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.
A man changes a flag to half-staff near the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs.
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Data show the vast majority of people killed by gun violence are black and live in urban areas.
Crosses placed in memory of those killed in the shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland, Texas on Nov. 6, 2017.
Four articles from The Conversation archive offer insight on mass shootings in America.
U.S. President’s apparent passion for cruelty speaks to a greater American illness.
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Donald Trump seems to have a passion for cruelty, often publicly celebrating his investment in violence as a source of pleasure. Those tendencies represent symptoms of a broader American sickness.
Students outside Columbine High School in Colorado in April 1999 following the mass shooting there. Some speculated that the shooters sought revenge for having been bullied.
Youth who are bullied may be at even higher risk than other youth for gun violence. These bullied youngsters were three times more likely to have access to a loaded gun, a recent study states.
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson (right) with protestor on Aug. 5, 2016.
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The DOJ has found excessive use of force in the Baltimore, Ferguson and Chicago police departments. Could a solution be found by seeing the police as victims of violence as well?
A woman holds a flag as she looks out over the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum.
Data on violent incidents in the US reveal that our focus on Islamist extremism since 9/11 may be misguided.
The 44th president is now gone. What mark does he leave on his country?
Law enforcement officers move in to verify the identity of people in a field outside the Fort Lauderdale airport after a mass shooting.
New ways of expressing discontent are constantly emerging. Could mass shootings join what sociologist Charles Tilly has dubbed the 'repertoire of contention'?
Armed men protecting their livestock from rivals in a dry northern Kenya region which borders South Sudan and Uganda.
Ending a war is not enough. The challenge for post-conflict situations in Africa is to escape the inter-war lawlessness maintained and reproduced by groups that have access to arms.
Outside the courthouse in Charleston, South Carolina.
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Two major trials in the killings of black victims in South Carolina start this week. Learn about the state's past and present struggle with racial violence in this roundup.
Donald Trump addresses members of the National Rifle Association.
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The candidate endorsed by the NRA this year wasn't always so pro-gun. A sociologist and physician explains how Trump's position on guns could play out if he were to win in November.
Jose Louis Morales sits and prays under his brother Edward Sotomayor Jr.‘s cross for victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando.
Are Americans at increasing risk of being killed in a terrorist attack? A sociologist explains how the way we remember the dead may make it feel that way.
Guns have another kind of price tag.
The current debate over the right to bear arms versus regulation is at a stalemate, but a new dialogue that focuses on the social burden of firearms might provide a new way forward.
Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius arrives at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, South Africa, for his sentencing.
Under South African law, murder carries a minimum sentence of 15 years for first-time offenders. But courts may deviate from this if they find ‘substantial and compelling circumstances’ to do so.
Mourners at a vigil after the Charleston shooting.
Six of the nine people who died were black women. One year later, a Brandeis professor examines how black women have endured a legacy of racial violence in the U.S.
How is the violence perpetuated by Omar Mateen and Brock Turner related?
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The crimes of Brock Turner and Omar Mateen may be discussed as if they're unrelated. They're not.
Flags at the Washington Monument fly at half staff to honor those killed in Orlando.
BU researchers on the prevalence of mass shootings and gun violence, why parents often underestimate how easily their kids could access a gun and why we know so little about how to solve this problem.
Gun control activists rally in front of the White House in Washington DC, earlier this year.
All sides in the debate on gun control in the United States are quick to point to numbers they say back their arguments. But are they playing fair with those figures?
Shutting it down.
After years struggling to get gun control measures passed, President Obama is taking dramatic new steps. And the American people seem to be on board.