Las Vegas Shooting Leaves Two Police Officers Dead

By: Monday June 9, 2014 5:38 am

It happened again. Another shooting, this one in Las Vegas, has claimed the lives of three victims as well as the two shooters who committed suicide. The shooters shot themselves after killing two police officers in a pizzeria and a woman at a nearby Walmart. The motive for killing the police officers seems to be [...]

President Endorses Reinstatement of Assault Weapons Ban, Other Gun Safety Legislation

By: Wednesday December 19, 2012 6:20 am

The President will support a reinstatement of the assault weapons ban in the wake of the mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. He will also “consider” legislation limiting extended magazines that carry a high capacity of bullets, as well as legislation closing the “gun show loophole,” which enables gun purchasers to avoid [...]

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.

Gun Safety Should Not Just Be Directed At Protecting Children

By: Monday December 17, 2012 7:45 am

This to me is a key part of the President’s remarks at last night’s vigil in Newtown, Connecticut: This is our first task — caring for our children. It’s our first job. If we don’t get that right, we don’t get anything right. That’s how, as a society, we will be judged. And by that [...]

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, [...]

Obama Endorses Some Gun Control Measures in Post-Aurora Remarks

By: Thursday July 26, 2012 11:36 am

President Obama made his strongest comments since 2008 on gun control in a speech before the National Urban League last night, arguing for a variety of limits on gun proliferation: With the last public event of a four-day trip that started with a visit to the Aurora, Colo., hospital where almost two dozen victims were [...]

Pretend Debate Over Gun Control Won’t End With Anything Tangible

By: Monday July 23, 2012 6:16 am

New gun control legislation will not pass this Congress. I’m confident saying it won’t pass the next Congress either, or the next. In essence, new gun control legislation will never pass Congress again, as long as this generation of Democrats remains in power. The assault weapons ban passed in 1994, not that long ago. Every [...]

After Tragedy, Bloomberg Rips Presidential Candidates for Not Talking About Gun Laws

By: Friday July 20, 2012 10:16 am

In the wake of a shooting tragedy, it is only because of the dedicated work of gun control supporters that the implement used in the tragedy even gets mentioned. The President in his remarks this morning on the incident in Aurora, Colorado, referred to a “gunman” but not the guns he used. It’s proper and [...]

Mass Shooting in Aurora, Colo; 12 Dead, 50 Wounded, Suspect Held

By: Friday July 20, 2012 4:47 am

NPR is reporting this morning that a man armed with a rifle (perhaps also a shotgun) and at least 2 hand guns entered a theater complex in a shopping mall in Aurora, Colorado.  As audiences were watching the premiere of the new Batman movie, the man threw what may have been a tear-gas explosive inside [...]

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