the trace

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
8.9.18
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

Just How Many Guns Do Americans Actually Own?

Some fans say the number is as high as 600 million. Here's what the data really shows.
Alex Yablon
6.25.18
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
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
gun control

The Good Guy with a Gun Theory, Debunked

Analyzing 37 years of data, a Stanford team finds no basis for a theory at the heart of the modern gun-rights movement.
Alex Yablon
7.4.17
domestic violence

After My Boyfriend Murdered Our Son, I Found Healing at the Gun Range

He shot me, too, with a 9mm Glock. Now that's the gun I keep at home.
Shannon Paolini as told to Max Siegelbaum
6.28.17
crime

The Mothers Haunted by Their Sons' Unsolved Murders

When cops can't solve homicides, families carry the weight.
Francesca Mirabile
6.27.17