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Criminals steal more than 237,000 guns from legal American gun owners every year
About 2 million guns were reported stolen in the last decade.AP Gun theft is on the rise in the US, fueling violent crime across the country. A wide-ranging investigation by The Trace and NBC analyzed 800,000 police records. In 2016, more than 237,000 guns were reported stolen nationwide, a 68% incr
The NRA's Background-Check Doublespeak
Joshua Roberts / Reuters Want to start your day off with a good laugh? Take a look at Wayne-o LaPierre blasting off into outer space in 2016 with a video message about the FBI-NICS background check system which came out two years before last week's Fix-NICS bill was introduced by Senators Chris Mu
Most mass killers are men who also attacked their families
A woman who has been beaten by her husband, holds her child in a shelter for women who suffered from domestic violence.Pavel Golovkin/AP Research indicates that many mass killers have a history of domestic abuse and violence towards their wives and girlfriends. Up to 30% of domestic violence cases g
Americans aged 18-34 most likely to oppose assault weapons ban, poll finds
Resistance to a ban on military-style assault weapons is strongest among millennials, according to a new Quinnipiac poll released this week. It's a finding that experts said might be driven by the popularity of first-person shooter video games such as Call of Duty and the increasing prominence of mi
Let's honor JFK with gun legislation
President John F. Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald. (AP) Regarding Colbert I. King's Nov. 18 op-ed, "Gun carnage and the do-nothing Congress": After Lee Harvey Oswald easily purchased his rifle from a mail-order catalogue and assassinated President John F. Kennedy, the United States began a discussion
Tracing The Path Of A Gun
For three months, a trio of reporters from the Washington Post followed the trajectory of one gun as it traded hands, crossed state lines and got in several shootings. Reporter Ann Marimow spoke with NPR's Michel Martin about how guns fall into the hands of those who aren't supposed to have them.
The Gun Control Legislation That Even Republicans Like
Republicans and Democrats have found gun legislation both sides agree on. But that doesn't mean it will pass. In the wake of mass shootings in Nevada, Texas and California, Democratic Senator Chris Murphy, an outspoken advocate of gun control, introduced a bill to strengthen the federal background c
Connecting mental illness and mass shooting misses the point, experts say
Kevin Neal's family knew he was mentally ill, but they never thought he would kill five people and attack an elementary school in rural northern California. But Neal committed both those acts on Tuesday, and it has left his family asking some very difficult questions. "We got, 'I can't take it an
Hidden implications in the coverage of the Senate background check bill | The Knife Media
AP Images (The Knife Media) Implication noun implication \ im-pl-k-shn \ A conclusion that can be drawn from something, although it's not explicitly stated. We often accept as true many conclusions made through implication. In fact, a lot of them are widely accepted in society, so we may not even
Do we love our guns more than our children?
Tess Taylor: Nearly 30 years later, my son goes to the same elementary school I attended, where a young girl once pulled a gun Worldwide, the U.S. accounts for 87% of the children killed by guns, she writes
The NRA is smaller than you'd think – so why does it wield such influence?
Compared with others, the 145-year-old lobby group isn't a vast spender - but it has the power to mobilize a grassroots support and make Washington listen On the eve of his 100th day in office, Donald Trump addressed the NRA's annual conference and said: 'You came through for me, and I am going to
Gird yourself for more gun rampages
An ATF agent poses with homemade semiautomatic rifles. (Jae C. Hong/Associated Press) Here we go again. Another shooting rampage. Another from-out-of-nowhere attack on the public. Another tale of carnage, bloodshed and indiscriminate killing. This time it's a rural community in California. Last week
Gun owners are getting around legal restrictions by making their own 'ghost guns'
Ghost guns work by adding a few extra parts to an unfinished, "80% receiver."AP The gunman who killed five people in Northern California this week used what's called a 'ghost gun,' which he build at home. Ghost guns, which are unlicensed and unregistered, are becoming increasingly widespread as more
Nancy Pelosi honors Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly at Sustained Dialogue Awards
Walking through the halls of the National Press Club, Mark Kelly spotted a familiar face. "Hey, that's me" the former astronaut said nonchalantly as he pointed at a photo of himself suited up in an orange space suit, helmet tucked under his arm, hanging among the many portraits of VIP's adorning the
The Story of This One Gun Is the Story of a Straw Purchaser
The Washington Post offers a well-reported, detailed odyssey of how one 9mm Glock 17 pistol changed hands several times and was used in multiple shootings and crimes within just a few nights in 2014. The gun was purchased in Manassas by Jamal Fletcher Baker, a young man with no criminal record or r
California shooting rampage highlights "ghost guns"
LOS ANGELES - The man who went on a shooting rampage in Northern California this week found an easy way around a court order prohibiting him from having guns: He secretly built them at home. Police say Kevin Neal made the two high-powered rifles he had when he was fatally shot by police Tuesday afte
Senators 'super close' to bipartisan gun control deal
Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Chris Murphy, D-Conn., appear to be near a deal that would improve background checks on gun sales. The legislation, which is expected to be officially unveiled Thursday, would encourage states to bolster the National Instate Criminal Background Check system to certify
Senators reach bipartisan gun control deal: report
Greg Nash A group of Democratic and Republican senators has reached a deal on creating new gun legislation that would add more information to the database used for background checks on firearm purchasers. Politico reported Wednesday that Senate Majority Whip John CornynJohn CornynAfter Texas shoot
NRA Spending Approached Half A Billion Dollars In 2016
The National Rifle Association spent $419 million in 2016, increasing its 2015 total by over $100 million and dwarfing spending in previous presidential election years by far more, according to an audit published Thursday. The document, first obtained by the Center for Responsive Politics, offers a
US TV coverage of Las Vegas attack ignored gun violence solutions, report finds
Despite intense television news coverage of mass shootings, the vast majority of segments about the Las Vegas attack included no discussion of gun policy or other solutions to America's gun violence crisis, according to a new report from a liberal media criticism group.Embed An analysis of evening a