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?
On Tuesday, June 5, Democratic Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy asked U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos if the commission would “look at the role of firearms as it relates to gun violence in our schools.” Her response has drawn ire from the public.read more
News of the Santa Fe High School shooting hit home for Fred Guttenberg. His daughter was killed in the Parkland school shooting that happened earlier this year. His fear was that if lawmakers didn’t do something soon, tragedy would strike again. He was right.read more
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?read more
Are there really more mass school shootings than ever? You’d be forgiven for thinking so, given the moral panic surrounding the issue. However, we looked at the facts and found that not only are school shootings declining, they’re not a new phenomenon at all.read more
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.read more
Guest author “Rye Bred” tells us that while we’ve been busy demonizing the kids from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for their activism, all in the name of preserving the Second Amendment, Congress has been busy signing away our other freedoms.read more
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.read more
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.read more
Since the Second Amendment was ratified in 1791, the Supreme Court has made several decisions interpreting it. The 2008 Heller decision is a drastic departure from previous Supreme Court rulings on the right to keep and bear arms and the meaning of “well-regulated militia.”read more
Gun rights advocates say that the Second Amendment exists to allow militias to prevent the country from being taken over by a tyrant. However, the Constitution and the Federalist Papers show that the founding fathers had a very different interpretation of the purpose of the militia.read more