Members of the Oath Keepers stand in front of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
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The historic conviction of Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes and one other co-defendant for seditious conspiracy has implications for free speech and the future of the militia movement in the US.
Reenactments of Old West gunfights, like this one at a tourist attraction in Texas in 2014, are part of the mythology underpinning the United States’ gun culture.
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A scholar of gun culture looks at the roots of Americans’ love affair with firearms – and their willingness to accept gun violence as a price of freedom.
Ade Osadolor-Hernandez of Students Demand Action speaks at a rally outside the U.S. Capitol in May 2022.
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Congress tends to be most likely to act after an assassination or assassination attempt of historic proportions or mass shootings. But sometimes lawmakers do nothing beyond debate new measures.
A girl grieves for a friend killed in the Uvalde shooting.
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Research shows that school shootings can lead to years of health, educational and economic detriment for students who survive the attack.
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden visit a memorial at Robb Elementary School to pay their respects to the victims of last week’s mass shooting.
American institutions are seemingly powerless to enact gun reform because so many Americans believe – consciously or not – that any sacrifice is worth it to live in the best country in the world.
Sales of handguns have exploded in recent years.
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A closer look at firearms sales reveals some interesting trends that should be part of America’s ongoing conversation about the root causes of gun violence.
NRA conventiongoers, like these at the gun group’s 2018 big meeting, browse firearms exhibits.
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The group, founded in 1871, didn’t try to smother virtually all gun control efforts until the mid-1970s.
The archbishop of San Antonio, Gustavo Garcia-Siller, comforts families following a deadly school shooting at a school in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24, 2022.
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Of the 13 mass school shootings that have taken place in the US, the three most deadly occurred in the last decade. Data from these attacks helped criminologists build a profile of the gunmen.
Friends and families gather outside the civic center after the mass school shooting on May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas.
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A school shooting in a small Texas town was almost as deadly as the worst such event in US history. Such shootings have increased in frequency over the last few years.
At times taking their lead from police, journalists are naming shooters less often and less prominently.
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The more deaths there were, the more news reports used the perpetrator’s name. But something changed in 2012. The Brooklyn subway shooting may be an exception.
Sandy Hook families aimed to hold the makers of the guns used in the shooting responsible.
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While it’s a victory for the families of the victims, the settlement leaves a key legal question about the gun industry’s liability shield unanswered.
Rioters are tear-gassed as they storm the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
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Almost eight years before the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol attack, nearly one-third of Americans surveyed – and 44% of Republicans – said armed rebellion might soon be necessary in the US to protect liberties.
People attend a vigil for the victims of a school shooting that occurred in Oxford, Michigan, on Nov. 30, 2021.
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Years after the Sandy Hook massacre, school shootings are still frequent. Addressing the problem head-on takes more than ‘thoughts and prayers.’
The legacy of the Sandy Hook shootings in 2012 continues to reverberate nine years later, including in how conspiracy theories have changed since the tragedy.
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The Sandy Hook school shooting continues to reverberate in the US nine years later, marking a new age of misinformation.
Alex Jones, who was sued by Sandy Hook parents for saying they were accomplices in their children’s deaths.
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Alex Jones lost a defamation suit by Sandy Hook parents for falsely claiming they helped fake the murders of their children. But the judgment doesn’t deal with important First Amendment questions.
People hold a vigil for the victims of the Saugus High School shooting in Santa Clarita, California, in 2019.
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The pandemic largely gave America a reprieve from school shootings. Two criminologists say gun violence could return to America’s schools worse than before as in-person classes resume.
After mass shootings, there are more calls for gun control. Here’s one in Boulder, Colo., where 10 people died in a shooting.
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After mass shootings, politicians in Washington have failed to pass new gun control legislation, despite public pressure. But laws are being passed at the state level, largely to loosen restrictions.
A woman places painted rocks at a memorial to those killed in the 2018 Parkland, Florida, school shooting.
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When many people believe the government is trying to take away their guns, events that make guns look bad can be misinterpreted as part of that nonexistent plan.
The popularity of semiautomatic rifles increases the risk that mass shootings result in multiple deaths.
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The Supreme Court’s refusal to block the Sandy Hook lawsuit may lead to a flood of litigation, which ultimately may compel the gun industry to change the way it designs, markets and sells firearms.
Public schools around the nation, like this one in Beverly Hills, California, are spending more on security.
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Efforts to ‘harden’ school buildings could distract from the need to focus on human behavior and what’s known about school shooters.