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Browser Plugin Scrubs Internet of Mass Killers

'Denying a killer the notoriety that they literally kill for'

(Newser) - Research shows 30% of mass shootings are inspired by prior mass shootings, CBS News reports. A gun-control nonprofit is hoping to do something about that with a new browser plugin that removes the names and photos of mass killers from websites. Google Chrome users can download the Zero Minutes of... More »

Florida Woman Shoots, Kills Teen Intruder

Now his family wants to know why he had to die

(Newser) - The family of a 17-year-old who was fatally shot by a homeowner while allegedly breaking into her Miami home doesn't believe she was justified in killing him, CBS Miami reports. According to the Washington Post , the state will likely see it differently. Gwendolyn Jenrette rushed home last Thursday after... More »

Obama: I'm Not Out to 'Grab Your Guns'

Meanwhile, poll shows 67% of Americans support his actions on gun control

(Newser) - President Obama says he will not vote for any candidate, even a Democrat, who does not support what he calls "commonsense gun reform." Obama made the demand in an op-ed published Thursday on the New York Times website . The president says 90% of Americans support such reform and... More »

Obama Cries During His Gun Remarks

He chokes up remembering Sandy Hook victims

(Newser) - President Obama laid out his plan to tighten gun laws Tuesday—see details here —at one point with tears running down his cheek. It came when he spoke of the young victims at Sandy Hook Elementary, reports USA Today . "First graders," he said, choking up. "Every... More »

Obama Gun Rules Free Doctors to Report Mentally Ill

Health care providers can now report patients to FBI without repercussions

(Newser) - President Obama is announcing tighter gun rules Tuesday via executive action , with expanded background checks part of the initiative. Here's a look at related coverage:
  • One new rule makes it easier for doctors and other authorities to report mentally ill people to the FBI's background check system. The
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New Obama Gun-Control Plan Won't Involve Congress

The president begins to roll out new initiative

(Newser) - President Obama is gearing up for another whack at gun control —this time on a smaller scale and without Congress. Unlike his failed push for legislation after Sandy Hook , these moves will mostly enforce existing laws and seek extra funding, the New York Times reports. His biggest planned move:... More »

Executive Action on Gun Control Expected in New Year

Obama likely to shrink—not close—the 'gun show loophole'

(Newser) - President Obama looks likely to begin his final year in office by taking unilateral action on gun control in an effort to reduce shooting deaths, CNN reports. The president is expected to release an executive action on gun control sometime before his Jan. 12 State of the Union address. According... More »

Georgia Law Makes It Easier for Mentally Ill to Buy Guns

'The public has massively overestimated the dangerousness of the mentally disordered'

(Newser) - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has an eyebrow-raising report on a little-known Georgia law that allows guns to be placed in the hands of people involuntarily committed for mental health treatment. Federal law prohibits those people from buying guns, and Georgia added more than 2,000 such names to the National Instant... More »

Conn. to Ban Gun Sales to People on Terrorism Watch Lists

'Simple common sense'

(Newser) - The governor of Connecticut announced Thursday he would sign an executive order to keep anyone on federal watch lists from legally purchasing guns, the Hartford Courant reports. "If you can't fly without clearing government watch lists, you shouldn't be able to buy a gun," Reuters quotes... More »

Gun-Rights Groups Holding Fake Mass Shooting at UT

'An armed society is a polite society'

(Newser) - Two Texas gun-rights groups will be holding a "mock mass shooting" at the University of Texas in Austin on Saturday in an effort to put an end to gun-free zones in the state, the Austin American-Statesman reports. Actors armed with cardboard guns will go around "shooting" other actors... More »

NYT Runs First Front-Page Editorial in 95 Years

Time to start taking guns away, it says

(Newser) - Recent mass shootings have moved the New York Times to put an editorial on its front page for the first time in nearly a century, calling it a "moral outrage and a national disgrace" that civilians "can legally purchase weapons designed specifically to kill people with brutal speed... More »

Cops: Cocaine Found in Weiland's Tour Bus

Bandmate arrested for possession

(Newser) - Police investigating the death of former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland have arrested one of his bandmates. Wildabouts member Thomas Delton Black was arrested after police executing a search warrant found a small amount of cocaine in the tour bus bedroom where Weiland's body was found on Thursday,... More »

Senate Rejects Additional Gun Control Measures

The polarizing vote came one day after a shooting in California left 14 people dead

(Newser) - A polarized Senate voted Thursday against expanding background checks for more gun purchases, rejecting the proposal a day after the latest US mass shooting left 14 people dead in California. Thursday's mostly party-line 50-48 vote, which followed the Senate's defeat of other firearms curbs, underscored that political gridlock... More »

What Became of Boy Who Shot His Sister in 1989 Accident

Sean Smith was looking for his Nintendo games; he found his father's .38 revolver

(Newser) - When Larry Smith's father gave him a .38 revolver in late spring of 1989, he took it apart and stored it in his closet. A few weeks later, when he thought he saw someone trying to enter his fenced yard, he grabbed the gun before he went outside. He... More »

43 US Toddlers Shot Someone This Year

Toddlers have shot themselves or someone else at least 43 times this year

(Newser) - On average, a toddler age 3 or younger has shot himself or someone else once per week in the United States this year, the Washington Post reports. In January, a 3-year-old in New Mexico wounded both his parents with one gun shot . In June, a 3-year-old in Michigan died after... More »

Obama May Use Power to Change a Gun-Control Rule

He's weighing new rules for high-volume private dealers: report

(Newser) - President Obama's next executive action may be to expand background checks for some gun buyers—based on whom they're buying from. Obama, who reacted with emotion to the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College and will visit Roseburg, Ore., on Friday, is "seriously considering" new rules that... More »

Carson Scoffs at 'Silliness' Over Ore. Shooting Comments

Says he wasn't judging victims' actions, just looking at the 'big picture'

(Newser) - Ben Carson is doubling down after catching flak for comments he made about gun control after last week's UCC shooting in Oregon . Reaction to the ensuing hubbub:
  • In a Facebook Q&A Monday, Carson said, "There is no doubt that this senseless violence is breathtaking—but I never
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Trump, LeBron Square Off in Gun Control Debate

Both spoke on the topic in the wake of Thursday's school shooting in Oregon

(Newser) - Presidential candidate Donald Trump and basketball superstar LeBron James took opposite sides in the divisive debate around gun control following Thursday's mass shooting at an Oregon community college. Speaking with ABC News , Trump said current or future gun laws would not have stopped a shooter from killing nine people... More »

Oregon Sheriff Shared Sandy Hook Conspiracy Video

Man investigating school shooting may have thought another was a hoax

(Newser) - In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting two years ago, Sheriff John Hanlin—who is in charge of investigating Thursday's mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon—shared a conspiracy video that makes a number of outrageous claims about the massacre that left 20 children... More »

Obama on Oregon Shooting: 'I Will Politicize It'

'Our inaction is a political decision that we are making'

(Newser) - President Barack Obama says opponents of gun control laws know how to stir up fear and scare politicians. At a news conference Friday, Obama lamented the inability to pass stricter gun laws even after incidents such as the shooting Thursday at an Oregon community college that killed nine people. He... More »

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