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NRA clout still formidable

The National Rifle Association is keeping silent in response to calls for gun control measures in the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Yet the massive trail of political money spent by the group shows the potent force any proposals for new restrictions will likely face when the anger and dismay over the shootings recede.... Read more»

Comfort dogs deployed to Newtown

A team of golden retrievers have arrived in Newtown, Connecticut, to help those grieving after a shooting rampage on Friday killed 27 people, most of them young children.... Read more»

7 striking ways states have loosened gun laws

More than half of the 11 deadliest shootings in U.S. history took place in the last five years. During the same period, many states have relaxed their gun laws, making it easier for individuals to obtain guns, extending the places where concealed guns are permitted, or giving gun owners more robust protections.... Read more»1

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster:2012 Southwest Books of the Year

t's the Monday Political Face-Off with commentators Bruce Ash and Paul Eckerstrom. Also, Bruce Dinges of the Arizona Historical Society and writer Bill Broyles of the University of Arizona's Southwest Center discuss the 2012 Southwest Books of the Year.... Read more»


A murderous America

We are a remarkable country. We have done exemplary things — cured polio, ended smallpox, put people on the moon and invented the Twinkie. We set trends: in fashion, music, digital stuff galore, sports and movies. But we have an evil side. We tolerate mass-murder-suicide. We lead the planet in mayhem and madness.... Read more»

ID released on carjacking suspect killed by cops

Tucson police Monday released the name of the carjacking suspect shot and killed in a confrontation that also killed a police dog last Wednesday. Fernando Velarde-Loureiro was shot multiple times by officers after he brandished a handgun after a carjacking and high-speed chase.... Read more»1

Gun sales surge in America

Americans tried to buy 2 million guns in November this year, according to statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.... Read more»

Newtown shootings

Grijalva: 'Grief cannot be the end of our response'

When a man kills twenty children and seven others for no reason other than his own demons, the immediate human response is the same anywhere: deep pain, grief, anger and frustration. In the United States, unfortunately, such a tragedy carries an added weight because it is not unique.... Read more»2

Sandy Hook

Adam Lanza taught to shoot by mother

Nancy Lanza, the mother of the Sandy Hook shooter, took her mentally ill son to gun ranges to learn to shoot. ... Read more»


Newtown shootings: America’s moment of truth

As parents and loved ones struggle to come to terms with unimaginable grief, a nation, with its president in the forefront, is trying to understand what in its makeup leads so regularly to scenes of mayhem and death. The answers will not be easy to uncover, but at last, it seems, Americans have the will to begin.... Read more»

Gun laws & firearm controls in Connecticut

As investigations continue into the mass shooting at a Connecticut school, the issue of gun control has once again been reignited.... Read more»


Domestic violence is down, but why?

The issue of domestic violence seldom features good news, but a new national report provides a happy exception. A study finds that the national rate of reported domestic violence dropped by 64 percent from 1994 to 2010.... Read more»

Flawed background checks don't contain firearm sales

Guns galore, inadequate checks: The background check system is supposed to keep firearms away from potentially dangerous people, but the system is plagued by data problems, loopholes and disputes over just who should be barred. "There is a problem with a system like that. It is harder for a high school kid to get a job at McDonald’s." (with video)... Read more»

From the editor

Yet another massacre: Prayers no longer enough

Twenty small children in Newtown should be more than just a number. A dozen people in Aurora should have been more than just a number. Six in Tucson should have been more than just a number. They should do more than just give us pause for a moment of silence. Silence is no longer enough. We must do something.... Read more»7

Mt. Lemmon Highway closed, other roads flooded

Due to heavy mountain snow, the Mt. Lemmon Highway is closed at its base to all but residents with four-wheel-drive vehicles with tire chains. Two other county roads are closed, and caution is advised at nearly two dozen others. Here's the list:... Read more»

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