Firearms

American gun use is out of control. Shouldn’t the world intervene?

Last week, Starbucks asked its American customers to please not bring their guns into the coffee shop. This is part of the company’s concern about customer safety and follows a ban in the summer on smoking within 25 feet of a coffee shop entrance and an earlier ruling about scalding hot coffee. After the celebrated […]

Counter-demonstrator at March rally against gun violence in Annapolis, Md. (iStockphoto)

An Open Letter to Gun Owners:

David Hemenway, a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, calls on gun owners to work side by side with non-owners to fight the scourge of gun violence. “If, as many of you say, you disagree with the gun lobby’s positions,” Hemenway writes, “please do something about it.”

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A Brave New World of Firepower Since the 2nd Amendment

In a commentary Barton Dean argues the architects of the 2nd Amendment would never have foreseen or approved of citizens possessing unlimited numbers of semi-automatic weapons and high-capacity ammo clips when they were crafting our gun rights.

Carlee Soto reacts as she learns her sister, Victoria Soto, a teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School, was one of 26 killed in a shooting at the school in Newtown, Conn., Dec. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

After Sandy Hook Massacre, People ‘Simply Cannot Walk Away’

In a Q&A, Gun Violence Researcher Dr. Garen Wintemute Says New Rules on Firearms Sales Could Happen This Time

Dr. Garen Wintemute is a pioneer in the study of gun violence as a public health issue. In a Q&A with FairWarning’s Lilly Fowler, Wintemute called for Congress to require background checks for all private sales of firearms, whether at gun shows or between individuals.

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Gun, Road Safety Veer in Different Directions

Vehicle crashes have long been the leading cause of violent death in America. That dubious distinction may soon belong to gunshot deaths.

I Went After Guns. Obama Can, Too.

It is for Americans and their elected representatives to determine the right response to President Obama’s proposals on gun control. I wouldn’t presume to lecture Americans on the subject. I can, however, describe what I, as prime minister of Australia, did to curb gun violence following a horrific massacre 17 years ago in the hope […]

Calls for gun control miss the target

It’s time for a heart-to-heart with my liberal friends. You are putting more guns in the hands of dangerous people. Sure, we should all try to create the world we want to live in. But we still have to live in the world we do live in. There will be no new gun control laws […]

We Won’t Know the Cause of Gun Violence Until We Look for It

From 1986 to 1996, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sponsored high-quality, peer-reviewed research into the underlying causes of gun violence. People who kept guns in their homes did not — despite their hopes — gain protection, according to research published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Instead, residents in homes […]

More and More States Silence Gun Laws

States around the country are retreating on gun control. The Legal Community Against Violence, a public-interest law firm that supports tighter restrictions on guns, says that 22 states in the last three years have weakened or eliminated laws regulating the possession of concealed weapons. The Center for Public Integrity’s iWatch News reports that the trend […]

With Restrictions Eased, Thousands of Felons Get Their Guns Back

If you are convicted of a felony, under federal law you forfeit your right to bear arms. But an investigation by The New York Times found that, every year, states restore gun rights for thousands of felons, often with little or no legal review. The practice became commonplace, The Times said, in the late 1980s […]