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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
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
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
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
7.3.17
crime

The Mothers Haunted by Their Sons' Unsolved Murders

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

Inside a Class That Teaches Politicians When It’s OK to Shoot Someone

"I hate the term, 'Don’t take the law into your own hands.' I wish more people would."
Blake Nelson
5.15.17
true crime

I Was Shot Nine Times and Can Barely Make Ends Meet

I'm only 28 years old, but with all this pain, I feel like I'm 50.
Derrick Strong as told to Elizabeth Van Brocklin
5.10.17
guns

Is the AR-15 a 'Weapon of War'?

A key court ruling this week may encourage more states to ban assault weapons.
Alex Yablon
2.25.17
crime

My Son Was Murdered in the Line of Duty by Right-Wing Extremists

As a former police chief and father, I wish the feds would put more effort into stopping homegrown terrorism—not less, as the Trump administration is hinting.
Bob Paudert as told to Alex Yablon
2.16.17
guns

Trump's Promised Crackdown on Gun Crimes Is Coming into Focus

The new president has been tweeting wildly about gun violence in cities like Chicago for a while now. But will his attorney general pick actually go after shady gun traffickers?
Dan Friedman
1.27.17
News

Black Women Are Uniquely Vulnerable To Being Shot Dead by Men

In a majority of cases where the victim knows their killer, the culprit is an intimate partner.
Jovona Taylor
12.22.16
News

Most People Who Commit Gun Crimes Have Been Shot Before, Study Suggests

The research suggests a small group of Americans experience—and inflict—an outsized share of the nation's gun violence.
Julia Dahl
12.19.16