When the Sandy Hook school shootings occurred in December 2012, Jason Villalba had one toddler and one child in kindergarten. Like all parents, Villalba felt an urgent need to offer better protection for his kids. Unlike most parents, Villalba had just been elected to his freshman term in the Texas ... More >>
Toni Gallego knew what she was going to get her granddaughter for her birthday. She knew the store where she was going to get it, too. She shopped at Target all the time, buying formula and diapers. Then she saw the picture: long, black rifles in the big box store's toy aisle. The day before, she ha ... More >>
Justin Carter's violent threat on Facebook lands him in jail, and limbo.
Talk of closing the so-called "gun show loophole," like talk of gun control in general, has died down in recent months. Partly, this is the inevitable ebb of the rage that followed Sandy Hook; partly, it's because it seems futile to talk about something Congress has made clear it has no interest in ... More >>
OK, a few days ago I used this space to say we need a few good Texas schoolhouse shootouts to settle the question of whether teachers should be armed, and maybe now I should concede that I didn't exactly make that point in the most mature way possible. Right now people at my house, if they are readi ... More >>
San Antonio's Northside ISD, which became the focus of national controversy when an intensely evangelical high school sophomore refused to wear her RFID-equipped student ID because it was the Mark of the Beast, is not the first school district to track students' whereabouts using geolocation technol ... More >>
To conquer his fear of guns, a British immigrant takes a road trip to gun lovers' mecca: the NRA Convention.
Emilie Parker, a tow-headed and ever-smiling 6-year-old, was gunned down on December 14 along with 19 of her classmates at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Her parents, Robbie and Alyssa Parker, have coped with her death by sharing their memories of her in the media and on Facebook. She was a vibrant g ... More >>
File this one under things we're surprised to learn didn't happen 50 years ago: the folks at Texas Motor Speedway announced today that the National Rifle Association -- as in the rabidly pro-gun lobbying group -- is now the title sponsor of the NASCAR race there this spring. But no. This is new. So ... More >>
In the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook, Don Dunn, the superintendent at Van ISD, 70 miles southeast of Dallas, sent a memo to parents explaining what the district was doing post-Sandy Hook to ensure students' safety. These included adding school resource officers, brushing up on emergency drills ... More >>
U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman, who returned to Congress to represent his suburban Houston district last week after a 16-year absence, wasted no time courting controversy when he publicly called for John Boehner to be removed as House speaker. He's made his second foray into the headlines with a call to r ... More >>
In what no doubt seemed like a wonderful idea at the time, Lewisville's Eagle Gun Range announced last Wednesday that Santa would be paying a visit, and he'd be "bringing his favorite toys to share in the Christmas photos -- his AR-15 and other firearms of choice." "Come get your picture taken with ... More >>