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Gun Control

The NRA Exists to Keep Weapons Profits Booming and Guns in the Hands of the State and Right Wing

The NRA is holding its annual convention just days after the Uvalde school shooting. The group exists to protect gun industry profits and the state’s monopoly on violence, and keep guns in the hands of right-wingers.

Sybil Davis

May 27, 2022

Capitalism Cannot Stop Mass Shootings

Mass shootings are directly linked to capitalist alienation, misogyny and racism. Only socialism can bring people together to reject the lies of capitalism and the many ills that it creates.

Julia Wallace

August 13, 2019

“Going Postal”: Neoliberalism and Mass Shootings

Recent weeks have seen a wave of mass shootings, inspired in no small part by Trump’s racist scapegoating. Despite politicians’ attempts to blame everything from mental illness to video games, the fault ultimately lies with capitalism and its propensity towards constant violence.

Kevin Sapere

August 12, 2019

Right-Wing Mass Shootings Are a Product of Imperialism

Dozens are dead in El Paso, Dayton, and Gilroy. The primary cause of this violence is not mental illness. This is about toxic masculinity and white supremacist terrorism—and a President who actively promotes it.

Tatiana Cozzarelli

August 5, 2019

The Role of Grievability in the State’s Monopoly on Violence

In the wake of the Stoneman Douglas mass shooting, the aftermath has launched a nationwide movement against gun violence. On the surface it’s hard not to agree with these organizers but when we examine the policy demands set forth on behalf of the movement, there are apt critiques to be made.

Lily Cichanowicz

April 10, 2018

The Movement Against Gun Violence at a Crossroads

In Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, New York, Boston and other major cities across the U.S., hundreds of thousands of people, mostly youth, demonstrated against gun violence in schools. The movement stands at a crossroads: strengthen the police state and the Democratic party or embrace an independent program against state violence.

Jimena Vergara

March 25, 2018

I Really Want to, But I Can’t Entirely Support the Walkouts.

Thousands of youth walked out to support gun control legislation. While I applaud their courage and mobilization, I can't support gun control.

Tatiana Cozzarelli

March 15, 2018

What’s Behind America’s Gun Violence Problem?

As Marxists, what can we make from America's gun violence problem? Should we support calls for gun control?

Thaddeus Greene

February 25, 2018

Obama’s Crocodile Tears

Hardly a week into the new year and the Obama administration has made headlines in two ways. The first, is the ICE raids of Central American families’ homes, often in the middle of the night, detaining men, women and children in detention facilities. The second is the timid expansion of firearm regulation through executive action. Obama defended the action in a speech in which he choked back tears as he talked about the Sandy Hook elementary school students who were killed by a gunman in 2012.

Tatiana Cozzarelli

January 8, 2016