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Would Tracking the Gunshots Have Helped Catch the Boston Bombers?

You are walking down the street with a friend. A shot is fired. The two of you duck behind the nearest cover and you pull out your smartphone. A map of the neighborhood pops up on its screen with a large red arrow pointing in the direction the shot came from.

A team of computer engineers has made such a scenario possible by...
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Australian Gun Control--Did it Work?

As our Congress furiously debates gun control, it's interesting to see what happened in Australia when they banned certain types of weapons in 1996.

John Howard was prime minister of Australia from 1996 to 2007, and in the January 17th edition of the New York Times, he writes about his own experience with gun reform, following a...
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Why We're So Violent

In the wake of the recent Connecticut elementary school massacre--as well as similar massacres in the US over the years--some people are wondering if violence is in our genetic makeup or if it resides...
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Premonition and Warning about Denver Movie Massacre

Linda Howe reports that on May 17, 2012, an FBI and Homeland Security "Roll Call Release" for Police, Fire, EMS and Security Personnel was distributed on the internet. The release states that "terrorists may seek to emulate overseas attacks on theaters here in the United States because they have the potential to inflict mass...
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New Law Means More Gun Crimes Than Ever

Congress is passing more laws than ever, and some of them are downright dangerous. For instance, a new study finds that the number of guns that were subsequently linked to crime sold by a single store--a Milwaukee-area gun shop called Badger Guns &...
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How to Make Sure You Get Your Deer (Or Your Man)

Use a self-guided bullet!

Researchers (who are also hunters) have attached tiny light-emitting diode (LED) to a bullet so that it shows a bright path when fired at a target, making it less likely that the shooter will miss. And it's self-guided when aimed at a target that is wearing a laser (which a deer is not), but there is room...
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Now That Guns are Legal...

Who will be hurt the most? - In light of the recent Supreme Court interpretation of the 2nd amendment to the US Constitution, which give us the "right to bear arms," it's interesting to take a look at crime statistics over the last few years. It turns out that gun-related homicide among young men rose sharply in the United...

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Does Gun Control Prevent Crime?

UPDATE - The recent Virginia Tech killings make us all ask the question once again: Would getting rid of guns prevent these murders? It's interesting to see the British point of view about this troublesome question. Also, did violent movies and video games influence Cho? Keep reading for a sociologist's opinion on this.

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The Suicide Gene

The suicide of a friend of family member is always a great tragedy. Scientists now think that there might be a "suicide gene" that is handed down in our DNA. Despite this, there is one sure way to help prevent suicides: keep guns out of the house.

A new study has found evidence that a genetic tendency toward suicide has been linked to a...

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Want a Gun? No Problem

While people may differ on whether or not individuals should have access to guns, no one wants convicted criminals to have them. However, since the creation of the National Instant Criminal Background Check (NICS), administered by the FBI to screen firearm sales, 10,000 people who are not allowed to own guns have bought them, according to the...

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