March 20, 2014
Guns Are Far More Likely to Be Used in Suicide Than in Killing a Bad Guy

Why firearms are, in fact, a healthcare issue.
Read more. [Image: Jared Keener/Flickr]

Guns Are Far More Likely to Be Used in Suicide Than in Killing a Bad Guy

Why firearms are, in fact, a healthcare issue.

Read more. [Image: Jared Keener/Flickr]

September 13, 2013
The Death of Gun Control

Ever since the Senate voted down gun-control legislation in April, some advocates have remained convinced there was still hope. As of Tuesday, that hope is officially dead.
On Tuesday, two Colorado state senators, both Democrats, were recalled by voters for their votes in favor of gun control. Gun-rights advocates instigated the recall drives; the National Rifle Association spent $360,000, sending mailers and airing television ads calling the lawmakers “too extreme for Colorado.” Gun-control proponents, buoyed by donations from New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg, outspent their opponents five to one. But the NRA turned the money against the lawmakers, painting them as pawns of fancy-pants out-of-state liberal interests. And the NRA won.
Democrats and gun-control advocates have come up with a number of rosy rationalizations to minimize the loss. Gun-rights campaigners failed to collect enough signatures to initiate two other recalls, they point out, so the victory was really mixed. The gun-control laws passed by the Colorado legislature remain in place, and Democrats retain control of both houses. Tuesday’s recall was a low-turnout election with procedural irregularities that made it harder for people to vote. Both lawmakers represented tough districts, particularly Senator Angela Giron, whose district was Democratic but culturally conservative; she lost by 12 points, while state Senate President John Morse lost by fewer than 400 votes.
All those things are true. And they don’t matter.
Read more. [Image: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters]

The Death of Gun Control

Ever since the Senate voted down gun-control legislation in April, some advocates have remained convinced there was still hope. As of Tuesday, that hope is officially dead.

On Tuesday, two Colorado state senators, both Democrats, were recalled by voters for their votes in favor of gun control. Gun-rights advocates instigated the recall drives; the National Rifle Association spent $360,000, sending mailers and airing television ads calling the lawmakers “too extreme for Colorado.” Gun-control proponents, buoyed by donations from New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg, outspent their opponents five to one. But the NRA turned the money against the lawmakers, painting them as pawns of fancy-pants out-of-state liberal interests. And the NRA won.

Democrats and gun-control advocates have come up with a number of rosy rationalizations to minimize the loss. Gun-rights campaigners failed to collect enough signatures to initiate two other recalls, they point out, so the victory was really mixed. The gun-control laws passed by the Colorado legislature remain in place, and Democrats retain control of both houses. Tuesday’s recall was a low-turnout election with procedural irregularities that made it harder for people to vote. Both lawmakers represented tough districts, particularly Senator Angela Giron, whose district was Democratic but culturally conservative; she lost by 12 points, while state Senate President John Morse lost by fewer than 400 votes.

All those things are true. And they don’t matter.

Read more. [Image: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters]

August 21, 2013
"I’m where I belong. But without a gun I would not have killed."

A convicted murderer’s case for gun control.

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August 21, 2013
"Home invasions, robberies, murder — at the center of it all were guns: They would be disposed of, tossed after shoot-outs, then bought again. Easily. And I always bought new guns, so the notion that criminals just use stolen guns, acquired from a neighborhood burglar, is absurd."

A convicted murderer’s case for gun control.

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August 20, 2013
'We Were Bored … So We Decided To Kill Somebody'

The tragic and internationally embarrassing news out of Oklahoma should shame the state’s senators into showing some support for background checks.
Read more. [Image: AP/East Central University]

'We Were Bored … So We Decided To Kill Somebody'

The tragic and internationally embarrassing news out of Oklahoma should shame the state’s senators into showing some support for background checks.

Read more. [Image: AP/East Central University]

January 30, 2013
"Thank you for inviting me here today. This is an important conversation for our children, for our communities, for Democrats and Republicans. Speaking is difficult, but I need to say something important. Violence is a big problem. Too many children are dying. Too many children. We must do something. It will be hard but the time is now. You must act. Be bold. Be courageous. Americans are counting on you. Thank you."

Gabrielle Giffords, at today’s Senate hearing on gun-control regulations.

January 23, 2013
Gun Violence in U.S. Cities Compared to the Deadliest Nations in the World
[via The Atlantic Cities]

Gun Violence in U.S. Cities Compared to the Deadliest Nations in the World

[via The Atlantic Cities]

December 14, 2012
The Geography of Gun Deaths: States With Tighter Gun Control Laws Have Fewer Gun-Related Deaths

The Geography of Gun Deaths: States With Tighter Gun Control Laws Have Fewer Gun-Related Deaths

December 14, 2012
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Gun massacres have happened many times in many countries; in every other country, the gun laws have been tightened to reflect the tragedy and the tragic knowledge of its citizens afterward. In every other country, gun massacres have subsequently become rare. In America alone, gun massacres, most often of children, happen with hideous regularity, and they happen with hideous regularity because guns are hideously and regularly available.

The people who fight and lobby and legislate to make guns regularly available are complicit in the murder of those children. They have made a clear moral choice: that the comfort and emotional reassurance they take from the possession of guns is, placed in the balance even against the routine murder of innocent children, of supreme value. Whatever satisfaction gun owners take from their guns—we know for certain that there is no prudential value in them—is more important than children’s lives. Give them credit: life is making moral choices, and that’s a moral choice, clearly made.

All of that is a truth, plain and simple, and recognized throughout the world. At some point, this truth may become so bloody obvious that we will know it, too. Meanwhile, congratulate yourself on living in the child-gun-massacre capital of the known universe.

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Adam Gopnik

December 14, 2012

"We’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics," Obama said during a brief address from the White House, where he repeatedly wiped away tears.

"We’ve endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years. Each time I learn the news, I react not as a president, but as anybody else would, as a parent. And that is especially true today."

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