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Guns were part of Pistorius' life at home and in public. Guns were part of Pistorius' life at home and in public. EPA/Phill Magakoe/Pool

Pistorius verdict reflects a troubling relationship with guns

South African paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has been found not guilty of the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The presiding judge, Thokozile Masipa, found him guilty, though, of culpable…
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. 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. Fibonacci Blue

‘Stand Your Ground’: America’s violent culture written into law

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…
A mass shooting at a US Navy Yard in Washington, DC, has claimed at least 12 lives. How have the US media covered it so far? A mass shooting at a US Navy Yard in Washington, DC, has claimed at least 12 lives. How have the US media covered it so far? EPA/Shawn Thew

Navy Yard shootings: what does an ‘immediate’ media response actually provide?

I’m currently residing in North Carolina, a state where, in only a handful of days, a law will come into effect that permits evermore concealed weapons in evermore places. You know, like bars for example…
An American protesting the easy availability of military style weapons in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre. An American protesting the easy availability of military style weapons in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre. EPA/Michael Reynolds

Faking waves: how the NRA and pro-gun Americans abuse Australian crime stats

The Sandy Hook massacre and President Obama’s response to it has refocused attention on impact of regulation on American gun crime. Crime statistics before and after the implementation of gun laws provide…
Grief stricken Americans will ask why is effective gun control beyond the capacity of their politicians. Grief stricken Americans will ask why is effective gun control beyond the capacity of their politicians. Peter Foley/ AAP

Guns and the US Constitution after Newtown

The horrific Newtown school massacre has again raised the question of why effective gun control is beyond the capacity of American politicians. The question is necessary, natural and appropriate. But it…
Sheriff John Edwards addresses the Sikh community in Oak Creek in the wake of the shooting. Sheriff John Edwards addresses the Sikh community in Oak Creek in the wake of the shooting. AAP/Kamil Krzaczynski

Guns, Sikhs and Obama’s political inertia on domestic terror

Immediately after the Oak Creek massacre, many suspected the killings were a continuation of the post-9/11 wave of attacks on Sikhs who were mistaken for Muslims because of their turbans and beards. The…