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Parkland one year later: We’re still #MSDStrong

In one sense, one year after 17 people died in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, nothing has changed. Then again, so much has changed. The students who survived the shooting became national leaders as they worked through their heartfelt pain and anger. They spoke with eloquence, honesty, and […]

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#GunSafety proposals taking shape for new Democratic House (UPDATE)

Although Democrats won’t take over the majority in the House of Representatives until January, they’re already spelling out an ambitious agenda. Democratic leaders and incoming representatives have been giving details about some of the issues they hope to tackle, such as a broad ethics reform package, which would include campaign finance reform, voting rights, and […]

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Meet the law enforcement allies in the fight for gun safety

When it comes to common-sense gun safety laws, at least some major players in law enforcement are on the same page as the rest of the country. The National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence is made up of nine different police leadership organizations, including groups representing African-American, Hispanic, and women command officers. Its […]

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Waffle House shooting shows why all states need ‘red flag’ laws

By now, most people know the details about the Waffle House mass shooting near Nashville, which killed four people. But still unresolved is the question about the legal status of the alleged shooter, Travis Reinking, possessing guns. That’s why every state needs to enact “red flag” laws. State and local officials in Illinois revoked the […]

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How Parkland school shooting is shifting electoral landscape

We won’t know the full extent until after the midterm elections, but gun violence is sure to be a key factor driving people to the polls this year. And for once, the numbers are likely to favor those in favor of common-sense gun safety laws, not those backing the positions of the National Rifle Association. […]

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Kids will lead on gun reform when lawmakers won’t

As we look at video and photos of the hundreds of thousands of students who walked out of class to fight for gun reform, we can be thankful that they’re not afraid to step up. Hundreds of students at our local suburban school in Illinois, Oak Park and River Forest High School, joined with others […]

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Gun reform will be up to states — for now

The new energy in the fight for common-sense gun safety laws is being felt nationwide. But given the current makeup of Congress, it’s highly unlikely that anything meaningful will pass in 2018. Some states, however, are looking to succeed where Congress is failing. Laws are starting to be passed, one by one, area by area. […]

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Watch out, NRA: There’s new momentum in gun reform fight

Something is definitely different in the movement for stronger gun safety laws this time around. The impetus comes from the honest and heartfelt pain, anger, and eloquence of the teenagers of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 of their classmates and teachers were killed by an expelled student with an AR-15 […]

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Join a peace vigil to mark Sandy Hook’s five-year anniversary. Then demand action.

Hardly a week goes by without news of a mass shooting somewhere in the United States. But a mass shooting five years ago still leaves a hole in our hearts and anger in our souls. It was Dec. 14, 2012, when Adam Lanza used an assault rifle and a semi-automatic handgun to kill 20 6- […]

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Not just NRA money: How the gun industry avoids regulation

The aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting that killed 58 and injured nearly 500 people attending a country music festival spurred the same partisan divide as any other horrific mass shooting. Republicans trot out the tired “too soon” memes while repeating talking points supplied by the National Rifle Association. Democrats try — usually in vain […]

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