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Handgun Violence

Brazil and South Africa Are Addicted to Gun Violence

Robert Muggah | Posted 01.19.2015 | World
Robert Muggah

There is nothing inevitable about gun violence. And while the scandalously high rates of murder in both Brazil and South Africa are treated by many as "normal," there are encouraging signs of change. Targeted crime prevention measures and public health interventions pursued in both countries are cause for cautious optimism.

Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson

PHOTOS: New Orleans Moms Pray For An End To Gun Violence | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 07.07.2013 | Black Voices

NEW ORLEANS -- July 4, 2012, was Independence Day as usual for New Orleans native Chanda Burks. As she'd done almost without exception in recent years...

WATCH: 'Shell Shocked' Documentary Goes Inside The Nation's Murder Capital

Posted 05.02.2013 | Black Voices

How much murder can you tolerate as a neighborhood? It isn't only a question being asked in Chicago, where a particularly violent night claimed the li...

Time to Listen to America's Youth on Gun Violence

Dennis Paul | Posted 04.15.2013 | Impact
Dennis Paul

No issue is more integral to us all than the future of America's children, and the opportunities that our society gives them to succeed. The senseless violence affecting children in America today is abhorrent.

A Dead Child and Childish Things

Jeanne Bishop | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics
Jeanne Bishop

The death of this latest child killed by gun violence happened one day after pro-gun activists heckled Neil Heslin, father of 6-year-old Jesse Heslin, one of the 6-year-olds massacred in Newtown, CT.

Hilary Tuttle

Accidental Shooting Death Of Toddler 'Tragedy All The Way Through' | Hilary Tuttle | Posted 03.30.2012 | Crime

A 3-year-old Atlanta girl is dead and her 18-year-old uncle faces charges for reckless conduct and involuntary manslaughter after his gun accidentally...

Guns: Helping Crime or Helping Crime Prevention?

Paul Heroux | Posted 08.10.2015 | Politics
Paul Heroux

On Monday night last week, when the U.S. House Of Representatives voted to raise the debt ceiling, for a moment, Democrats and Republicans wholehearte...

Two Children Shot While Playing In South Side Yard

Posted 06.10.2011 | Chicago

On an unseasonably warm Sunday, at least two children were shot, seven others injured and one killed in shootings on Chicago's South Side. About 4...

Gunshot Victim Identifies Shooter On His Deathbed

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A gunshot victim's deathbed identification of his shooter led to the arrest of his killer. Lawrence Stubbs, 19, was gunned down by two men in his Sou...

Chicago's Code Of Silence: 'No Snitch' Code Keeps Shooters On The Streets

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

At Gene's Playmate Lounge at Cermak and Kildare, you can't have a drink unless you're at least 25 years old. Young guys who might be packing pistols c...

'Handgun of the Year' Used for Mass Shooting of the Week

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

When Omar Thornton decided to open fire on his co-workers earlier this week, he used a local product for his killing machine: an SR9 high-capacity pistol from Southport, Connecticut's Sturm, Ruger & Co.

Rainbow Beach Shooting: Three Men Killed In Broad Daylight

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Three men were gunned down in broad daylight outside a building on the South Side this afternoon, witnesses said. The attack happened at about 1 p...

Man Shot In Mouth Spits Out Tooth...And Bullet

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A man who was shot in his mouth on the South Side Monday morning was apparently saved by his tooth--which he spit out along with a bullet. Just befo...

At Least 27 People Shot Over Memorial Day Weekend In Chicago

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

At least 27 people were shot, two fatally, over the long weekend in Chicago, and police are blaming gang violence for more than half of the incidents....

Man Who Threatened Rep. Cantor Had Concealed Handgun Permit

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

The threats and crimes committed by these "upstanding citizens," as the gun lobby likes to call concealed handgun permit holders, are no surprise.

Pennsylvania Leads Nation in Black Homicide Victimization

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

This is the fourth year that my organization, the Violence Policy Center, has issued the study "Black Homicide Victimization in the United States," and the third time that Pennsylvania has ranked first.

Virginia Mass Shooting Most Recent by Concealed Handgun Permit Holder

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

Appomattox County court records show a concealed weapons permit was issued to a Christopher Bryan Speight -- the alleged murderer in yesterday's mass shooting -- three times between 1999 and 2009.

Senate Set to Nationalize Concealed Handgun Laws That Have Killed 7 Cops, 44 Private Citizens

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

For over two decades a top priority of the gun lobby has been establishing and expanding state laws that allow the carrying of concealed handguns by private citizens. This effort may culminate as early as today.

NRA Members Spontaneously Combust

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

According to National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, gun owners are uniting in "political spontaneous combustion." Ouch.