the trace

true crime

A Teen’s Murder Inspired a Bill to End Road-Rage Shootings in Pennsylvania

The proposed law comes after the tragic death of 18-year-old Bianca Roberson and conviction of David Desper.
Jennifer Mascia
10.15.18
extremism

NRA Membership Dues Tanked Last Year

The gun rights super-group took out a big loan from its own foundation in what experts said might be a sign of serious cashflow problems.
John Cook
9.21.18
extremism

How to Keep Armed Militias Out of Your City

“The 'violent left' has never been anywhere near as well armed or trained as the ‘violent right.”
Alex Yablon
9.5.18
extremism

Court Documents Show the NRA's Unhinged Rhetoric Being Used Against It

The gun-rights giant says it's bleeding money, and a legal battle with its old insurance broker suggests politics are a big part of the problem.
Alex Yablon
Mike Spies
8.8.18
true crime

Decoding the NRA-Obsessed Blog of an Accused Russian Spy

We translated the LiveJournal of Maria Butina, the Russian accused of using sex to influence Republican politics for the Kremlin.
Brian Freskos
7.25.18
crime

Photos Show Links Between NRA Leaders and Alleged Russian Spy Maria Butina

The arrest of Butina is the most dramatic development yet in the government’s investigation of the NRA's relationship with Russia.
Jennifer Mascia
7.17.18
guns

The ER Doctor Exposing the Insane Brutality of Gun Violence

Reading through the responses, she had to take breaks because of how viscerally upsetting many of the tweets were.
Beatrix Lockwood
3.21.18
Las Vegas Shooting

People Are Bidding Insane Amounts for 'Bump Stocks' After Vegas

The devices that speed up semi-automatic guns were all over Stephen Paddock's hotel room. With Congress considering a ban, they're a suddenly hot commodity.
Alex Yablon
10.9.17
Las Vegas Shooting

Gunshot Survivors Have Stories for the Las Vegas Wounded

"There were just so many triggers in everyday life that would set me off," one victim of a previous shooting told us.
Elizabeth Van Brocklin
10.4.17
alt left

The NRA’s Plan to Make People Fear the ‘Violent Left’ May Backfire

A leading researcher says she has never seen evidence of stories about violent protests increasing support for gun rights.
Alex Yablon
8.21.17
Militias

Armed Militias Have a Choice to Make After Charlottesville

One prominent group has issued a "stand down order," saying it feared being associated with racist protesters.
Ben Hallman
8.15.17
true crime

I Had to Announce My Own Brother's Shooting Death to the Public

I'm a police spokesman in Baltimore, responsible for telling the city when someone gets shot. This time hit much closer to home.
T.J. Smith as told to Kerry Shaw
8.2.17
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