Gun Politics

Delhi women rush for guns after fatal gang rape

Women mourn the woman student in New Delhi yesterday. Protesters across the country are demanding harsher laws, better policing and a change in culture. Photo: AP

Hundreds of women in Delhi have applied for gun licences following the gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman by six men in a bus in the city last month.

Thursday, 3 January, 2013, 5:42am

Trigger-happy Shenzhen police cause public concern

Public concern about the abuse of guns by police is increasing, with a newspaper reporting yesterday that police in Shenzhen had been encouraged to "pull the trigger" promptly when required.

There have been two recent cases of Shenzhen policemen shooting people dead in personal disputes.

14 Dec 2012 - 3:59am

US culture to blame for gun violence

Shooters hike to a station during an instructional women's shooting league at the Dakota Hunting Club in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald/MCT

It is now routine for everyone in the US who has access to a microphone or the printed word to ask the question: "Why the mass shootings?" The answers always centre on two reasons. Either there is an attempt to explain the motive of the shooter or it is said that there are just too many guns.

16 Aug 2012 - 10:06am

Liberty doesn't flow out of a gun barrel

Americans' love of guns is something difficult for outsiders to fathom. But repeated mass killings like the one in which a dozen people were gunned down inside a Colorado cinema cast a spotlight on the ease with which dangerous people can buy powerful weapons legally. Gun ownership is protected by the US constitution.

25 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Gun laws must be changed

We see it over and over in the news: yet another shooting in an American school or university.

These tragedies take lives and leave the survivors distraught. And yet despite these happenings, it is still very easy in the United States to buy and own a gun.

29 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Cash for guns programme hits its targets amid financial crisis

New York

New York City may be staring down the barrel of a budget crisis, but it isn't going to worry about handing out cash for one thing - guns.

4 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

On a wing and a prayer

America's and Americans' fascination with guns never ceases to amaze, particularly the belief that, if everyone carried one, the whole nation would be safer. Don't these people understand that guns are weapons of death and the fewer people who have them the better, the safer society will be, and the fewer deaths there will be?

7 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Lack of gun control in the US affects people all over the world

I am responding to the letter by Carlton Cash, 'No serious political talks on gun control' (April 22), as I believe that his message is misguided, for several reasons.

3 May 2007 - 12:00am

Gun control dead

You can imagine lots of countries where a candidate for the presidency might lie about owning a gun so as not to alienate the voters, but only in the US would he lie and say he does own a gun when he doesn't. That was Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's sin earlier this year - and he compounded it by claiming that he was a lifelong hunter.

23 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

'Disconnected' individuals and guns recipe for US-style tragedy

The college shooting in Virginia is the bloodiest of its kind in the history of the United States, with 33 dead and 15 injured. When we look at past cases, it is easy to identify a trend - the murderers often are asocial individuals who have problems establishing interpersonal relationships.

19 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

No one immune in 'High Noon' America

Most days, it is not at all hard to feel proud to be an American. But on days such as this, it is very difficult.

19 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

US must accept need for tighter gun laws

Americans' dogged attachment to guns claims 30,000 lives each year, but it is only eye-opening tragedies such as the massacre at a Virginia university that prompts widespread questioning of their easy availability.

18 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

607 days to go

When Chinese sharp-shooter Tao Luna set her gun sights on the Doha bullseyes and squeezed the trigger to fire home three golds and one silver medal at the Asian Games, little did she realise that back in the motherland the fortunes of her chosen sport were coming under a hail of friendly fire.

10 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

The day Australia lost itsinnocence

Ten years after he committed Australia's worst mass murder, Martin Bryant is still seared on the nation's psyche, his very name prompting a wave of revulsion.

On April 28, 1996, he shot dead 35 people in the island state of Tasmania, laughing in the faces of his victims as he killed them at point-blank range with a semi-automatic rifle.

28 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Loss of innocents

On the morning of March 13, 1996, in Dunblane, Scotland, 43-year-old Thomas Hamilton closed the door of his car for the last time. At 9.30am, armed with 743 rounds of ammunition and four handguns, he walked towards the gym of the local primary school.

13 Mar 2006 - 12:00am