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Don’t let capitalists control firearm production, warns creator of 3-D printable ‘Liberator’ gun

The world’s first 3-D printable firearm springs from the same liberating impulse as blogging and other forms of digital activism, says its creator. “If 3-D printing means anything, if the digital revolution and 3-D printing revolution have any interesting terminus, it’s because we will all have access to greater means…

A man was shot for texting at a movie. This isn’t an anomaly in America

The spontaneous shooting of a father over some texting and tossed popcorn had barely grabbed our attention when the headlines came about the even more horrific crime in New Mexico. Both were senseless, both all the more riveting for their quotidian settings. The antsy atmosphere of a pre-screening theater, the casual boredom of…

Study links racism, gun ownership and resistance to gun laws

A study published in the scientific journal forum PLOS ONE found that the presence of firearms in white homes in the U.S. is associated with higher incidences of racism and stiffer resistance to gun control policies. According to a press release from the University of Manchester, the study was led…

Harry Reid admits: ‘We don’t have the votes’ for new gun legislation

U.S. Democrats demanded a renewed gun debate Tuesday following the Washington Navy Yard shooting but admitted there was not enough support yet for new legislation. The killing of 12 people by a gunman at the Washington base was greeted with a chorus of revulsion across the political spectrum. But it…

New Jersey legislature plans to send four gun control bills to Christie’s desk

N.J. Assembly plans to send four gun control bills to Christie (via NJ.com) Patti Sapone/The Star-Ledger   TRENTON — The Assembly this afternoon plans to vote to send four gun control bills to Gov. Chris Christie’s desk. The bills are not the most far-reaching ones of the dozens the Legislature…

Fear factor: The cycle that drives assault weapon sales

The cause of gun control in the US is lost unless we address the underlying anxiety that makes people feel safer armed The future of guns in our society may be better understood if we knew more about what they mean to people and why people buy them. Fear is…

Watch live: Chris Rock and other celebrities rally for gun control

Elected officials, advocates and celebrities including Amanda Peet, Chris Rock, Adam Scott and others hold a news conference to call on Congress to act on gun control legislation. Watch live, broadcast on Feb. 6. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Thousands march in Washington for gun control

Thousands of people marched in Washington to demand stronger gun control legislation, in a solemn rally six weeks after the shock massacre of young children at a Connecticut school. Protesters, backed by senior officials, marched in silence for around 30 minutes along the National Mall near the US Capitol and…

Bloomberg: Gun control ‘probably’ wouldn’t have stopped Newtown shooting

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Thursday night fought back against the claim that gun laws were pointless because criminals would simply ignore them. He admitted on CNN that it was “probably true” the proposals advocated by President Barack Obama on Wednesday wouldn’t have prevented the tragic elementary school…

The Footwear of Tyranny

Update: For a more direct take on this whole issue of gun control, check out my latest at the Guardian’s Comment Is Free. But that isn’t to say there isn’t humor. Wingnuts and their gun obsession always have a darkly comic value. Every time there’s some horrible gun violence that…

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