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How the Supreme Court Just Green-Lighted Gun-Control Legislation

In a 5-4 decision, the SCOTUS blocked a conservative effort to overturn a law that makes it illegal to buy a gun for someone else. While the ruling maintains the status quo by preserving long-standing legislation, it opens the door for stricter limits on gun ownership.

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Why Don’t We Know How Many People Are Shot Each Year in America?

Has non-fatal gun violence increased or decreased over the past 10 years? No one really knows.

ProPublica

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Meet the Doctor Who Gave $1 Million of His Own Money to Keep His Gun Research Going

Since Congress pressured the CDC to stop funding research on gun violence, Dr. Garen Wintemute has donated more than $1.1 million of his own money to keep his research going.

ProPublica

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Should We Give the CDC Money to Study Gun Violence?

Republicans don’t think so.

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How to Mislead With Charts: Stand Your Ground Laws and Gun Deaths in Florida

As data journalism has its moment in the media, a reminder that we bring our own assumptions to the reading of charts and graphs.

True Crime

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Mark Wahlberg Is the Missing Link in Bloomberg’s $50 Million Gun-Control Plan

Forget money and the mom-vote—it’s a question of charisma.

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To Whom Is George Zimmerman a Hero? And Why?

The narrative of righteous slaughter.

True Crime

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There’s No Magic Bullet

Recent studies by The New York Times and the Mayo Clinic show how problematic restricting gun rights to the mentally ill can be.

 

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Study Links White Racism With Opposition to Gun Control

Researchers report white Americans who hold implicitly anti-black attitudes are more likely to have a gun in the house, and to oppose gun-control measures.

 

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Children and the Loaded Guns They Find at Home

An equation as preventable as it is tragic.

 

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The Gun Rights Crowd Might Be Right About Mental Health

While their intentions aren’t necessarily pure, the numbers suggest they’re actually on to something.

 

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The Gun Club

The history of citizen ownership of firearms isn’t just about protection against tyranny; it’s also about forcing subjects to defend tyranny.

 

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Is Gun Control Really an Urban vs. Rural Debate?

Consider California, a state with some of the country’s most restrictive gun laws, and Arizona, a state with some of the most permissive.

 

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The Armed Citizen Project Hopes to Fight Crime by Giving Out Free Guns

Houston is the first target.

 

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Violent Crime Is Dropping: Why Are We So Scared?

A majority of Americans continue to overestimate crime rates, even as crime levels drop across the country.

 

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You Can’t Ban Guns at the Public Pool

The National Rifle Association is about to claim another victory in its three-decade push to deny individual cities the right to regulate guns.

 

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Don’t Bring a Gun to a Bear Fight, and Other Bits of Unconventional Firearm Wisdom

We can continue to argue about gun ownership and its relationship to violence, but studies have confirmed at least a few peculiar aspects of firearms.

 

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Gun Ownership Neither Increases Nor Decreases the Crime Rate

You are no less likely to be a victim of violent crime in a country with fewer guns.

 

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The Correlation Between Gun Ownership and Homicide Rate

If you control for developing countries and South Africa, with its history of apartheid and ethnic conflict, there is a strong link between the number of guns per capita and gun-related homicides in a country.

 

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The Truth About Violence and Gun Policy in the United States

We need to stop spinning the research on mass shootings and acts of terror—the outliers—so that we can focus on more common and deadlier threats.

 

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Geography, Race, and LOLs

The online lexicon spreads through racial and ethnic groups as much as it does through geography and other traditional linguistic measures.

Feeling—Not Being—Wealthy Cuts Support for Economic Redistribution

A new study suggests it's relative wealth that leads people to oppose taxing the rich and giving to the poor.

Sufferers of Social Anxiety Disorder, Your Friends Like You

The first study of friends' perceptions suggest they know something's off with their pals but like them just the same.

Standing Up for My Group by Kicking Yours

Members of a minority ethnic group are less likely to express support for gay equality if they believe their own group suffers from discrimination.

How Old Brains Learn New Tricks

A new study shows that the neural plasticity needed for learning doesn't vanish as we age—it just moves.

The Big One

One in two United States senators and two in five House members who left office between 1998 and 2004 became lobbyists. November/December 2014

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