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Toddler Bouncing on Bed Killed by Stray Bullet

$10K reward offered after NJ shooting death of 15-month-old Sania Cunningham

(Newser) - "We're surrounded by balloons, and there's not a party in sight," says a resident of Ellis Avenue in Irvington, NJ, to the New York Times . The memorial balloons he's referring to are for victims of the ongoing violence in his neighborhood—including 15-month-old Sania Cunningham,... More »

40 Shot, 4 Killed This Weekend in Chicago

11-year-old girl was shot in head while indoors at a sleepover

(Newser) - On Friday night, 11-year-old Shamiya Adams was prepping s'mores at a sleepover party at her friend's apartment in Chicago when, as the girls were about to put the s'mores in the microwave, a stray bullet flew across a vacant lot, through an open window, then through a... More »

22 Shot in 12 Hours in Chicago

11-year-old girl is killed by stray bullet

(Newser) - Chicago's violent summer continues: Police say 22 people were shot between 3:30pm yesterday and 3am today. Among the victims is an 11-year-old girl who was killed by a stray bullet while inside a home, reports the Chicago Tribune . "If you can't even be at home, where... More »

Chicago Needs a Troop Surge

Obama should do same in his hometown as Afghanistan, pundits argue

(Newser) - Last weekend 84 Americans were shot in Chicago, 16 of them fatally. "If this happened in Kabul, Afghanistan, it would spark a change in policy," observes John Feehery at the Wall Street Journal . Instead, President Obama has barely acknowledged the wave of gang violence in his hometown. "... More »

21 People Shot Last Night in Chicago

Weekend's total: 36

(Newser) - A major spate of gun violence has taken Chicago this weekend, with 36 people shot so far, the Chicago Tribune reports. In just 11 hours last night, 21 people were shot, with attacks focused in the South and West sides. Several shooting victims were in serious condition; CBS Chicago reports... More »

Today's School Shooting Is 74th Since Newtown: Group

US 'should be ashamed,' says Obama

(Newser) - If today's school shooting in Oregon seemed numbingly familiar, here's why: A group that advocates for gun-control measures counts it as the 74th school shooting in the 18 months since the Newtown massacre, reports the Washington Post . Here is the full list of shootings from Everytown for Gun... More »

Joe the Plumber: 'Your Dead Kids Don't Trump My Rights'

Victim's dad counters that one's rights don't negate one's responsibilities

(Newser) - Samuel Wurzelbacher, perhaps better known as Joe the Plumber, watched Richard Martinez sobbing over the shooting death of his only son in the Isla Vista rampage, and responded thusly in an open letter on Barbwire.com : "I am sorry you lost your child. I myself have a son and... More »

Doctor Donates $1M to Keep Gun Research Alive

Congress cuts off money, so Garen Wintemute dips into his own pockets

(Newser) - The CDC currently allocates $0 toward research into gun-violence prevention, notes ProPublica , and one such researcher at UC Davis has taken extraordinary steps to remedy the situation. Dr. Garen Wintemute has so far donated $1.1 million of his own money to keep his own research alive at the university'... More »

Manhunt on for Suspect in Deadly NY Office Shooting

Accused of killing 1, injuring another

(Newser) - A "massive hunt" is under way for a man police say opened fire at a New York office yesterday morning, killing one and injuring another before escaping the scene. Sang Ho Kim, upset "over a bad business deal," allegedly shot at an employee and the store owner... More »

Chicago Busts 2 in 13-Person Park Shooting

But shooter still believed to be at large

(Newser) - Chicago police have made a breakthrough in the mass shooting last week that left 13 people injured—and led to talk of the National Guard being brought in to assist city cops. Two men in their early 20s have been arrested and charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery with... More »

At Least 7 More Shot in Chicago

Shooting violence continues after Thursday's spree

(Newser) - Chicago's violence is showing zero sign of abating since the shooting spree Thursday night that injured 13 people . In what's probably a troubling sign, the local media can't agree on just how many people have been shot since then: NBC Chicago counts 11 people, with five fatalities;... More »

Mass Shootings: Now 'as American as Apple Pie'

Petula Dvorak: Mass shootings are now simply routine in the US

(Newser) - Virginia Tech, Fort Hood, Tucson, Aurora, Newtown. No more context is needed—we mentally amend the words "mass shooting" to each of these. And today we add another location to that list: Washington Navy Yard . "How can this country tolerate another mass shooting, after we’ve endured so... More »

A Black Man in a Hoodie Shot Me; So What?

Brian Beutler tells his story

(Newser) - Five years ago, Brian Beutler was shot by a black man wearing a hoodie while walking the streets of Washington, DC. He tells the story in a compelling Salon column today for one reason: He wants people to understand that despite what happened to him, he does not support racial... More »

Another Bloody Weekend in Chicago

67 shot, 11 killed on July 4 long weekend

(Newser) - It's been another grim weekend in Chicago, with 67 shot and 11 dead since Wednesday afternoon. One drive-by alone saw eight people shot, one fatally, the Chicago Tribune reports. Among those wounded: a 7-year-old boy and a 5-year-old boy, who were both shot in parks in separate incidents. The... More »

Chicago's Bloody Weekend: 46 Shot, 7 Killed

Youngest victim was 16

(Newser) - The news out of Chicago just five days ago was encouraging: after a murder-riddled 2012, this year's murder rate had plummeted to a level not seen in 50 years. Today, the news is of a darker nature. Between Friday afternoon and Sunday, a total of 46 people were shot... More »

5-Year-Old Kills Sister, 2, With 'My First Rifle'

Loaded gun had been left in a corner

(Newser) - It was "just one of those crazy accidents," in the words of the local coroner: A 5-year-old in Cumberland County, Kentucky, accidentally shot and killed his 2-year-old sister yesterday with a .22-caliber rifle. But unlike many such tragedies , the rifle in this case actually belonged to the child,... More »

Daughter of Sandy Hook Victim Calls Out Sen. Ayotte

Erica Lafferty angry over senator's vote against background checks

(Newser) - Republican Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire has been taking flak for her vote against stronger background checks , especially because she was the only East Coast senator north of Virginia to do so. Today, at her first town hall meeting since that vote, Ayotte got an earful from the daughter of... More »

Newtown Mom Recalls 'Boy Who Would Never Come Home'

Francine Wheeler fills in for Obama in weekly address, pushes gun laws

(Newser) - Newtown mother Francine Wheeler delivered the president's weekly radio address today to make an emotional plea for tougher gun laws, reports ABC News . Wheeler, who lost her 6-year-old son in the shooting, appeared with her husband, David. The Guardian has the full transcript. Some key spots:
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Bill Likely to Bring Big Improvements on Mental Health

Senators making quiet progress on substantial reforms in care: NYT

(Newser) - With the Senate poised to start debating gun legislation next week, much of the attention has focused on what the final bill won't have—a ban on assault weapons or high-capacity magazines, for example. But a New York Times story weighs in on what the bill probably will have,... More »

NY Shooting Suspect Dead in Police Shootout

Kurt Myers had been holed up in abandoned building, surrounded

(Newser) - Kurt Myers, the suspect in an upstate New York shooting spree , has been killed in a shootout with police, the AP reports. Cops surrounded Myers, 64, in an abandoned building yesterday afternoon, and had traded fire with him. This morning, police entered the building and Myers shot a police dog.... More »

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