A Tale of Two Tragedies


Paul Blest on two heartwrenching tragedies and what we can learn from them.

Start the Conversation: Law Enforcement Should Not Be Able to Carry Guns Into a State Capitol Building

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Politics Editor Paul Blest thinks the current conversation about guns is disingenuous. It’s time to change that.

Start the Conversation: Law Enforcement Should Be Able To Carry Guns Into A State Capitol Building

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An Oklahoma state senator recently reported 40 state sheriffs lobbying in Oklahoma. Contributor Michael Amity thinks that’s morally reprehensible.

“Guns themselves are not the issue, taking lives is.”


This comment by Mike Welch on the post The Handgun Rules

A Man Was Shot In The Chest And You Can Guess Exactly What Happened Next


Killing a man in the United States is faster and easier than ordering fast food at a drive-thru.

Guns to Surpass Car Accidents as Leading Cause of Deaths Among Young People

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The United States has experienced a dramatic decline in violent crime over the last two decades, yet the rate of gun violence, particularly among young people, has barely moved.

From My Cold, Dead Hand: Understanding the Gun Culture in America

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Austin Harrington attempts to understand America’s love of guns by entering the world of the gun enthusiast.

NRA Lobbies to Expand Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law, as Shooter Stands Trial for Killing Jordan Davis

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Wednesday morning, the lawyer for Michael Dunn starts the first full day of his defense in the murder trial for his fatal shooting of 17-year-old Jordan Davis, in what is likely the most prominent Florida Stand Your Ground case since Trayvon Martin.

At Least 26 Children or Teens Died in Florida Stand Your Ground Cases


Trayvon Martin, who would have turned 19 on Wednesday, is one of the 26 young people killed.

Going Home to Newtown

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This post first ran on Dec. 20, 2012, one week after the tragedy of Newtown, as Sean Beaudoin returned to his hometown and grappled with what had happened.

Philadelphia: First US City To Ban 3D Guns

The measure passed unanimously by 10-member council and comes as a federal law banning firearms that can go unnoticed by a metal detector is set to expire early next month.

California Appeals Court Upholds State Ban on Assault Rifles

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Semi-automatic assault rifles are still illegal in California, and the ban is constitutional.

Minnesota Legislator Upset With Ban on Gun Shops in New Vikings Stadium

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The new Vikings stadium has plenty of problems. A lack of gun shops isn’t one of them.

NEW POLL: Americans More Likely to Blame Mental Health Issues, Not Easy Access to Guns, for Mass Shootings


80% cite the “failure of the mental health system to identify individuals who are a danger to others” as a great deal or a fair amount to blame for shootings, while 61% say the same for easy access to guns.

13 Injured in Chicago Mass Shooting

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The week both began and ended with mass shootings. One in DC and now one in Chicago.

After the Colorado Recalls, is Gun Control Dead?


The recall of two state legislators in Colorado did not end gun control, but it should be a wake up call for its advocates.