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Gun Politics in the United States

US gun law debate has knock-on effect

Gun control activists march across Brooklyn Bridge. Photo: AFP

The world is watching while the US divides more bitterly than ever in a national debate it has had before, and must have again, on whether to accept more control of guns in the community.

Thursday, 24 January, 2013, 5:21am 2 comments

Americans wants armed guards in school, NRA's Wayne LaPierre says

Wayne LaPierre

The largest US gun rights lobbying organisation yesterday forcefully stuck to its call for placing armed police officers and security guards in every school as the best way to avoid shootings such as the recent massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

24 Dec 2012 - 5:07am

Sandy Hook school massacre rekindles US gun control debate

Adam Lanza

No one yet knows what transformed nerdy, small-town loner Adam Lanza into a black-clad monster who gunned down 26 people, including 20 young children, at an elementary school.

17 Dec 2012 - 8:01am

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

America's gun warfare

While the gruesome shooting of eight members of a biker gang in rural Ontario last weekend has rocked Canadian society, such violent deaths involving guns have long been routine TV viewing south of the border.

16 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

'Mom' rally takes aim at gun mania

Tens of thousands of American mothers converged on Washington yesterday to demand stricter gun laws in one of the biggest rallies the capital has seen in years.

Perfect weather saw organisers claiming 500,000 marchers as the protest got under way, matched by action in 62 cities nationwide in the so-called 'Million Moms March'.

15 May 2000 - 12:00am

US weapons

More than 40 per cent of American households with children have guns, and more than half of those either keep the gun loaded or do not lock it away, a survey by the Centre to Prevent Handgun Violence found.

But 73 per cent of respondents thought it unlikely their children would find or handle a gun without their permission, the survey showed.

16 Nov 1998 - 12:00am

City lawsuits take aim at firearms industry

Two of the United States' most violent cities have mounted an unprecedented legal challenge against the firearms industry in a bid to reverse the tide of gun-related deaths.

Chicago and New Orleans are suing gun makers and retailers, hoping to do to gun violence what a nationwide torrent of litigation has done to the tobacco industry.

16 Nov 1998 - 12:00am

Logic left for dead

The National Rifle Association, America's powerful gun-ownership lobbying group, declares in its motto: 'Guns don't kill, people do.' The slogan is naturally designed to persuade supporters of gun control of the errors of their ways and suggest that, in itself, a firearm is a harmless toy.

4 Dec 1997 - 12:00am

Clinton's shot in the dark

EVERY few minutes of every day across the United States, another person is shot dead; sometimes during a domestic fight, sometimes in a bar brawl, but more often because of a robbery, gang war or drug dispute.

11 Dec 1993 - 12:00am

Put down your guns before someone else gets killed

MY father, a professor of music, loves guns. From derringers to Colt 45s, from flintlocks to high-powered hunting rifles, he has an arsenal big enough to arm at least one platoon, maybe two. He even owns a glass-encased commemorative Thompson sub-machine gun.

24 Jun 1993 - 12:00am