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posted September 11, 2014
A Chronicle of Higher Education investigative report finds that at least 117 colleges have acquired equipment from the Department of Defense including grenade launchers, M-16 assault rifles and armored vehicles.
posted September 11, 2014
When Arthur C. Hayhoe retired from an insurance career in 2003, his plan was to play golf. Instead of a hobby, he found a cause: tightening Florida's gun laws.
posted September 7, 2014
Widespread and comprehensive gun control legislation has failed at the federal level. While cities don’t have the authority to ban guns, they’ve gotten creative trying to control them.
posted September 6, 2014
Sept. 16 marks the first anniversary of the Navy Yard shooting that killed 12 and left three injured. Jennifer Bennett carries an eight-inch scar from that day. "I'm a warrior and a survivor," she declares. "I have a determination not to give in."
posted September 4, 2014
Critics say the simulation exercises can traumatize those taking part. Some experts say recreating the chaos of a mass shooting is no way to prime for emergencies.
posted August 9, 2014
Former White House press secretary James Brady's death this week was directly related to wounds he sustained in the 1981 attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan, and authorities are now investigating it as a homicide. Brady was shot in the head and partly paralyzed, spending the rest of his life in a wheelchair and advocating against gun violence.
posted July 19, 2014
Of all the dithering delays plaguing Congress, the most maddening is its inability to do anything about gun violence. Unload Your is a new initiative aimed at getting individuals and institutions to divest from gun company stocks that support the manufacture and sale of assault weapons. Some 51 million Americans hold 401(k)s or other retirement funds, and it’s a fair bet many don’t know exactly what they include.
posted July 18, 2014
District of Columbia lawmakers called a Congressional amendment that would undo the District's strict gun control laws "dangerous" at a press conference on Thursday. The GOP-controlled House on Wednesday approved Kentucky Republican Rep. Thomas Massie's amendment, which blocks the District from spending any money to enforce local gun laws.
posted July 17, 2014
The Massachusetts Senate has begun debating a sweeping overhaul of the state’s gun laws. Like a similar bill approved by the House, the Senate proposal would create a web-based portal to allow for real-time background checks in private gun sales and would stiffen penalties for some gun-based crimes. It would also create a new firearms trafficking unit within the State Police. Debate began Thursday.
posted July 15, 2014
Gun deaths outpaced motor vehicle deaths in Oregon in 2011, the most recent year for which comprehensive nationwide data is available, a new analysis from the Violence Policy Center (VPC) finds.Overall in 2011, gun deaths outpaced motor vehicle deaths in 14 states: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington State, as well as the District of Columbia (see below for the mortality figures for each jurisdiction).
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