Posts tagged "gun control"

Five-Year-Old Shoots Infant Brother Dead With Gun Left Out By Grandfather

This Monday, 24-year-old mother of four Alexis Wiederholdt called 911 to report that her five-year-old child had shot her nine-month-old son with a paintball gun. Tragically, it turned out to not be a paintball gun, but a real gun that her father, surely a Responsible Gun Owner™, left lying out…
By: Robyn Pennacchia / January 20, 2015

Mommie Dearest: School Shootings, Toxic Masculinity & “Boys Will Be Boys”

Another school shooting. This time it took place at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Washington state. Fourteen-year-old high school freshman Jaylen Fryberg, pulled a gun out during lunch and began shooting, killing two 14-year-old girls, and severely wounding three other students before dying from a self-inflicted gun shot. Like with each school shooting before this one,…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / October 27, 2014

At Least 2 Students Are Dead And 6 Shot In Seattle Area School Shooting

A shooter at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, just outside of Seattle, has killed at least three people, including himself, and shot six, according to Marysville-Pilchuck students who have been tweeting through the shooting for the last two hours. The shooter, a male student at the school, opened fire in the school’s cafeteria during lunch period. The…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 24, 2014

This Domestic Gun Violence PSA Is Hard To Watch, But It’s So Important

When gun violence is addressed, the first thing that comes to mind are horrific mass shootings, but one of the most common victims of gun violence are women with abusive partners. Abused women are five times more likely to be murdered by their abuser if the abuser owns a gun, and more than half of…
By: Claire Hannum / July 31, 2014

Watch Children Battle With Giant Dildos In A Hilarious PSA For Gun Control

I never thought I'd see a funny public service announcement for gun control, but today was the day, my friends. "Playthings" warns adults of the dangers that come with leaving certain things out in the open—and in this case, it's dildos. As two embarrassed moms look on while their…
By: Katie Oldenburg / July 1, 2014

Teacher Who Lived Through Most Recent School Shooting Has A Powerful Message That Needs To Be Shared

Earlier this week, a 15-year-old boy brought an assault rifle, a semi-automatic handgun, and several hundred rounds of ammo to Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregon. He shot and killed a 14-year-old classmate, Emilio Hoffman, in the boys' locker room before being cornered by police and taking his own life. The shooter…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / June 13, 2014

Gabby Giffords Goes Skydiving On The 3-Year Anniversary Of Her Shooting

"It's been step by step since I was shot three years ago. I've overcome a lot. Progress has come from working hard. Today, I grieve, I remember, and I take another step. I'm stronger now. I'm winning back movement in my right arm. So I have the opportunity to do something I love: skydiving with…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / January 8, 2014

Fashion Can Fight Gun Violence

It's hard not to feel powerless in the face of the frequent gun violence (especially after today's shooting at Los Angeles International Airport). Instead of just wishing she could help, Toby Milstein took action. Like countless others, Toby was distraught when she heard the news of the movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colorado,…
By: Claire Hannum / November 1, 2013

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz Respectfully Requests That Customers Stop Bringing Guns Into His Stores

Just days after 12 people were killed in the Washington Navy Yard shootings, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz penned an open letter to his customers respectfully requesting that they no longer bring guns into their 7,000 coffee shops. The company,…
By: Ami Angelowicz / September 18, 2013

Anti-“Stand Your Ground” PSA Reenacts The Night George Zimmerman Shot Trayvon Martin

In what is sure to cause at least some controversy, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence has released this PSA in protest of the various "Stand Your Gun" laws around the country, reenacting the night Trayvon Martin was killed. In the video, we see a man (representing Zimmerman) following a young black man (representing Martin)…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 20, 2013

The Soapbox: Is It Wrong For Kids To Play With Water Guns?

Last weekend, families across the country gathered for hot dogs, fireworks, American flags, and clouds of bug spray. So much bug spray. My family was no different: we had our annual party at my sister's house. But our party was better this year: we had a kiddie pool and a bucket filled with squirt guns.
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 12, 2013

“Furious” Gabrielle Giffords Says Senate Shamed Itself

It was "political fear" and "cold calculations" that drove a Senate minority to block a gun background-check measure yesterday. But "that fear must be nothing compared to the fear the first graders in Sandy Hook Elementary School felt as their lives ended in a hail of bullets," writes Gabrielle Giffords in a blistering New York Times op-ed. Some of…
By: Newser / April 18, 2013

President Obama Responds To Senate Gun Control Vote

Today, in a 54-to-46 vote, the Senate voted against a compromised proposal that would have expanded background checks on firearm sales. This, despite the fact that the vast majority of Americans, including card-carrying NRA members, supported the measure. The parents of many of the children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, four months ago…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 17, 2013

Senate Rejects Tougher Background Checks

As predicted, the Senate today rejected a bipartisan effort to expand federal background checks on gun purchasers. The proposal would have required checks for all transactions at gun shows and online. The 54-46 vote was a blow to the drive to curb firearms sparked by December's massacre of children and staff in Newtown. The roll…
By: Newser / April 17, 2013

“If Babies Had Guns, They Wouldn’t Be Aborted,” Says Republican Politician

Yeah, that's an actual thing an elected official said. Like, for real. Republican Rep. Steve Stockman of Texas tweeted the remark today, which is cringeworthy on multiple levels — not the least of which shooting people with guns doesn't sound very "pro-life" to me. Perhaps in his own well-documented twisted mind Stockma…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 12, 2013

Ann Coulter Calls For Meghan McCain To Be Killed. Yes, Really.

Remiss as I am to give Ann Coulter any attention, this is just obscene: the Fox News commenter wrote a blog post in which she suggested Meghan McCain, daughter of Sen. John McCain and a Republican commentator, should be killed. Coulter blogged on Fox about MSNBC host Martin Bashir, mis-stating (as NYMag.com…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 11, 2013

RIP Society: Fifth Grade Boys Plotted To Rape, Murder Female Classmate

When I was a 10-year-old, the worst thing a boy did to me was put Scotch tape in my hair. If only! Proof that society is going down the toilet: two fifth grade boys in Colville, Washington, have first-degree murder conspiracy charges against them for plotting to rape and kill their female classmate. They were…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 1, 2013

Meet Natalie Foster, The Woman The NRA Thinks Will Make You Buy A Gun

This week, the National Rifle Association debuted Natalie Foster as the new video commentator for its website, the NRA News Network, to drum up support for the Second Amendment. Blonde and telegenic, Foster already blogs for her own site, Girls Guide To Guns, "dedicated to women who dig fashion and fire power," in which she…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 29, 2013

Addressing Domestic Violence Means Addressing Gun Violence, Says Joe Biden

Vice President Joe Biden announced 12 grants to programs around the country to protect potential victims of domestic violence at the hands of their abusers. Noting that between 2009 and 2012, 40 percent of mass shootings began with a man shooting an intimate partner, Biden emphasized, "The issue of domestic violence and reducing gun violence…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 14, 2013

Heidi Montag & Spencer Pratt Are The Best Argument For Gun Control

Remember Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt, the hydra-headed beast that terrorized Lauren Conrad, Brody Jenner and America during the mid-oughts via their appearances on "The Hills" and "I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here"? Well, guess what? Despite going broke after spending all their money on crystals, plastic surgery…
By: Julie Gerstein / February 19, 2013
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