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Girls and guns

 Finding their place in a male-dominated culture
In a new documentary available now through iTunes and a dozen more video-on-demand services, we get to meet a cross-section of female gun-owners.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 30, 2013

Lock and load for gun control

It appears that Congress, in an epic fit of bloody-mindedness that reflects the nation's delusional subservience to the National Rifle Association's death cult, will fail to outlaw semiautomatic weapons and high-capacity ammo clips.
By EDITORIAL  |  January 15, 2013

Freedom to attend school

Idiot Box
... with or without fear.
By MATT BORS  |  January 10, 2013

Picking the right targets

Diverse City
I'm a mother of a 7-year-old in grade school and a 20-year-old in college. School shootings get my attention like that of any other parent.
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  December 31, 2012

Does everyone feel safe?

Idiot Box
Brainstorming on how to deter mass killings.
By MATT BORS  |  December 20, 2012

Open-carry activist takes to the streets

Gun Rights
On a recent sunny morning at Coffee By Design on Congress Street, Norman Hamann is well-armed.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 20, 2012

American psycho

And the American psychosis
It will be unclear for some time whether alleged Arizona shooter Jared Lee Loughner will qualify for an insanity defense. But one need not be a practicing psychiatrist to see that the 22 year old is a disturbed individual.
By EDITORIAL  |  January 12, 2011

Let them buy cars

Letters to the Portland Editor, July 23, 2010
In Maine, you can buy a gun on a Sunday, but you can't buy a car. In fact, in Maine you can buy almost anything you want on a Sunday, except for a car. Maine state law forbids car-buying on Sundays.

Heck of a Guy

Despite a history of illiberal views and a boorish reputation, Guy Glodis enters the Democratic state convention unscathed
Scott Brown’s stunning victory in January’s special US Senate election continues to reverberate through Massachusetts politics.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 26, 2010

Cover the boobs; leave the guns at home

Diverse City
Spring has barely started, and I was expecting a few of the usual seasonal assaults to the eyeballs.
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  April 28, 2010

Stars, bars, and open arms

Flags + Guns Dept.
The first thing I noticed when pulling into the Preble Street parking lot on Back Cove for last Sunday’s open-carry firearm event, which had been organized to encourage Mainers to legally wear their guns in public, was the Confederate flag.
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  April 28, 2010

Springtime for Militia

Gun nuts from around the country converge upon the murder capital of the nation, Washington, D.C.
I’m scrubbing my armpits in the campground bathroom at Fort Hunt Park in Virginia. It’s taken more than 20 hours for me to get here for today’s firearm-friendly Restore the Constitution rally, which is supposed to commence shortly.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 21, 2010

Weapon of choice

Gun Control
As amazing as it seems in this age of 24-hour-a-day punditry, there are still issues about which it is permissible not to have an opinion.
By AL DIAMON  |  February 17, 2010

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Sarah Palin, Inc.

The biggest brand name in conservative politics is about to enter the burgeoning right-wing marketplace — and she's perfect for it. Ka-ching!
Confused commenters have no clue as to the opportunities that await Palin — because few understand the extraordinary, multi-billion-dollar marketplace that has developed for movement conservatives.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 17, 2009

Trigger unhappy

Letters to the Boston editor, May 1, 2009
Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  April 29, 2009

Death by handgun

A public-health crisis; plus, gay marriage advances
A couple of weeks ago, David S. Bernstein wrote about the growing "state sovereignty" movement backed by anti-government conspiracy theorists and gun-rights extremists, and touted on the syndicated radio show and Web site of deranged agitator Alex Jones.
By EDITORIAL  |  April 08, 2009

Ricochet ruling

Supreme Court makes Mass gun laws target for debate
Good news, Bostonians: you can own guns! The bad news: so can your weird neighbor.
By KIM LIAO  |  July 02, 2008

Crackpot court

Taking a shot at the Supreme Court’s recent gunplay
This past week’s Supreme Court ruling, invalidating Washington, DC’s handgun ban, demonstrates just how far afield “movement conservatism” has taken our country.
By EDITORIAL  |  July 02, 2008

War of words

The final Metal Gear Solid doesn’t go down quietly
“War has changed,” Solid Snake tells us, both at the beginning and at the end of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots . He would know.
By MITCH KRPATA  |  July 01, 2008


H.N.I.C. Pt 2 | AAC
By the time this goes to press, Prodigy will be roughly 10 books and 2000 push-ups deep into the three-and-change prison term he picked up last year for illegal gun possession.
By MARTÍN CABALLERO  |  April 22, 2008

King said George Romney didn't march

But, as usual, the truth wasn't good enough for Mitt
Romney was not satisfied with what George Romney actually did. He inflated it, placing his father into the iconic position of marching alongside the civil rights leader.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 21, 2007

The many reasons for Liquarry Jefferson’s death

Responsibility for gun control begins at home and extends all the way to the federal government
As of press time, it appears that a 15-year-old left his handgun where a seven-year-old picked it up and killed an eight-year-old with it.
By EDITORIAL  |  June 27, 2007

Tales of bravery

Letters to the Boston editor, May 25, 2007
Thanks for the wonderful article on  the old Boston Braves .

Notes on a tragedy

More than a week after the Virginia Tech massacre, we still have more questions than answers
Seung-Hui Cho got what he wanted: a whole nation is talking about him and his horrific killing spree on the Virginia Tech campus last week.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 25, 2007

Death by handguns

What the murders at Virginia Tech and on Boston’s streets have in common
The only difference between the carnage wrought on the Virginia Tech campus and the ongoing plague of murders bloodying Boston’s streets is one of intensity.
By EDITORIAL  |  April 25, 2007

Slide into extinction

Politics and other mistakes
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is proposing the designation of a new endangered species.
By AL DIAMON  |  March 28, 2007

Feeding the rabid right

If Mitt Romney can’t persuade conservatives that he’s one of them, his hopes are dead. But convincing them could be fatal too.
Mitt Romney’s attempt to follow George W. Bush’s formula to the Republican presidential nomination has hit a snag.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 28, 2007

The GOP lurches rightward

McCain, Romney, and Giuliani are all morphing into extremists — and that can only benefit the Democrats
Did the Republican presidential candidates see something in the 2006 midterm elections that everyone else missed?
By EDITORIAL  |  February 21, 2007

The guns of Boston

Why this could be the most bullet-riddled summer in 15 years
More people were murdered in Boston over the past two months than in any May-to-June stretch since 1990.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 06, 2006

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