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Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, Republican of Mississippi.

A GOP senator blocked a bill for universal background checks as the Santa Clarita high-school shooting was unfolding

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith objected on behalf of Republicans, blocking consideration of a gun-control bill as news of the shooting in California broke.
Jersey Mike's is facing backlash.

Jersey Mike’s apologizes for joking tweets about a customer bringing guns into a sandwich shop as people threaten to boycott the chain

Jersey Mike's is facing boycott threats after posting joking tweets in response to a conversation about gun violence.
"There should be a background check for anybody that buys a firearm," Stack told Business Insider.

The CEO of Dick’s, which banned AR-15 style rifles last year, says he wishes Sen. Mitch McConnell would have the ‘guts’ to address g...

Dick's Sporting Goods CEO Ed Stack said that he's not sure whether or not US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will bring HR8 to the floor.
Beto O'Rourke's campaign has struggled since before he even announced his candidacy.

This week’s presidential debate is do-or-die for Beto O’Rourke

In a recent video, O'Rourke's said he sees his campaign heading in a "wonderful trajectory," but Insider polling tells a different, more dire story.
Dick's Sporting Goods removed AR-15s and similar rifles from all of its stores.

Dick’s Sporting Goods destroyed $5 million worth of assault weapons — and its CEO tells us the gun industry’s blowback has been R...

Dick's CEO Ed Stack has been vocal on gun control. He told us why pulling back from gun sales has ultimately benefited his company.
Joaquin Phoenix stars as Arthur Fleck, who becomes the supervillain Joker.

‘Joker’ makes an explicit connection between mental illness and violence. Here’s why that’s dangerous and wrong.

The film blames the villain's cruelty on his mental illness — suggesting that people with mental illnesses are inherently violent.

These 10 young activists are trying to move the needle on climate change, gun control, and other global issues

Young activists have been bucking the norms for years to spark change on behalf of gun control, education, and LGBTQ issues.
Kroger is also banning open carry of firearms in its stores.

8 major retailers including Walmart, CVS, and Aldi are banning open carry of firearms in stores in the wake of deadly shootings

From CVS to Wegmans, here are the six stores that have followed Walmart to in banning the open carry of firearms in their stores.

Which gun control policies could prevent mass shootings, according to a gun violence expert

A gun violence expert said that it will take more than universal background checks and red flag laws to prevent future mass shootings.
Beto O'Rourke during the Democratic Debate on Thursday, September 12, 2019.

A Texas GOP lawmaker told Beto O’Rourke that his ‘AR is ready for you’ after the 2020 Democrat called for banning assault weapons

After speaking out about military-style rifles, O'Rourke responded to a tweet by the state Rep. Briscoe Cain and called it a "death threat."