In the Wake of Sandy Hook, Connecticut Passes Some of the Strictest…

Yesterday, bipartisan lawmakers in Connecticut have created a bill that includes several new gun control laws that, if passed, will make the state one of the strictest on guns in the nation. The deal includes a ban on 100 new types of firearms, a ban on new high-capacity ammunition magazines, a statewide dangerous… » 4/02/13 12:40pm 4/02/13 12:40pm

Gabrielle Giffords Gives a Moving, Emotional Speech at Senate Gun…

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords doesn't speak in public too often anymore, because she has trouble forming complete sentences ever since she was shot in the head while meeting with constituents two years ago. (She's also partially blind and her right arm is completely paralyzed. Guns are fun.) » 1/30/13 1:40pm 1/30/13 1:40pm

No Matter How or Why Sandy Hook Happened, Obama's Gun Control Package…

"Sandy Hook Truthers" are getting a fair amount of press these days. These conspiracy theorists are from a cross section of crazy — a melting pot of first class nut jobs, all alleging the Sandy Hook shooting was the result of a myriad of shadowy and sinister reasons. From a vindictive Obama Administration, to ensuring… » 1/17/13 3:20pm 1/17/13 3:20pm

Let’s All Hope That Bulletproof Backpacks Don’t Become the Next…

It's a wide, dangerous, gun-filled forest out there, and you'd be some kind of irresponsible monster to send your child out into it without first outfitting him or her in a found-pound kevlar-threaded vest, undershirt, and backpack, which can be used both as a carry case for social studies books AND as a ballistics… » 1/17/13 12:55pm 1/17/13 12:55pm

Don't Miss Jon Stewart's Epic Takedown of the Gun Control 'Debate'

Hey, you know how our public dialogue on just about everything is so fucked-up and frustrating that sometimes you just need Jon Stewart to hold you? And demolish the FOX News doublespeak bullshit with one fell strike of his grim morning star of moderation? And pet your hair? Well, finally, addressing our post-Newtown… » 1/09/13 6:15pm 1/09/13 6:15pm

Teen Poet Suspended for Daring to Empathize with Adam Lanza

Courtni Webb, a high school senior at the Life Learning Academy in California, was suspended after a teacher discovered a personal poem she had written partially in response to the Sandy Hook School shooting and the shooter Adam Lanza. » 1/02/13 9:49am 1/02/13 9:49am

Sandy Hook Community Prepares to Go Back to School on Thursday

With students, teachers, and parents still reeling from December's tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, it'll doubtless be a difficult and painful transition when school starts up again this Thursday. Classes are scheduled to start at a repurposed middle school in a neighboring town, where workers have been repainting,… » 1/01/13 4:00pm 1/01/13 4:00pm

New Jersey Teen Gets Arrested for Doodling 'What Appeared to Be Weapons'

It makes sense that teachers, students and parents would all be on high alert following the school shooting tragedy of Newtown, CT, but what is the best way to be aware and prepared without being paranoid or further ostracizing at-risk or troubled kids? Well, here's how you shouldn't do it: A 16-year-old boy from Egg… » 12/31/12 11:40am 12/31/12 11:40am

Geneticists Plan to Examine Adam Lanza's DNA for 'Abnormalities'

The atrocities at Sandy Hook Elementary are so unfathomable that we're all kind of adrift at this point—mired in angry stalemates over gun control and mental health and white male entitlement and Adam Lanza's mother's arsenal and the victimization of the mentally ill and the politicization of tragedy and so on. So the… » 12/27/12 7:35pm 12/27/12 7:35pm

Outed 73-Year-Old Gun Owner Says Newspaper Made Her Feel Like a Sex…

Yesterday, Hudson Valley area newspaper the Journal News launched an interactive map of gun-permit owners based on public records. In a statement, the paper defended the controversial feature by saying that "the work of journalists is not popular" but that their role is to "report publicly available information on timely… » 12/27/12 2:35pm 12/27/12 2:35pm

Man Who Posed as Adam Lanza's Uncle Once Sued Justin Bieber for…

Two days following the Sandy Hook Shooting, Jonathan Lee Riches, a convicted felon out of West Chester, Pennsylvania, drove to Newtown, Connecticut and, like something straight out of a Flannery O'Connor story, appeared at a memorial site claiming to be "Jonathan Lanza," the fictitious uncle of shooter Adam Lanza. Riches … » 12/27/12 1:00pm 12/27/12 1:00pm

Why Are We Even Surprised by School Shootings?

The National Rifle Association today announced that the answer to gun violence is more guns. Also, less Hollywood and...more guns. Yeah. That should do it. Because if history is any guide, more guns should definitely solve this gun problem. » 12/21/12 6:15pm 12/21/12 6:15pm

Poor Pitiful Dudes: Why You Should Defer to Men with Post-Patriarchal…

Still grieving over Sandy Hook? While your tear ducts are still flowing, how about shedding a few empathetic drops for a much broader group of victims: depressed and discombobulated white males. Those who once were heroes, filled with a sense of purpose and place? They're now lost young men, reeling from the rapid… » 12/21/12 3:55pm 12/21/12 3:55pm

'The Only Thing That Stops a Bad Guy With a Gun Is a Good Guy With a…

Until this morning, the NRA hadn't made as much as a pro-gun peep since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, out of respect for the families of the victims because that's how the lobbying group prefers to deal with the aftermath of gun massacres. Today, NRA Executive Vice President/ghoul Wayne LaPierre finally… » 12/21/12 1:50pm 12/21/12 1:50pm

The NRA's Congressional BFFs Who Have Suddenly Changed Their Tune

The number of NRA-endorsed politicians who've changed their Second Amendment tune since Adam Lanza shot 20 kids and seven adults with a semi-automatic rifle last Friday keeps rising. But can we really trust that these formerly staunch pro-gun representatives will take action? Check out their pre and post-Sandy Hook… » 12/20/12 12:25pm 12/20/12 12:25pm

Your Morning Cry: PS22 Honors Shooting Victims by Singing the Sandy…

Of all the touching tributes made for the victims of Friday's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, the ones performed by children have surely been the most affective and heart wrenching. First, there was the New York Children's Chorus singing "Silent Night" on SNL this past weekend and now PS22, the… » 12/20/12 10:55am 12/20/12 10:55am

Noted Asshole Says Sandy Hook Massacre Wouldn't Have Happened If There…

Conservative commentator/demon lady Charlotte Allen is behind some of the biggest anti-feminist hits of the past decade: she's argued that sexy Halloween costumes justify rape, mocked transgender rights, and straight-up called women dumb. » 12/19/12 6:00pm 12/19/12 6:00pm