A police officer guards the area as investigators comb the site where more than a dozen people were believed to have been gunned down by armed men on Sunday, in San Jose de Gracia, head of the municipality of Marcos Castellanos, in Michoacan state, Mexico

Troubled geography: Part II

Critical State

How did changes in US gun policy contribute to the rise in gun violence in Mexico? This week’s Critical State, a foreign policy newsletter by Inkstick Media, explores the reasons behind rising gun violence in Mexico.

a 3D printed gun

From gun kits to 3D printable guns, a short history of rogue gun-makers

Before the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, five states had "red flag" statutes called gun violence restraining orders. Recently, Florida became the six state to add the statute.

Researchers still struggle to get funding to study gun violence


Design for the Real World: Government Model .45

Arts, Culture & Media
AR-15 rifles are displayed for sale at the Guntoberfest gun show in Oaks, Pennsylvania, Oct. 6, 2017.

How the firearms industry influences US gun culture, in 6 charts

AR-15 rifles are displayed for sale at the Guntoberfest gun show in Oaks, Pennsylvania, October 6, 2017.

I worked at the CDC and if it really wanted to, it could study gun violence


The tragic shooting death of 17 people at a Florida high school is renewing calls for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to research the causes of gun violence. The CDC used to study what triggers mass shootings and how to end gun violence until Congress threatened to cut off funding if research continued. Is it time to revisit?

Angelina Lazo (C), an 18-year-old senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, lost two friends in the shooting at her school. She joined other gun control proponents with placards at a street corner in Coral Springs, Florida, on Feb. 16, 2018.

Busloads of Florida students travel to state capital demanding action on guns

Global Politics

Last week’s mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, has inflamed a national debate about gun rights and prompted teens from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and across the United States to demand legislative action.

Some of about 4,000 guns seized by Brazil's Federal Police or delivered by residents during a public disarmament campaign, are pictured before being destroyed in Rio de Janeiro on June 2, 2017.

Gun violence hits all citizens with a heavy financial toll


Commentary: Many people undercount the overall economic burden of gun violence. Add to the immediate medical and other expenses the long-term toll, whether lost income or population flight, and the costs are tremendous.

Salesman Ryan Martinez clears the chamber of an AR-15 at the "Ready Gunner" gun store In Provo, Utah, U.S. in Provo, Utah, U.S., June 21, 2016.

When it comes to guns, the US is an outlier


The US tops the list of importers and exporters of weapons designed for individual use, according to research by the Small Arms Survey.

Ole Martin Juul Slyngstadli on Utoya Island five years after the Norway shootings. He says the biggest victory for survivors of the attack like him is that the summer camp remains open and a new crop of kids is arriving next month.

Your answer to mass shootings is to get bigger guns. To me that’s really strange.


Five years after the Norway shootings, a survivor reflects on Anders Breivik, the Orlando attack, and guns.