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Second Amendment

Myth: Many Americans believe guns make them and their homes safer, with more than six in ten Americans saying this.
Fact: Research suggests that firearms in the home actually increase the risk of violent death.

The United States has a long tradition of gun ownership. Aside from Second Amendment considerations, though, some have succumbed to propaganda that makes reasonable measures politically impossible. Many believe that our right to bear arms derives solely from the Founders’ desire to ensure citizens can overthrow their own government. Based on that idea, any gun control is an unconstitutional step toward tyranny. Many of these same voters also believe that gun control makes crime worse by denying law-abiding citizens the right to own guns and thereby protect themselves and their families.

But is any of this true? Does allowing people to own guns actually make society safer? And if not, what kind of regulations, if any, will actually make things better?

Is Legislating From the Bench Bad?

Is Legislating From the Bench Bad?

The term “legislating from the bench” has been used to discredit the Supreme Court when it makes decisions that seem to be partisan in nature, or to protest the appointment of a potentially partisan justice. But what does the term really mean, and is it actually part of the Supreme Court’s job?

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5 Things You Should Know Before Debating Gun Rights

5 Things You Should Know Before Debating Gun Rights

The latest string of mass shootings has reignited a debate about one of America’s most contentious topics: gun rights. While it’s a good thing that people are discussing the issue, it’s not so good that people are basing their opinions on false data. Get the facts about guns and gun violence here.

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Practical Ways to Prevent a Tyrannical Government

Practical Ways to Prevent a Tyrannical Government

Guest post by Andrew Theis. The NRA would have us believe that the only defense against a tyrannical government is an armed citizenry. The truth is much simpler: in order to prevent tyranny, we need a healthy democracy, and that requires making it easy for people to register and vote.

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Do Areas With Stricter Gun Laws Have Less Crime?

Do Areas With Stricter Gun Laws Have Less Crime?

President Obama claimed that states with stricter gun laws had the lowest gun death rate. Republicans claim just the opposite, citing Chicago as a city plagued by violence despite some of the strictest gun laws in the nation. Who’s right? Turns out the answer is too complex to fit in a sound bite.

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