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‘Guns don’t kill people, (bad and mad) people kill people’ … oh really? Alan Moir

The arguments that carried Australia’s 1996 gun law reforms

Former Prime Minister John Howard and all Australia’s states and territories united to introduce sweeping gun law reforms just 12 days after the then world’s worst civilian firearm massacre. When they…
Gun control activists rally in front of the White House in Washington DC, earlier this year. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Gun control in America by the right (and wrong) numbers

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?
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.

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