Tag: Gun Control

How So Many Violent Felons Are Allowed to Keep Their Illegal Guns

The workplace shooting in a Chicago suburb last week that left five people dead exposed the failings of the system designed to keep guns away from convicted felons and others deemed too dangerous to handle firearms. Federal law bars gun ownership by felons, fugitives, drug abusers, people adjudicated to be mentally ill, those dishonorably discharged […]

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A Look Back At The Aftermath And Victims Of The Parkland Shooting

UPROXX / Getty Images One year ago today, a former student walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and opened fire. Seventeen people were injured; 17 were killed, 14 of whom were students. In the subsequent year, we’ve witnessed the creation of #MarchForOurLives, an anti-gun violence initiative started by survivors. This movement […]

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14 Children Died in the Parkland Shooting. Nearly 1,200 Have Died From Guns Since.

Fourteen students died on Feb. 14, 2018, in Parkland, Fla., inspiring marches, new laws and widespread calls to stop the onslaught of gun deaths. But in the year since one of the worst school shootings in the United States, nearly 1,200 more children have lost their lives to guns in this country. The number alone […]

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Would Congress Care More if Parkland Had Been a Plane Crash?

PARKLAND, Fla. — When I arrived at school on Feb. 14, 2018, like any junior, I was mostly caught up in Valentine’s Day chatter and events. But that all changed in the space of a few minutes that afternoon when a gunman opened fire on my classmates and my teachers, killing 17 of them and […]

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Parkland Shooting: Where Gun Control and School Safety Stand Today

On Feb. 14, 2018, a former student slaughtered 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. The next day, David Hogg, a student who survived the attack, expressed his frustration at the pattern of political inaction that seems to follow mass shootings in the United States. He was not surprised that there […]

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How Parkland Was Different, and Why Much Remains the Same

On Feb. 14, 2018, a former student slaughtered 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. The next day, David Hogg, a student who survived the attack, expressed his frustration at the pattern of political inaction that seems to follow mass shootings in the United States. He was not surprised that there […]

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How Trump Has Hurt the Gun Lobby

Last Valentine’s Day, a year ago this Thursday, classes were wrapping up at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School when a former student with a semiautomatic rifle murdered 17 people and wounded 17 others. It so happens that this Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee will move to advance legislation requiring background checks on all firearm sales. […]

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How Democrats Are Using Guests to Send Messages at the State of the Union

WASHINGTON — Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the liberal Democratic upstart from New York, is bringing a sexual assault survivor who cornered a Republican senator in an elevator, demanding to know if he was going to vote to confirm Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh. Representative Pramila Jayapal, Democrat of Washington and a chairwoman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, […]

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A More Honest State of the Union

By many measures, America is thriving. The economy is humming, and unemployment is at 4 percent. High-school graduation rates are at an all-time high, and teenage pregnancy rates are at an all-time low. The crime rate is way down, and illegal immigration has been declining for over a decade. And yet: Polls show that three […]

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A Divided Congress Prepares Pointed Protests for Trump’s Address

WASHINGTON — Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the liberal Democratic upstart from New York, is bringing a sexual assault survivor who cornered a Republican senator in an elevator, demanding to know if he was going to vote to confirm Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh. Representative Pramila Jayapal, Democrat of Washington and a chairwoman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, […]

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Albany’s Blue Wave Wastes No Time Changing Laws. What’s Next?

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] When the Democrats wrested control of both legislative bodies in Albany, they wasted little time pushing through their reform agendas that had been languishing for years. It was as if the dam had broken for the blue wave. To […]

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Justices Put Gun Limits in the Cross Hairs

Is there a more enigmatic and oddly phrased passage in the Constitution than the Second Amendment? “A well-regulated militia” — there’s no consensus on what this meant 200 years ago, much less now — “being necessary to the security of a free state” — were the framers talking about collective defense or self-defense? — “the […]

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New York Passes First Major Gun Control Bills Since Sandy Hook

ALBANY — New York lawmakers on Tuesday approved the most comprehensive set of gun bills in the state in six years, including measures that would ban bump stocks, prohibit teachers from carrying guns in schools and extend the waiting period for gun buyers who do not pass an instant background check. In total, six gun […]

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Michelle Goldberg on Politics, Writing and the Journalism Professor From Hell

We asked you to send us questions for Michelle Goldberg about her col​umn on the rise of liberal gun enthusiasts​​ or about her other work as a columnist. She has responded to several of your questions below: With women voters electing more women to both gubernatorial and congressional roles, do you feel we may actually […]

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In Chaotic Afghan Capital, Crackdown on Crime Is Turning Heads

KABUL, Afghanistan — Even when Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, is not attacked by suicide bombers, it is often gripped by gun-toting crime syndicates that receive protection from the country’s elite. If the national government cannot prevent chaos in the seat of its power, many are left wondering, how can it stand against an insurgency in far-flung […]

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A ‘Moral Dilemma’ After Las Vegas Massacre: Sell the Gunman’s Weapons, or Destroy Them

When the gunman in the Las Vegas mass shooting died, he left behind a hoard of guns and firearm accessories in his two Nevada homes and the hotel suite he used as a perch for his attack. All told, the gunman, Stephen Paddock, owned 50 guns, from pistols to high-powered long arms, and almost 40 […]

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