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Reasonable and effective ways to reduce gun violence

It is obvious now that the majority of Americans, in fact the majority of gun owners, support better screening of those who shop for guns and ammunition. The majority of civilized countries manage to let citizens own firearms without the carnage we see here in the U.S. One major difference is the requirements that citizens…

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Guns around the world: Who owns them? Who has the most?

Most of the world’s firearms are privately owned, says The Small Arms Survey. And which country has the most privately owned firearms per capita? [Firearms as defined, by the Small Arms Survey, include improvised craft guns as well as handguns, rifles, shotguns, and machine guns.] You probably won’t be surprised to learn that this particular…

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How does your representative vote on gun control/gun rights?

After the most recent mass shooting–at Umpqua Community College in Oregon–President Obama urged Americans to look into where their Congressional representatives stand on gun-control legislation. With surveys showing that most Americans support common-sense gun laws–including universal background checks–you have to wonder if Congressional representatives’ attitudes coincide with prevailing public opinion. The following article, originally posted…

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I’ve lost my handgun virginity

Last week, I fired a handgun for the first time in my life. And for those of you hoping to learn that my experience transformed me from a gun-phobe to a gun-lover: Sorry. I never want to do that again. My 20 minutes at the firing range were part of the nine-week Citizens’ Police Academy…