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Chicago Has Most Violent Weekend Yet of 2016

17 killed (including teen twin brothers), 41 injured in city shootings

(Newser) - Gun violence in Chicago has been an ever-present topic in recent news, and this weekend just saw more disturbing statistics emerge. Seventeen people were shot and killed between Friday night and Monday morning, per homicide numbers tracked by the Chicago Sun-Times ; 41 others were reported injured. That makes it the... More »

Joe Walsh: 'If Trump Loses, I'm Grabbing My Musket'

Ex-congressman mocked, slammed for call to arms

(Newser) - A former GOP congressman claims he will be taking up arms—antiquated ones—if Hillary Clinton wins the election. "On November 8th, I'm voting for Trump," Joe Walsh tweeted Wednesday. "On November 9th, if Trump loses, I'm grabbing my musket. You in?" Walsh, who represented... More »

Seeking Good PR, IRS Busted With Wrong Capone Gun

After input from readers, the IRS has gotten its story straight

(Newser) - It was a story the Internal Revenue Service needed to get right, a we-done-good look back at the 1931 conviction of legendary gangster Al Capone for tax evasion—a feat they pulled off when no one else could get him on any other charges. Hoping for some good press, the... More »

Accidental Shootings Kill More Kids Than You Know

Gov't stats may actually miss a third of cases

(Newser) - Government statistics may miss a third of deadly accidental shootings involving children, according to a joint investigation from the AP and USA Today. The survey of news reports, public sources, and research data shows minors died from accidental shootings at a pace of one every other day during the first... More »

3% of Americans Own Half of All Guns

Handgun, female ownership on the rise: survey

(Newser) - Researchers have presented "a fundamental building block for gun research" with the most comprehensive survey of US gun ownership in more than two decades, reports the Trace . It reveals just 3% of American adults own half of the country's 265 million firearms. These 7.7 million "super-owners"... More »

This May Be the Zenith of Candidates Using Guns in Ads

Or maybe it's the nadir

(Newser) - How gun crazy have political ads gotten? Missouri's supposedly anti-gun candidate for US Senate just released one in which he assembles an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle while blindfolded and bragging that he'd "like to see Sen. Blunt do this." The ad , from Democrat Jason Kander, was created... More »

Man Learns Hard Way Not to Bring Gun to Dental Procedure

James White mistakes gun for phone, shoots self

(Newser) - “If you’re going to be put under nitrous, then you think twice about taking your gun into the dental office." Solid advice from an Ohio resident living near a dental office where a bizarre incident played on Wednesday, WCMH reports. James White, 72, was at the dental... More »

August Was Chicago's Deadliest Month in 20 Years

And it's not clear why

(Newser) - Chicago recorded its deadliest month in two decades in August, part of a sharp rise in gun violence in the nation's third-largest city this year, the AP reports. Chicago police said Thursday that 90 people were killed last month, a 66% increase over August 2015. There were 472 shooting... More »

Moviegoer Pulls Gun After Kid Kicks His Seat

Man kicked out of 'Star Trek Beyond' will face charges

(Newser) - Many of us have been annoyed by kids kicking the back of our seats during a movie—but not many have ended up pulling out guns because of it, like an irate moviegoer in Kentucky did. Police say that at a Saturday screening of Star Trek Beyond in Paducah, a... More »

Florida Woman Accidentally Kills Mom With Gun Kid Brought Home

She had confiscated it from the teen and thought it was unloaded

(Newser) - Authorities say a Florida woman fatally shot her mother when she accidentally discharged a gun that one of her teenage children brought into their home in suburban Tampa, the AP reports. Hillsborough County sheriff's investigators say the woman had taken the gun away from the teen and unloaded it... More »

Baton Rouge Police: Suspects Stole Guns to Murder Officers

They say the alleged plot has been foiled, though one suspect remains at large

(Newser) - "This was an actual, credible threat," says Louisiana State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson of an alleged plot to kill police officers that officials say they foiled in Baton Rouge. NOLA.com and ABC News report three of four suspects who broke into the Cash America Pawn store on... More »

3-Year-Old Girl Kills Self With Gun She Found in Home

Charges are possible

(Newser) - California authorities say a 3-year-old girl found a loaded gun and fatally shot herself in the head, the AP reports. Lemoore Police Department Det. Matthew Smith tells the Fresno Bee the girl and her family were visiting from Southern California when she found a gun in an apartment bedroom. Her... More »

Video Shows Navy Official Threatening Men at Gunpoint

Karnig Ohannessian was apparently upset the men were being loud outside his house

(Newser) - A senior Navy official is being investigated by both the Navy and police after allegedly threatening a number of men with a gun outside his house last month in Virginia, the AP reports. CBS News obtained a video of the incident, which was filmed by one of the men. The... More »

Hawaii Will Put Gun Owners Into FBI Database

It's the first state in the US to do so

(Newser) - Hawaii has positioned itself on the leading edge of gun control after Gov. David Ige signed a bill Thursday that would put the state's gun owners into an FBI database, the AP reports. According to Hawaii News Now , Hawaiian gun owners will be entered in the "Rap Back"... More »

Democrats End Gun-Control Sit-In After 25 Hours

They've declared victory despite no vote

(Newser) - Democrats ended their gun-control sit-in at the House of Representatives on Thursday after more than 25 hours on the floor, the AP reports. According to Reuters , Democratic lawmakers, who had stayed overnight while chanting and singing, were trying to force a vote on legislation to expand background checks and stop... More »

LGBT People Need More Guns, Not Fewer

Laws and cops can't save gay, transgender people—guns can, writes Nicki Stallard in 'NYT'

(Newser) - When Nicki Stallard first started her journey from a male body to a female one, she got a "preposterous" piece of safety advice that left her feeling insulted: Carry a whistle. "I didn't need a whistle; I had a gun," she writes in her New York ... More »

Heartbreaking Image of Girl Standing on Toilet Goes Viral

What she's doing there is devastating

(Newser) - Stacey Feeley thought she'd caught a silly moment recently when she found her 3-year-old daughter standing atop one of their home's toilets. She took a picture, planning to send it to her husband to amuse him. Then the little girl told her mom what she was doing: practicing... More »

AR-15 Inventor's Family: He'd Be 'Sickened' by Mass Shootings

Eugene Stoner's kids, grandkids say he designed the rifle for military use only, not civilians

(Newser) - When Eugene Stoner designed "America's gun" (aka the AR-15) in the late 1950s, which was adopted for use by the Army as the M16, his goal was to create the "most efficient and superior" rifles for military use and give them a leg up over the Soviets'... More »

Trump May Be Breaking With GOP, NRA on Gun Control

He wants to talk about keeping people on terror watch lists from buying guns

(Newser) - Someone check Hell for ice cubes because it appears Donald Trump has broken with the GOP to side with Hillary Clinton and the Democrats. The Atlantic reports Trump is seeking to meet with the NRA about keeping people on terror watch lists from buying guns. “If Con Man Don... More »

Senate Democrats Are Filibustering for Gun Control

'I am prepared to ... talk about the need to prevent gun violence for as long as I can'

(Newser) - Senate Democrats, led by Connecticut's Chris Murphy, launched a surprise filibuster Wednesday morning to pressure Republicans on gun control, Politico reports. “I am prepared to stand on the Senate floor and talk about the need to prevent gun violence for as long as I can," Murphy tweets... More »

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