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Gabby Giffords: Speaking Is Hard; 'I Want to Say 'Madam President' '

Former congresswoman speaks out against gun violence at DNC

(Newser) - Five years after surviving a near-fatal assassination attempt, former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords told the Democratic National Convention : “Speaking is difficult for me, but come January I want to say these two words: 'Madam President'." Giffords capped off a string of speakers calling on the government to do... More »

At ESPY Awards, NBA Stars Plead for End to Gun Violence

LeBron James won five trophies

(Newser) - LeBron James won five trophies, including best male athlete and best NBA player, at the ESPY Awards on Wednesday night when frivolity gave way to a James-led call to end gun violence and racial profiling, the AP reports. The show honoring the year's best athletes and sports moments opened... More »

Bahamas Issues Travel Advisory Over US Police Shootings

'Exercise extreme caution...in interactions with the police'

(Newser) - In a reversal of how this kind of thing normally works, the Bahamas issued a travel advisory Friday to its citizens visiting the US, NBC News reports. According to BBC , the advisory was brought on by the deadly week in the US. Or as the Bahamas' Ministry of Foreign Affairs... More »

More Than 2K People Have Been Shot in Chicago This Year

New strategies have failed to stem bloodshed

(Newser) - It's only halfway through the year and there have already been more than 2,000 shooting victims in Chicago, far more than recorded in the city this time last year—and far more casualties than the US suffered in the Gulf War. The milestone was passed over the Fourth... More »

Phoenix Bans Old West-Style Shooting Game at July 4 Fest

City 'not comfortable' showing guns 'in a fun or glorified way'

(Newser) - An Arizona couple's Old West-style shooting game will not be among the activities at a July Fourth celebration in Phoenix on Monday night, the AP reports. Pete and Valerie Fowler say Prescott Pete's Highfalutin Shooting Gallery was deemed inappropriate by organizers of Fabulous Phoenix 4th. According to a... More »

2 Shots Fired After Man Challenges Daughter to 'Duel'

Dad was booked for child abuse, among other charges

(Newser) - A Colorado man has been arrested after an alleged domestic violence incident that included challenging his daughter to a "duel," KRDO reports. Robert Williams, 38, of Calhan was arguing with his daughter on Wednesday evening when things "escalated to the point that the father pulled out a... More »

Where 64 Are Shot, 6 Killed in One Weekend

Chicago neighborhoods torn apart by Memorial Day violence

(Newser) - One long weekend. Sixty-four shootings. Six people dead. That was Memorial Day weekend in Chicago, where the New York Times sent in journalists to report on gun violence over three heart-breaking days. What they found: Little gun control, gangs bent on retaliation, and police so distrusted that most homicides go... More »

Rapper Arrested After Deadly Concert Shooting

NYPD commissioner blames 'crazy world of so-called rap artists'

(Newser) - Police investigating a deadly shooting at a packed hip-hop concert arrested a rap artist Thursday, saying surveillance footage showed him stalking through the venue firing a gun. Roland Collins, who's from Brooklyn and goes by the stage name Troy Ave, will face attempted murder and weapons charges, a police... More »

Dad Accused of Shooting Baby Is 'Devastated'

Cops say he was aiming at his wife

(Newser) - Diata Crockett, the St. Louis man accused of shooting his 8-month-old son dead as his wife fled with the baby in her arms is "obviously devastated over the loss of his son," his lawyer says. Crockett turned himself in Wednesday morning after making arrangements through attorney Scott Rosenblum,... More »

Cops: Dad Kills His Baby While Trying to Shoot Wife

St. Louis man forced family into car at gunpoint

(Newser) - A manhunt is underway for a St. Louis man who fired a shot at his fleeing wife and killed the 8-month-old son she had in her arms, police say. St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says that during a domestic dispute Tuesday afternoon, Diata Crockett forced his wife and three... More »

2 Dead as Fired Worker Shoots Up Texas Office

Worker who was fired earlier in the day came back with 2 guns: cops

(Newser) - Authorities say a recently fired employee opened fire at a transportation company on the outskirts of Houston, killing one employee and injuring another before fatally shooting himself, the AP reports. Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman said Wednesday that the gunman had been fired earlier in the day, then returned with... More »

Analysis: 23 People Shot in 2016 ... by Toddlers

What makes some US areas more prone to this type of incident is still anyone's guess

(Newser) - Last week in Milwaukee, a 2-year-old fatally shot his mom from the back seat of their car. But where a story like this may have once been a freakish anomaly, the Washington Post notes, it's now becoming increasingly and disturbingly commonplace. A Post analysis of news reports finds 23... More »

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 »

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