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What the NRA's "Founder" and George Zimmerman Have in Common

What the NRA’s “Founder” and George Zimmerman Have in Common

The violent confrontation happened in a Southern state with a long history of racial animus. By the time the police arrived, a teenager lay dead on the ground. The shooter had attempted to detain the minority youth as a “suspicious person” before killing him with a point-blank gun blast to the chest. He would eventually... Read More
Pistol was the trigger: Trayvon Martin is just another notch for the gun lobby

Pistol was the trigger: Trayvon Martin is just another notch for the gun lobby

The shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., by a neighborhood watch guy with a gun may yet turn out to be a race-based crime, even as we keep hearing that the shooter, George Zimmerman, has a Hispanic mother. We may never know everything that happened between Zimmerman and Martin, how much of the... Read More
The Controversial Florida Law at the Heart of the Trayvon Martin Case

The Controversial Florida Law at the Heart of the Trayvon Martin Case

In September 2010, Trevor Dooley stormed into a park near his home outside Tampa, angry because a teenager was skateboarding on the basketball court. Dooley was carrying a .32-caliber semiautomatic handgun in his pants, and it was visible to David James, 41, who was in the park with his 8-year-old daughter. James tried to disarm... Read More
Shots fired at MTA bus with 40 passengers on board

Shots fired at MTA bus with 40 passengers on board

Gunfire struck a Bronx bus filled with dozens of passengers early Sunday morning, though no one was injured. An unknown gunman fired a few times at the BX36 bus at around 4:30 a.m. near the intersection of 174th Street and Bronx River Avenue before fleeing, police said. There were approximately 40 people on board, according... Read More
Virginia’s Gift to Gunrunners

Virginia’s Gift to Gunrunners

Virginia’s Gift to Gunrunners In 1993, Virginia enacted a one-per-month limit on gun purchases after a federal study showed that two out of five handguns taken from New York City crime scenes were purchased in Virginia’s freewheeling gun markets. Now the state seems determined to resume its destructive “iron pipeline” role. On Tuesday, Gov. Bob... Read More
With ballistics database gone, greater need for microstamping law, say NY legislators

With ballistics database gone, greater need for microstamping law, say NY legislators

LEGISLATIVE GAZETTE In his 2012-2013 Executive Budget, Gov. Andrew Cuomo zeroed out the Combined Ballistics Identification System. Without CoBis, lawmakers believe there is a “hole” in law enforcement’s ability to solve gun crimes. Urging the Senate to include legislation for microstamping in its budget proposal, legislators, gun control advocates and law enforcement officers championed the... Read More
When Buying a Gun Becomes Easier Than Voting

When Buying a Gun Becomes Easier Than Voting

The media has been awash this holiday season with stories about a “dramatic increase” in gun sales in the United States. CNN, for example, declared, “December holiday shoppers were not just interested in buying the hottest electronics and toys–they also were purchasing record numbers of guns.” USA Today claimed, “Along with millions of Kindles, Angry... Read More