Glenn Beck's attacks on the Tides Foundation are being linked to a heavily-armed man's attempt to assassinate the progressive organization's employees. Rhetoric has consequences, critics say.
Gun owners have been meeting in coffee shops, parks, and restaurants wearing holstered weapons. California Assembly Member Lori Saldaña says 'open carry' of guns can create ‘potentially dangerous situations.’
PENNSYLVANIA: The state requires background checks for handgun buyers, and requires gun dealers to obtain a state license. This ranking of states with the strictest gun laws is from the Brady Campaign, a nonpartisan anti-gun violence group. Here, protesters in Philadelphia participate in the Silent March to Protest Gun Violence in July 2000.
The Starbucks coffee chain will allow customers in 'open carry' states to bear arms openly. Gun-control advocates are protesting, but Starbucks says it doesn't want to take sides.
Gun owners in California have been wearing their handguns in coffee shops and restaurants. The guns are unloaded and legal, but some citizens and police departments are wary.
FBI's latest crime report, for the first half of 2009, shows America is a less violent place even though ownership of guns has surged. Deterrent effect may have a role, but others see no correlation.
New laws are allowing more Americans to carry guns in public. But are gun-carrying protesters going too far?