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Is the Gun Lobby’s Power Overstated?

Is the Gun Lobby’s Power Overstated?
Without doubt, the gun rights lobby is a formidable force. It is backed by a truly grass-roots network of committed and well-organized supporters who are willing to make calls to legislators and turn out in even low-turnout elections to back pro-gun candidates. This “intensity gap” bedevils gun-control groups, which, however well some of their proposals poll, have trouble getting voters to agitate and to prioritize the gun issue the way that gun-rights defenders do.
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Irony In Action: Open Carry Enthusiast Mugged for Hand Gun

Irony In Action: Open Carry Enthusiast Mugged for Hand Gun
Sad (ironic?) LOL of the week: An "open carry" gun enthusiast has his gun stolen by gunpoint by a man who saw and "liked" his pistol.
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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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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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Pro-Gun Think Tanks Re-Classify Post-Newtown School Shootings Stats from 74 Down to 15

Pro-Gun Think Tanks Re-Classify Post-Newtown School Shootings Stats from 74 Down to 15
How do conservatives get the number of school shooting down from 74 to just 15? It's all elementary math, whether bullets are flying around the classroom or not. So what happened to the other 59 additional shootings that were previously reported? Only an honor student killing himself in front of a class or a principal getting murdered by her an ex-husband. Gang violence or drug-related shootings don't count either.
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Father of UCSB Shooting Victim's Heartfelt Call for Gun Control

Father of UCSB Shooting Victim's Heartfelt Call for Gun Control
Christopher Michael-Martinez was one of the 7 killed by Elliot Rodger, the UCSB student who went on a mass-murdering rampage this past week. Richard Martinez has made a heartfelt call for something to be done...
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You'll Never Believe What One Reporter Saw at the NRA Convention (OK, You Probably Will)

You'll Never Believe What One Reporter Saw at the NRA Convention (OK, You Probably Will)
Cliff Schecter joins "The Majority Report" to talk his visit to the NRA convention, why crazy new gun laws in Georgia empowers crazy people, a mass shooting in a "must carry" town in Georgia, crime keeps going down in contrast to NRA fear mongering, the horrifying arsenals on sale at the NRA convention, a Maryland gun dealer gets death threats for trying to sell a "smart" gun, and why the gun companies want criminals to have access to guns.
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Batter's Up: Man Terrorizes Little Leaguers With Gun (and It's All Legal)

Batter's Up: Man Terrorizes Little Leaguers With Gun (and It's All Legal)
A Georgia man terrifies a Little League game with a gun and it's all legal thanks to Georgia's new insane gun law. What's wrong with bringing guns into bars, churches or public parks?
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Meet the Doctor Who Gave $1 Million of His Own Money to Keep His Gun Research Going

Meet the Doctor Who Gave $1 Million of His Own Money to Keep His Gun Research Going
Federal funding for research on gun violence has been restricted for nearly two decades. President Obama urged Congress to allocate $10 million for new research after the Newtown school shooting. But House Republicans say they won't approve it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's budget still lists zero dollars for research on gun violence prevention. One of the researchers who lost funding in the political battle over studying firearms was Dr. Garen Wintemute, one of only a dozen researchers across the country who have continued to focus full-time on firearms violence.
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Lois Beckett
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Feeling Gun Shy: Congress Unlikely to Act on Firearms Restrictions in Election Year

Feeling Gun Shy: Congress Unlikely to Act on Firearms Restrictions in Election Year
Democratic worries about this November's elections, a lack of Senate votes and House opposition are forcing congressional gun-control supporters to significantly winnow their 2014 agenda, a year after lawmakers scuttled President Barack Obama's effort to pass new curbs on firearms. But with Reid wary of exposing Democratic senators facing tight re-election contests in some conservative and Western states to politically risky votes people aren't holding their breath waiting for proposed gun restrictions to reach the Senate floor before Election Day.
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Alan Fram
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