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Inspiring Lessons from Seattle Pacific University

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

I am so grateful to the Seattle Pacific University community for their witness of strength, forgiveness, and deep faith. Yet I am heartbroken that they and so many other children, youths, and adults walk in fear on a daily basis and keep having to worry about experiencing this at all. Why is our nation saturated with guns-- four million in military and law enforcement hands and 310 million in civilian hands? Why are American children and teens 17 times more likely to die from gun violence than their peers in 25 other high-income countries combined? Why is our mental health system still so inadequate to respond to the cries of those needing help? When will we all say enough? We can and must do better.

One Year Later

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

One year later, despite Congress's appalling lack of action, there has been important progress in some areas and states. The White House has quietly delivered on most of the executive actions President Obama promised in the aftermath of the Newtown shooting.

How Many College Shootings Already This Year?!

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 04.16.2013 | College

On Friday, an 18-year-old student allegedly shot two women with a 12-gauge shotgun at the mall branch of New River Community College in Christiansburg...

NRA Response to New Jersey Shooting of 3 Police Officers: More Guns?

Michael Shank | Posted 12.28.2012 | Crime
Michael Shank

How would the NRA, who suggested after the Sandy Hook shooting in Connecticut that we provide armed guards in every school across America, at a cost of nearly $8 billion per year, respond to New Jersey's shooting?

Nate C. Hindman

Newtown Massacre Sparks Surge In Gun Sales

HuffingtonPost.com | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 12.18.2012 | Small Business

The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn. has sparked a surge in gun sales, according to independent arms dealers across the nation....

40 Seconds and 40 Percent: The Wisconsin Spa Tragedy and the Simple Case for Background Checks

Daniel Gross | Posted 12.25.2012 | Crime
Daniel Gross

Forty seconds is all it would have taken to keep a community and our nation from suffering yet another mass shooting in a place that we should all rightly expect to be safe.

The Truth About Gun Sales

Josh Horwitz | Posted 03.10.2012 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

By purposely hiding actual data about gun sales in America, the gun lobby is attempting to reinforce its oversize reputation and make the industry look like a more politically potent force than it actually is.

Leaving Brady, But Not the Fight to Prevent Gun Violence

Paul Helmke | Posted 09.07.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

My tenure with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence will be ending, but I will remain engaged in the movement to reduce gun violence in America. For me, working for a safer America is more than just a job.

Badly Flawed Background Check System Fails To Contain Firearms Sales

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 08.23.2011 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Rick Schmitt, iWatch News Like many states, Maine depends on the FBI to conduct background checks of people who want to acquire firearms from th...

Obama: "Let's Work Together to Prevent Gun Violence"

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

On Tuesday, I attended a meeting at the U.S. Justice Department with representatives from the White House. The Administration indicated that this was the first of what they hoped would be a series of discussions on ending gun violence.

Lucia Graves

Polls: Key States Support Strengthening National Gun Background-Check System

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Polls conducted in five key states show large majorities in support of closing loopholes in the national background check system for fir...

Lucia Graves

In Arizona, Survivor Of Virginia Tech Massacre Talks Gun Control: 'The Time For Thoughts And Prayers Is Over'

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Almost two months after the shootings in Tucson, Ariz., Colin Goddard, a survivor of the Virginia Tech massacre, is speaking to Arizona students about...

Lucia Graves

Chuck Schumer, Michael Bloomberg Team Up On Gun Control

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has announced legislation that would require all gun buyers to undergo a background check and increase penalties for state...

Virginia Tech Group Presses For Gun-Control Measures

The Hill's Blog Briefing Room | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

A group of family members and survivors of the 2007 Virgina Tech shootings is urging Congress to strengthen gun-control measures in the wake of last w...