Gun Violence

Gun Violence

CELEBRITIES, ACTIVISTS AND ARTIST ALLIES LAUNCH  #NoRA CAMPAIGN TO PUT AN END TO THE NRA’S INFLUENCE IN POLITICS

CELEBRITIES, ACTIVISTS AND ARTIST ALLIES LAUNCH #NoRA CAMPAIGN TO PUT AN END TO THE NRA’S INFLUENCE IN POLITICS

LOS ANGELES (April 20, 2018) – Nearly 100 celebrities, activists, artists, policy experts and survivors of gun violence today launched the #NoRA (No Rifle Association), a new collective action campaign to highlight and combat the National Rifle Association's (NRA) deadly influence over the American political system. The alliance is committed to moving culture into a less violent place by counteracting

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Empathic Gun Safety

Empathic Gun Safety

A few years ago in the month of March, my partner got me an all day package at LAX Firing Range in Southern California as a birthday present. She figured as a former pro athlete who did archery & rifles at youth summer camps, that it would be a welcome surprise, and it was. Shooting with her that day, and

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Crack, Voting Rights, and Black Lives Matter: A Primer For White People

Crack, Voting Rights, and Black Lives Matter: A Primer For White People

Black Lives Matter didn't happen in a vacuum, and it didn't happen solely because Michael Brown was shot and killed. Or Trayvon. Or Philando. Or Stephon. Or when they killed Sandra. Or broke Freddy’s neck. Or solely because of any of the unarmed, untried black Americans who have been killed by law enforcement since the genesis of Black Lives Matter

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200 Minds Held Hostage at Pennridge High

200 Minds Held Hostage at Pennridge High

On Saturday, 200 brave, patriotic, dedicated, and focused leaders of tomorrow sat in detention at Pennridge High School in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Northeast of Philadelphia, Bucks County is home to some of the highest rated school districts and communities to live in the nation and a perennial republican stronghold. The county's politics could be one reason that Pennridge School District

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A Crisis of Democracy

A Crisis of Democracy

We have a national crisis of mass shootings, exacerbated by our crisis of democracy. The latest, horrific mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, has brought renewed attention to the way the NRA circumvents the will of the vast majority who seek commonsense solutions to gun safety. By pouring millions from the gun lobby into political campaigns and lobbying, the NRA has changed

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STOP POLICE TERROR PROJECT DC, BLACK LIVES MATTER DC, #KEEPDC4ME AND 51 SEPARATE ORGANIZATIONS DEMAND THE D.C. COUNCIL HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING TAKING TESTIMONY ON ISSUES OF RACISM AND VIOLENCE WITHIN THE METROPOLITAN POLICE DEPARTMENT

STOP POLICE TERROR PROJECT DC, BLACK LIVES MATTER DC, #KEEPDC4ME AND 51 SEPARATE ORGANIZATIONS DEMAND THE D.C. COUNCIL HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING TAKING TESTIMONY ON ISSUES OF RACISM AND VIOLENCE WITHIN THE METROPOLITAN POLICE DEPARTMENT

We, the undersigned, are writing to express that there can be no real accountability for the Metropolitan Police Department within the existing structures. While the March 1, 2018 departmental oversight hearing for MPD offers an opportunity to address some of our concerns it is not an adequate venue for their full consideration. We are demanding that the D.C. Council hold a

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Rambo is real, armed with an AR-15 and killing Americans by the dozen

Rambo is real, armed with an AR-15 and killing Americans by the dozen

In 1985, Sylvester Stallone single-handedly killed 58 people over 96 minutes. Of course, the deaths were onscreen in the movie, “Rambo: First Blood, Part II,” which was critically-panned and labeled unrealistic because there’s no way a single person could to take out an entire army. More than 30 years later in America, there’s real-life, Rambo-like bloodshed, only the death toll

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$chool $hootings

$chool $hootings

Seventeen children were murdered in Parkland, Florida by yet another assailant armed with an AR-15, and the President’s response was not to seek ban or even limit access to this weapon, but to propose arming teachers.  Why limit access to semi-automatic, military-caliber weapons, when you can put one in the hands of every man, woman and child?  The answer to

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Immigrant Youth Stand with Survivors of Parkland Mass Shooting & Will Take the Streets on The March for Our Lives

Immigrant Youth Stand with Survivors of Parkland Mass Shooting & Will Take the Streets on The March for Our Lives

Say, “We will take the streets together because we believe in a future where everyone can feel safe in their schools and in their homes.” Washington, DC - On March 24th, immigrant youth will march in solidarity with the courageous survivors of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and students across the country who are calling on

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Violence in U.S. Culture: What’s Missing from the Gun Debate

Violence in U.S. Culture: What’s Missing from the Gun Debate

In 1777, George Washington approved Springfield, Massachusetts as a site for manufacturing firearms, in order to prevent the usage of foreign weapons during the American Revolutionary War. After that, every passing conflict or war was an opportunity for the production of guns to increase and thus, our governments love and tight knit bond with the gun industry was born. Today,

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Why This Veteran No Longer Believes in the Second Amendment

Why This Veteran No Longer Believes in the Second Amendment

I no longer “believe” in the Second Amendment. (Whatever that means.) With every mass shooting that carries the national news for a couple days, every elected official or those trying to become one of them start an appearance with the consultant and party approved phrase, “I strongly believe in the Second Amendment.” Then pivot to how they are a gun

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I Dare You to Do Your Job

I Dare You to Do Your Job

Fine, you win.  Despite the overwhelming majority of Americans who approve of increased background checks – no problem, ignore us.  You have never even admitted to the FACT the United States is unique in the size and scope of its gun violence problem – that is your personal choice.  Making it illegal for the CDC to even study the problem

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Breitbart’s Bloody Lie and 6 Truths About School Shootings

Breitbart’s Bloody Lie and 6 Truths About School Shootings

Yesterday, as seventeen students and teachers lay dead in and around a Florida high school, and while victims of the same shooter were still in surgery to treat the grievous gunshot wounds they received, Breitbart “News” posted the following article (turn on your ad blocker before clicking, please): “Fact Check: Pro-Gun Control Liberals Spread Misleading Claim of 18 School Shootings

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Thoughts on the Second Amendment: Is Gun Ownership an Absolute Right?

Thoughts on the Second Amendment: Is Gun Ownership an Absolute Right?

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” - The 2nd Amendment to the Constitution. It’s time we think clearly about this amendment.  I’m not lawyer, nor am I an expert on the Constitution.  But I can read and think (to

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Missing the Point: The Argument for Police Reform

Missing the Point: The Argument for Police Reform

Every time I see a police vehicle, my heart drops and I immediately fear for my life because I have been the victim of unwarranted physical assault by police officers (as detailed in my article “Ungrateful is the new Uppity”). Many men and women with darker skin can relate to this feeling. There have been many articles on both sides

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Gun Control: The Time Is Now

Gun Control: The Time Is Now

I am a gun toting, second amendment advocating, NRA supporter who is ready to talk gun control. Enough is enough, America. Children are going off to school with bulletproof panels in their backpacks because shootings have become so rampant here, and it seems to be the only way to protect them when guns are not going anywhere. In the very

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Political Cartoon

Political Cartoon

"Seeking Better Angels of Our Nature" Contributing Editor: Jamie Domnick Twitter: @JNick9456 Instagram:JNick9456 Currently a student at the University of Wisconsin--Green Bay; double majoring in Democracy & Justice Studies, and History. At the beginning of my college career, I intended to major in Art and then perhaps teach the subject. However, as I continued to take various classes, I soon

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America’s Hypocrisy on Gun Deaths

America’s Hypocrisy on Gun Deaths

In 2015 and 2016, a tropical mosquito-transmitted disease infected some 42,000 Americans in the continental United States and its territories. There was a coordinated governmental effort to control and contain spread of the virus. Major League Baseball moved games from Puerto Rico to Miami in response to player concerns about the disease.  Olympians withdrew from their respective teams rather than

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VOICE OF REASON FROM A PRO-GUN AMERICAN

VOICE OF REASON FROM A PRO-GUN AMERICAN

I want to start off by saying that I am a gun owner. I grew up around guns in Arkansas, and, more importantly, I grew up with responsible gun owners. Guns do not scare me; it is the person holding the gun who does. The conversation around gun issues can sometimes be uncomfortable, so prepare yourself for discomfort. Since 1968,

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Reflections on the <del>Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre</del> Las Vegas Mass Shooting

Reflections on the Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre Las Vegas Mass Shooting

Reflections on the Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre Las Vegas Mass Shooting, Which State Statute NRS 202.4415 Defines as an "Act of Terrorism" (I wrote this on December 15th, 2012, the day after the murders of 20 students and 6 educators at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Since then, nearly 2000 Americans have died in mass shootings,

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Commodity Fetish: The American Gun

Commodity Fetish: The American Gun

After another senseless massacre, this time in Las Vegas, a large and dare I say inconvenient truth has emerged for all to bear witness to. That truth is that the American fetish for guns as a commodity goes hand-in-hand with the dehumanizing effects of an intensely capitalist society. In 2017 there can be no denying this. And that is why

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These are members of the House and Senate that have taken money from the NRA:

These are members of the House and Senate that have taken money from the NRA:

Missouri Republican Senator Roy Blunt @RoyBlunt Virginia Congresswoman Barbara Comstock @RepComstock North Carolina Senator Richard Burr @SenatorBurr Colorado Congressman Mike Coffman @RepMikeCoffman Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley @ChuckGrassley Texas Congressman Will Hurd @HurdOnTheHill New York Congressman John Katko @RepJohnKatko Kentucky Senator Rand Paul @RandPaul Maine Congressman Bruce Poliquin @RepPoliquin Ohio Senator Rob Portman @senrobportman Florida Senator Marco Rubio @marcorubio New York

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Until the Next Mass Shooting

Until the Next Mass Shooting

Here we go again. I know it's a rather callous first thought to have, but I can't help it. My ability to be shocked has eroded under the steadily rising tide of inhumanity, and though I try to care properly, I'm unable to stir up the emotions I need to treat this newest outrage with the compassion it deserves. As

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I Wish She Would’ve Held Me, Rather Than That Gun

I Wish She Would’ve Held Me, Rather Than That Gun

38 years ago, she left a note...drove on the freeway...pulled over & sat in the car by herself. She put the black revolver to her head & pulled the trigger. Joyce Penebaker was only 27 years old. She was pronounced dead at 8:34am. "Bullet wound of head...shot self with revolver" is what the death certificate says. 38 years... I have

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Someone Call 911 – There’s a Crime in Progress at the White House

Someone Call 911 – There’s a Crime in Progress at the White House

On Sunday, USA Today reported that Donald Trump is close to announcing the repeal of another Obama-era policy. This time, Trump is expected to roll back restrictions on the sale of military-grade weaponry and equipment to domestic police forces. Attorney General Jeff Sessions may make the reversal official as early as today while he addresses a national meeting of the

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Nukes and Narcissism

Nukes and Narcissism

On June 17, 2015, Dylann Roof walked into a church carrying a gun, killed nine people, and injured a tenth. The shooting was an act of terrorism, an act of racial hatred, and a national tragedy. And according to most on the right, it was avoidable. Even our new president seemed to acknowledge this just after Virginia reporter Alison Parker

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It Is Shameful The Way Seth Rich’s Murder Has Been Exploited As a Tool For Political Manipulation

It Is Shameful The Way Seth Rich’s Murder Has Been Exploited As a Tool For Political Manipulation

Joel and Mary Rich are among thousands of parents whose lives were upended when their children became victims of the gun death epidemic that has plagued this country for years, an epidemic that kills as many American every 90 days as have been killed by acts of terrorism in the last half-century. Like other families have had to do before

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