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

By: Wednesday December 19, 2012 7:51 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 background checks by buying them at gun shows.

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

By: Tuesday December 18, 2012 11:41 am

Before this fight gets waged 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 8:20 am

Let me say something unpopular. There is nothing special about the fact that the Newtown massacre was visited upon 6 and 7 year-olds in an elementary school, relative to massacres where the majority of the victims are college students or adults. A human tragedy is a human tragedy regardless of the age level that it most directly impacts. But the fact that Newtown is seen as a spur to action, as a “tipping point,” that it can get someone like Joe Manchin to say that it’s time for action on the matter – is reflective of the basically dumb way we do politics in this country. In many cases, no outrage, no tragedy, no activity at all rises to the level of legislative response unless it gets visited upon children – and I could probably amend that to say “white children.”

Feinstein Plans to Reintroduce Assault Weapons Ban Next Year

By: Sunday December 16, 2012 4:00 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, Connecticut, one of several this year.

Writing on Shooting: Over Five Years Later, What Has Changed?

By: Friday December 14, 2012 5:26 pm

Gun violence is more than an everyday occurrence in this country, it is an hourly one. Correction: it is a quarter-hourly one.

Obama Endorses Some Gun Control Measures in Post-Aurora Remarks

By: Thursday July 26, 2012 3:32 pm

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.

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

By: Monday July 23, 2012 6:50 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.

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

By: Friday July 20, 2012 11:08 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 I suppose respectful to give words of contrition and sympathy as the head of state. But I wish that someday, we’d hear something in the wake of yet another tragedy like this more akin to what Michael Bloomberg had to say.

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

By: Friday July 20, 2012 5:45 am

NPR is reporting this morning that a man armed with a rifle and hand gun(s) 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 one of the theaters. He then opened fire with the rifle, and at least one, possibly two handguns. Initial police reports are that he killed 14 people and wounded about 50 others, some critically.

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