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.
It’s not looking good.
This has been a remarkably violent year – and many of the worst threats to human security are no less a problem than they were a year ago.
A killer’s use of TEC-9 assault pistols convinced Californians to repeal immunity for gunmakers. Then Congress overruled them.
Finding solutions for what happened in San Bernardino is a challenge, but ensuring gunmakers behave responsibly should be one piece of the puzzle.
A man walks among crosses outside Pretoria, South Africa, representing farmers killed in violent attacks.
South Africa's homicide rates have declined consistently since democracy, but remain among the highest in the world. They are about four times the global average at more than 30 per 100,000 people.
Obama makes a statement about the shootings in Oregon on Oct. 1, 2015.
Researchers explain why gun violence is a public health emergency, why parent often underestimate how easily their kids could access a gun – and why we know so little about how to solve this problem.
American journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward were shot dead live on air, allegedly by a former colleague.
If someone wants to create panic with a gun and a smartphone, they can. If journalists want to protect the public from disturbing images, they can't.
A screen shot of on-air shooting video before CNN decided to fade to black.
Mainstream media and social media go different ways on the ethical questions raised by the airing of video showing on-camera shooting of journalists.
In this photo James Holmes and his defense attorney Daniel King sit in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center, June 4 2013.
Jurors will likely be presented with conflicting notions of sanity and insanity. And they will be forced to confront widely held cultural assumptions about mental illness and violence.
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.
Some argue that the Martin Place siege shows why citizens would be safer if allowed to carry weapons, but the global evidence disproves that.
The recommendations of the joint review into the Martin Place siege confirm Australia is on the right path with tight gun controls but needs to clamp down on illegal firearms in the community.
There is a higher density of gun ownership in country areas in Australia relative to cities. Does this explain recent homicides on farms?
The recent multiple homicide in a small Victorian township, coming barely a month after a mass shooting in rural New South Wales, may give the impression that firearm-related murders in rural Australia…
Isla Vista spree killer Elliot Rodger wrote in a chilling ‘manifesto’ that he was going to kill all the blonde and beautiful girls because they had rejected him sexually.
So far, much of the media response to the spree killing that took place in Isla Vista, California, late last week has focused on the sole perpetrator of the attacks, 22-year-old Elliot Rodger. His rantings…
The Pistorius trial has drawn attention to attitudes to women in South Africa.
As South Africa, in election week, watches the trial of Oscar Pistorius for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, my perception is that our society is experiencing an overall paroxysm of social…
Stand Your Ground laws, used as a defence in high-profile US murder trials, implicitly justify a new breed of vigilante who has little regard for human life.
Earlier this week, a Florida court began hearing arguments in the murder trial of an older, white man accused of murdering an African-American teenager. If you think this sounds familiar, you’re right…
Who you’re friends with on social media sites is a larger factor of being threatened with gun violence than race, gender…