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Fomenting fear as crime rates fall

Be afraid. Be very afraid. And get armed. This message is being heeded by more and more Americans. It’s noteworthy for its own sake, but also because it mixes old beliefs with new ones – all as questionable as they are influential. Violent crime rates across the nation sank by more than half in the 1990s, according to official figures, and remain near 20-year lows. For most citizens, the U.S. hasn’t been this safe since the 1960s.... Read more»

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Advocates duel over who’s winning gun control battle in the states

Which side has the momentum in the struggle around the nation pitting advocates of tighter gun controls against supporters of expanded gun rights? That remains a tough call.... Read more»

Gun advocates take up - and make - arms at Texas Capitol

As Texas lawmakers convened for the first day of the 2015 legislative session Tuesday, about a dozen activists carrying a variety of firearms gathered in front of the state Capitol to protest gun laws. ... Read more»1

Secretive nonprofits flourished — and succeeded — in 2014 state elections

Groups that don't disclose donors were more successful with TV ads than other political advertisers. ... Read more»1

Gun groups locked and loaded for Nov. 4

Less than a month until the election? Welcome to the OK Corral — the shootout’s just beginning. Welcome to the OK Corral — the shootout’s just beginning. Both the National Rifle Association and Americans for Responsible Solutions, the pro-gun control group founded by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, have said they will unleash a fusillade of ads supporting and attacking candidates in some of the tightest contests in the country.... Read more»1

Gun Wars

8 states have laws voiding federal firearms regs

Across the country, a thriving dissatisfaction with the U.S. government is prompting a growing spate of bills in state legislatures aimed at defying federal control over firearms - more than 200 during the last decade, a News21 investigation found.... Read more»6

Gun Wars

Women an emerging force in defending firearms

More women than ever before own guns. From this surge in popularity comes classes, specialized apparel, custom firearms, shooting-group memberships and conferences for women. Women have also become the sellers, the lobbyists and the business owners.... Read more»

Gun Wars

Gun groups working for concealed carry on college campuses

College students nationwide clash over the right to bring concealed guns on campus. ... Read more»1

Why gun control groups have moved away from an assault weapons ban

A decade after the ban expired, gun control groups say that focusing on other policies will save more American lives. ... Read more»

Gun Wars

Groups prepare to defend constitutional rights, themselves

Fear of the federal government’s interference with Second Amendment rights and suspicion that elected officials are ignoring the “will of the people” have provoked a resurgence of self-described patriots across the country who say they are preparing to defend themselves and their rights by any means necessary. ... Read more»3

Gun Wars

Domestic violence: Efforts focus on getting guns away from abusers

Advocates for domestic violence prevention and victims repeatedly asked Congress and state legislatures for a more streamlined process to keep guns out of the hands of abusers. However, the NRA cites the necessity to arm oneself for protection against acts of violence.... Read more»

Gun Wars

Gun deaths: Twice as many suicides as homicides

Americans are twice as likely to die from turning guns on themselves as they are to be murdered with one. ... Read more»

Immigration, net neutrality trigger heavy lobbying

Immigration, net neutrality and the right to channel a broadcast program using a tiny antenna have caused several companies to spend big in order to influence legislators this year.... Read more»

The best reporting on guns in America

In the wake of last week’s shooting spree in Santa Barbabra, ProPublica lays out the most revealing reporting about guns. ... Read more»

Dems push to restart CDC funding for gun violence research

New legislation would increase CDC funding for gun violence research from zero dollars to $10 million. The NRA calls the push “unethical” and an “abuse of taxpayer funds.” ... Read more»

Gun rights activists' latest strategy: Armed demonstrations

When advocates for tighter restrictions on guns rallied last week in Austin City Hall, a small group of opponents staged a counter-rally outside, carrying firearms and waving a flag emblazoned with an assault rifle and the caption “Come and Take It.”... Read more»2

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