Gun control

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Security reformers in Bolsonaro’s Brazil look to America’s pro-gun campaigners

Brazil’s academic research community overwhelmingly predicts new measures will lead to more violence in Brazil — a country with around 43,000 gun deaths per year. But in the Bolsonaro era, their arguments are losing to a political bloc that is resolutely opposed to empirical research and that takes many of its cues from pro-gun campaigners in the United States.

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

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

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An Arab Israeli police recruit takes aim with her gun towards a screen displaying targets

In Israel, gun ownership is a privilege rather than a right

People pray in the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs where 26 people were killed in a shooting attack on November 5, 2017. The church was opened to the public as a memorial to those killed.

After a mass shooting, thoughts and prayers. But then what?

A man holds the sight of a rifle up to his right eye. More rifles are in racks on his left and right.

How other countries can help us understand America’s mass shooting crisis


Researchers say America’s gun culture doesn’t compare to anywhere else in the world. We went to Yemen, El Salvador and Norway for answers.

Sutherland Springs in Sutherland Springs, Texas, November 8, 2017

When trying to determine why the US has so many mass shootings, only one statistic matters


Why does the US have so many mass shootings. A criminologist turned to data science for an answer, comparing the US with 170 other countries.


How gun laws let domestic violence offenders slip through the cracks


Research shows that domestic abuse is a clear risk factor for patterns of escalating violence. So, how can domestic abusers get firearms?

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Five years after Sandy Hook, still no new gun laws


Former Rep. Gabby Giffords’ organization, Americans for Responsible Solutions, wants Congress and the president to “make our communities safer from gun violence and reject the corporate gun lobby’s dangerous agenda.”

A Brazilian drug gang member nicknamed Pilintra, 26, poses with guns in Salvador.

In Brazil, where the homicide rate is five times that of the US, a new push to relax gun laws.

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In Brazil, where the homicide rate is five times higher than in the United States, politicians are debating a law to make it easier for residents, including convicted criminals, to buy guns. A group of conservative lawmakers wants to allow Brazilians to buy up to nine guns a year.