For the first time in decades, there is now a real possibility that some gun controls might be implemented.
Student activists are presenting important, emotionally powerful counter-narratives to those of the gun lobby. Their success will depend on whether they can sustain these efforts.
Students who walked out of school protest against gun violence in front of the White House.
The lightning-quick corporate response to demands for a boycott against the NRA shows that companies can't escape politics in an age saturated with social media.
AR-15-style rifles on display in a Texas retail shop.
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Gunmakers should be at the center of any discussion of the root causes of violence, and a closer look at firearms sales reveals some interesting trends.
Tyra Hemans, a 19-year-old senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, holds signs honoring slain teachers and friends.
After Columbine, teens weren't taking to the streets to call for more gun regulations. So what's changed?
Some argue that news coverage of shootings is too sanitized.
According to a photojournalism expert, there can be a relationship between exposure to grisly images and activism. But there are also ethical considerations to be made.
A lack of federal funds stymies gun violence researchers.
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Research is the foundation for evidence-based policies. But because of funding prohibitions, there's little US research to inform the contentious debate around gun violence and gun control.
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.
Playing violent video games doesn’t make kids more aggressive.
AP Photo/Paul Sakuma
For years, there have been questions about research showing connections between playing violent video games and aggressive behavior.
Media portrayals of mass murderers may do more harm than good.
When mass shootings take place, the media rush to publish details on the suspect's background. But is that approach one that does more harm than good?
Stars of TV Westerns embodied a Cowboy Code.
With mass shootings and sexual harassment reports on the rise, a psychologist reflects on how the evolving nature of male role models in the media may be contributing.
Service for victims of Sutherland Springs Baptist Church shooting.
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After mass shootings, calls go out to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill. But data show this solution is misguided.
A memorial for the victims of the shooting at Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church, including 25 white chairs painted with a cross and and rose, is displayed in the Texas church. A man opened fire inside the church yet his attack has not been labelled terrorism.
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White men routinely gun down innocent victims in mass shootings in the United States. Yet they are not branded terrorists the way Muslims who commit violent acts are. Why not?
Most mass killers have one common trait – a propensity for domestic violence.
The shooter at the Texas church had beaten his first wife and hurt his infant stepson. This connection between mass shooters and domestic violence is the norm, not an exception.
Crosses placed in memory of those killed in the shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland, Texas on Nov. 6, 2017.
Four articles from The Conversation archive offer insight on mass shootings in America.
More than 640,000 firearms, mainly rifles and shotguns, were surrendered during the 1996 and 2003 gun buybacks.
AAP Image/Mick Tsikas
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.
With no money to research guns, there’s no evidence to base policy on.
Horrific mass shootings in the US typically renew the national debate about gun policy. A gun researcher explains the lack of funding for study in this area and what that means for informed policy.
Were muskets in 1777 better regulated than assault rifles in 2017?
A leading historian of constitutional thought says the contemporary Second Amendment debate is founded on serious misunderstandings.
A U.S. soldier fires a Colt M16 in Vietnam in 1967.
While advocates of gun control may feel powerless in the wake of mass shootings like the one in Las Vegas, the history of government support for the industry shows Americans have more sway than they think.
White men have committed more mass shootings than any other group.
In the terrible aftermath of the Las Vegas massacre people have been urgently trying to explain it. Some have put race at the centre of their explanations. Mass shootings, they argue, reveal something…
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?