Category: Gun Control

Gun Violence:  The election issue that can be ignored no longer

Gun Violence: The election issue that can be ignored no longer

Guns kill. We all know that and the numbers are staggering. Family, co-workers, “friends”, and strangers kill 80 people a day nationwide in violent attacks. Some have guns legally, some do not. There is nothing new in this and the information we share about gun violence is not new either. I read a quip today that said in Japan you […]

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Guns will be banned in protest zone at the Republican Convention. Water guns, to be specific. Regular guns are A-OK!!!

Guns will be banned in protest zone at the Republican Convention. Water guns, to be specific. Regular guns are A-OK!!!

There is a great deal of fear surrounding the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in a few short weeks. The presumptive candidate, Donald Trump, draws more protestors than the average GOP presidential candidate and, this year, that means there will be more right-wing protestors there to greet them. For example, a white nationalist group that was involved in a bloody […]

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GUEST POST: We have laws regulating voting, why not owning guns?

GUEST POST: We have laws regulating voting, why not owning guns?

The following post was written by a close friend of mine, Mark Ferguson, a self-described “absolutely worst sort of privileged white male with degrees from Michigan State University, Indiana University, and Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.” Enjoy. Let’s talk about gun legislation Are your hackles raised yet? It’s a touchy subject fraught with knee-jerk responses. We need to get […]

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VIDEO: Rep. Debbie Dingell’s powerful House floor speech on guns during Democratic sit-down strike

VIDEO: Rep. Debbie Dingell’s powerful House floor speech on guns during Democratic sit-down strike

Can’t you come to the table? Can’t we have a discussion? Can’t we say enough is enough? Yesterday, starting at 11:25 a.m., House Democrats staged a dramatic sit-in protest on the floor of the House of Representatives, demanding a vote on legislation that would prevent suspected terrorists of being able to purchase a gun and require universal background checks. The […]

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The magic words every candidate should say: ‘We must study gun violence’

The magic words every candidate should say: ‘We must study gun violence’

The GOP is using the worst kind of ‘political correctness’ to keep us from doing anything to reduce gun deaths President Obama is sick of you pretending that we can crush ISIL by just employing the perfect slur. “What exactly would using this label accomplish?” he asked. “What exactly would it change? Would it make ISIL less committed to kill […]

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Once again we’re forced to protect ourselves from insane civilians with semi-automatic weapons with ‘thoughts & prayers’

Once again we’re forced to protect ourselves from insane civilians with semi-automatic weapons with ‘thoughts & prayers’

If you’re a politician commenting on the tragedy in Orlando, Florida where the lives of 49 people were extinguished by a madman with a semi-automatic weapon, do us all a favor and do NOT include the phrase “thoughts and prayers” or any iteration of it in your reaction. Thoughts and prayers are like a tissue paper vest when it comes […]

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Michigan GOP continues “local control” hypocrisy, advances “super preemption” bill to prevent ALL local gun ordinances

Michigan GOP continues “local control” hypocrisy, advances “super preemption” bill to prevent ALL local gun ordinances

In 1990, Gov. Jim Blanchard signed Public Act 319 of 1990 in to law. The law prohibits “local units of government” from passing laws that restrict “the ownership, registration, purchase, sale, transfer, transportation, or possession of pistols, other firearms, or pneumatic guns, ammunition for pistols or other firearms, or components of pistols or other firearms.” It’s a pretty unambiguous law […]

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Michigan legislators more afraid of signs than guns in the State Capitol Building

Michigan legislators more afraid of signs than guns in the State Capitol Building

I have known for quite awhile that you can’t bring a sign into the State Capitol Building. You can’t miss the signs telling you to leave your signs behind when you enter the august edifice. What I did NOT know until recently is that bringing a gun into that same building is A-OK. Thankfully, sanity is prevailing, at least on […]

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Michigan Republicans introduce bill to end requirement for concealed pistol licenses, say it will INCREASE training

Michigan Republicans introduce bill to end requirement for concealed pistol licenses, say it will INCREASE training

A group of Michigan Republicans is sick and tired of having to go through training on how to handle a weapon and all that damned paperwork that it takes to get a concealed pistol license. One of the sponsors, Triston Cole, calls the permitting process “government overreach”. That’s why he signed on to co-sponsor House Bill 5303. It changes the […]

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Another Michigan concealed pistol license holder uses gun illegally

Another Michigan concealed pistol license holder uses gun illegally

In the past week and half, Michigan gun owners have made the news for improper use of their handguns several times. First, concealed pistol license holder Tatiana Duva-Rodriguez saw a guy running out of the Auburn Hills Home Depot and load stuff in his vehicle. When a security guard came running after him. Duva-Rodriguez took the law into her own […]

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Michigan Senate passes “Guns Everywhere” bills out of committee

Michigan Senate passes “Guns Everywhere” bills out of committee

Back in the lame duck session of 2012, Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed a bill that would have allowed concealed weapons to be carried just about everywhere. Schools, day care centers, sports arenas, bars, places of worship, hospitals, dorms and casinos. All of these so-called gun-free zones would no longer be gun-free. He made the right decision. However, yesterday the Senate […]

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