On July 23, Washington will require survivors of domestic violence, stalking, or sexual assault be notified if their abuser fails a background check when attempting to purchase a firearm. According to The Trace, Washington will be the first state to enact this form of gun control.
People with open arrest warrants or “fugitives from justice” have technically not been allowed to purchase firearms, but many are not challenged for doing so until after the guns are in their possession. This has led to a longstanding dispute between the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check, who screen…
Kristen Stewart’s been giving great, gracefully twitchy interviews this week as she makes the rounds at Sundance promoting her directorial debut Come Swim.
State Rep. Armando “Mando” Martinez was standing outside with his family, welcoming the new year at midnight, as is tradition, when another tradition came down on his head hard.
Following the June 12 shooting that left 49 people dead (and many more injured) at Pulse, a landmark gay club in Orlando, Florida, the city has reached a deal to purchase the space for $2.25 million and turn it into a memorial.
The New York Times reports that Connecticut judge Barbara Bellis dismissed a lawsuit filed by relatives of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting that claimed 26 lives, including those of 20 children, before the case got to trial. Relatives of nine of the Sandy Hook shooting victims were plaintiffs in the…
After a program filled anti-gun lobby advocates railed against the current state of gun control 2016 Democratic Convention, an ensemble musical performance provided both a moment of inspiration and levity—and unexpectedly, a reunion between the stars of the hit show Cagney & Lacey. It was a moment which enveloped my…
In the least surprising bit of news possibly ever, lawmakers in Texas don’t think gun control is the answer to preventing tragedies like the recent shooting in Dallas that claimed the lives of five people.
On Thursday, a mere day after the senseless death of Philando Castile, three days following the equally mindless execution of Alton Sterling, and hours before five police officers were killed in Dallas by snipers, Republicans in the House struggled to find support for a piece of gun control legislation.
House Democrats spent Wednesday staging a historic sit-in to try to force a vote on a gun control measure, a vote that didn’t happen when the GOP opted to adjourn early and flee the Capitol. Late last night, Rep. Debbie Dingell of Michigan made an emotional plea for gun control, based on her chilling experiences…
Update, 11:46 p.m.: Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, who represents New York’s 9th District, took the floor and recalled former Councilman James E. Davis, who was gunned down in City Hall in 2003. “From that day forward, the chemistry in our town has never quite been recalibrated,” she said. Davis, who was also a police…
House Democrats are presently occupying their chambers with a sit-in to force a vote on gun control, after a series of speeches imploring their colleagues to “do [their] jobs,” as Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) says in the video above.
On the latest episode of Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, our host took a beautiful rhetorical dump on the Republican Party, whose comrades in the Senate recently rejected four extremely sane measures restricting gun sales one week after 49 people were murdered in an Orlando gay club.
One week ago, 49 people were murdered when a lone gunman opened fire in Orlando, Florida’s Pulse nightclub. To date, it is the deadliest shooting in our country’s history. And today, in the wake of this massacre, the United States Senate blocked four different proposals to implement stricter gun control laws.
In a move that some sources categorized as “unhinged fearmongering,” the National Rifle Association’s executive vice president Wayne LaPierre not only adamantly stated that the organization would not change its opinion on gun control, but urged American citizens to buy more guns, because terrorists are “on the verge…
Bill O’Reilly and Gretchen Carlson made Fox News history this week by experiencing a brief tandem bout of decency. Both hosts came very close to saying that the federal assault weapons ban, which expired in 2004, should be renewed. And Fox News fans are taking it so well!
After 14 hours and 50 minutes on the floor, Senate Democrats finally concluded their historic filibuster—the 8th longest since 1900, when precise record-keeping officially began.
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut) took the Senate floor a little after 11 a.m. on Wednesday and is refusing to give it up.
“There is no shortage of troubled twenty-somethings out there, and whether they’re radicalized by ISIS or homophobia or white nationalism or a dislike of movies, we are making it far too easy for their derangement to kill us.”