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Tea Party Activist Arrested After Carrying Gun to Airport

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The leader of a Tea Party group was arrested at LaGuardia airport Thursday, and charged with gun possession.

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Explainer: How Did the White House Shooter Get a Gun?

Friday, November 18, 2011

Federal law prohibits certain people from owning arms, among those are people who have been convicted of a felony, minors, drug addicts, and the mentally ill. So why can a mentally ill guy with a criminal history still drive to DC, buy an assault weapon, and shoot the White House?

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The Takeaway

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the Road to Recovery

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Since suffering a gunshot wound to the head in January of last year, Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, have largely shunned the spotlight. But now the couple is opening up about her recovery process in the new book "Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope" and an interview with Diana Sawyer on ABC's "20/20."

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Backstory: The Debate Over Gun Control in America

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Adam Winkler examines America's four-centuries-long political battle over gun control and the right to bear arms. Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America is centered on the landmark 2008 case District of Columbia v. Heller, which invalidated a law banning handguns in the nation's capital, and looks at the Founding Fathers, the Second Amendment, gun rights advocates and gun control lobbyists, and the debate over guns.

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WNYC News

Mayors Campaign Against Concealed Gun Bill

Monday, September 12, 2011

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other mayors in support of gun control are speaking out against a bill that would allow licensed gun owners to carry concealed firearms across state lines.

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Bloomberg Lobbies For Gun Control Bill

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is urging Congress to pass a bill strengthening background checks for gun purchases. He was in Washington DC on Tuesday lobbying for the measure.

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WNYC News

Schumer, Bloomberg Call for Stricter Gun Control Penalties

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Mayor Michael Bloomberg endorsed a plan to increase federal penalties on states that are not enforcing background checks for prospective gun buyers.

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WNYC News

New York Pols React to Obama's Speech: 'Disappointed,' 'Missed a Chance'

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

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President Obama's speech was a call to arms for those seeking bipartisanship. Unfortunately, those looking for regulations of firearms heard not a word about their cause.

"What comes of this moment will be determined not by whether we can sit together tonight, but whether we can work together tomorrow," Obama said to an audience of Washington lawmakers which, for the first time, had Democrats and Republicans seated next to one another.

"We share common hopes and a common creed; that the dreams of a little girl in Tucson are not so different than those of our own children, and that they all deserve the chance to be fulfilled," said the president, referring to the youngest victim of the massacre that left Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords with a gunshot wound to the head.

But after that, Obama did not address the issue of gun control, something Mayor Michael Bloomberg strenuously advocated for with a major media push leading up to the speech.

Afterwards, Bloomberg released a statement calling the omission of gun control from the speech "disappointing."

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It's A Free Blog

Guns Don’t Kill People, Bullets Kill People

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Experience suggests there is little chance the attack will produce significant new legislation, let alone change a national culture that has been accepting of guns since its inception—unless we try something new and different.

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Comments Roundup: Gun Control

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

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I just returned from a holiday trip home to the midwest. I was very surprised to learn how many of my friends are now carrying guns. As a lifelong supporter of gun control I initially found this circumstance very disturbing, though after listening to their reasoning (and seeing the neighborhoods in which they reside), I had to admit it was a more complicated issue than I realized. I still don't think it's the best answer, but I definitely appreciate how this kind of escalation happens so easily.

Aaron from Manhattan

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Gun Control: Closing Loopholes or Restricting Access?

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

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I can't believe that Arizona would even think about putting a firearm in the atmosphere of a college. I cannot start to tell you the level of really responsible thinking and shaping your mind that goes into, even a police officer, getting a firearm.

Eric Adams, State Senator for the 20th District of New York on the Brian Lehrer Show

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The Brian Lehrer Show

New Gun Control Proposal

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Eric AdamsNY State Senator (20th district) and former NYPD captain, talks about legislation he's proposing to prevent those with mental illness from owning guns.

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WNYC News

MLK 2011: Sharpton Updates the Struggle, Bloomberg Gets Jeered

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

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In his annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, the Rev. Al Sharpton and his parade of guests urged the crowd to fight the modern battle against inequality. And in at least once instance, that meant, for some, booing the person at the podium.

"We must deal with the issues of today," said Sharpton, who flew into the event after spending the morning in Washington DC. He equated the need to update the civil rights struggle today with the 1965 television sitcom F-Troop, which, according to Sharpton drew its humor from the fact that the post-Civil War soldiers "were fighting a war that had already been fought."

"The problem with many of us today is we want to fight the civil rights battle of 50 years ago," said Sharpton. "And not deal with the civil rights battle of today."

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Restoring the Dream of Nonviolence

Monday, January 17, 2011

A national holiday is nice; but it is not enough. To honor and respect the memory of Dr. King, those massacred in Arizona and all Americans who have lost their lives to senseless violence, we must show the courage on the issue of gun control.

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The Takeaway

Will Ariz. Shooting Spur New Gun Laws?

Friday, January 14, 2011

Saturday's shooting in Tucson has led gun control advocates to begin drafting bills to strenghten gun control laws. Meanwhile, gun sales have been up since the shooting. While the issue of gun control tends to come to the fore following tragedies of this sort, few actually think that any real legislative change will come in the wake of the shooting.

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Dallas Penn Can Save America

Friday, January 14, 2011

The unsettling thing I noticed last year during all the backslapping at the "Rally to Restore Honor," and all the laughter at the "Rally to Restore Sanity," was how many people in America are clearly insane.

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WNYC News

NY Mayor, Congressman Seek to Enforce and Strengthen Gun Laws

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

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Rep. Peter King (R-NY3) says he will introduce legislation to toughen gun laws in the wake of the deadly mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona, where a lone gunman killed six people and injured 14, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

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Mad Mix of Mental Illness and Marijuana?

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

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There's a certain proportion of adolescents who are very susceptible to the affects of marijuana and if they abuse it before the age of 17 or 18, they're very likely to begin having persecutory ideas, paranoid ideas. They may have auditory and visual hallucinations. And they end up with a condition that looks for all the world like paranoid schizophrenia.

Dr. Michael Stone, Forensic Psychologist on The Brian Lehrer Show

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Lots of Talk after Arizona, but What's the Solution?

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

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Emotions have been running high across the country since the Saturday shooting shattered our sense of security, took a half dozen lives and injured a dozen more victims in Tucson, Arizona.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Colin Goddard: Living for 32

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Colin Goddard, survivor of the shooting at Virginia Tech, who is now an advocate with the Brady Campaign talks about his experience. He was the one to call 911 from the classroom and was one of the few to survive. He discusses the documentary “Living for 32,” in which he’s featured.

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