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NAT’L – AT ISSUE: SMART GUNS – The Smart Gun Doesn’t Exist for the Dumbest Reasons

Smith & Wesson still feels the wound it suffered two decades ago when it decided to invent smart guns. The idea was to invest heavily in the development of personalized weapons that could be fired only by a single person: the gun’s owner.  

Nat’l – AT ISSUE/Gun Control – A Real Long-Term Solution to Gun Violence

WASHINGTON MONTHLY.COM October 28, 2018 – Semiautomatic assault rifles, like the AR-15 and its competitors, are at the center of the gun debate, primarily because of their role in recent mass shootings. But mass shootings make up a small fraction of gun injuries and deaths in America. Moreover, according to a 2013 government report, a handgun was involved in roughly two-thirds of mass shootings in the U.S. since the…

AT ISSUE: More guns in school! Texas open-carry groups to rally near Santa Fe mass-shooting site

SALON.COM June 22, 2018 –  A group of far-right protesters, with the groups Open Carry Texas and This Is Texas Freedom Force, are holding an “open carry” gun rally on Saturday near Santa Fe High School, where the mass shooting took place. Calling the event “Carry For Our Kids,” organizers are claiming that the only way to protect kids in schools is to allow teachers to carry guns, even with very little…

Supreme Skepticism for the Gun Lobby

BLOOMBERG.COM November 28, 2017 – Has the Supreme Court grown gun-shy? Ever since recognizing an individual right to bear arms almost a decade ago, the court has been skeptical of a series of claims from promoters of gun rights. On Monday, the court declined to hear two such cases. Paradoxically, the case that established the individual right to bear arms — 2008’s District of Columbia v Heller — helps to explain Monday’s rulings. In Heller, Justice…

Nat’l – AT ISSUE – More on the Military and Civilian History of the AR-15

THE ATLANTIC.COM November 12, 2017 – This past Tuesday Dean Winslow, a medical doctor and retired Air Force colonel who had deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan as a flight surgeon, appeared before the Senate Armed Services committee. It was considering his nomination as the Trump administration’s assistant secretary of defense for health affairs. 

CA – AT ISSUE – Would strict enforcement of existing gun laws have stopped the Texas church massacre? Probably not

LOS ANGELES TIMES  November 10, 2017 – The nation banned the sale of assault weapons for a decade until Congress let it lapse in 2004, and the NRA has blocked efforts to reinstate it. In the wake of the Las Vegas and Texas massacres, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) — who wrote the original 1994 bill — has decided to try again.  

IL – AT ISSUE – Opinion – I Can’t Teach While Wondering Who Has A Gun

Editor’s Note: AT ISSUE is a GunProPlus.com category rarely used but one in which we channel stories that reflect the opposite social ideology to gun rights. The following opinion editorial is timely in that the story just preceding it indicates the opposing view that a gun for self-defense could save the life of an intended victim.

LITERARY HUB (LITHUB.COM) August 3, 2017 –“It was raining the day of Megan’s funeral….

Nat’l – AT ISSUE – Opinion – The NRA Has Lost It

U.S NEWS.COM August 1, 2017 – My name is Patrick Tomlinson, and I am a lifelong firearm enthusiast. I started shooting at age 10, when my father got me a Crosman 760 Pumpmaster air rifle with Tasco scope. He was one of only three National Rifle Association training counselors in the state of Wisconsin for many years, certifying volunteers who would later go on to instruct citizens in rifle…

Nat’l – AT ISSUE – House GOP tucks pro-gun measure inside energy appropriations bill

THINK PROGRESS.ORG July 5, 2017 – Deep in an energy and water appropriations bill is a provision that would lift a prohibition of guns on federal property controlled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. For years, the powerful gun lobby has been aggressively pushing to allow gun-carrying in buildings and areas owned or operated by local, state, and federal governments. At the federal level, gun advocates succeeded in getting the National…

Nat’l – AT ISSUE – Opinion – Gun Sales Are Plummeting and Trump Wants to Help

THE NATION.COM June 29, 2017 – A beaming Donald Trump stood before hundreds of National Rifle Association members at their annual meeting in Atlanta this past April. “You are my friends, believe me,” he said, as the crowd hooted and hollered for the first sitting president to appear at the NRA’s national convention in more than three decades. It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Back in November, voters were…

NAT’L – At Issue – From the Left: Embattled by reality, Donald Trump will feel the love at the NRA convention: Nothing good can come of this (VIDEOS)

SALON.COM April 28, 2017 – Donald Trump had many ardent admirers during the 2016 campaign, but one group that jumped on the Trump bandwagon early and enthusiastically was the National Rifle Association. Its passionate endorsement of him may be one of the most unexamined reasons for his success. Back in December, I wrote a piece about NRA president Wayne LaPierre’s savvy move to turn gun rights into a “populist” agenda for the organization….

NYC – At Issue – Provocative ad uses bulletproof posters to challenge gun-control law (VIDEO)

BUSINESS INSIDER.COM April 27, 2017 – A provocative advertisement is taking aim at federal gun laws with bulletproof posters. The advertisement, published Thursday morning by gun-control advocacy group Americans for Responsible Solutions, shows people interacting with posters in three cities — New York City, Chicago, and Washington, DC. Each poster is made from bulletproof Kevlar — with real bullet holes to prove it — and contains an ominous message…

GA – At Issue – Dashboard takes the safety off: a locked and loaded conversation about “Unloaded”

ARTSATL.COM (ARTS ATLANTA) April 24, 2017 – On April 27, tens of thousands of firearm enthusiasts from around the country will pack the Georgia World Congress Center for the yearly convention of one of the most powerful lobbying organizations in the country.  That weekend, Dashboard will showcase Unloaded, a nationally traveling exhibition supplemented with work from 10 Atlanta artists responding to domestic gun culture and interpreting the historical and social issues surrounding…

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