rachael Chong | Posted 03.16.2014 | Impact
Rachael Chong

Mayor Michael Nutter talks about Cities United and preventing gun violence in cities across the United States through cross-sector partnerships.

It's Time for Us to Stand Strong

Tom Mauser | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics
Tom Mauser

Just minutes from Columbine, on the day before the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, a gunman walked into his high school. What immediately went through my mind was, "Not again."

What Are We Doing About Gun Violence?

Rachael Chong | Posted 03.04.2014 | Impact
Rachael Chong

With every horrific story of gun violence, we vow to amend gun laws so that they require universal background checks and ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Then, as the news coverage fades, so does our attention.

Dear Congress: We Need You To Act

Rabbi Aaron Alexander | Posted 02.15.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Aaron Alexander

Inaction in the face of adversity shows only a lack of courage and a deficit of conviction. You have to be better than that.

Remember, Reflect, and Recommit -- The Year After Sandy Hook

Rabbi Aaron Alexander | Posted 02.12.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Aaron Alexander

So much can happen in a year. So little can actually change. The watershed tragedy of Sandy Hook, just about one year ago today, is an all-too-potent reminder of this phenomenon.

Remembering Newtown, One Year Later

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

Much will be said in the coming days about how successful advocates have been in achieving their goals since 12/14. And make no mistake: Given the opposition we face, we cannot expect to win overnight. The NRA, a trade association for the gun industry masquerading as a shooting sports foundation, has worked for decades to block any policy that could negatively affect the industry's bottom line. They've taken tens of millions of dollars in donations from gun companies that care more about increased profits than protecting public safety. But over the long term, it's important to know that the NRA represents an industry on the decline. Newtown and other recent mass shootings have greatly increased public awareness of gun violence, helping spur a growing grassroots movement in favor of action that shows no sign of slowing down.

Guns Aren't the Answer to Domestic Violence

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

When it comes to guns and women, firearms are being used to take women's lives, not defend them.

Washington Navy Yard Shooting Exposes a Failing System of Gun Safety

Kaile Shilling | Posted 11.20.2013 | Los Angeles
Kaile Shilling

Every time there is an incident of gun violence, we are told that it is the fault of an individual. This is a distraction that keeps us from examining a failing system.

The Legacy of Trayvon Martin: Race Complicates the Discussion About Gun Responsibility

Steven Kurlander | Posted 10.26.2013 | Crime
Steven Kurlander

There was a recent lull in the acrimonious gun control debate until last week when three Oklahoma teenagers, two black and one white, gunned down a vi...

Show Me the Evidence

Alex Palombo | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics
Alex Palombo

If those in power were able to think a little more scientifically, to set aside their ideologies and see the evidence before them, I think we would be a lot closer to solving many of this country's problems, like gun violence and climate change.

STUDY: Gun Violence Surpasses All Forms Of Murder And Blacks Are Most Often The Victim

Reuters | Posted 09.11.2013 | Black Voices

By Yasmeen Abutaleb WASHINGTON, July 11 (Reuters) - Nearly four times as many young murder victims in the United States were killed by...

Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson

PHOTOS: New Orleans Moms Pray For An End To Gun Violence | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 07.07.2013 | Black Voices

NEW ORLEANS -- July 4, 2012, was Independence Day as usual for New Orleans native Chanda Burks. As she'd done almost without exception in recent years...

Six Months After Newtown, States Are Taking the Lead

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

The NRA and its "corporate partners" in the gun industry have opposed and blocked even the smallest steps forward to regulate firearms. This kind of obstruction has consequences for real people: families left bereft, communities devastated.

Guns Kill More People Than Motor Vehicles in 12 States & DC

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

Nationwide, motor vehicle fatalities have steadily declined over decades, the result of careful strategies implemented to reduce deaths on the road. Meanwhile, violent gun deaths have continued unabated.

Cartoonists Against Gun Violence

Mike Luckovich | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics
Mike Luckovich

It's frustrating to see how Congress legislates not on what's best for the people, but what's best for the lobbyists. I've been hitting the NRA and its congressional whores for years, putting me on the NRA enemies list, which makes me feel like I'm doing something right.