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The Gun Debate

The Gun Debate : Opinion Brief
A customer purchases an AK-47 rifle at a sporting goods store in Illinois on Dec. 17.

Time for Congress to ban assault weapons?

Lawmakers will at least consider renewing a ban on military-style firearms in the wake of the tragic school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

The Gun Debate : U.S.
A customer shops for a pistol at a sporting goods store in Illinois on Dec. 17.

Why states should take the lead in reforming gun laws

Overly broad federal dictates would render local opinion increasingly impotent

The Gun Debate : The Bullpen
Edward Morrissey

Edward Morrissey: What America's leaders could learn from the Advent

For starters, a little humility

The Gun Debate : The Bullpen
Paul Brandus

Paul Brandus: Ronald Reagan would demand more gun control

The GOP hero fought the NRA, and won. It's time for more Republicans to follow his example

The Gun Debate : The Bullpen
Matt K. Lewis

Matt K. Lewis: The media should be ashamed of its Connecticut coverage

What journalistic rationale could compel a reporter to interview young children at a mass-murder scene?

The Gun Debate : U.S.
A Smith & Wesson .357 magnum revolver is displayed at the Los Angeles Gun Club.

The morally serious argument of the pro-gun lobby

Many gun-rights advocates fundamentally reject the premise that the government is capable of protecting its citizens. And with good reason

The Gun Debate : U.S.
President Barack Obama makes a teary statement in response to the Connecticut shooting massacre that left 20 children dead.

Massacre in Connecticut: Why Obama was smart to not call for more gun control

Nothing good can come from acting in the heat of the moment

The Gun Debate : The Bullpen
Edward Morrissey

Edward Morrissey: Don't blame guns for Jovan Belcher's murder-suicide

By using guns as a scapegoat, Bob Costas wrongly absolves the NFL of the need to examine the dangerous effects of its violent game

The Gun Debate : Best Video
Costas argued that if Jovan Belcher didn't have a gun, he and his girlfriend would still be alive.

Bob Costas touts gun control: Misuse of the Jovan Belcher tragedy?

The longtime sports commentator gets political during NBC's halftime show, riling up handgun fans

The Gun Debate : The List
President Obama spoke out this week after the tragic Aurora, Colo., shootings, saying that "AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not criminals."

4 ways Obama could limit U.S. gun violence

Congress isn't likely to pass new gun-control laws in the wake of the Colorado massacre, but the president could still follow through on a pledge to curb violence

The Gun Debate : The Bullpen
Edward Morrissey

Edward Morrissey: Gun control has failed this country

In the wake of the Aurora theater shootings, it's best to stick to the facts in the debate about gun control: Namely that restricting guns doesn't stop violence

The Gun Debate : The Bullpen
Paul Brandus

Paul Brandus: How gun-rights advocates benefit from Obama's presidency

Gun lobbyists say Obama will dismantle the right to bear arms if he's re-elected, failing to note that the past four years have been great for their industry

The Gun Debate : Fact Sheet
Indiana homeowners now have the right to shoot police officers if they're unlawfully intruding on their property.

The Indiana law that lets citizens shoot cops

The Hoosier State now allows people to use deadly force to keep public servants from illegally entering their homes or cars. Police, of course, are not pleased

The Gun Debate : Essay
The Glock rose to popularity in the U.S. by seducing the police, says Paul Barrett.

How the Glock became America's favorite gun

The ugly plastic Austrian pistol has become an American icon, says Paul Barrett, and in New York alone, 20,000 officers carry a Glock

The Gun Debate : The Bullpen
Edward Morrissey

Edward Morrissey: Get a firearm

Law enforcement simply cannot ensure that all the people are alright all of the time. The solution? Buy yourself a gun

The Gun Debate : Opinion Brief
Kenneth Melson (right), the director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, poses with Mexican officials last October: Melson may resign this week.

The 'Gunwalker' scandal: Should the ATF chief lose his job?

A law enforcement program that gave assault rifles to suspected gunrunners went horribly wrong — and there's pressure for someone to take the fall

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