Attorney General defends executive actions on guns as legal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Loretta Lynch defended President Barack Obama’s executive actions curbing guns before Congress on Wednesday, telling lawmakers that the president took lawful steps to stem firearms violence that kills and injures tens of thousands of Americans yearly. “I have complete confidence that the common sense steps announced by the president are […]

Martin Luther King had complicated legacy on gun violence

(AP) – Martin Luther King Jr. was surrounded by guns, even though he didn’t like them. At times, armed foot soldiers protected the Baptist preacher and his family. As he led protests across the rural South, King often stood in proximity of guns — wielded by local police, state troopers or hostile people in the […]

Urban Advocates Say New Gun Control Talk Overdue

WASHINGTON – For years, voices have cried in the urban wilderness: We need to talk about gun control. Yet the guns blazed on. It took a small-town slaughter for gun control to become a political priority. Now, decades’ worth of big-city arguments against easy access to guns are finally being heard, because an unstable young […]

Historical Perspective: Violence is ‘as American as Cherry Pie’

WASHINGTON – In the late 1960s, Black revolutionary H. Rap Brown, now known as Jamil Abdullah al-Amin, was often quoted as saying violence is “as American as cherry pie.” More than 40 years after the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) firebrand made that pronouncement, the numbers supports his assertion. According to the Brady Campaign to […]