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Sandy Hook dad dead in suicide was Sabino, UA grad

Jeremy Richman, the father of a Newtown school massacre victim, was found dead of a suicide Monday morning. Richman, 49, grew up in Tucson, graduating from Sabino High School and the University of Ariznoa.... Read more»

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Giffords, Kelly take 'Vocal Majority' gun-control tour to Washington

Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Capt. Mark Kelly, joined other gun-control activists in Washington on Thursday to demand reform from Congress and encourage voters to elect lawmakers, beginning with the White House, who will enact what they call sensible gun safety laws.... Read more»

Giffords to sit with Newtown congresswoman at Obama's address

Gabrielle Giffords will sit with U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty on Tuesday night during President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address. Esty represents a Connecticut district that includes Newtown, site of the 2012 the Sandy Hook shooting that killed 28 people, including 20 children. ... Read more»

Obama tears up during speech on gun violence

Announcing measures to tighten background checks to reduce gun violence Tuesday, President Obama frequently strayed from his prepared remarks as he spoke to a crowd that included Gabrielle Giffords and her ex-intern Daniel Hernandez. "The gun lobby may be holding Congress hostage but they do not have to hold America hostage," he said.... Read more»

From the archive: Tucson's message to Newtown

In the wake of the Dec. 14, 2012, school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, thousands of Tucsonans wrote personal notes of support and caring on a 75-foot banner that was sent to Connecticut and hung over a Newtown roadway.... Read more»

Analysis

Why counting mass shootings is a bad way to understand gun violence in America

According to articles this week across the Internet, there has been an average of one mass shooting every day in the U.S.: 355 so far this year. It’s a jarring statistic, and one that has gone viral. But there are two problems with the number: It doesn’t actually provide a clear estimate of the frequency of shooting rampages. And it obscures the broader reality of gun violence in America. ... Read more»

Rogue Columnist

Closed minds: Nothing to see here

The media have tried very hard to make the attack on Planned Parenthood in Colorado into a crime committed by a lone wolf..."kept to himself"..."motive was unclear"...move along, nothing to see here. It reminds me of the successful effort to make the Tucson attack on Gabby Giffords, which killed six people, into the mindless work of a madman. Move along, nothing to see here.... Read more»

Advocates duel over who’s winning gun control battle in the states

Which side has the momentum in the struggle around the nation pitting advocates of tighter gun controls against supporters of expanded gun rights? That remains a tough call.... Read more»

Gun Wars

Women an emerging force in defending firearms

More women than ever before own guns. From this surge in popularity comes classes, specialized apparel, custom firearms, shooting-group memberships and conferences for women. Women have also become the sellers, the lobbyists and the business owners.... Read more»

Fact-checking Feinstein on the assault weapons ban

Senator Dianne Feinstein said “the evidence is clear: the ban worked.” Except there’s no evidence it saved lives – and the researcher behind the key statistic Feinstein cites says it’s an outdated figure that was based on a false assumption. ... Read more»

PCC, ASU, other campuses stock up on military rifles under federal program

While campus police say the military rifles enhance public safety and protect officers, a representative of the ACLU of Arizona says the weapons speak to an alarming militarization of police. ... Read more»

Gun Wars

Armed teachers aim to defend K-12 schools

In 28 states, adults who legally own guns will be allowed to carry them in public schools this fall, from kindergarten classrooms to high school hallways. But a News21 investigation in those states found that teachers or staff who choose to carry a firearm into their classrooms are not required to tell principals, other teachers or parents.... Read more»1

Gun Wars

Across the nation, guns can be carried into more public places

More Americans can carry guns in more places than ever before. In the majority of states, law-abiding gun owners can walk into bars, restaurants and churches with their guns without fear of legal ramifications, a News 21 review of all 50 states found. ... Read more»1

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»

Gun Wars

In Az and Conn., disparate responses to mass shootings

The similarities in the attacks were striking: Both were carried out by heavily armed young men with histories of mental illness. But in the aftermath of the tragedies, the states took radically different approaches on gun violence.... Read more»

Gun rights activists' latest strategy: Armed demonstrations

When advocates for tighter restrictions on guns rallied last week in Austin City Hall, a small group of opponents staged a counter-rally outside, carrying firearms and waving a flag emblazoned with an assault rifle and the caption “Come and Take It.”... Read more»2

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