There are more than one billion firearms in the world, according to the Small Arms Survey, a Geneva-based research group. US civilians own 120.5 firearms per 100 residents—the highest global ratio—a figure the survey attributes to both the national ‘gun culture’ and the expiration of a federal assault weapons ban in 2004.
All legal gun purchases in Mexico must be made at a tightly secured army facility in Mexico City, following an arduous process of background checks. About 38 guns are sold there each day. Meanwhile, more than 500 guns are smuggled daily into Mexico from the U.S.–a poignant figure as the country suffers through unprecedented levels of homicide.
Few messages are more alarming to the parent of a schoolchild than a “lockdown” alert from a school. When an incident near a small Catholic school in Gainesville, Fl. triggered that alert it reinforced some local views that having weapons available in schools made sense. But not everyone in this conservative pro-Trump stronghold agrees.
In a shift that could have political implications, some gun owners have become firm supporters of gun control measures. Meanwhile, others are blowing up their Yeti coolers, prompted by an NRA blast claiming that the firm was ending its discount for members of the group. Yeti said the NRA had gone off half-cocked.
A Columbia University study argues that examining aggressive tweets among gang members, particularly after a loss, could cut short the cycle of gang-revenge killings if grief counselors and other mental health services intervene in time.