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Texas Girl Shot With Real Gun at Water Gun Fight

It appears to have been an accident

(Newser) - Police are sorting through what they're calling conflicting stories regarding an incident at a family gathering in a Houston suburb Saturday, but a 40-something man appears to have accidentally shot a 15-year-old girl during a water gun fight—except with an actual 9mm handgun, KTRK reports. Deputy constables say... More »

2 Dead in Shooting at Texas Air Force Base

Signs point to murder-suicide

(Newser) - A fatal shooting of two people at an Air Force base in Texas on Friday appears to be a murder-suicide, the AP reports. Two bodies were found inside a room of a building at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, says Bexar County Sheriff's Office spokesman James Keith. "It's... More »

Boy in Anti-Violence PSA Shot in Chicago

Zarriel Trotter, 13, hit by a stray bullet on Friday

(Newser) - "I don't want to live around my community where I got to keep on hearing and hearing people keep on getting shot, people keep on getting killed," Zarriel Trotter said in a PSA filmed at Chicago's Catalyst Circle Rock Charter School last year. He is currently... More »

Boy Dies After Armed Cousin Falls Off Hoverboard, Fires

Lavardo Fisher, 13, was a Pop Warner All-American Scholar

(Newser) - A 13-year-old boy was accidentally shot in the back of the head while playing Xbox at his relative's home in central Florida on Monday night when his 18-year-old cousin, who'd found a gun, fell off a hoverboard and fired. Lavardo Fisher's cousin found the gun under the... More »

Gunman Shoots Up Compton Home, Kills 1-Year-Old

Her death was likely gang-related: cops

(Newser) - A toddler who celebrated her first birthday last week saw her life cut short by a gunman who opened fire outside her family's home in Compton, Calif., the Los Angeles Times reports. Officials say Autumn Johnson was in her crib (though neighbors tell NBC Los Angeles she was in... More »

Trump: I Could 'Shoot Somebody' Without Losing Supporters

'It’s, like, incredible'

(Newser) - It seems Donald Trump is feeling even more confident than usual today. "I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn't lose any voters," Politico quotes Trump during a rally Saturday in Iowa. “It’s, like, incredible." A reporter... More »

Chicago's 2016 Gunshot Stats Are Incredible

More than 100 already shot and wounded

(Newser) - As of just Monday, already more than 100 people have been shot in Chicago this year. Police say the tally soared over the weekend when seven were shot dead and 30 others were injured by gunfire, the Chicago Tribune reports. Among the shootings were two teenagers gunned down on the... More »

On 3rd Anniversary of Sandy Hook, a Sobering Stat

554 kids have died by gun: report

(Newser) - Although it's the mass shootings in the US that we see most in the news, they're not what's causing the majority of gun deaths among our youngest citizens. Instead, it's what NBC News calls the "steady drumbeat of deaths in ones and twos" from suicides,... More »

'Wake Up!' We Need Spike Lee's Chi-Raq

It doesn't always work, but it's a 'wake-up alarm,' say critics

(Newser) - Taking a page from the ancient Greek play Lysistrata and modern-day Chicago, Spike Lee's Chi-Raq centers on a women's movement to withdraw from sex in an attempt to curb gun violence on the South Side. It has particular meaning as homicides in the city rack up . Here's... More »

Open Letter to Chicago Men: Nix Gun Violence or No Sex

South Side woman was inspired by Spike Lee's new movie

(Newser) - Life in Chicago's violence-plagued South Side is far from normal. So when April Lawson recently spotted a whole bunch of guys hanging out, casually waiting for a new shoe store to open, she lost it. "You're watching these guys just ... buying gym shoes and carrying on like... More »

Chicago Violence Takes Aspiring Model's Life

Kaylyn Pryor had just signed with agency after competition win

(Newser) - "I always say the future is unwritten. You never know what will happen," Kaylyn Pryor said after accepting her trophy in Chicago on Sept. 25. An aspiring model, she beat out 500 applicants in a local modeling competition. Soon after, she signed with model agency Factor Women, and... More »

Looking for Clues in Mass Shooters' Manifestos

'He is unhappy, and he is already fully armed'

(Newser) - In the past 15 years, the FBI estimates there have been nearly 200 mass shootings that have claimed the lives of some 500 people and injured another 600. (The figure is way higher by another metric .) Writing for the London Review of Books , Scottish novelist Andrew O’Hagan draws... 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 »

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 »

Chicago Has Deadliest Day Since 2003

9 people killed in homicides on Wednesday alone

(Newser) - Wednesday marked the deadliest day for Chicago in more than a decade with nine people killed by gunshots in eight different districts across the city. Such gun violence hasn't been seen in Chicago since July 5, 2003, when 10 homicides occurred, reports the Chicago Tribune . Police say the various... More »

In US, 204 Mass Shootings in 204 Days

Crowd-sourced project tracks incidents in which at least 4 people were shot

(Newser) - It's the worst kind of synchronicity: A website that tracks mass shootings in the US had logged 203 through Wednesday. It hasn't caught up with last night's rampage in a Louisiana theater, but when it does, that will be No. 204—and yesterday was the 204th day... More »

Chicago's Bloody Weekend: 62 Shot, 10 Killed

7-year-old hit with bullet meant for dad: police

(Newser) - Gunshots mingled with the sounds of fireworks over Chicago this weekend: 10 people were killed and 54 others were injured in shootings between Thursday afternoon and early today, reports the Chicago Tribune . Half of the casualties occurred during a nine-hour stretch from Saturday evening to early yesterday, according to police.... More »

Dylann Roof's Black Friend: He Wanted to Attack College

Instead, he went into Charleston church

(Newser) - A week before he allegedly killed nine African-Americans in a bid to start a race war, Dylann Roof sat in a bar with a man AP describes as a "black drinking buddy." That buddy, Christon Scriven says Roof got drunk that night and talked about shooting people at... More »

NRA Official Blames Victim for Church Massacre

Board member Charles Cotton deletes comments about Clementa Pinckney

(Newser) - An NRA board member is catching flak for blaming one of the victims in the Charleston church shooting for the deaths. On a message board he runs, Charles Cotton took issue with church leader Clementa Pinckney, who also happened to be a state senator in South Carolina. The post: "... More »

Call Charleston Shooting What It Is: Terrorism

A Vox writer says it's offensive to do otherwise

(Newser) - If Dylann Roof is guilty of the massacre at a black church in Charleston, is the white 21-year-old a terrorist? Absolutely, argues Max Fisher at Vox . In fact, he makes the case that to avoid the terrorism label is offensive. This is about way more than semantics, writes Fisher, who... More »

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