Guns in America

NRA's Coffman-for-Congress Campaign in Gun-Rattled Aurora Could Backfire

NRA's Coffman-for-Congress Campaign in Gun-Rattled Aurora Could Backfire
Aurora, Colorado, was the setting two summers ago of the horrific movie theater that made national headlines. It is also home to high-level everyday gun violence. Aurora has a 4 percent higher murder rate than does the country at large. Yet, its stance on gun rights and restrictions is nuanced (and often confused). Just don't tell that to the NRA, which is blanketing the city with Mike Coffman for Congress mailers.
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Reading, Writing, Automatic Weapons: Missouri Wants All Its Teachers to Carry a Gun

Reading, Writing, Automatic Weapons: Missouri Wants All Its Teachers to Carry a Gun
The idea of guns in schools raises several questions that go beyond the issues involved in adequately training teachers, itself a veritable minefield: Will teachers go through mandatory mental health screening? Can the authorities guarantee that no teachers with anger management issues will be armed in schools? Do schools mandate that guns are locked up while teachers are in class — rendering the good guy response moot — or are they left accessible to children in purses, lockers, desk drawers, or, better yet, on the desk tops? Missouri might just find out.
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PTSD: The Forgotten Victim of America's Gun Violence

PTSD: The Forgotten Victim of America's Gun Violence
The trauma that shooting victims suffer lasts long after their physical wounds heal. And while research shows shockingly high rates of PTSD among shooting victims – more than 40 percent at Chicago’s Cook County Hospital – money for screening is hard to come by.
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Nicole Collins Bronzan
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Open Carry Unless You're Black: Man Killed by Police for Trying to Purchase BB Gun at Walmart

Open Carry Unless You're Black: Man Killed by Police for Trying to Purchase BB Gun at Walmart
John Crawford was walking through the aisles of Walmart with a BB gun he picked up from the store shelves. A hysterical customer saw a young black man with what they thought was a gun and called police. Beavercreek police showed up and shot John Crawford dead.
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This is What Happens When a Cop Kills an Unarmed Black Teen in America

This is What Happens When a Cop Kills an Unarmed Black Teen in America
Police in riot gear fired tear gas into a crowd of protesters in a St. Louis suburb where an unarmed black teenager had been fatally shot by police over the weekend, as tension rose even amid calls for collective calm.
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Gun Nuts Target New Demographic: Children

Gun Nuts Target New Demographic: Children
"My Parents Open Carry" is the first ever children's book that promotes the Open Carry culture for children. Wonder if there will be a follow-up starring a nice young black family carrying assault rifles openly.
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Sorry Gun Nuts, Colorado Tourism Is Booming Post Regulation

Sorry Gun Nuts, Colorado Tourism Is Booming Post Regulation
​After the passage of gun safety bills in the Colorado legislature last year, Republicans and their gun lobby allies predicted, we'd even go as far as say hoped for, a crippling boycott of the state's vital tourism industry. This prediction quickly proved unfounded, as the most likely indicator of a boycott by pro-gun tourists — a reduction in hunting licenses — didn't take place. That isn't the only set of numbers showing an explosion in the state's tourism.
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By Golly, Gun Culture in Missouri Is Getting Extreme

By Golly, Gun Culture in Missouri Is Getting Extreme
Numbers tell stories. Based on statistics from 2010, "24/7 Wall St." ranked Missouri eighth for overall gun violence. Missouri had 14 gun injury deaths per each 100,000 people — only 11 states had a higher rate. The story these numbers tell isn't surprising. Almost all of these states are poor, Southern or Western and deep red or getting redder. Missouri isn't quite as poor or — maybe — as red as some, but given the inclinations of the Republicans who run our legislature, we'll soon be charter members of the hard-scrabble, hand-to-mouth, red-state contingent.
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MO Gov Nixon Nixes Absurd Gun Law

MO Gov Nixon Nixes Absurd Gun Law
On Tuesday, Governor Jay Nixon shone a brief light of sanity on the gun debate playing out in the US when he vetoed a bill allowing teachers to carry weapons to school.
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Comic Book Supervillain/Alabama AG Luther Strange Calls for Guns at Polling Booth

Comic Book Supervillain/Alabama AG Luther Strange Calls for Guns at Polling Booth
Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange (a name fit for Superman's nemesis) decided that the polls would be a great place to bring your handgun. Can you say, "intimidation"?
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