A 3D printed gun.
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Since the 1980s, anyone can purchase firearms without legal restrictions, in the form of parts kits. But there is an ominous difference between gun kit makers and the distribution of 3D gun plans.
The lawyer for the plaintiff successfully argued that sharing a 3D scan of a firearm on the internet was protected on free speech grounds.
A US gun rights advocate has won the right to publish instructions on the web for 3D printing firearms. In an era where anyone can access a 3D printer, is this the end of gun control?
In June, 2009, people were invited to bring their firearms without bullets during a service at the New Bethel Church Louisville, Ky.
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There is a long line of well-armed American preachers -- both real and fictional -- in US history and culture, confirming perhaps the view that true justice cannot be enforced by institutions alone.
The story of this video game speaks to what seems a powerful political moment, of an American nation literally at war with itself.
Part of the concern about any move to arm frontline police with military hardware is the rise of the ‘warrior cop’ phenomenon.
To justify giving police military-style weapons, there must be both a credible threat and an identified deficiency in current police capabilities.
A police officer portrays an active shooter with an assault rifle loaded with dummy rounds.
AP Photo/Charles Krupa
While emergency drills may help schools feel safer, they contain underlying and often unintended moral messages about the nature of school and life itself.
A line of AR-15s are on display at gunmaker Daniel Defense in Georgia.
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The gun industry has been virtually immune from liability for the deaths and injuries caused by its products since 2005. Can this change?
NRA volunteer shooting instructors Vern Marion and Brian Beck, firing at targets in 2002.
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The nation's biggest gun advocacy group operates as a bundle of distinct organizations. It's a fairly common arrangement, followed also by the likes of Planned Parenthood and the ACLU.
Some of the firearms handed in during Tasmania’s second gun amnesty in 2017.
Whenever gun control enters public debate, the high emotions and moralising tend to take over rational, evidence-based debate.
Vietnam War protests led to a lower voting age. The Parkland shooting could push similar reevaluations.
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Teens' brains develop different skills along a predictable timeline. These milestones should influence the legal age boundaries for voting, buying guns and being put to death.
NRA TV’s content focuses on ideology rather than guns.
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Gun control advocates want to shut down the National Rifle Association's online video channel, NRA TV. A scholar looks at what its videos are actually about.
Research shows that carrying a gun for self-defense comes with a host of risks.
While President Donald Trump suggests arming teachers would be a good way to stop school shootings, research shows that carrying firearms comes with a host of troublesome risks.
AR-15-style rifles on display in a Texas retail shop.
AP Photo/Lisa Marie Pane
Gunmakers should be at the center of any discussion of the root causes of violence, and a closer look at firearms sales reveals some interesting trends.
US President Donald Trump talks to high school students about safety on campus following the shooting deaths of 17 people at a Florida school.
There is not a skerrick of evidence that the Trump plan is workable.
A lack of federal funds stymies gun violence researchers.
Alan English CPA
Research is the foundation for evidence-based policies. But because of funding prohibitions, there's little US research to inform the contentious debate around gun violence and gun control.
Attendees attend a candlelight vigil for the victims of a shooting at a Florida school.
AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee
Advocates of gun control may despair in the wake of mass shootings like the one in Parkland, Florida, but the history of government support for the gun industry shows Americans have more sway than they think.
Parents wait for news after a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018.
When school shootings take place, beefed up security is often seen as a solution. Experience shows, however, that school shootings stem from social factors that require a different response.
Colten Boushie’s uncle, Alvin Baptiste, and his brother Jace Boushie address demonstrators gathered outside of the courthouse in North Battleford, Sask.,on Feb.10, 2018.
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It's time for an overhaul of the justice system in Canada: How juries are selected, how Indigenous victims are treated and to challenge embedded racism within police forces and courts.
Service for victims of Sutherland Springs Baptist Church shooting.
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After mass shootings, calls go out to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill. But data show this solution is misguided.
The scope and complexity of gun reform are not always related to the impact that changes may have.
Sometimes small changes can be the most effective at reducing violence – and these are seldom acknowledged.