Gun Laws

Thousands march in Washington for stricter gun control

Protesters hold up placards during the March on Washington for Gun Control on Saturday. Photo: Xinhua

Protesters, backed by senior officials, marched in silence for around 30 minutes along the National Mall near the US Capitol and Washington Monument, carrying white placards marked with the names and pictures of gun crime victims.

Sunday, 27 January, 2013, 12:32pm

Pro-gun lobby distorting constitution

Vice President Joe Biden meets with law enforcement leaders to discuss gun control measures. Photo: NYT

The Newtown massacre last month that resulted in 27 deaths, including those of 20 children, has once again renewed debate on gun control in the United States.

1 Jan 2013 - 4:02am 2 comments

Obama backs bill to ban assault weapons

President Barack Obama. Photo: AFP

US President Barack Obama backs a new bill to revive an assault weapons ban, the White House said on Tuesday, fleshing out his response to a shocking school massacre.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

US mourns victims of Connecticut school massacre

A candlelit vigil is held at a church in Newtown, Connecticut, for the 26 victims of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, 20 of them children. Photo: New York Times

Residents of the small Connecticut community of Newtown were reeling yesterday from one of the worst mass shootings in US history, as police sought answers as to what drove a 20-year-old gunman to slaughter 20 children, some as young as five.

16 Dec 2012 - 4:58am

'I want Christmas, I don't want to die', pupil said during school shooting

The horror of the mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School is shown on the faces of parents, relatives and classmates of those who died. Photo: EPA

First, he killed his mother. Then 20-year-old Adam Lanza drove her car through Newtown, Connecticut, and arrived at a school brimming with the season's joy.

Theodore Varga and other fourth-grade teachers, still glowing from their pupils' concert the previous night, were meeting.

16 Dec 2012 - 5:15am

Latest gun tragedy unlikely to lead to tougher laws, political insiders say

US President Barack Obama wipes away a tear as he addresses the school shooting in Connecticut on Friday. Photo: Bloomberg

Another mass shooting, another drive for gun control. But will the latest shooting - this time at an elementary school - change the political calculus in Washington and generate more support for tougher gun laws?

"I think the impact of this is going to be inescapable," said Kristen Rand, legislative director of the Violence Policy Centre.

16 Dec 2012 - 4:58am