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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 »

Oregon Sheriff Wrote Biden After Sandy Hook

He's long been a strong opponent of new gun laws

(Newser) - The sheriff of the Oregon county where nine people were killed in a mass shooting Thursday has a history as a fierce opponent of gun control. A month after the Sandy Hook school shooting, Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin wrote to Joe Biden arguing against stronger gun laws, the Oregonian... More »

An Emotional Obama Responds to Today's School Shooting

He's now made 15 statements on mass shootings since taking office

(Newser) - A visibly frustrated President Barack Obama said Thursday that thoughts and prayers are no longer enough as Americans respond to another deadly school shooting , and he challenged voters wanting to deal with the problem to vote for elected officials who will do something. Obama addressed the nation from the White... More »

'Enough Is Enough': Chicago Mayor After 14 Shot in 15 Hours

Rahm Emanuel notes 'anguish' of city, calls for stricter penalties for gun crimes

(Newser) - Fourteen people were shot over a 15-hour period in Chicago starting Monday evening, with six of those people succumbing to their injuries, the Chicago Tribune reports. Of the eight wounded, one was an 11-month-old and one was a 2-year-old; among those killed were a pregnant mother, a grandmother, and the... More »

Houston Makes Zoo Take Down 'No Guns' Signs

Privately owned zoo is on public land, so concealed-carry OK holds sway

(Newser) - More than 200,000 schoolchildren filtered through the gates of the Houston Zoo last year, and because it's an "educational attraction," zoo officials figured the zoo was within its legal rights under Texas concealed-carry laws to ban guns on the grounds, a statement to KHOU notes. But... More »

You Watched My Kid Die. Can We Do Something About Guns?

Andy Parker says he won't rest until we take action on gun violence

(Newser) - Early last Wednesday, we watched in horror as a gunman turned a mundane local news report into the live-television murders of reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward. "In recent years we have witnessed similar tragedies unfold on TV," writes Parker's father, Andy Parker, today in a... More »

Secession Groups: Let's Secede From NY State Without Seceding

Proponents have other plans for abandoning Albany

(Newser) - Secessionists held a rally today in Bainbridge, NY, but at least some of them don't actually want to secede from New York state. They'd rather join Pennsylvania or create an "autonomous region" that's ruled by Albany in name only—because full secession requires a hard-to-achieve act... More »

Grieving Moms Sue Suburbs Over Chicago Gun Violence

They claim lax gun shop regulations are violating their civil rights

(Newser) - Two mothers from Chicago's South Side are suing three nearby suburbs and making an unusual civil-rights argument in the fight against gun violence. Their lawsuit filed July 7 claims the governments of Lyons, Lincolnwood, and Riverdale don't do enough to stop the "flood" of guns into Chicago... More »

Cops: Engineering Major Used 'Ghost Gun' to Kill Ex

Police say it had no serial number and was built online

(Newser) - A 21-year-old former Stanford student killed his 19-year-old ex-girlfriend and then himself with a "ghost gun," say police. That phrase refers to a firearm that has no serial number, and the two "ghost guns" found on the scene in Walnut Creek, Calif., were homemade firearms built with... More »

Obama: Gun Control Is My Biggest Frustration

He is 'distressed' by failure to deal with issue

(Newser) - Just hours before yet another mass shooting , President Obama told the BBC that the biggest frustration of his presidency has been his failure to bring in stricter gun control laws, "even in the face of repeated mass killings." He said he had been "stymied" in his efforts... More »

New Obama Gun-Control Plan Surprises NRA

Policy could put 4.7M more Americans in background-check system

(Newser) - A new plan to issue background checks on millions of potential gun-buyers has caught the NRA off guard, the Los Angeles Times reports. Responding to an executive order from President Obama, the Social Security Administration is devising a policy that could add millions of its beneficiaries to the National Instant... More »

Right-to-Carry Laws Linked to Violent Crime

Stanford study conflicts with previous statistical breakdowns

(Newser) - For years, gun-rights advocates cited a 1997 paper 's claim that "allowing citizens to carry concealed weapons deters violent crimes." The National Research Council came out with its own take in 2004, saying there was "no credible evidence that 'right-to-carry' laws … either decrease or... More »

George Zimmerman: Why I Won't Use an Alias

He does carry a semi-automatic for protection, though

(Newser) - George Zimmerman is constantly on the move and in the news. It's been nearly three years since he shot unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin to death in Sanford, Fla., and his speaking engagements and meetings with attorneys afford him no more than a month in any given state. The... More »

Aurora Victim's Parents Go After Ammo Suppliers

Suit: They 'negligently, unlawfully' sold items to James Holmes

(Newser) - James Holmes is a "patently dangerous homicidal man" who should never have been able to buy thousands of rounds of ammunition, tear gas, and body armor, argues a suit filed yesterday against four companies that supplied the accused Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooter with those items. The suit was... More »

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