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Dunn Verdict Refuels Debate over Stand Your Ground Laws

Stand Your Ground Laws weaken the justice system, say experts, and put minorities at risk.

Virginia's Elections a Huge Victory for Gun Violence Prevention, Say Activists

Activists for Common-Sense Gun Laws are celebrating an election-night victory in Virginia, the first election in the state since the tragic shootings at Newton, Connecticut.  They see Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe's win as a "huge victory for gun violence prevention" because McAuliffe campaigned on gun issues, voicing his support for a better background check system.

Gun Control Advocates Regroup Following Failure of Background Check Bill

After the Senate failed to secure the 60 votes needed to pass the Manchin-Toomey Amendment, which would have expanded background checks to include sales of guns over the internet and at gun shows, groups that have advocated for tighter restrictions on the sales of guns and ammunition are regrouping and planning their next phase of activism. Gabrielle Giffords, through her organization Americans for Responsible Solutions, had this to say to supporters: "Over two years ago, when I was shot point-blank in the head, the U.S. Senate chose to do nothing. Four months ago, 20 first-graders lost their lives in a brutal attack on their school, and the U.S. Senate chose to do nothing."

Obama and Biden Announce New Gun Control Proposal

Nearly one month after Adam Lanza, aged 20, shot and killed twenty students and six adult staff members of the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, President Obama and Vice President Biden held a joint press conference to announce and sign 23 executive orders that would help prevent similar tragedies from happening in the future.

One Year After Sandy Hook Shooting: What's Changed?

It has been one year since the December 14, 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown,  Connecticut, and the motive for the shooting is still a mystery.

Moms Demand Action Week (for Gun Sense in America)

 

Moms Demand Action members will participate in a "week-long set of calls to action" to continue to pressure Congress to pass new and stronger gun laws,  in memory of Ana Márquez-Greene, one of the 20 first graders murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. Ana would have turned

President Obama Calls On Americans to Speak Out About Gun Violence Legislation

At a White House event with families of gun violence victims, President Obama made a strong plea to Americans to speak out to their legislators in support of "common sense" gun control measures put forward by Senator Harry Reid.

National Day to Demand Action to Reduce Gun Violence

The organizations Mayors Against Illegal Guns and SignOn have planned "the largest on-the-ground organizing campaign in the history of gun violence prevention." The National Day to Demand Action is an opportunity for constituents to show their Representatives home for recess strong support for the bill recently introduced by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to establish universal background checks, increase federal gun trafficking laws, and make our schools safer.

Gun Control Advocates Step Up Action as Senate Considers Gun Legislation

NBC reports that Democratic leadership aides expect the full Senate to debate a series of gun laws on the floor in early April.

State of the Union: What Will Obama Do About Gun Violence, Climate Change, and Immigration Reform?

President Obama is expected to devote much of his State of the Union address to his adminstration's plan to create jobs and expand economic opportunities for the middle class.   What else will he bring up in his wish list for the first year of his second term?