The Supreme Court Puts Gun Rights Above the Human Life

The same week, President Biden signed into law a bipartisan bill on guns.

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How We Came to Believe in Guns

God and guns have become strangely intertwined.

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Sharone Mitchell Jr. and the Progressive Case Against Gun Permits

This public defender was “never a gun guy.” So why is he siding with the N.R.A. in the Supreme Court’s latest case on gun rights?

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Gun Sellers Stoke Fears to Boost Weapon Sales

The number of firearms in the U.S. is outpacing the country’s population, as an emboldened gun industry and its allies target buyers with rhetoric of fear, machismo and defiance.

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Gun Control Advocates Have More Money Now, but Money Can’t Buy Zeal

After more mass shootings, one side is gaining donors and political will; the other is galvanized by gun rights. Will anything be different?

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Republicans Want to ‘Harden’ Schools. That’s an Awful Euphemism.

Preparing schools to repel and return gunfire isn’t a mature society’s response.

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Don’t Add Curbs on Guns. But Repeal Liability Protections.

Freedom and responsibility, in equal measure.

#firearms, #gun-control, #law-and-legislation, #mass-shootings, #national-rifle-assn, #senate

What Does It Mean When Greg Abbott Calls the Uvalde Gunman ‘Evil’?

Christian theology teaches that societies — not just individuals — bear responsibility for evil.

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Will Hurd: I Represented Uvalde in Congress. We Must Act on Guns

There are real solutions to this epidemic. We just need the courage to act.

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Chris Jacobs Drops Re-Election Bid After Bucking His Party on Guns

Representative Chris Jacobs, whose district includes Buffalo suburbs, abandoned his campaign after his support for a federal assault weapons ban caused a G.O.P. backlash.

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Democratic States Push Gun Control Bills with Congress Gridlocked

Democratic state leaders from California to New Jersey are demanding immediate action after the Uvalde shooting.

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At N.R.A. Gathering, Protesters and Gun Supporters Spar

Gun supporters and protesters mourned two shooting massacres in a single month, but the gap in their views on what to do next remained wide.

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A Texas School. A Buffalo Store. The Toll of Gun Violence Mounts in the U.S.

America’s leaders are failing in their most basic duty.

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America’s Human Sacrifices

Guns don’t kill people. Doors do.

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America Is Under the Gun

Will we rise up to face the rising tide of violence?

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Fact-Checking Trump and Cruz at the N.R.A. Convention

The former president and the Texas senator made inaccurate or misleading claims about the efficacy of gun restrictions, gun ownership trends and school shootings.

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At N.R.A. Convention, the Blame Is on ‘Evil,’ Not Guns

Above all else, activists and politicians at the gathering sought to divert pressure to support popular overhauls like expanded background checks by seizing on the issue of school safety.

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Gun Violence Is Like What Segregation Was. An Unaddressed Moral Stain.

How else to explain the resistance to dealing with it?

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After El Paso shooting, Trump pushed again on gun control. His aides talked him out of it.

When the president asked why he couldn’t do something about assault weapons, people in the room recalled, his acting chief of staff replied: “You’d lose.”

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Abbott Drops Out of NRA Convention, but Trump, Cruz and Others to Speak

Gov. Greg Abbott canceled plans for an in-person appearance at the event, but former President Donald Trump was among those still scheduled to speak.

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For the N.R.A. and Trump, the Show Must Go On in Texas

In a sign that it’s never “too soon” to glorify guns, G.O.P. leaders are gathering in Texas to wallow in that orgy of gun fetishism known as the N.R.A.’s annual convention.

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The Texas Shooting and the End of Hope

Commemorating the dead seems to be the only action we’re capable of.

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Ginni Thomas Urged Arizona Lawmakers to Overturn Election

The wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas wrote to legislators in a crucial swing state after the Trump campaign’s loss in 2020.

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Congress Is Paralyzed on Guns. Here’s Why Chris Murphy Is Still Hopeful.

The Democrat from Connecticut, who has spent his decade in the Senate trying and failing to enact gun safety bills, says his party should make the issue the core of its 2022 midterm message.

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Biden Expected to Name Former Federal Prosecutor as A.T.F. Director

The president plans to tap Steven M. Dettelbach to run the troubled agency, seven months after withdrawing his previous nomination.

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Trump Weaponized the Supreme Court

The three justices appointed by Trump are doing exactly what they were sent to the court to do.

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With ‘Gunfight,’ an Insider Takes on a Community That Was Once His Own

Ryan Busse used to be a prominent figure in the firearm industry. A recent book details his disillusionment as he saw gun culture transform — and has drawn disdain from former allies.

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Rittenhouse Case Highlights Nation’s Deep Divide on Gun Rights

As groups debate the effect of the verdict, the legislative stalemate shows no signs of changing, and weapons on the street grow.

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Mark Glaze, Influential Gun Control Advocate, Dies at 51

As the executive director of Everytown for Gun Safety, he took on the National Rifle Association and helped make gun violence a winning issue.

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Stop the Bison Hunt in Grand Canyon National Park

The National Park Service should stop a planned cull of these animals in Grand Canyon National Park.

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5 Pieces of Good News About the News

A look at some of the ventures that have sprung up, fueled by a new sense of mission in American journalism and by the sheer quantities of money available.

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It’s Hard to Sue Gun Makers. New York Moves to Change That.

State lawmakers are trying to get around a federal law that gives gun manufacturers broad immunity from lawsuits.

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Republicans Attack Biden’s A.T.F. Pick in Confirmation Hearing

If confirmed, David Chipman would inherit an agency seriously depleted by the National Rifle Association’s campaign to undermine it.

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The Crumbling of the N.R.A.

Could an investigation into financial misconduct be the undoing of America’s most powerful gun rights group?

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In Rebuke to NRA, Federal Judge Dismisses Bankruptcy Case

The N.R.A. filed for bankruptcy this year as it sought to end run regulatory action in New York, but a judge rejected the strategy.

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Justice Dept. Proposes Rule to Crack Down on ‘Ghost Guns’

The proposal came in response to a directive from President Biden to find a way to help combat gun deaths.

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NRA Leadership and Bankruptcy Assailed by U.S. Trustee

In a rare move, the trustee, part of the Justice Department, called for the dismissal of the N.R.A.’s bankruptcy filing or the appointment of an outside monitor.

#bankruptcies, #firearms, #gun-control, #lapierre-wayne, #national-rifle-assn, #office-of-the-united-states-trustee, #suits-and-litigation-civil

How the A.T.F., Key to Biden’s Gun Plan, Became an N.R.A. ‘Whipping Boy’

The federal agency tasked with enforcing gun laws has been hamstrung for years by the firearms lobby. Now, the president’s plan to rein in gun violence hinges on the A.T.F.’s success.

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Video of N.R.A. Chief Wayne LaPierre Shooting an Elephant Draws Criticism

The footage was taken during a 2013 hunting trip in Botswana for an N.R.A.-sponsored television series, but it never aired. It was obtained by The Trace and The New Yorker.

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Uncomfortable Timing for a Supreme Court Gun Fight

The justices contemplate expanding arms rights in the wake of mass shootings.

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How Much Sway Does the N.R.A. Still Have?

The group’s lobbying power is diminished — but that hasn’t shaken Republican opposition to gun control.

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N.R.A. Chief Takes the Stand, With Cracks in His Armor

Wayne LaPierre has led the National Rifle Association for 30 years, but his implacable image looked threadbare in bankruptcy court.

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Embattled N.R.A. Chief Kept Bankruptcy Filing Secret From Deputies

Facing enforcement by the New York attorney general, the National Rifle Association’s chief executive hatched a secret plan for bankruptcy.

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After Boulder Mass Shooting, a City Grapples With Gun Control

Cities across the country have tried to adopt their own regulations. Boulder’s ordinance was blocked in court shortly before a mass shooting left 10 people dead.

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White House Weighs Executive Orders on Gun Control

A day after President Biden called on Congress to pass a new assault weapons ban and tougher background checks, the administration was considering steps it could take without legislation.

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The N.R.A. Wants to ‘Dump’ Its Regulators via Bankruptcy. Will It Succeed?

In a showdown with New York State, the National Rifle Association is trying an unusual strategy. Legal experts doubt it will work.

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N.R.A. Declares Bankruptcy and Seeks to Exit New York

The group, which said it planned to reincorporate in Texas, is currently being investigated by New York’s attorney general, who is seeking to dissolve it.

#gun-control, #james-letitia, #national-rifle-assn

‘How Did We Not Know?’ Gun Owners Confront a Suicide Epidemic

The toll of self-inflicted gun deaths has led to an unusual alliance between suicide-prevention advocates and gun-rights proponents.

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In Act of Heresy, N.R.A.’s Former No. 2 Calls for Gun Control

A new book from a controversial former executive accuses the National Rifle Association of “appealing to the paranoia and darkest side of our members.”

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