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Tourists play slot machines at the Paris Las Vegas hotel and casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jae C. Hong/AP Photo

In Las Vegas, excess and fantasy bleed into tragedy

Excessive indulgence is the city’s unifying theme. It’s also a way to end your life. Just ask Stephen Paddock.
A U.S. soldier fires a Colt M16 in Vietnam in 1967. U.S. Army

How the US government created and coddled the gun industry

While advocates of gun control may feel powerless in the wake of mass shootings like the one in Las Vegas, the history of government support for the industry shows Americans have more sway than they think.
Weapons used in the attack in San Bernardino in 2015. Reuters/San Bernardino County Sheriffs Department/Handout

How dangerous people get their weapons in America

While mass shooting tragedies in Las Vegas and elsewhere make headlines, the reality is gun violence is becoming almost routine in many American neighborhoods. Where do the guns come from?
Eleven states now have some sort of law permitting guns on college campuses. Lucio Eastman (Free State Project)

More states are allowing guns on college campuses

More and more states are passing legislation requiring that students and faculty be permitted to carry concealed weapons on campus. But shouldn't universities have a choice when it comes to campus safety?
Shooters exposed to lead at work over long periods of time, like military personnel in firing ranges, risk a range of medical complaints.

People who shoot risk unhealthy levels of lead exposure

Millions of people who shoot, for work or leisure, risk lead poisoning, according to new research.
A solid, non-working Colt 1911 static model by TaylarRoids is printed on a household printer; is this a digital blueprint? Richard Matthews

The legal minefield of 3D printed guns

3D printing still exists in a legal grey area. This area is slowly being defined as courts prosecute the first cases but, is current copyright and criminal law keeping up with the technology?
Would Americans prefer smart guns to traditional guns? Reuters/Michael Dalder

Do Americans want to buy ‘smart’ guns?

American attitudes toward smart guns are complex and do not necessarily follow the patterns we might expect.

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