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The shootings underscore that a strong social compact is the only real route to safety.

Has it really come to this: an uphill battle to ban a gun that has no purpose except to kill thirty-three people before anyone can stop you?

Jeff Biggers appears on Democracy Now! to talk about the assassination attempt on Congresswoman Giffords in Arizona, what it was like to grow up in a "gun state," and how this act of violence might impact the state of Arizona.

Guest-host Both Sides Now, Katrina vanden Heuvel takes on former Bush/Cheney aide Mary Matalin about gun control and why she would take "porno economics" over the Republicans' stimulus efforts any day.

Americans who've been bringing guns to public meetings about healthcare reform are really just responding to a media-wide casting call for crazies.

Drug prohibition and unregulated guns gave us the Mexican drug wars.

The Democrats fail to stop a draconian gun amendment from being attached to an otherwise worthwhile bill backing representation for DC citizens.

Two books dissect the contentious, confusing debate over gun control and the frequently misinterpreted Second Amendment.

The Virginia Tech shootings should prompt us to rethink our approach toward guns, the media and mental health.

The desire to impose a narrative on chaotic events leaves the meaning of
the Virginia Tech shootings up for grabs.

Blogs

There's only one solution to the American obsession with personal safety: more guns.

February 25, 2014

The Stand Your Ground defense is being used to justify another senseless murder. 

February 4, 2014

Despite increased security programs, school shootings persist.

February 3, 2014

Gun violence is a public health issue.

January 27, 2014

A troubled person appeared to attack the White House, and was shot to death—in 1976. Back then, a less fearful time, it didn’t become a national obsession.

October 4, 2013

The battle against Stand Your Ground has migrated to the Midwest and students are in the trenches.

October 4, 2013

What's the point of having a background check system if all you need to purchase a gun is an e-mail address?

September 27, 2013

When liberals experience the trauma of a mass shootings, they feel from the bottom of our hearts: we need more gun control. When conservatives do, they feel: we need less. 

September 25, 2013

When the government is worried that you might abuse that second bottle of NyQuil, it’s not unreasonable to put limits on gun purchases.

September 24, 2013