On Gun Control: Follow the Money

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Karen Finney: Increased fear increases sales. It also increases dollars coming into the coffers of the NRA — perhaps LaPierre’s message was never intended to be “mainstream” or target the 80 percent of gun owners and 90 percent of Americans who support a background check.

Reducing Gun Violence: It’s Complicated

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Lydia Howell: Sandy Hook penetrated our national numbness to gun violence but, we could get stuck in stubborn circular arguments like Roe. V. Wade opponents make, deliberately distracting from real issues.

Scalia’s Dead Constitution

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Brent Budowsky: Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has reiterated his opinion that the Constitution is not a living document that should reflect the lessons of history but is, instead, a stale document that is (in his words) “dead, dead, dead.”

Fatal Distraction: Manhood, Guns, and Violence

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Allan Johnson: Our culture rarely focuses on the connection between men and violence. Quite simply because men won’t like it if you do. We are a nation tiptoeing around men’s anger, men’s ridicule, men’s potential to withhold resources (such as funding for battered women’s shelters and sexual assault programs)

How Academia Continues to Betray Aaron Swartz

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Michael Eisen: It is a tragic irony that the only reason Swartz had to break the law to fulfill his quest to liberate human knowledge was that the same academic community that rose up to support his cause after he died had routinely betrayed it while he was alive.

Gun Nuts Making Case for Gun Control

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Julie Driscoll: Those of us who, like Supreme Court Justice Scalia, believe that there are limits to 2nd Amendment rights are becoming increasingly sickened by the mantra that somehow denying people the right to own assault weapons and high capacity clips is trampling on 2nd Amendment rights.

NRA: Neocons Rule America

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Carl Matthes: In a commercial, the NRA recently put the President’s daughters “in the crosshairs.” They have removed any pretense of being a good-faith partner in solving America’s most frightening and heart-wrenching problem.

The Tragedy We Know Obama’s Gun Control Moves Will Accomplish

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Bruce Reilly: School police have been key builders of the School to Prison Pipeline. Fistfights and the joint in the bathroom no longer result in detention or suspension anymore: now they are imprisonment, expulsion, and an often insurmountable mountain to climb towards any “normal” adult lifestyle.

The “Gun Wage”

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Joseph Palermo: Like the old Jim Crow “race wage” the “gun wage” allows lower middle-class white men to feel a little less besieged by immigrants, feminists, blacks and Others.

Gun Nuts

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Tom Hall: The NRA isn’t about protecting people or constitutional rights, but rather about driving sales for an industry of sociopaths selling to a market of wannabe psychopaths, with absolutely no regard to the costs to real people,

Has Gun Debate Overheated?

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Karen Finney: Not surprisingly, the clearer it becomes that an increasing number of Americans support common-sense measures, the higher the NRA and its allies crank up the fear-mongering and hysteria

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