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There are more guns than people in the United States, according to a new study of global firearm ownership

There are more than 393 million civilian-owned firearms in the United States, or enough for every man, woman and child to own one and still have 67 million guns left over.<p>Those numbers come from the latest edition of the global Small Arms Survey, a project of the Graduate Institute of International …

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The Second Amendment allows for more gun control than you think

We’re approaching the 10th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark Heller decision. It didn’t cause a revolution in gun laws.<p>Ten years ago, when a divided Supreme Court ruled in <i>District of Columbia v. Heller</i> that the Second Amendment includes a right to individual possession of firearms, …

Montini: Disturbed abuser Dwight Lamon Jones kills 6. NOW can we talk gun laws?

Each time one of these atrocities occurs we are told it's too soon to talk about gun regulations. Then, we never talk about it.

The surprising way gun violence is dividing America

On average, there are 276 gun homicides a week in America. There are 439 gun suicides. All told, there are, on average, nearly 1,200 incidents involving gun violence, every week, in America.<p>This landscape of gun violence — suicides, homicides, mass shootings, accidents — is not evenly distributed. …

When Guns Are Sold Illegally, A.T.F. Is Lenient on Punishment

WASHINGTON — As they inspect the nation’s gun stores, federal investigators regularly find violations of the law, ranging from minor record-keeping errors to illegal sales of firearms. In the most serious cases, like a sale of a gun to a prohibited buyer, inspectors often recommend that gun dealers …

The case for optimism on gun control

Gun politics tend to focus on the immediate aftermath of a mass shooting. But maybe that’s the wrong way to look at the issue.<p>Is this time different?<p>It’s a question commonly asked after a mass shooting in America. After the Santa Fe High School shooting in Texas, that question is popping up once …

Guns are responsible for the largest share of U.S. homicides in over 80 years, federal mortality data shows

The much-discussed spike in homicide rates between 2014 and 2016 is due almost entirely to gun homicides, a Wonkblog analysis of federal homicide data reveals.<p>The spike was so drastic that in 2016, gun homicides accounted for a greater share of all homicides than at any point in the federal record, …

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More than 200,000 students have experienced gun violence at school since Columbine

The Washington Post has spent the past year determining how many children have been exposed to gun violence during school hours since the Columbine High massacre in 1999.<p>Beyond the dead and wounded, children who witness the violence or cower behind locked doors to hide from it can be profoundly …

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The Capital Gazette shooting and the limits of an assault weapons ban

There’s not much empirical weight behind an assault weapons ban, although experts say it could reduce mass shooting deaths.<p>On Thursday, a shooter killed five people in the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland, in just the latest example of a mass shooting in America. But unlike so many …

More than 26,000 children and teens have been killed in gun violence since 1999

At least 26,000 children and teenagers younger than 18 were killed by gunfire in the United States between 1999 and 2016, according to mortality data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.<p>Firearm injuries are the third leading cause of death among children age 1 through 17 in the …

I run Dick’s Sporting Goods. It’s Congress’s turn to do something about guns.

<i>Edward W. Stack is chief executive of Dick’s Sporting Goods.</i><p>Throughout history, the United States has been a beacon of hope for the world — especially for people who appreciate and respect that we are a country founded on laws that have been enacted to guard our freedom and keep us safe.<p>As a gun …

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New poll: Most teenagers and adults think arming teachers is dangerous, favor minimum age for buying assault rifles

In the wake of the mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., the activism of the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and elsewhere has drawn national notice. Although federal action on gun control is uncertain, the Florida state legislature on Wednesday passed a bill to impose a three-day …

More polling shows that even Republicans increasingly support stricter gun laws

Mario Cuomo, the late governor of New York, noted that politicians campaign in poetry and govern in prose. The lofty rhetoric before Election Day becomes a grinding effort to detail precisely how those goals will be accomplished. That’s a critique, in a way, but not an inaccurate one. It’s also …

A new, huge review of gun research has bad news for the NRA - Vox

The findings, while limited, point in one direction: Gun control can save lives.<p>For decades, the federal government, with the support of the National Rifle Association, has made it very difficult to answer a question at the heart of American public health and safety: Does gun control work?<p>The …

Trump: 10 to 20% of teachers are “very gun-adept.” Reality: not even close.

Trump wants to solve school shootings by arming teachers with “military or special training.” There aren’t many of them.<p>During a speech Friday morning at the Conservative Political Action Conference, President Donald Trump claimed that 10 to 20 percent of American schoolteachers are “very gun-adept …

5 Republican and Democratic governors on what states can do on gun control

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval: “This event in Las Vegas has changed everything for me.”<p>The subject of gun control was inescapable at this weekend’s National Governors Association meeting in Washington, DC.<p>And unlike the lack of gun reform action in a slow-moving US Congress, America’s governors in …

How one Australian politician views the gun debate in the US

It took one mass shooting for Australia to pass gun reform.<p>There have been 1,607 mass shootings in the United States since the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre in Newtown, Connecticut — none of which have been met with successful gun control legislation from the US Congress.<p>Many activists pushing for gun …

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Washington governor calls out Trump — to his face — on his idea to arm teachers

“We need a little less tweeting, a little more listening.”<p>Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) urged President Donald Trump to drop his idea to arm teachers in the US.<p>Inslee confronted Trump at a meeting between governors and the president on Monday, arguing that teachers and police don’t actually want …

Parkland teens are calling out critics on social media

A backlash from gun rights advocates and conspiracy theorists hasn’t cowed these activists.<p>The teenage survivors of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, have emerged as the next leaders in the gun control debate. They are fighting for change and vowing “never again.” They’ve also been …

Will a boycott hurt the NRA? Take a look at Bill O’Reilly.

Boycotts are becoming a powerful force for social change, as the former Fox host’s dismissal shows.<p>Delta Airlines is ending its discount contract with the National Rifle Association. Avis, Hertz, and Enterprise will stop offering NRA members discounts on rental cars. The First National Bank of …

The real reason the NRA’s money matters in elections

Direct contributions to candidates aren’t the only way to wield clout.<p>At a televised town hall following the school shooting in Parkland, FL, Sen, Marco Rubio (R-FL) made a statement about the NRA that didn’t go over well with the live audience. The group’s influence, he claimed, “comes not from …

How gun ownership became a powerful political identity

Or, how the NRA won.<p>In the weeks following the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, as a movement for gun control arose and organized this Saturday’s March for Our Lives, a large group of Americans felt under attack, in imminent danger: gun owners.<p>“The left is working overtime to marginalize the …

Raising the age limit on the AR-15 from 18 to 21 would do depressingly little

Very few teenagers commit mass shootings with semiautomatic rifles.<p>After a mass shooting, Americans hone in on the specifics to try to prevent the next one: Was he mentally ill? Did he use a bump stock? Is 18 too young to buy an AR-15?<p>Democrats and Republicans, and President Donald Trump, are …

More governors willing to consider gun law changes after Florida shooting

A growing bipartisan number of state governors have joined calls for a reconsideration of gun laws and school safety measures after the mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., a sign that resulting legislative changes could extend far beyond Florida in the coming months.<p>The impact of the shooting rippled …

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Support for Gun Control Following Florida Shooting Matches Las Vegas Aftermath

By Eli Yokley February 22, 2018<p>64 percent of registered voters back stricter gun laws, while 30 percent oppose them.<p>Level of support for more gun …

Add Stock Buybacks to the Causes of the Market Downturn

There's a new reason to dislike stock buybacks: They contributed to last week's market downturn.<p>Some market watchers are adding corporate share …

How to Reduce Mass Shooting Deaths? Experts Say These Gun Laws Could Help

Some gun limits are considered effective and would have public support.

Gun absolutists need to stop making specious arguments

The National Rifle Association, pro-gun politicians and right-wing media make a number of assertions that simply aren’t true.<p>1. “<i>I have a right to own guns. Any guns</i>.” Actually, no. We have banned fully automatic guns. Just about a year ago, the Associated Press reported:<p>Maryland’s ban on 45 kinds …

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Snapshot: Americans Dissatisfied With U.S. Gun Laws

Six in 10 Americans are dissatisfied with the nation's gun laws. Dissatisfied Americans overwhelmingly want stricter gun laws.

Trump promised to deliver better pay to workers. This chart says differently.

Analysts say that corporations will use just 13 percent of their tax savings on worker pay. For manufacturing, that number’s even worse.<p>President Donald Trump propelled himself to the White House in part by promising to revive American manufacturing and deliver high-paying jobs to that industry’s …