The archetype can be traced back to 1920s detective fiction, when gruff, gun-toting, cigarette-smoking mavericks became heroic figures.
The 1999 Columbine high school shooting spawned a generation of school shooters who tried to copy it, research shows.
Gun control bills passed recently by the House of Representatives may never become law, but they are still a sign of important change.
School shooters typically show warning signs long before they become killers, but educators are sometimes ill-equipped to act on what they see, two researchers who are analyzing mass shooters say.
Manufacturing errors, undetected by inexpert consumers, may be more dangerous than other threats from 3D-printed guns.
Scholars helped put a persistent problem into a larger context with their research.
There's not enough control around antique firearms – and criminals are taking advantage of this.
Both before, during and after conflict, wars have shaped the creation of welfare states.
The Department of Education says there were 240 school shootings during a recent school year. Another database only counts 29. How could the numbers be so different -- and who is right?
Since the 1980s, anyone can purchase firearms without legal restrictions, in the form of parts kits. But there is an ominous difference between gun kit makers and the distribution of 3D gun plans.
A US gun rights advocate has won the right to publish instructions on the web for 3D printing firearms. In an era where anyone can access a 3D printer, is this the end of gun control?
There is a long line of well-armed American preachers -- both real and fictional -- in US history and culture, confirming perhaps the view that true justice cannot be enforced by institutions alone.
The story of this video game speaks to what seems a powerful political moment, of an American nation literally at war with itself.
To justify giving police military-style weapons, there must be both a credible threat and an identified deficiency in current police capabilities.
While emergency drills may help schools feel safer, they contain underlying and often unintended moral messages about the nature of school and life itself.
The gun industry has been virtually immune from liability for the deaths and injuries caused by its products since 2005. Can this change?
The nation's biggest gun advocacy group operates as a bundle of distinct organizations. It's a fairly common arrangement, followed also by the likes of Planned Parenthood and the ACLU.
Whenever gun control enters public debate, the high emotions and moralising tend to take over rational, evidence-based debate.
Teens' brains develop different skills along a predictable timeline. These milestones should influence the legal age boundaries for voting, buying guns and being put to death.
Gun control advocates want to shut down the National Rifle Association's online video channel, NRA TV. A scholar looks at what its videos are actually about.