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Background checks fail on dangerous mentally ill

While the National Instant Criminal Background Check System remains the only square inch of compromise between the nation’s divided gun camps, the costly federal program is failing to keep guns away from the dangerously mentally ill.... Read more»

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The best reporting on children with PTSD

What happens to children and teenagers exposed to violence in their own neighborhoods.... Read more»

Giffords urges women to lead fight vs. gun violence

Former U. S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords urged women to take up the fight against gun violence Wednesday at a Washington event hosted by her organization Americans for Responsible Solutions. “Dangerous people with guns are a threat to women,” Giffords said carefully. “That makes gun violence a women’s issue. For mothers, for families, for me and you.”... Read more»1

Christina-Taylor Green's mom urges Congress to action on gun violence

Roxanna Green, mother of 9-year-old Jan. 8 shooting victim Christina-Taylor, joined relatives of other victims and survivors of gun violence Tuesday to urge Congress to take action to end gun violence.... Read more»

Myth vs. fact: Violence and mental illness

A Q&A with an expert who studies the relationship between mental illness and violence.... Read more»

Shooting spree renews mental health, firearms debates

Friday’s shootings spur California lawmakers to look at enabling a subject’s family or friends to petition a judge to grant orders prohibiting someone from keeping or purchasing a gun. They also focus attention on competing plans in Congress to help people plagued by mental illness.... Read more»

Dems push to restart CDC funding for gun violence research

New legislation would increase CDC funding for gun violence research from zero dollars to $10 million. The NRA calls the push “unethical” and an “abuse of taxpayer funds.”... Read more»

Podcast: Gun violence in America

ProPublica reporter Lois Beckett examines how gun violence research has become the “political third rail” - leaving us in the dark on some of the most basic facts about gun injuries in America.... Read more»

Fort Hood shooting sparks debate on concealed guns

Two separate rampage shootings within five years at Killeen’s Fort Hood Army base have sparked renewed discussion over whether those on military bases in Texas should be able to carry concealed handguns.
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White House honors Pam Simon for work against gun violence

For Pam Simon, gun violence was something that happened to other people – until she was one of 13 wounded in a January 2011 attack on former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords that killed six. Simon was honored by the White House for her work since then on gun control.... Read more»

Australia, Scotland and Finland changed gun laws after mass shootings

Australia, Scotland and Finland tightened their gun laws following mass shooting tragedies. GlobalPost takes a closer look.... Read more»

Gunman kills three at Fort Hood

A gunman killed three fellow soldiers and then himself Wednesday afternoon at Fort Hood, an incident that invariably brought back memories of the mass shooting on the military base in November 2009 that claimed 13 lives.... Read more»

TSA: Don't bring guns to Sky Harbor

Sixty-six firearms were confiscated at Sky Harbor in 2013, trailing only three other U.S. airports, according to the TSA. In just the past week, security checkpoints there have taken away a stun gun, brass knuckles, toys and lighters shaped like hand grenades, a circular saw, a golf club, souvenir bats, a bowling pin and a slingshot.... Read more»

NRA spends record money on lobbying this year

Pro-gun organization increases influence spending as congressional debate rages.... Read more»

White House drug policy chief calls immigration reform a priority

Gil Kerlikowske, head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, also said border security has received a boost from more personnel, better technology and increased communication among local, state and federal agencies – and their counterparts in Mexico.... Read more»

Tucson lawyer tells senators assault-weapons ban is misguided

Tucson lawyer David Hardy told a Senate committee that limiting semiautomatic weapons would be a misguided response to mass shootings that have sparked renewed calls for gun control. Others at the often-contentious hearing said something must be done.... Read more»

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