What's happening in Ferguson, and rattling the cages of strained municipalities throughout the country, is, of course, about our complicated and corrosive attitudes about race. And yes, always and forever when it comes to public safety and the senseless loss of life on American streets, it's about guns.
In an appearance on Newsmax TV Monday, gun rights activist Larry Pratt said that the reason President Obama is for gun control is "he clearly doesn't like the fact that the American people can own guns because we might just want to use them to keep people like him from becoming tyrants."
In a video posted to his YouTube page earlier this week, a male open carry enthusiast went on a profanity-laced tirade against the gun control advocacy group Moms Demand Action regarding their efforts to convince supermarket chain Kroger to ban customers from openly carrying firearms in their stores.
Voters in Washington overwhelmingly passed an initiative that would expand the state's background check laws. Initiative 594 calls for background checks to be performed on all gun purchases in the state, not just those through licensed dealers.
In a video released by the NRA Monday, commentator Billy Johnson asked people to be more tolerant of guns and stop being scared of them. In the video, he claimed that we as a society have humanized guns too much and people have become too intimidated of them.
In a post on his Facebook page Tuesday, has-been rocker Ted Nugent wrote that if those who supported the NRA and the 2nd Amendment didn't get their freedom that they'd demand the "evil carcasses" of President Obama and other notable Democrats.
The President nominated Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, an extremely qualified candidate to replace 'acting' Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin. However, the National Rifle Association blocked Murthy's confirmation because he does not recognize that the NRA is "fourth and all-powerful branch of the federal government" and called for sane gun restrictions to prevent more Americans from dying unnecessarily from the gun violence epidemic.
On Tuesday, not one but two shootings occurred at high schools in this nation. These two shootings represent the 85th and 86th school shootings since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT in late 2012.
Every day the headlines contain a few stories about gun related deaths.
In this season of discontent, we lost a legend in the crusade for sensible gun reform. James S. Brady, the former White House press secretary for Ronald Reagan, died earlier this month, more than 30 years after being wounded in an assassination attempt on the President in Washington D.C.
It's been all over the news this week, as well it ought to be. A warm and festive 4th of July weekend in the Windy City was utterly marred by extreme gun violence. CNN's Republicans tried to decry the violence while ignoring gun control.
After a two-week civil trial a U.S. District Chief Judge, Marcia Krieger, ruled the lawsuit lacked standing and dismissed it, and said the plaintiffs presented absolutely no evidence that limiting gun magazines to 15 rounds seriously diminished anyone's ability to defend themselves.
The Houston chapter of Open Carry Texas, a gun rights advocacy group, postponed an event that was scheduled for this past Sunday where their members were going to walk through the streets of the Fifth Ward in Houston openly carrying assault rifles and handguns.
The right to bear arms is going crazy. People, mostly white males, are carrying rifles everywhere. Their reason? Because if they do not do this, they'll lose their rights...huh?
In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court upheld a federal rule banning "straw purchases" of guns.
Another day, another school shooting in America. On Tuesday morning, news hit that a gunman entered a school in Troutdale, OR, a suburb of Portland, and opened fire, killing one student. It is the 74th school shooting since Sandy Hook.
Call the shooting the start of a revolution, "taking our country back," watering the tree of liberty, 2nd Amendment remedies, armed and dangerous, or any number of the GOP's favorite Obama-era slogans from the right-wing propaganda machine, but call it what it really is; a product of Republican and teabagger anti-government white supremacist rhetoric.
The bad guy with a firearm that gunned down four innocent students at Seattle Pacific University was stopped by a good guy with pepper spray; not a gun.
By apologizing, and acquiescing to the lunatic OCT demand for a retraction and mia culpa, the NRA made a bold statement that they support gun fanatics terrorizing the public to make a point that, one way or another, gun zealots will not rest until their 2nd Amendment rights to frighten the public into staying safely ensconced in the homes are fully secured.
On Monday, a poll, conducted by Huffington Post and YouGov, was released. The poll asked Americans their feelings about open-carry gun laws and whether or not they were comfortable with armed customers in shops and restaurants.