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Attendees attend a candlelight vigil for the victims of a shooting at a Florida school. AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee

The American public has power over the gun business – why doesn’t it use it?

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.
A memorial for the victims of the shooting at Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church, including 25 white chairs painted with a cross and and rose, is displayed in the Texas church. A man opened fire inside the church yet his attack has not been labelled terrorism. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

The debate over what constitutes terrorism

White men routinely gun down innocent victims in mass shootings in the United States. Yet they are not branded terrorists the way Muslims who commit violent acts are. Why not?
Most mass killers have one common trait – a propensity for domestic violence. sdecoret/Shutterstock.com

Most mass killers are men who have also attacked family

The shooter at the Texas church had beaten his first wife and hurt his infant stepson. This connection between mass shooters and domestic violence is the norm, not an exception.
Crosses placed in memory of those killed in the shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland, Texas on Nov. 6, 2017. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Mass shootings in America: 4 essential reads

Four articles from The Conversation archive offer insight on mass shootings in America.
Were muskets in 1777 better regulated than assault rifles in 2017? Jana Shea/Shutterstock.com

Five types of gun laws the Founding Fathers loved

A leading historian of constitutional thought says the contemporary Second Amendment debate is founded on serious misunderstandings.
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.
White men have committed more mass shootings than any other group. EPA/Paul Buck

Are mass shootings a white man’s problem?

In the terrible aftermath of the Las Vegas massacre people have been urgently trying to explain it. Some have put race at the centre of their explanations. Mass shootings, they argue, reveal something…
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?
After two terror attacks the prior week, police patrolled the Westminster Bridge on election day 2017 in London. AP Photo/Markus Schreiber

Lessons for first responders on the front lines of terrorism

Given the persistent risk of terrorist attacks and large-scale accidents, it's more critical than ever for EMTs, police, firefighters and others to learn from the past.

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