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Some NY Officials Have Choice Words for NRA Proposal

Friday, December 21, 2012

The National Riffle Association's call to place armed guards in schools gained some traction with local gun enthusiasts — but many New York politicians who spoke out Friday took umbrage at the proposal in the wake of the mass shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut.

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WNYC News

NRA's Solution for Gun Violence Gets Support from Local Enthusiasts

Friday, December 21, 2012

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Some local gun enthusiasts are vigorously supporting the NRA's proposal to place armed guards in schools.  

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Schoolbook

Arm the Schools? NYC Educators and Parents Respond to NRA's Proposal

Friday, December 21, 2012

The NRA's proposal to put armed security guards or police officers in every public schools was mostly met with outrage by parents, teachers and educators in New York City. We have a roundup of views plus one Staten Island parent's call for using retired police officers to bolster school security.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

The aftermath of the Connecticut school shooting

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The aftermath of the Connecticut school shooting

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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Liberal’s Case for the Second Amendment

Monday, November 19, 2012

Veteran New York Times editor Craig Whitney reexamines America’s relationship with guns and looking at the ways guns are part of American culture. In Living with Guns: A Liberal’s Case for the Second Amendment he makes the case that trying to restrict gun ownership doesn’t effectively deter crime and argues that, if we focus on controlling violence rather than guns themselves, the Second Amendment may not be as lethal as the left would like to think.

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The Takeaway

A Liberal's Case for the Right to Bear Arms

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Apart from a question on assault weapons in the second presidential debate, President Obama and Mitt Romney rarely discussed gun rights or gun control in the 2012 campaign. Despite the lack of presidential rhetoric on the issue, the gun control and gun rights debate continues, especially in the wake of the Aurora shooting last July. Will conservatives and liberals ever find common ground on gun control? Author Craig R. Whitney says yes, and explains how in his new book, "Living with Guns: A Liberal's Case for the Second Amendment."

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On The Media

A Gun You Can Print at Home

Friday, November 02, 2012

Cody Wilson, who leads Defense Distributed, is working on an open-source schematic that will let people print out a plastic pistol at home using a 3D-printer. Wilson talks to Bob about his project, and explains why he's not worried the guns will fall into the wrong hands.

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WNYC News

Former Gov. Spitzer Says City Should Pressure Gun Sellers through Purchasing Power

Friday, August 10, 2012

While Mayor Michael Bloomberg has stepped up calls for greater gun control in the wake of the recent massacres in Wisconsin and Colorado, former Governor Eliot Spitzer says the mayor is overlooking a powerful tool at his disposal — the city's buying power.

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It's A Free Country ®

Explainer: What Good Is It to be the Toughest State on Gun Control?

Monday, August 06, 2012

A New York State Senator plans to introduce six new pieces of gun control legislation this week, which if passed would make New York the state with the toughest gun laws in the nation. But gun control advocates caution that lax laws in other states would still pose a threat.

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WNYC News

NYC Sells Spent Shell Casings to Ammo Store

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Mayor Michael Bloomberg may regularly call for stricter gun-control laws, but it’s not stopping the NYPD from selling its spent shell casings – not to a scrap metal company, but to a Georgia ammunition store.

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WNYC News

Out-of-State Guns Used in Most NY Crimes

Monday, July 30, 2012

Federal data show most guns recovered from New York crimes last year originated in states with fewer legal restrictions, though the largest single source is still New York, where nearly 1,600 were first purchased.

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It's A Free Blog

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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In Public: Essays from Laura Walker, President of New York Public Radio

When Data Talks

Thursday, July 19, 2012

This week, the most talked about map in New York City isn’t one that directs tourists to new museum shows or sample sales.  It shows where the guns are.  

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It's A Free Country ®

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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The Brian Lehrer Show

Glock of Ages

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A new book tells the history of perhaps the most popular and influential weapon in the world. Paul Barrett, assistant managing editor of Bloomberg Businessweek, discusses his new book Glock: The Rise of America's Gun

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It's A Free Country ®

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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WNYC News

5 NYPD Officers Arrested in Gun Smuggling Sting

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

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Five New York City police officers are among 12 people arrested in connection to a gun smuggling operation, law enforcement sources told WNYC. The U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan is prosecuting the case.

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The Takeaway

ATF's 'Fast and Furious' Dealt Another Blow

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' controversial Fast and Furious program took another hit yesterday as Kenneth E. Melson, the acting director of the program’s Phoenix office, stepped down along with the U.S. Attorney in Arizona, Dennis K. Burke. The two were implicated in an ongoing investigation into the undercover operation that allegedly allowed for thousands of guns to get into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.

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The Takeaway

US Guns Used By Mexican Drug Gangs

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The United States may be behind the drug-related violence in Mexico, more than we think. According to a new Congressional report released yesterday, more than 70 percent of the guns detained in Mexico the past two years, originated in the U.S. On top of this, the ATF is under fire for reportedly supplying more than a 1,000 illegal firearms to gun traffickers in Mexico, in an operation called "Fast and Furious." They hoped selling the guns to "straw purchasers," would lead them to the crime organizations. Unfortunately, many of these guns were lost track of, and some were even tied to the shooting of an American border patrol officer. 

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WNYC News

Mayor Bloomberg Calls on Obama to Lead Charge on Gun Control

Monday, January 24, 2011

Mayor Bloomberg, at a rally championing gun control, called on President Obama to lead the charge on reforming the nation's gun laws in the wake of the Tucson tragedy during his State of the Union speech Tuesday night.

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