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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 »

What We Know About the 9 Church Victims

Pastor was 'moral compass' of the state Senate

(Newser) - The nine people shot to death in a South Carolina church last night ranged in age from 26 to 87, reports NBC News . Some details about them:
  • The Rev. Clementa Pinckney, 41. The married father of two was a pastor at Emanuel AME and a state senator. "He was
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Obama: Michelle and I Knew Pastor Killed in SC

President complains that suspect had 'no trouble' getting a gun

(Newser) - President Obama found himself in an all-too familiar position today, addressing the nation after mass violence. "I've had to make statements like this too many times," he said in reference to the church massacre in Charleston . "We don't have all of the facts, but we... More »

'Surreal': 56 Shot, 12 Killed Over Weekend in Chicago

In Baltimore, 32 people were shot during the holiday stretch

(Newser) - The long holiday weekend proved especially violent in two big US cities:
  • In Chicago, police say 56 people were shot, 12 of them fatally, from Friday through Monday, reports the Tribune . The wounded include 4-year-old Jacele Johnson, who got hit while riding in her family's SUV about 8pm Friday,
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Nearly 10% of Us Have Both Anger Issues and Guns

Researchers say identifying more serious mental health issues won't do the trick

(Newser) - When Duke University researchers asked subjects to reveal a) if they've ever exhibited impulsive angry behavior, and b) if they have easy access to a gun, 8.9% of them copped to such anger management issues and a gun in their home, while 1.5% of them admitted to... More »

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 »

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