Gun control debate

Gun politics is an area of American politics defined by two opposing groups advocating for tighter gun control on the one hand and gun rights on the other. These groups often disagree on the interpretation of laws and court cases related to firearms as well as about the effects of firearms regulation on crime and public safety. It has been estimated that U.S. civilians own 270 million to 310 million firearms, and that 35% to 42% of the households in the country have at least one gun.
Latest news and discussion about gun control issues in America.
  • Gun-control initiative sparks face-off by City Hall
    seattlepi.com

    Gun-control initiative sparks face-off by City Hall

    Caption Close A far-right rally, "Liberty or Death," was met with equal resistance from counter-protesters on Saturday in front of City Hall. The left and right groups, numbering about 300 and 200, respectively, were separated by a street filled with metal barriers and police officers. The rally started at 1 p.m. with both sides openly armed but subdued. At 2:20 p.m., two men from the counter-protesters were arrested. It was unclear why. At 2:45 p.m., the two sides started marching south, with the right-wing protesters marching down Fifth Avenue, and the counter-protesters going down Fourth Avenue. The two right-wing groups, Patriot Prayer and Washington 3 Percenters, held the rally in response

  • PR Newswire

    SAF Applauds Thurston County Court Judge For Striking Down Initiative

    BELLEVUE, Wash., Aug. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- A Thurston County Superior Court judge this morning disqualified a Washington State gun control initiative because it was improperly presented to voters by not following guidelines set down in state election law. Alan Gottlieb, founder and executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation, said the judge ruled properly and he is hopeful the state Supreme Court will uphold the decision. Gottlieb filed one of two lawsuits against Initiative 1639 as a private citizen and Washington State voter.

  • Arizona students' stand on gun control switches to voter registration
    the Guardian

    Arizona students' stand on gun control switches to voter registration

    Four months after a die-in at the state capitol, teenage activists are seeking to change the balance of power in the midterms Fri 17 Aug 2018 07.00 EDT Last modified on Fri 17 Aug 2018 14.42 EDT Four months ago, hundreds of Arizona students staged a die-in on the floor of their state Capitol to protest for stricter gun laws. Now, many of those same students are working on a new campaign: registering their high school classmates to vote, with the goal of voting out the politicians who have blocked the passage of gun safety laws. “This entire thing is led by mostly kids who can't vote yet,” said Jordan Harb, 17, one of the organizers of March for Our Lives Arizona, a group of teenage gun violence

  • Exclusive: Democrats funding spike in gun control ads this election cycle
    The Indianapolis Star

    Exclusive: Democrats funding spike in gun control ads this election cycle

    Nicole Gaudiano reports on Kantar Media data showing gun control messaging is far outweighing pro-second amendment messaging in 2018 midterm elections WASHINGTON – Candidates across the country and allied outside groups are seizing on the issue of guns in advertising this election cycle, but with a twist: More spots now promote gun control than oppose it. That messaging represents a reversal from the last midterm cycle in 2014 and even 2016, when the combined total of pro-gun-rights spots in governors, House and Senate races eclipsed those touting restrictions on guns, according to a USA TODAY analysis of data from Kantar Media. The shift follows a rash of mass shootings, including the killing

  • Exclusive: Democrats funding spike in gun control ads this election cycle
    USA Today

    Exclusive: Democrats funding spike in gun control ads this election cycle

    Nicole Gaudiano reports on Kantar Media data showing gun control messaging is far outweighing pro-second amendment messaging in 2018 midterm elections WASHINGTON – Candidates across the country and allied outside groups are seizing on the issue of guns in advertising this election cycle, but with a twist: More spots now promote gun control than oppose it. That messaging represents a reversal from the last midterm cycle in 2014 and even 2016, when the combined total of pro-gun-rights spots in governors, House and Senate races eclipsed those touting restrictions on guns, according to a USA TODAY analysis of data from Kantar Media. The shift follows a rash of mass shootings, including the killing

  • Biased and Uncensored: Gun Control
    cwatlanta.cbslocal.com

    Biased and Uncensored: Gun Control

    Four friends discuss differing opinions on four different topics prevalent in today's society. This weeks episode focuses on gun control. Gun Control: Issues and Concerns Gun Control: Opinions and Discussion Gun Control: What have we learned?

  • Gun control really works — here's the science to prove it
    Business Insider

    Gun control really works — here's the science to prove it

    The US has far more mass shootings than just about any country in the world. Of countries with at least 10 million people, there are more mass shootings per capita in only Yemen, which has the second-highest per-capita rate of gun ownership (the US has the highest). Even other countries with lots of guns, like Switzerland, have far fewer firearm deaths. In Switzerland, however, most people gain access to weapons because of military service that provides training; other prospective purchasers have to go through a multiweek background check. Authorities there also prohibit some citizens whom psychologists deem a potential risk from owning weapons. The US is not inherently a more violent society.

  • VOTE: Do you think a handgun ban in Toronto would be effective?
    Yahoo Canada News

    VOTE: Do you think a handgun ban in Toronto would be effective?

    As Toronto continues to move forward to combat gun-related violence, city council and the provincial government remain divided on the specific actions that should be taken. On Thursday, Ontario Premier Doug Ford publicly discussed that he is against the city council-requested ban on the sale of handguns in Toronto. “I wouldn’t support a ban on handguns,” Ford said.

  • Parkland shooting survivors' bus tour brings gun control campaign to Morristown
    Daily Record

    Parkland shooting survivors' bus tour brings gun control campaign to Morristown

    March for Our Lives tour stops in Morristown MORRISTOWN — Teenagers lined up Thursday to meet, embrace and pose for pictures with Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg — two survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre in Florida who have since emerged as national voices for gun control. The survivors, including others from the Parkland, Florida, high school and students who were exposed to gun violence in Chicago, Milwaukee and other cities, made a stop at Lidgerwood Park in Morristown on their national #RoadToChange bus tour, which ends Sunday in Connecticut. "For our generation, they're the heroes," said Zach Dougherty of Toms River, a member of March For Our Lives-NJ, which helped

  • How was the NRA founded and how did a gun lobby become so influential in American politics?
    The Independent

    How was the NRA founded and how did a gun lobby become so influential in American politics?

    The National Rifle Association (NRA) is America’s oldest civil rights organisation and the country’s most influential political lobby group, boasting six million members. NRA spokespeople like Dana Loesch routinely appear on TV in the aftermath of mass shootings to insist that the real enemy is the pernicious influence of the entertainment industry and that the solution is the sale of more guns, not fewer. Founded in the aftermath of the Civil War, the NRA was actually in favour of gun control until 1968.

  • Where candidates for Minnesota governor stand on guns
    Star Tribune

    Where candidates for Minnesota governor stand on guns

    Minnesota voters looking for a clear choice on the gun issue from the leading candidates for governor won't get it until the November election. Ahead of next week's primary election, the five contenders in the governor's race are pitching their appeals to their respective party bases, which tend to drastically differ on whether there should be tighter limits on access to guns. Republicans Jeff Johnson and Tim Pawlenty are promising to protect gun rights, while DFL candidates Erin Murphy, Lori Swanson and Tim Walz have pledged to sign into law new regulations to prevent gun violence. But there are differences, even among candidates in the same party. Johnson says he would veto any gun restrictions

  • Protesters Rally For Gun Control In Blue Bell
    CBS Philadelphia

    Protesters Rally For Gun Control In Blue Bell

    Protesters Rally For Gun Control In Blue Bell Residents of Normandy Farms Estates held their own gun control event called "Seniors Stand Up And Speak Out."