Guns

Tasers might compel police to use force, opponents say

After less than a year on the job with Tasers, instances of use of force by the Massachusetts State Police has doubled. Department officials say the data could be misleading, because the devices were never fired in many cases, but civil rights advocates warn an overreliance on stun guns by law...

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 9:28am

City launches #PeaceNYC campaign to help end gun violence

For the past year, the Office to Prevent Gun Violence has been on the front lines in the 17 neighborhoods across the five boroughs that account for more than half of the city’s gun violence. OPGV uses a community-based approach to empower and connect those areas and provide support services...

Monday, October 29, 2018 - 4:11pm

City student, Parkland survivor march to put spotlight on gun violence in urban communities

On Feb. 14, Aalayah Eastmond survived the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, by using the body of a fallen classmate to shield herself. Since then, Eastmond has spoken about her experience as part of the #Enough movement borne from that day, when 17 people were...

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 5:02am

Trump’s America: Shutting the door on gun sanity

Another ten dead by gunfire, and here we go again. This time, the slaughter was outside Houston at Santa Fe High School. And Dan Patrick, the pro-gun lieutenant governor of Texas, had another imbecilic excuse for refusing to do anything about America’s sickness with guns. Guns weren’t...

Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 6:08pm

New York AG holding gun buyback in White Plains

In his continued efforts to keep New Yorkers safe from gun violence, state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman on Wednesday announced his office will hold a gun buyback in White Plains on Friday. The gun buyback will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mount Hope AME Zion Church at 65 Lake...

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 12:21pm

Massachusetts school board opposes arming teachers

Massachusetts education officials have shut down the idea of arming teachers in classrooms across the commonwealth. After the Parkland school shooting in which 17 people were killed, President Donald Trump called for teachers to carry firearms in schools as a way to protect students from more...

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 5:00pm

Boston nonprofit creates tool kit to help student activists stop gun violence

Students are no doubt leading the fight for gun control, but a Boston-based nonprofit is still here to lend a helping hand. Stop Handgun Violence, a nonprofit that aims to reduce injuries and deaths from firearms through public awareness, education and policy advocacy, has put together a tool kit...

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 12:38pm

Several shot at Maryland high school, conditions unclear: Report

Several people were shot at a Maryland high school on Tuesday, local news media reported, and school officials confirmed the campus was on lockdown and the incident had been "contained." Multiple people were shot and their condition was not yet clear, ABC News reported, citing the St....

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 11:08am

3 million more guns than usual were sold in wake of Sandy Hook shooting: Report

The Sandy Hook school shooting, like many other mass shootings in America, sparked a nationwide debate about gun control. It also led to a jump in gun sales and accidental gun deaths, according to a new report. On Dec. 14, 2012, Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook...

Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 3:17pm

Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza was a pedophile who thought he was 'saving' children

The shooter who slaughtered 20 first-graders and six teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012, was a pedophile and thought he was “saving” children by murdering them, new FBI documents revealed. A trove of more than 1,500 documents released Tuesday reveal Adam Lanza planned the attack...

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 12:25pm

3 million Americans carry loaded handguns daily

Three million Americans carry loaded handguns on a daily basis, and 9 million do so monthly, according to a new study. The vast majority of those gun-holders — 82% — say they do it for self-protection. The study — the first of its kind in 20 years — was conducted...

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 5:06pm

Mandalay Bay won't rent room used by gunman in Las Vegas shooting anytime soon

The room rented by the gunman in the Las Vegas shooting at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino won’t be rented out anytime soon, the hotel has said. On Oct. 1, Stephen Paddock used a suite on the 32nd floor of the hotel to gun down 58 people who were attending a country music festival in the...

Friday, October 20, 2017 - 1:59pm

GOP candiate for Georgia governor announces free 'bump stock giveaway' contest

A Georgia state politician who strongly disagrees with putting a ban on bump stock sales said he would give away one of the attachments to one gun loving individual in a giveaway contest. Georgia senator and GOP candidate for governor Michael Williams posted a statement to his Facebook page saying...

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 4:51pm

Numbers show gun control laws are working

It’s a familiar narrative by now: a mass shooting shocks the nation, gun control proponents stand on their soapboxes, pro-Second Amendment groups cry about politicizing tragedy, and nothing seems to really happen. With little federal action on gun control, the laws managing access to...

Friday, October 13, 2017 - 2:53pm

NRA comes out in favor of bump stock regulations in latest gun-control twist

In a move supported by the White House and Republican leadership, The NRA on Thursday said it was moving away from its usual staunch pro-Second Amendment stance, saying it is in favor of reviewing the regulations on bump stocks — the firearm accessory used by the gunman in the Las Vegas...

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 4:35pm

Only 3% of Americans own half of the nation's guns: Survey

The aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting is rife with big, unanswered questions, from the shooter's motive to how politicians will respond to the historically intractable gun lobby. But one fact has come into stark relief: A very small number of people own the vast majority of the nation's...

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 4:40pm

Sen. Schumer criticizes NRA for pushing concealed carry reciprocity bill after Las Vegas shooting

One week after the Las Vegas shooting that prompted some to ask for stricter gun control, Sen. Chuck Schumer lambasted the NRA for supporting a law that would actually expand gun rights. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, a bill that has been pending in Congress and was introduced in January,...

Monday, October 9, 2017 - 10:14am

Trump’s America: Worst aim ever in the DC Corral

Another mass murder by gunfire, another paralyzed response from our political class: They’re shooting blanks again in Washington. Donald Trump blames “pure evil,” which is his way of saying there’s nothing anyone can do to try and stop it. On Capitol Hill, the only thing...

Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 2:24pm

Las Vegas shooter's bump stock actually saved lives: Tucker Carlson

Remember when the zaniest thing about Tucker Carlson was his bowtie? Cue the slapstick sound effects because the Fox News host said something on Thursday night that registered on the bizarre-o-meter: the use of bump stocks in the Las Vegas mass shooting might have saved lives. Watch the latest...

Friday, October 6, 2017 - 5:05pm

What are bump stocks, and why are they important after the Las Vegas shooting?

In the days after the Las Vegas shooting, there has been much discussion about the fact that the shooter, Richard Paddock, used a "bump stock" attachment. Using one of these bump stocks on his gun increased his firepower, leading to a higher death and injury count. What are bump stocks...

Friday, October 6, 2017 - 3:13pm