Compliance with firearms legislation requires co-operation between lawmakers, police, gun dealers, and those with a legitimate interest in using firearms.
Gun control in Australia is not a black-and-white issue, and it's time we had a public debate that reflected that fact.
A U.S. soldier fires a Colt M16 in Vietnam in 1967.
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
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?
In El Salvador, the dead are almost innumerable, but not forgotten.
Latin America's murder rate is the highest in the world, accounting for one in every four homicides on the planet.
South Africa needs to urgently work out why its high rate of fatal violence is not slowing.
South Africa has stubbornly high rates of violent crime. More concerning, though, is that the latest crime stats suggest the recent increase in murders is not slowing - it may even continue.
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.
Should this gun be in the hands of a civilian?
Connecticut State Police via Reuters
Gun makers are trying to dismiss the potentially precedent-setting suit, claiming a federal law gives them immunity.
Given the strict laws governing access to and types of gun allowable in the UK, how do guns get into the hands of criminals?
Legal or illegal, the US is awash in guns.
Though the perpetrators of the mass shooting in California appear to have acquired their guns legally, the vast majority used in violent crimes are obtained illegally.
Police stand guard in Place de la Republique, Paris, November 15 2015.
Compared to 9/11, the recent attacks by ISIS were coordinated, but not costly.
The sad truth is that it's all too easy to get hold of automatic weapons in Europe.
Despite declining gun fatalities, there should be no room for complacency in Australia, with an estimated 260,000 illegal guns in Australia – including this MP5K 9mm machine gun, seized in Queensland in 2013.
The rate of fatal shootings has fallen in Australia, the US and other nations in recent decades. Yet anti- and pro-gun ideology still makes it hard to have a sensible discussion about gun violence.