Guns in America

Sad Truth: Gun Massacres Like Navy Yard Shooting No Longer Shocking

Sad Truth: Gun Massacres Like Navy Yard Shooting No Longer Shocking
It is too soon to know why it happened or exactly how it happened. But we know this: A man walked into the Navy Yard in Washington D.C. Monday morning and killed at least 12 people and was himself killed.
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Police Chief Thinks Zimmerman is Another 'Sandy Hook' Waiting to Happen

Police Chief Thinks Zimmerman is Another 'Sandy Hook' Waiting to Happen
Lake Mary Police Chief Steve Bracknell agreed in an email exchange that George Zimmerman is a “ticking time bomb.” Bracknell exchanged emails with Santiago Rodriguez, who reached out to the police chief through an online form following the latest incident involving Zimmerman and his estranged wife Shellie Zimmerman.
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Blind People Granted Gun Permits in Iowa

Blind People Granted Gun Permits in Iowa
Iowa law enforcement officials are debating the wisdom of granting gun permits to blind people. The Des Moines Register reported that Iowa law doesn't allow sheriffs to deny a permit to carry a gun in public based on physical ability.
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Doing What They Can, Obama Administration Moves Forward Unilaterally on Gun Control

Doing What They Can, Obama Administration Moves Forward Unilaterally on Gun Control
Months after gun control efforts crumbled in Congress, Vice President Joe Biden stood shoulder to shoulder Thursday with the attorney general and the top U.S. firearms official and declared the Obama administration would take two new steps to curb American gun violence.
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Gun Instructor Accidentally Shoots Student. Again.

Gun Instructor Accidentally Shoots Student. Again.
Instructor Terry J. Dunlap Sr. accidentally shot a student at a gun class. Turns out, it's not the first time he's shot someone while teaching in a gun safety class.
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Double-Barrel Standard: Self-Defense in Missouri

Double-Barrel Standard: Self-Defense in Missouri
As Florida recently proved, self defense and gun laws can be tricky areas awash in shade after shade of gray. In Missouri, the court's attitude towards a man's defense of his property and a woman's defense of herself in the face of domestic abuse are striking — and worrisome. While it's not a one-to-one comparison, the similarities and differences are certainly obvious.
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Teachers in Arkansas to Carry Concealed Handguns at School

Teachers in Arkansas to Carry Concealed Handguns at School
This fall when students fill the halls of Clarksville High School in Arkansas, over 20 teachers, administrators, and employees will be packing concealed 9 mm handguns. Administrators say the influx of arms will protect students from attacks like last year's tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.
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Stand Your Ground: More States Considering Self-Defense Statute

Stand Your Ground: More States Considering Self-Defense Statute
Two weeks before the opening of George Zimmerman's much-watched trial for the murder of Trayvon Martin, Ohio's legislature introduced legislation to expand it's version of the Florida law that allows residents to use deadly force if they believe they are in imminent danger, as Zimmerman convinced a jury he did.
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Justice for Trayvon? Repeal ALEC's 'Stand Your Ground'

Justice for Trayvon? Repeal ALEC's 'Stand Your Ground'
The acquittal of George Zimmerman for killing unarmed high-schooler Trayvon Martin serves as a reminder of the continuing inequities in America's criminal justice system -- and might be the impetus to repeal a law like "Stand Your Ground," which was adopted by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and subsequently spread across the country.
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IL Will: State Lawmakers Scramble to Legalize Concealed Guns at Federal Deadline

IL Will: State Lawmakers Scramble to Legalize Concealed Guns at Federal Deadline
Lawmakers are set to consider Gov. Pat Quinn's proposed changes to a bill that would end Illinois' status as the last state to ban the concealed carry of weapons in public today. The Chicago Democrat has been highlighting the city's gun violence, saying recent shootings show the need for tougher restrictions on weapons. But the state must lift the concealed carry ban by Tuesday to meet a federal appeals court's deadline, and lawmakers are widely expected to override his proposed amendments.
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