Tag: Firearms

Why Some Black Americans Are Arming Themselves

Video by Sanya Dosani and Chai Dingari Video transcript Back transcript I’m a Black American. I Need a Gun to Feel Safe in This Country. Some Black Americans never considered buying a gun. Until now. I grew up really anti-gun. I grew up in a pretty liberal California family. I wasn’t into firearms. I was […]

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Boogaloo Extremists Took the Hawaiian Shirt. What Now?

It’s one of the most discussed street styles of the spring: tactical body armor, customized assault rifles, maybe a sidearm and helmet, paired with the languid floral patterns of a Hawaiian shirt. While it’s not uncommon to see heavily armed white men toting military-grade gear on American streets, the addition of the Hawaiian shirt is […]

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Coronavirus Could Make America’s Gun Problem Even Deadlier

Millions of Americans have experienced the coronavirus pandemic directly, as they or their loved ones suffered through infection. But for most of us, the experience is defined by weeks and months on end stuck at home. The shut-ins are testing the safety of our home environments. Stress and isolation combined with another feature of American […]

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First-Time Gun Owners at Risk for Suicide, Major Study Confirms

The decision to buy a handgun for the first time is typically motivated by self-protection. But it also raises the purchasers’ risk of deliberately shooting themselves by ninefold on average, with the danger most acute in the weeks after purchase, scientists reported on Wednesday. The risk remains elevated for years, they said. The findings are […]

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Father of School Shooting Victim Takes On Smith & Wesson

The father of a mass shooting victim and two gun safety groups petitioned the federal government on Sunday to stop the firearms manufacturer Smith & Wesson from using what they described as “deceptive and unfair” marketing to promote assault-style rifles. The father, Fred Guttenberg, whose 14-year-old daughter, Jaime, died in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High […]

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Did the Coronavirus Kill Ideology in Australia?

HOBART, Australia — Until four months ago few leaders seemed more influenced — even inspired — by President Trump’s worldview than Australia’s prime minister, Scott Morrison. Mr. Morrison’s government was climate-denying, globalism-bashing and displayed an increasingly authoritarian bent. His rhetoric, even if it lacked the sriracha of Trumpetry, riffed on Trumpian themes. And given a […]

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Cody Latimer of the Redskins Faces Assault and Weapons Charges

Cody Latimer, the Washington Redskins wide receiver formerly of the New York Giants, was arrested early on Saturday in Colorado on assault and weapons charges, local officials said. Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call around 12:11 a.m. of arguing and gunfire inside a unit at the Zenith Meridian Apartments, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said […]

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The Masked Versus the Unmasked

Back in the other world, before all was stilled, a neighbor in Colorado would tell me it was time for liberals to “gun up.” The other side was armed, he argued, and would stop at nothing. What would we tell our grandchildren when Ivanka Trump took office as the 46th president of the United States […]

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Coronavirus Lockdowns: Businesses Turn to Armed Defiance

SHEPHERD, Texas — When Jamie Williams decided to reopen her East Texas tattoo studio last week in defiance of the state’s coronavirus restrictions, she asked Philip Archibald for help. He showed up with his dog Zeus, his friends and his AR-15 semiautomatic rifle. Mr. Archibald established an armed perimeter in the parking lot outside Crash-N-Burn […]

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Businesses Chafing Under Covid-19 Lockdowns Turn to Armed Defiance

SHEPHERD, Texas — When Jamie Williams decided to reopen her East Texas tattoo studio last week in defiance of the state’s coronavirus restrictions, she asked Philip Archibald for help. He showed up with his dog Zeus, his friends and his AR-15 semiautomatic rifle. Mr. Archibald established an armed perimeter in the parking lot outside Crash-N-Burn […]

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Will We Shrug Off Coronavirus Deaths as We Do Gun Violence?

The coronavirus scenario I can’t stop thinking about is the one where we simply get used to all the dying. I first saw it on Twitter. “Someone poke holes in this scenario,” a tweet from Eric Nelson, the editorial director of Broadside Books, read. “We keep losing 1,000 to 2,000 a day to coronavirus. People […]

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Canada Bans Assault Weapons in Wake of Deadly Mass Shooting

OTTAWA — Nearly two weeks after the deadliest mass shooting in Canada’s history, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday introduced an immediate ban on “military style assault weapons.” “These weapons were designed for one purpose and one purpose only: to kill the largest number of people in the shortest amount of time,” Mr. Trudeau said. […]

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Nova Scotia Gunman Was Not a Legal Firearms Owner, RCMP Says

This article originally appeared on VICE Canada. The man who committed the worst ever mass killing in modern Canadian history did not have a firearms license. Nova Scotia RCMP Chief Superintendent Chris Leather said during a press conference Wednesday afternoon just how the killer obtained firearms is “a key part of the investigation.” “We have […]

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Virginia’s New Laws on L.G.B.T. Protections, Guns and Marijuana Reflect a Shift in Power

The leftward transformation of Virginia since President Trump was elected crescendoed over the weekend, with the governor signing into law protections for L.G.B.T. residents, gun background checks, no jail time for simple marijuana possession and early voting. The flurry of new measures enacted by Gov. Ralph S. Northam, a Democrat, came five months after members […]

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The N.R.A. Sees a Threat, and an Opportunity, in Covid-19

Faced with budget pressures and an invigorated gun control movement, the National Rifle Association has found a new cause amid the pandemic — fighting to keep gun stores open as its fund-raising appeals depict the government’s coronavirus response as a threat to Second Amendment rights. On Thursday, the group sued the State of New York […]

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Gun Ownership Soars in Brazil Under Bolsonaro

BRASÍLIA — President Jair Bolsonaro has galvanized gun culture in Brazil. His trademark campaign sign was a hand folded into the shape of a gun. One of his first moves in office was to ease gun ownership rules. His three oldest sons, politicians themselves, have been fierce proponents of expanding gun ownership through policy proposals […]

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Are Gun Stores ‘Essential’ in the Virus Era? Americans Stock Up as States Differ

Groceries. Gasoline. Medical care. Marijuana, in some places. All have been designated essential to society in more than a dozen states that have ordered many other businesses to close. But what about guns? Firearm and ammunition sales have soared in recent weeks, so clearly, some Americans want them. A gun industry association is lobbying federal […]

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Are Guns ‘Essential’ in the Virus Era? Americans Stock Up as States Differ

Groceries. Gasoline. Medical care. Marijuana, in some places. All have been designated essential to society in more than a dozen states that have ordered many other businesses to close. But what about guns? Firearm and ammunition sales have soared in recent weeks, so clearly, some Americans want them. A gun industry association is lobbying federal […]

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Quinnen Williams of the Jets Is Arrested on Weapons Charge at La Guardia

Quinnen Williams, a defensive lineman for the Jets who was the third player chosen in last year’s N.F.L. draft, was arrested on a weapons possession charge Thursday night while trying to board a flight at La Guardia Airport, the authorities said. He was taken into custody around 9:15 p.m. after he was found to have […]

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Loaded Gun Found Smuggled Into Jail Where Jeffrey Epstein Killed Himself

Federal investigators on Thursday found a loaded gun that had been smuggled into the Manhattan jail where the financier Jeffrey Epstein hanged himself last summer while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges, officials said. The discovery of the gun at the jail, the Metropolitan Correctional Center, came amid a weeklong lockdown that began with a tip […]

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Brazen Shooting From a Window Terrifies Manhattan Neighborhood

Juan Manuel Gonzalez was looking for parking on a sunny, quiet street in Upper Manhattan when the sound of three gunshots startled him. Mr. Gonzalez abandoned his car at the corner of West 163rd Street and Edgecombe Avenue in the Washington Heights neighborhood and found himself caught up in chaos. He saw a man on […]

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Gunmakers Battle ‘Trump Slump’ With a Softer Sales Pitch

LAS VEGAS — It was like any other convention in this city of neon and slot machines, except for all the guns. At the Shot Show, an annual gathering of the firearms industry in Las Vegas, flash drives shaped like military rifles were handed out. Influencers with large followings on Instagram and TikTok posed for […]

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When Did Bloomberg Turn Against Stop-and-Frisk? When He Ran for President.

Days before he announced his presidential campaign in November, Michael R. Bloomberg, the mayor of New York City from 2002 through 2013, renounced one of his signature policies: stop-and-frisk, in which police officers stopped and searched millions of New Yorkers, the vast majority of whom were black or Hispanic and had not committed a crime. […]

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An Afghan Killed 2 Americans. The U.S. Government Issued the Gun.

On Feb. 8 an Afghan soldier turned his American-supplied M249 light machine gun on a group of American and Afghan commandos who were huddled and patiently waiting for an airlift from a small base in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province. The burst of fire killed Staff Sgt. Javier J. Gutierrez and Staff Sgt. Antonio R. Rodriguez […]

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Virginia Legislature Turns Down Ban on Military-Style Weapons

A bill that would have banned military-style rifles in Virginia was defeated in the State Senate on Monday, a sign of the limited power of the state’s new Democratic majority in enacting the most restrictive elements of its gun-control agenda and a blow to Gov. Ralph Northam’s efforts to restrict gun possession. The prohibition on […]

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‘Do Not Make Any Loud Noises’: A Thai Soldier’s 18-Hour Shooting Rampage

KORAT, Thailand — The authorities killed the gunman near the cold storage refrigerators of the Foodland supermarket in the mall he terrorized during Thailand’s deadliest mass shooting. It was just before 9 local time on Sunday morning — 18 hours after he fired the first shots in a relentless spree that left at least 29 […]

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Former Coast Guard Lieutenant Is Sentenced to 13 Years in Prison on Gun and Drug Charges

A former Coast Guard lieutenant who described himself as a white nationalist was sentenced Friday to more than 13 years in prison after pleading guilty last year to federal gun and drug charges. The former lieutenant, Christopher Paul Hasson, had plotted to kill journalists, Democratic politicians, professors, Supreme Court justices and those he described as […]

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Gun Limits Are Coming to Virginia, Where the Old Politics No Longer Apply

MIDLOTHIAN, Va. — Lisette Johnson had been a lifelong Republican. She became an activist on gun safety after she was shot by her estranged husband more than a decade ago, and she asked her Republican state senator for his backing on gun control bills. “I thought everyone would be on board with this, like, what […]

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In 7 Days and 3 Protests, the Nation’s Divisions on Glaring Display

WASHINGTON — They came blowing whistles. They came carrying signs. They came dressed as handmaids. They came holding military-style rifles. They were Americans protesting over the past week, and the events that attracted them — the Women’s March on Saturday, a pro-gun rally in Virginia on Monday and Friday’s anti-abortion march in Washington — provided […]

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