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A lawsuit by families of victims of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School has the potential to significantly change what the world knows about how the gun industry thinks and operates. After years of delays, the lawsuit is moving forward, which may force the gun industry to make public what it considers private.

On a Friday morning in December, Jenny Lingle’s house in Boise, Idaho, is buzzing with the sounds of young children. Her daughters, Ruby, 4, and Lucy, 7, and their friend, Hannah, sit at the kitchen table, chatting between bites of breakfast.

Most days, Lingle works as a nurse at a local hospital. But on days like today, she’s half of an elementary school carpool, getting her daughters and their friend ready for school.

Firearms manufacturers had a good year in 2018, according to a new report from the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF.) The industry’s main trade group says that’s in part because gun owners are concerned about increased gun regulation.

American producers pumped out nearly 7,660,772 firearms and roughly 8.1 billion rounds rounds of ammunition in 2018, according to data compiled by NSSF from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

How To Store That Nightstand Firearm Safely

Dec 24, 2019

A new survey of firearm storage practices in Washington state found 40% of respondents kept at least one firearm either unlocked or loaded in their home.

That is pretty close to what other studies have found.

Senior Evan Prestera celebrates after the win.
Ryan Lindsay / Connecticut Public Radio

Saturday marked seven years since the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting that left 20 students and six educators dead. And, as a town came together to remember and to pray in the morning, it also came together to celebrate an unlikely football victory by night’s end. 

A few weeks back, I found myself being pelted with snow, on an unnamed ridge, high above the aptly named Roaring River in central Idaho.

My eyes peeled for elk, I was trudging behind a friend with a rifle in one hand, trying not to trip on the trail-less mountainside.

How did I get here?

Overall crime in the United States has been declining since the early 1990s. But the same cannot be said for gun violence, which has seen a slight uptick in recent years.

Depending upon whom you ask, there have been somewhere between eight and 350 mass shootings in America so far in 2019. That’s a pretty big range. So why don’t we know the exact number?

Ryan Lindsay / Connecticut Public Radio

States that allow residents to carry a concealed firearm generally see more workplace homicides committed with guns, according to a new study from Eastern Connecticut State University.

Researchers analyzed 25 states that adopted the legislation between 1992 and 2017, and those states saw an average increase of 24% in the rates of workplace homicides committed with a firearm after the laws took effect. 

From Toxic To Staple: Gun Control Is Now Front And Center On The Campaign Trail

Oct 23, 2019
Gun control advocate and school shooting survivor David Hogg speaks at a presidential candidate gun forum on Oct. 2, 2019, with former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, far left, looking on.
Heath Druzin / Boise State Public Radio

The politics of guns on the national stage are changing. Fast. And when Democratic presidential hopefuls got together in Las Vegas earlier this month to discuss gun policy the shift was crystal clear.

Instead of running away from the issues, as the Democratic Party has for years, many of the candidates tried to one up each other on their gun control cred.

Shattered: Finding Life In A Wheelchair After Being Shot

Oct 20, 2019
Kwame Dew, a single father of three, sits in his electric wheelchair during a meeting of the Urban Re-Entry Group.
Tyrone Turner / WAMU

Once a week, in the basement auditorium of the MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, D.C., a group of men gather to discuss the various struggles and triumphs of life in a wheelchair.

Shattered: Intimate Partner Gun Violence

Oct 14, 2019
In March 2014, Timira Hopkins was shot by her then-boyfriend.
Photo illustration: Tyrone Turner / WAMU

Timira Hopkins knew her boyfriend was angry that she had stayed late at her grandmother’s house one day in March 2014, instead of being at home waiting when he got off work.

She had seen him upset before — often, even. His rage would routinely erupt into acts of violence, leaving her with black and blue bruises across her face. He sometimes threatened worse.

The AR-15 has taken center stage in the American gun debate. But at its heart, the AR-15 is a rifle that has been modified to look and feel a certain way.

The emphasis on its appearance, however, has shaped how the country regulates firearms, to the frustration of many gun owners and gun control advocates alike.

The AR-15 is a semiautomatic rifle that usually shoots 5.56mm rounds. It has a detachable magazine so users can put in 5-, 10-, 30-, or even 60- and 100-round magazines.

After a mass shooting, people and resources pour into the community to help victims and survivors cope. As these incidents continue to unfold, the grim infrastructure that springs up around them is growing larger and more sophisticated.

A recent survey from APM Research Lab, Call To Mind and Guns & America found that most Americans — including those who own guns and those who don’t — support laws requiring gun owners to store their firearms with a lock in place.

But not everyone sees storage the same way.

A Republican senator from Georgia has introduced a bill to study what he calls “mass violence.” It would give a $300 million infusion to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Sen. Johnny Isakson’s plan is to spend $75 million annually, for four years, to study the causes of what he calls “mass violence” and how to prevent it.

Of the estimated 300 people in the United States who are shot on an average day, about 200 survive. But many of them do so with devastating physical and emotional scars that last a lifetime.

Their ailments range from paralysis and possible lead poisoning, to crippling anxiety attacks and depression.

Eleven survivors of gun violence tell their stories in their own words in Shattered: Life After Being Shot.

Every individual’s story is paired with a portrait, — a composite — using a “stitching” technique that combines multiple pictures.

Ned Gerard / Hearst Connecticut Media

A Norwalk man arrested in August, accused of illegal possession of high capacity magazines will return to court in October following a hearing Friday.

Ryan Lindsay / Connecticut Public Radio

Gun manufacturer Colt says it plans to end production of AR-15-style rifles for the civilian market. The company plans to limit its production to police and military contracts. 

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Infowars founder Alex Jones has lost another legal battle against families who lost loved ones in the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting. 

 

El Paso, Dayton, Odessa. Understanding Mass Shooting Trends In America

Sep 3, 2019

At a press conference Sunday in Odessa, Texas, FBI special agent Christopher Combs said that the nation is now averaging an active shooter incident “every other week,” a broad term used by the FBI to describe someone “attempting to kill people in a populated area.

8 New Gun Laws Take Effect In Texas Sept. 1

Sep 1, 2019
Sue Ogrocki / Associated Press

At least seven people were killed and another 20 were injured in a mass shooting that stretched in and around Midland and Odessa, Texas, Saturday. The incident was the second mass shooting in that state in less than a month, following a shooting in El Paso, on Aug. 3.

After Tragedy In El Paso, A Special Visa Could Provide Some Survivors A Glimmer Of Hope

Aug 30, 2019
The makeshift memorial for the victims of the Aug. 3, 2019, shooting outside the Walmart in El Paso, Texas.
Stella M Chávez / KERA News

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On Aug. 3, 2019, a shooter at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, took the lives of 22, injured over two dozen and changed a whole community. The shooting was the worst targeting Latinx in modern U.S. history.

But as some survivors begin to process the horror, there might be a glimmer of hope: Those without a green card may now be eligible for a special visa, designed to protect crime victims.

Tras la tragedia de El Paso, una visa podría traer esperanza a los sobrevivientes

Aug 30, 2019
Un memorial improvisado para las víctimas del tiroteo del 3 de agosto de 2019 afuera de Walmart en El Paso, Texas
Stella M Chávez / KERA News

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El 3 de agosto de 2019, un tirador mató a 22 personas e hirió a más de una veintena en un Walmart en El Paso, Texas. Ese día, esa comunidad cambió para siempre. El tiroteo en El Paso fue el mayor ataque contra la comunidad latina en la historia reciente de EE.UU.

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On an unseasonably warm July day, Lionel Irving gets up from the sofa on his front porch to hug his 16-year-old niece Jaliyah who is just getting home from a summer program called Self Enhancement, Inc.

Strong majorities of Americans from across the political spectrum support laws that allow family members or law enforcement to petition a judge to temporarily remove guns from a person who is seen to be a risk to themselves or others, according to a new APM Research Lab/Guns & America/Call To Mind survey.

Losing a loved one to gun violence is a life-changing event, one that happens in the U.S. nearly 40,000 times a year. Some surviving family and friends go to support groups or grieve behind closed doors. But one group of mothers in New Haven, Connecticut, is working to take their healing to a new location: a botanical garden dedicated to the thousands of victims claimed by gun violence across the country.

State Gun Groups Aren't Happy Trump Is Supporting Red Flag Laws

Aug 8, 2019
Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks / Flickr

President Donald Trump likes getting a reaction from his base, though maybe not the one he’s getting this week. After Trump expressed support for certain gun control measures, some of his staunchest allies in the gun rights community say they may abandon a man they once saw as their best hope for expanding gun rights.

Dennis Sylvester Hurd / Flickr

Businesses can do more to protect their customers and the public from mass shootings, experts say, after more than 30 people were killed over the weekend in two separate incidents.

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