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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?
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.
The 1996 National Firearms Agreement dramatically raised standards by imposing minimum requirements drawing on the best elements in the existing laws and on the recommendations of a series of expert inquiries. AAP/Joe Castro

Australia’s gun laws save lives – but are we now going backwards?

After the Port Arthur massacre, Australia had the most comprehensive reform of firearm laws anywhere in the world. But a creeping complacency now jeopardises public safety.

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