Rather than unifying the country, it appears the government's overreach on gun legislation has paved the way for distrust and division.
Attendees attend a candlelight vigil for the victims of a shooting at a Florida school.
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Advocates of gun control may despair in the wake of mass shootings like the one in Parkland, Florida, but the history of government support for the gun industry shows Americans have more sway than they think.
The scope and complexity of gun reform are not always related to the impact that changes may have.
Sometimes small changes can be the most effective at reducing violence – and these are seldom acknowledged.
More than 640,000 firearms, mainly rifles and shotguns, were surrendered during the 1996 and 2003 gun buybacks.
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Did the government-funded gun buybacks introduced after the Port Arthur massacre have "no effect" in reducing gun deaths in Australia, as an audience member claimed on Q&A? Let's look at the evidence.
Weapons used in the attack in San Bernardino in 2015.
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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?
A plane flies over a vigil for the Pulse night club victims.
What does it mean to view firearm violence as a public health problem?
A target shooting instructor and student.
As automobile technology advanced, so did our safety measures. UC Denver and MIT sociologists explain how to do the same with guns.
Should this gun be in the hands of a civilian?
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Gun makers are trying to dismiss the potentially precedent-setting suit, claiming a federal law gives them immunity.
Are lax guns laws changing how people interact in the Show-Me State?
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Do guns change the ways that people engage with each other? A gun violence researcher went to Missouri to find out.
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.
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.
Are licensed gun owners automatically good citizens? The evidence says no.
We should not downplay the significant contribution to early mortality posed by previously law-abiding gun owners who, in the heat of the moment, decide to kill.
Guns don’t stop gun violence.
Other 'advanced nations' make it far harder for someone like the Charleston killer to get his hands on a Glock semiautomatic handgun or any other kind of firearm.
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.
Partisan gridlock in US politics has led to the recent failure of Barack Obama’s gun reform agenda, which did not get through Congress last week despite public support.
For all its international power, the United States government seems increasingly powerless to make laws for the benefit of its own people. The recent failure to implement popular gun control measures in…
The majority of Americans support stronger gun control policies, including gun owners and members of the National Rifle Association…
Do we really have anything to worry about?
Gun laws have been back in the media recently due, largely, to the horrific events at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 which claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults. In response…
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden at a press conference announcing major new gun control reforms.
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A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. The Founding Fathers of the American Constitution might…