VIDEO: Santa Shot With Pellet Gun At Toy Giveaway

By: Wednesday December 25, 2013 8:03 am

Peace on earth and goodwill towards men? Not so much. Xavier Hawkins dressed up as Santa Claus to give toys away in Southeast Washington, instead he was shot in the back with a pellet gun. The incident was caught on camera by the local ABC News affiliate. The video is disturbing. The man dressed as [...]

Michigan Governor Snyder Vetoes Concealed Carry in Public Schools Bill

By: Tuesday December 18, 2012 1:40 pm

Embattled Michigan Governor Rick Snyder vetoed ill-timed legislation that would have allowed experienced gun owners to carry concealed weapons in public schools. This is among the first tangible impacts of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The bill was delivered to Snyder’s desk early Tuesday afternoon and he vetoed it [...]

As Gun Safety Debate Heats Up, Danger in Trying to Solve Wrong Problem

By: Tuesday December 18, 2012 8:20 am

Before this fight gets waged, however, there has to be some understanding of what problem needs to be solved. I completely agree with Mark Kleiman that asking “how do we stop the type of shootings we saw in Newtown” risks solving the wrong problem. The gun safety debate should not just focus on protecting children, and it may not be accurate to tailor policies toward preventing mass shootings. There are certainly things we can do to curtail the 9,000-odd homicides with guns used each year, but they may not be applicable to the case of the young, mostly white, often mentally disturbed individuals who commit mass murder, often out of a need for attention, which is then lavished upon them by the news media.

Feinstein Plans to Reintroduce Assault Weapons Ban Next Year

By: Sunday December 16, 2012 12:26 pm

Dianne Feinstein, author of the 1994 assault weapons ban that expired under President George W. Bush in 2004, told Meet the Press that she plans to reintroduce the law on the first day of the new Congress in 2013. The bill seeks to respond to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, [...]

Thoughts on the Newtown Elementary School Tragedy

By: Friday December 14, 2012 12:56 pm

I haven’t been posting this afternoon because I’ve been preoccupied with other things, but also because of a general frustration with how America responds to gun tragedies. Really the lowest form of our political discourse comes out on these days. It seems as if somebody is just inventing scenarios to increase the outrage over the [...]

Norway Terror Reveals Disturbing Assumptions About Muslims

By: Saturday July 23, 2011 11:05 am

The only response to the two attacks in Norway yesterday is total horror. In the latest update, at least 91 people are dead from a bomb at a suite of government buildings and a gun attack at a Labour Party youth camp on Utoya Island. The suspect, Anders Behring Breivik, was a right-wing nationalist and [...]

Giffords Speaking Again; Fiancee of Victim in Attack Calls for High-Capacity Magazine Ban

By: Wednesday February 9, 2011 1:41 pm

The news we’re all supposed to know about from the Gabby Giffords assassination is that she has begun speaking. And that is indeed great news, and I hope it leads to a full recovery. Less remarked-upon is the kinds of systemic issues with public policy that led to the shooting in the first place: the [...]

Tucson Shooting Video Reinforces Need for Gun Safety Laws

By: Wednesday January 19, 2011 8:16 am

I don’t think this signals much of anything, because Dick Cheney doesn’t have to vote for anything. But it’s notable that our nation’s most prominent errant shooter acknowledged to NBC that “maybe it’s appropriate” to limit high-capacity gun magazines in the wake of Tucson. I really hope this video of the shooting doesn’t get leaked, [...]

President Obama Speaks at “Together We Thrive” Event in Tucson

By: Wednesday January 12, 2011 4:50 pm

The President will speak sometime during the “Together We Thrive” event happening at the McKale Center on the campus of the University of Arizona in Tucson, four days after the assassination attempt that wounded 15 people, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), and killed 6 others, including a Giffords staffer, a federal judge and four constituents. [...]

Senate Obstruction: Four Years and Counting Since a Confirmed ATF Director

By: Wednesday January 12, 2011 1:56 pm

One of the things that maybe surprised everyone after the assassination attempt on Gabrielle Giffords is the fact that the United States has not had a confirmed director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for four and a half years. Potential directors nominated by George Bush and Barack Obama alike, both of whom [...]

Boehner Shuts Down Peter King Gun Control Legislation

By: Wednesday January 12, 2011 7:43 am

I guess Rachel Maddow called me out, among other people, a bit for displaying a bit of cynicism over the possibility of gun control legislation getting through Congress. I’m all for rallying the troops with a “we can do it” speech, but when I wrote that, I was thinking of this. The Speaker of the [...]

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