guns

Texas Shooting Intensifies Calls for Gun Restrictions

In the wake of the latest mass shooting, Democrats are pleading with President Trump and congressional Republicans to tighten gun restrictions, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is remaining noncommittal about bringing new gun safety legislation to a vote.

Crime-Fighting Tools Tested in Suburban St. Louis Area

With a federal grant, a half-square-mile neighborhood in north St. Louis County, Mo., long riddled with violence, is now the frontier of crime prevention: Residents, researchers and cops are experimenting with crime-fighting tools — from painting murals to cleaning up vacant lots to installing street lights — and tracking how those steps reduce crime.

abortion

Legalized Abortions Tied to Crime Drop of 1990s

As a wave of tougher abortion laws spreads across the U.S., a new study finds that crime dropped significantly between 1997 and 2014 in the five states where abortion was legalized in the 1970s, before Roe v Wade. The reason, according to the authors: Fewer unwanted children grew up in adverse circumstances that influenced future criminal behavior.