Tag: Gun Control

Gun Research Is Suddenly Hot

In 1996, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stopped funding research into the causes of gun violence. And for decades the field suffered from neglect: low funding and a corresponding limited interest in academia. Then came a series of high-profile mass shootings. And donations from billionaires. A result has been a recent surge in […]

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Retro Report: 20 Years After Columbine, What Have We Learned?

Columbine wasn’t the first. There had been other mass shootings at American schools. One in 1997 killed three students and wounded five others at a high school in West Paducah, Ky. A 1998 massacre at a middle school in Jonesboro, Ark., left five dead and 10 wounded. But no earlier burst of gun insanity shattered […]

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Murders by Intimate Partners Are on the Rise, Study Finds

Homicides by intimate partners are increasing, driven primarily by gun violence after almost four decades of decline, according to a recent study looking at gender and homicide. The number of victims rose to 2,237 in 2017, a 19 percent increase from the 1,875 killed in 2014, said James Alan Fox, a criminologist and professor of […]

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New Zealand Passes Law Banning Most Semiautomatic Weapons, Weeks After Massacre

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Less than a month after 50 Muslim worshipers in the city of Christchurch were fatally shot in terrorist attacks on two mosques, New Zealand passed a law banning most semiautomatic weapons on Wednesday — a measure supported by all but one of Parliament’s 120 lawmakers. The passage of the bill means […]

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Sandy Hook Families Want to Hobble the Gun Industry With Tactics From Tobacco Litigation

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Documents proved there were cover-ups: The industry knew about the dangers, but hid facts from consumers, and millions of pages described false advertising and suppressed scientific research. The details, once surfaced, not only revealed wrongdoing but changed public perception. […]

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Philippines Dispatch: A Family Craft With a Deadly Toll: Illegal Gun Making

DANAO, Philippines — In the remote, mist-covered slopes outside the city of Danao in the central Philippines sits the illegal, makeshift workshop of a master gun maker. Accessible only by foot on a steep, winding pathway camouflaged by thick vegetation, the ramshackle shop owned by I. Launa has a tattered tarpaulin roof, a work table […]

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The House Opposes the NRA to Renew the Violence Against Women Act—with Powerful Provisions to Protect All Women

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (C front row) poses for photographs with all of her fellow House Democratic women in front of the U.S. Capitol January 04, 2019 in Washington, DC. The 116th Congress has the biggest number of female members ever while the number of Democratic women in the House has grown from 16 to […]

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Christchurch Messages on Facebook Lead to Charge of Lying to F.B.I.

A New York man who discussed an American re-enactment of the New Zealand mosque massacre with white supremacist friends on Facebook was charged Thursday with lying to F.B.I. agents, law enforcement officials said. According to the criminal complaint, Thomas Alonzo Bolin, 22, was charged on Wednesday with lying to federal agents in an interview last […]

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House Expands Domestic Violence Gun Controls in Rebuke to N.R.A.

WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday rebuffed a furious lobbying campaign by the National Rifle Association and approved a revamped Violence Against Women Act that would expand law enforcement’s ability to restrict gun purchases by convicted domestic abusers. The legislation passed easily, 263-158, but the divided vote came on what was once a broadly bipartisan […]

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Gun Control Group’s Report Card on U.S. Banks’ Firearms Ties Has Several Fs

Gun control activists have spent years trying to limit the number of assault-style firearms available to civilians: holding rallies, drafting proposed laws and backing campaigns by shareholders of publicly traded gun makers. Now, one advocacy group is focusing on a different pressure point: the consumer banks that provide loans and other financial support to the […]

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Why the NRA Is Against the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization in Congress

Thousands of people, many of them students, march against gun violence in Manhattan during the March for Our Lives rally on March 24, 2018 in New York City.Photo: Spencer Platt (Getty Images) “The No. 1 way that women are being killed with guns is by their beloveds, their boyfriends, their significant others,” freshman Rep. Lucy […]

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The N.R.A.’s Strength Is Being Tested by a New Domestic Violence Act Provision

WASHINGTON — The National Rifle Association, the nation’s largest gun lobby, has settled on its next target on Capitol Hill: blocking Congress from reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, a 1994 law that assists victims of domestic and sexual violence. The House is set to vote on the legislation this week; the law expired in […]

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Supreme Court Refuses to Block Ban on Bump Stocks

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to block a Trump administration initiative banning bump stocks, the attachments that enable semiautomatic rifles to fire in sustained, rapid bursts. The court’s action, in a one-sentence order, means that the regulation will remain in force while challenges to it move forward in the courts. The regulation, […]

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6 Days Later, New Zealand Plans New Gun Laws. Here’s How Other Countries Reacted to Shootings.

It took New Zealand just six days to announce an immediate plan to change to the nation’s gun policy after a gunman killed 50 people at two mosques in Christchurch last week. On Thursday, a day after the first victims were laid to rest, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a national ban on all military-style […]

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Same Name, Different Missions: The N.R.A. in the U.S. and New Zealand

They share a name, and both espouse a love of guns, but beyond that, the National Rifle Association in New Zealand has little in common with America’s most powerful gun advocacy group. The New Zealand organization, which has no formal connection to the N.R.A. in the United States, is the country’s governing body for the […]

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New Zealand to Ban Military-Style Semiautomatic Guns, Jacinda Ardern Says

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand on Thursday announced a national ban on all military-style semiautomatic weapons, all high-capacity ammunition magazines and all parts that allow weapons to be modified into the kinds of guns used to kill 50 people at two mosques in Christchurch last week. “What we’re banning […]

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New Zealand to Ban Military-Style Weapons

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Thursday announced a national ban on all military-style semiautomatic weapons, all high-capacity ammunition magazines and all parts that allow weapons to be modified into the kinds of guns used to kill 50 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, last week. “What we’re banning today are the things used […]

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New Zealand’s Dealing With Its Gun Problem. When Will We?

When a terrorist massacred 50 people at two New Zealand mosques last week, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern immediately grasped the nettle. “I can tell you one thing right now,” she told a news conference. “Our gun laws will change.” That’s what effective leadership looks like. New Zealand’s cabinet has now agreed in principle to overhaul […]

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The Conversation: The Kids Aren’t All Right

Gail Collins: Bret, as always we’ve got a lot to talk about. The mass shooting in New Zealand, of course. But perhaps we can get started with something less painful. Everybody’s been talking about that college admissions scandal. What’s your take? Bret Stephens: We definitely should get to talking about the terrorism in Christchurch, not […]

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