Only federally licensed gun dealers currently have to perform background checks on purchasers of firearms. A law instituting universal background checks would help further prevent gun violence.
Video The tragedies of Columbine and Aurora have galvanized Coloradans—including gun owners—around common-sense gun-safety measures like universal background checks.
Using a front group, the NRA has spent millions of dollars to influence the elections of state supreme court judges and attorneys general nationwide.
Issue Brief The firearm regulation measures endorsed by President Obama and proposed by Congress are safely within constitutional confines and reflect the sort of reasonable regulation that the Supreme Court has already endorsed in previous cases.
Communities and families of color disproportionately suffer from gun violence, and any comprehensive legislation to prevent gun violence should attempt to bring down its causes in these areas.
Issue Brief Through better background checks; taking military-grade weapons off the streets and out of criminals’ hands; and improved data, coordination, and enforcement, we can reduce the gun violence that plagues our communities, our children, and our families.
For many in the faith community, the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School is the final straw.
Donna Cooper argues that drastic cuts to mental health service budgets coupled with lax gun purchase laws increases the likelihood of more rampage shootings.
Donna Cooper writes that the pace of mentally ill individuals who commit rampage killings with legally purchased guns is increasing.
Report Robert J. Shapiro and Kevin A. Hassett examine and analyze the costs of violent crimes in eight major American cities, and estimate the savings and other benefits that would accompany significant reductions in those crimes.
Report Anthony Green and Donna Cooper examine the financial costs of this tragic spree killing and make recommendations for curbing gun violence.
Sam Fulwood III considers the mythology of our nation’s fascination with guns, and why the most ardent gun lovers still embrace these myths.
Sam Fulwood III finds hope amid the recent bloodshed, knowing violence in past struggles for progressive change led America to embrace its best instincts.
President Bill Clinton's speech at an event at the CAP Action Fund last year offers lessons on tragedies such as Saturday's shooting in Tuscon, Arizona.