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Canada Is Raging Against Gun Violence—But Not Like America

Posted on July 30, 2018

The ensuing days after a lone gunman, Faisal Hussein, allegedly opened fire in Toronto’s Danforth neighborhood have been incredibly busy ones for gun-control advocates in Canada. The tragedy has sparked a national conversation, with officials as prominent as Toronto’s mayor pushing for a ban on the sale of handguns. Advocates have seized the moment of increased public attention to argue for tighter gun laws.

Opinion: Gun violence in New Orleans: 'But just everybody got shot.'

Posted on July 30, 2018

If there is one thing we have learned about gun violence in New Orleans it is that there is no safety in numbers. A gunman responding to a slight, seeking revenge or tasked with settling a gang score does not care about innocent bystanders. Collateral damage is never considered. Saturday night marked the fifth time in six years that at least 10 people were wounded in a mass shooting in New Orleans.

Actually, guns do kill people, according to a new study

Posted on July 30, 2018

A new study published in the journal JAMA Network Open underscores an often overlooked factor in gun-policy debates: When it comes to lethality, not all guns are created equal.

Maricopa County (AZ) Sheriff Paul Penzone: I'm a sheriff. Don't flood the country with 3D-printed guns.

Posted on July 30, 2018

I am not fearful of firearms. I believe the Second Amendment was written with purpose and with sensitivity to generational circumstances. But what I am extremely concerned about is who has access to firearms and the devastation firearms are capable of in the wrong hands.

Sharp Increase In Gun Suicides Signals Growing Public Health Crisis

Posted on July 27, 2018

The conversation around gun violence in the U.S. usually focuses on homicides, urban crime and mass shootings. But the overwhelming majority of gun deaths in America don't involve bad guys with guns. They're caused by people deliberately harming themselves.

Toronto city council approves $44-million plan to address gun violence

Posted on July 27, 2018

A hastily drawn plan to combat recent gun violence was approved after a daylong debate at city hall on Tuesday, in the wake of Sunday's deadly shooting on the Danforth. Councillors approved the $44-million, five-year plan with few major amendments. It included the controversial listening technology called ShotSpotter.

After Santa Fe school shooting, Texas unlikely to expand weak red-flag gun law

Posted on July 27, 2018

The school shooting at Santa Fe High School that left 10 people dead sparked new interest in a Texas law designed to protect victims of domestic violence and keep guns away from their abusers, setting up a showdown over firearms restrictions in the 2019 legislative session.

'One day, I may save someone's life': Urban gunshot response team poised to react

Posted on July 25, 2018

As a founding member of the Wolfpack Gunshot Response team, Belton Sanders is prepared to put his recent training into action: Applying pressure to a bullet wound or using his tourniquet to keep a fellow citizen alive until medics arrive. Sanders is one of thousands of Ohioans who has learned life-saving techniques honed on battlefields that are proven to control bleeding and reduce the chances of death. Sanders' battlefield, though, is his city,

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Contra Costa Crime lab leaves no gun or shell casing behind
Posted: August 15, 2018

Law enforcement departments across the country have access to the same system that Contra Costa has been using to catch the people committing gun crimes on its streets. It's known as the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network, NIBIN for short, and it's maintained by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. But NIBIN only works if police assiduously log all the casings they recover, and do so quickly, before trails grow ...

As Canada faces rising gun violence, tighter laws are a tough sell
Posted: August 15, 2018

Rising violence in Canada has prompted calls for the federal government to tighten gun laws but tougher regulations could cause a political backlash in a country where 2 million people are licensed to own a firearm. ...

Man Charged Despite Florida ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws After Fatally Shooting Unarmed Man
Posted: August 15, 2018

Florida prosecutors filed a manslaughter charge on Monday against a white man who shot and killed an unarmed black man in a dispute over a parking space, three weeks after the local sheriff had refused to arrest the man, citing the state’s sweeping and controversial Stand Your Ground law. ...

The deadliest city: Behind Chicago’s segregated shooting sprees
Posted: August 14, 2018

While its homicide rate is not the highest in the U.S., Chicago has consistently had more total killings than any other U.S. city — with 27 people killed since the beginning of the month. Why it matters: Racial segregation, wealth inequality, gangs and the inability of law enforcement to solve crimes have fueled the gun violence epidemic — and a handful of minority, impoverished neighborhoods have received the brunt of the impact. ...

How red flag laws could help families grappling with guns and mental illness
Posted: August 9, 2018

While some states have ed flag laws that allow a judge to temporarily remove a mentally ill person's access to guns, it's not easy to balance their rights with the need for public safety. Special correspondent John Ferrugia of Rocky Mountain PBS reports on how families wish they could have been more empowered to help ailing loved ones and prevent deadly violence. ...

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