Our Latest Updates – Archive

Near Record Gun Sales Recorded in Mar. 2020
5/5/2020 -

1.9 million guns were sold in the US in Mar. 2020, a number topped only by gun sales in Jan. 2013 when 2 million guns were sold.

SCOTUS Declines Ruling on Former NYC Gun Regulation
4/27/2020 -

On Apr. 27, 2020, the US Supreme Court indicated it would not rule on a New York City regulation that prevented residents with “premises licenses” to take their guns to second homes and shooting ranges outside of New York City. NYC repealed the regulation before the SCOTUS hearing.

Mar. 2020 First Mar. since 2002 without a School Shooting
4/16/2020 -

Mar. 2020 was the first Mar. since 2002 in which there were no school shootings. 2002 is the year in which most 2020 high school seniors were born and, while there was one instance of a 13-year old student bringing a gun to campus in Mar. 2002, he was prevented from using it

NEW ProCon.org Website! – 2020 Presidential Election: The Candidates and Where They Stand on the Issues
8/29/2019 -

Learn about the presidential candidates’ views on important issues, compare them with a side-by-side chart, find your best match with a fun quiz, track their finances, and so much more on our 2020 Presidential Election website. The New York Times called our previous presidential election site “The most comprehensive tool for researching the candidate’s stance on issues.” Check back monthly for expanded issue coverage.

New ProCon.org Website! – Should Birth Control Pills Be Available Over-the-Counter?
2/21/2019 -

Our new topic explores the pros and cons in the debate over making birth control pills available over-the-counter (OTC). 9.1 million women (12.6% of contraceptive users) use birth control pills, which are the second-most commonly used method of contraception in the United States. Proponents say making the birth control pill available over-the-counter would lower teen pregnancy rates, provide contraceptive access to medically underserved women, and ease access to a health-improving drug with decades of safe use. Opponents say making the Pill over-the-counter would raise the cost of contraception for women, pose a danger to teens’ and women’s health by removing the doctor’s visit requirement, and limit what options are made available.

Our new website presents the top pro & con arguments and quotes, a history of the debate, a video gallery, the prescription status of birth control pills around the world, and a list of drugs switched from prescription to OTC status.

Researcher Wanted at Educational Nonprofit ProCon.org
1/17/2019 -

ProCon.org, a Los Angeles-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity,
seeks an in-house Researcher (full-time with benefits or part-time
without benefits) to develop content for websites devoted to a
nonpartisan in-depth presentation of 70+ controversial issues. Three
items are required for application, as specified in the job notice.

US Gun Deaths, 1999-2016
8/29/2018 -

There were 572,537 gun deaths in the United States between 1999 and 2016, an average of 31,808 per year. Explore year-by-year data on firearm suicides, homicides, unintentional deaths, legal intervention deaths, and deaths of undetermined intent.

The Real Top 20 Causes of Death
8/29/2018 -

Firearms are the 12th leading cause of death overall in the United States, but didn’t show up in the CDC’s Top 20 list. Find out why and dig into the numbers.

Leading Causes of Suicide, Homicide, and Unintentional Death, 1999-2016
8/29/2018 -

Guns were the leading cause of suicides and homicides between 1999 and 2016, and the 16th leading cause of unintentional deaths. See the other leading causes in this updated resource.

50 Lesson Plan Ideas Using ProCon.org
7/16/2018 -

We’re excited to announce 50 free lesson plan ideas for educators! Visit our Teachers’ Corner for inspiration, including lessons plans about distinguishing fact from opinion, how to write a “call-to-action” letter, and content from our partner Credo Reference.

International Civilian Gun Ownership Rates
7/2/2018 -

The United States has 120.5 guns for every 100 people, or about 393,347,000 firearms, which means that 45.88% of the world’s civilian guns are held by 4.32% of the world’s population. See how many guns are owned by civilians in 230 countries and territories.

International Firearm Homicide Rates
8/8/2017 -

Out of 195 countries, the United States had the 59th highest firearm homicide rate at 2.70 murders per 100,000 people between 2010 and 2015. Honduras reported the highest rate at 67.19 gun homicides per 100,000 people and Brazil had the highest total number of firearm homicides with 38,494.