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The Aurora Shooting: One Week Later

Friday, July 27, 2012

It’s been a week since last Friday’s mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado. In that time, the state of Colorado, the public, and the national media have grappled with the best way to respond to the tragedy, and the most appropriate way to talk about it.

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Opinion: Lesson from Iowa Shootings: Listen to Law Enforcement on Gun Control

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The story of Gang Lu's 1991 shooting rampage in Iowa shows NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg may have it right: we need to involve law enforcement officials in the gun control debate.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

NRA vs Big City Mayors

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Adam Winkler, constitutional law professor at UCLA and the author of Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America, looks at why mass shootings, like the one in Aurora, Colo., don't lead to stricter gun control.

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WNYC News

Bloomberg Says Police Should Strike Until Tougher Gun Laws Are in Place

Monday, July 23, 2012

Mayor Michael Bloomberg's remarks Monday that police officers across the nation should strike until tougher gun laws are in place were the latest in a string of comments aimed at pushing presidential candidates to get beyond what he says are "just platitudes" and act to enforce gun laws following the mass shooting in Colorado.

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Opinion: Gun Laws Won't Prevent Another Aurora

Monday, July 23, 2012

We've had the serious debate about gun control. The Second Amendment won.

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The Takeaway

Thirteen Years After Columbine, Colorado Revisits Questions of Mental Health Resources

Monday, July 23, 2012

The gun control debate has featured prominently in news and political agendas in the wake of both disasters, but questions of mental health resources are just as pressing. What has Colorado learned since Columbine?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Gun Violence and the Colorado Shooting

Monday, July 23, 2012

New York Congressman Carolyn McCarthy (D-4th), longtime gun control advocate, reacts to the Colorado movie theater shooting.

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WNYC News

NYPD Boosts Security in Wake of Colo. Theater Shooting

Friday, July 20, 2012

Be sure to leave your costumes at home this weekend and expect increased police presence at AMC Theatres. Security is being beefed up at area movie theaters after a gunman killed at least 12 at a midnight premiere of the new Batman movie in a Denver suburb early Friday morning.

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Did the ATF Walk Guns to Mexico in Fast & Furious?

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

On Tuesday's Brian Lehrer Show, reporter Katherine Eban broke down her breakthrough investigation into the root cause of the Fast and Furious "gun-walking" scandal.

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Opinion: Fast and Furious - and Eric Holder's Mistake - is Deadly Serious

Friday, June 29, 2012

Who still cares that the U.S. government sold guns to Mexican gangs? I care.

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Who Had the Better Week—Cuomo or Christie?

Friday, May 25, 2012

Both rock stars in their own right, both trying to right their states' ships, and both building serious momentum for a potential presidential run. Every Friday, we'll look at whose week will look better on a résumé come 2016.

Check out last week's results here.

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The Takeaway

Virginia Tech, Five Years Later

Monday, April 16, 2012

Today marks five years since Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 people and injured 25 others at Virginia Tech, making it the deadliest American shooting in history. Heavy media coverage has depicted an uptick in school shootings in recent years, but violence in American schools has been a problem for a long time. Rebecca Coffey, a science journalist for Scientific American and Discover Magazine, joins us to discuss: What have we learned since Virginia Tech?

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Is the Sanford Police Department Inept?

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Did the Trayvon Martin shooting reveal a systemic failure on the part of the Sanford Police? We speak with John Rudolf, criminal Justice reporter for the Huffington Post and Calvin Donaldson, whose son was shot and killed in Sanford on October 2011.

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The Takeaway

Stand Your Ground Laws Lead to Rise in Justifiable Homicides, Report Says

Friday, April 06, 2012

Weak gun control laws are to blame for the rise in justifiable homicides, an investigation by The Guardian newspaper concludes. A higher rate of this type of killing occurs when that state has permissive gun laws or Stand Your Ground laws. Harry Enten is a writer for The Guardian.

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The Takeaway

Repealing Virginia's One-Gun-A-Month Law

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Virginia's state legislature recently voted to repeal a 1993 law capping handgun purchases at one-per-month. The law was designed to help curb interstate gun trafficking along what was known as the "iron pipeline" — the corridor along I-95 from the south to the northeast. In 1991, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms had found that 40 percent of guns found at crime scenes in New York had been purchased in Virginia. Two decades later, opponents of the law say that it's become obsolete.

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The Takeaway

US Mayors Take on Gun Control... During the Super Bowl

Monday, February 06, 2012

As famous for its commercials as the big game itself, this year the Super Bowl premiered an ad starring New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston mayor Tom Menino. The thirty-second spot promoted Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a coalition group of 600 mayors organized to promote urban safety by preventing the flow of illegal weapons into cities across the United States. While the ad may have seemed out of place alongside ads for cars, websites, and beers, the message it promoted was, in many ways, as uncontroversial as the aforementioned products.

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Opinion: Two Anniversaries, One Vision of Nonviolence

Monday, January 09, 2012

Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords led a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance on Sunday, one year after a shooting spree that claimed six lives and left her gravely wounded.

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One Year After Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' Shooting

Monday, January 09, 2012

Sunday marked one year since the Tuscon, Arizona shooting where Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords suffered a gunshot wound to head. In total, thirteen people were injured and six other killed, including the shooter. At 10:11 a.m., when the shooting started, church bells and bells passed out to residents will ring out across Tucson. 

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The Empire

Assemblyman Lancman keeps at Congressman Turner, this time over guns

Friday, January 06, 2012

Assemblyman Rory Lancman wanted a shot at the 9th Congressional District during the special election back in September. Since the man Queens party boss Congressman Joe Crowley picked for the seat, Assemblyman David Weprin, lost to Republican Bob Turner, Assemblyman Lancman has kept up a steady stream of criticism of the new congressman, potentially portending a run against him next year.

Today's critique is over Congressman Turner's position on gun control (something the city takes very seriously).Or, I suppose, lack there of: Turner, according to theQueens Chronicle, won't take a position on a bill to strengthen gun background checks.

“Congressman Bob Turner’s troubling position on guns leaves Queens families and New York’s finest vulnerable,” Lancman said in a statement. “It’s extremely unsettling that someone who represents me and my community would put our safety at risk to satisfy the gun lobby.”

Lancman went on to tout his own record on gun control as an Assemblyman, which earned him an "A" from New Yorkers Against Gun Violence and an "F" from the National Rifle Association.

While Lancman almost certainly has strong philosophical differences with Turner, and vice versa, whether or not he'll be able to turn those into campaign fodder will depend entirely on how the Congressional lines are drawn in redistricting.

Hoping to get a response from Turner's folks on this. I'll post when it comes in.

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Opinion: Remember Post-Racial America? Neither Does Eric Holder

Friday, December 23, 2011

Barack Obama was supposed to lead us into a post-racial America. Instead, his presidency has become a study in incompetency with an accusation of racism toward anyone who dares say so.

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