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Hold it right there. Michael Dalder/Reuters

What makes a ‘smart gun’ smart?

President Obama's call for better electronic gun-safety systems put a spotlight on the technologies currently in the R&D pipeline that aim to make sure only authorized users can fire a gun.
Legal or illegal, the US is awash in guns. Reuters

How dangerous people get their 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.
A memorial for 20-year-old UCSB student Christopher Michael-Martinez one of nine crime scenes in the Isla Vista neighborhood of Santa Barbara, California in 2014. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Gun laws are being reformed, just not on Capitol Hill

America’s gun violence problem actually is producing policy reform. It's just that most of this activity is happening on the state level and has received little attention in the national media.
Metro Shooting Supplies employee Chris Cox speaks to a customer about the purchase of a 9mm handgun in Bridgeton, Missouri, November 13 2014. Jim Young/Reuters

Do gun purchases go up after mass shootings?

Research on background checks for gun purchases suggests there is an increase in gun acquisition a few months after a mass shooting happens.
Dylann Roof appears in court. POOL New/ Reuters

Look for the patterns in Charleston

So long as we treat each mass shooting, each black death as an isolated tragedy, there's nothing we can do. Things can change if we look for the patterns.
Just over a decade ago this boy posed in front of a mound of weapons handed in during a gun amnesty in the Solomon Islands. Today he lives in a nation that is gun-free by law. AAP/Military Public Affairs/W02 Gary Ramage

The Pacific region lives up to its name with disarming success

One sprawling region stands apart for having largely avoided, and at times even reversed, the steady global proliferation of illegal firearms and death by gunshot.
There is a higher density of gun ownership in country areas in Australia relative to cities. Does this explain recent homicides on farms? shutterstock

Does rural Australia have a gun problem?

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…
Another day, another massacre in the US. EPA/Shawn Thew

Hard Evidence: does gun control work?

This week brought news of yet another gun massacre in the United States at Washington Navy Yard. It is the latest in a string of 146 mass shootings, with more than 900 victims since 2006. The tragedy gives…

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