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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»

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Why hospitals are failing civilians who get PTSD

More than 20 percent of civilians with traumatic injuries may develop PTSD. Trauma surgeons explain why many hospitals aren’t doing anything about it.... 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»

Lawmaker: Allow trained school staff to store guns on campus

A state lawmaker says giving trained schoolteachers and staff access to firearms in storage lockers is a way to secure campuses when it isn’t possible to provide resource officers. His bill to allow that has won committee approval and is awaiting action by the full House.... Read more»2

‘Nonpartisan’ gun rights group boosted by Dem-aligned America Votes

Amid Capitol Hill’s gun control debates last year, the Denver-based Bull Moose Sportsmen ranked among the few advocacy groups to chart a centrist course when working with lawmakers and the White House to craft firearm laws. Its funding, however, is anything but middle of the road.... Read more»

PTSD crisis ignored: America's neighborhood wounded

Chicago’s Cook County Hospital has one of the busiest trauma centers in the nation, treating about 2,000 patients a year for gunshots, stabbings and other violent injuries. So when researchers started screening patients there for PTSD in 2011, they assumed they would find cases. They just didn’t know how many: Fully 43 percent of the patients they examined – and more than half of gunshot-wound victims – had signs of PTSD.... Read more»

Steele: Gun-storage bill would stem injuries to children

A measure proposed by state Rep. Victoria Steele would make it a crime to store a loaded firearm if a minor could gain access to it, and would make it a felony if an improperly stored gun handled by a minor killed or wounded anyone.... Read more»

Commentary

In gun control debate, sacred human values often forgotten

As we begin 2014, we still haven’t engaged in a conversation about gun control that brings both sides together. Polls indicate a country more or less divided over how to prevent another school shooting. And while legislation has been proposed to reign in the gun lobby, sales of guns have soared. This debate is not a new one in the United States, and while it intensifies with each tragic mass shooting, the conversation rarely advances.... Read more»1

Giffords: Rehab's lesson of patience key to gun control

In an opinion piece published in the New York Times, Gabrielle Giffords said she’s patiently working for gun control, drawing parallels with her rehabilitation after the Jan. 8, 2011 assassination attempt that killed six and left a dozen others wounded, including the former congresswoman.... Read more»3

Brief: White House seeks tighter background checks to keep guns from mentally ill

The Obama administration is proposing regulatory changes to clarify who is prohibited from owning a gun for mental health reasons and to tighten background checks. In the meantime, lawmakers consider increasing mental health funding after the Sandy Hook massacre.... Read more»

Police firearm deaths at lowest level since 1887

Thirty-three U.S. law enforcement officers were killed by firearms in 2013, according to a report released Monday by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. That’s the lowest number of police deaths by firearm since 1887. Fifty-eight percent of the 33 officers killed by a firearm were shot with a handgun... Read more»1

A year after Newtown, searching for answers in the nation’s schools

Guns or funds? Districts debate what it will take to make kids safer, and schools and state governments have feverishly searched for ways to protect their students. State legislators introduced hundreds of pieces of legislation on school safety. Many called for arming more security guards or, like a law passed in Texas, for arming teachers.... Read more»

Commentary

Faith in values: Repairing Christianity’s damaged brand

One of the saddest and most damaging consequences of the Religious Right’s grip on partisan power over the past three decades has been the tarnishing of Christianity. Change happens when there is a shift in the wind—when collective urges and values find public expression and action. Pope Francis is one of the expressions of this change. In office less than a year, he has urged the church to be more compassionate and welcoming.... Read more»

Cop booted for sexual assault allegations charged with fraud

A former Tucson Police Department officer, booted from the force and facing sexual assault charges, was arrested Tuesday night on fraud charges while detectives investigated him for suspected weapons violations. Benjamin Gaballa, 24, was kicked out of the department in late August, and arrested a month later following an investigation into allegations that he sexually assaulted a 28-year-old woman as he took her to the Pima County Jail.... Read more»

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