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Zimmerman drops ‘stand your ground’ defense in Trayvon Martin murder case

Neighbourhood watch leader who shot dead teenager on Florida housing estate will instead go straight to jury trial Lawyers acting for George Zimmerman, who shot dead the unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin on a Florida housing estate, have abandoned their attempt to have his murder charge thrown out on the grounds of self-defence. Neighbourhood…

Gun control debate fueling ‘explosive’ rise in far-right extremist groups: report

The number of anti-government, far-right extremist groups has soared to record levels since 2008 and they are becoming increasingly militant, according to a report by the Southern Poverty Law Center. It says the number of groups in the “Patriot” movement stood at 1,360 in 2012, up from 149 in 2008…

‘Blade Runner’ Oscar Pistorius blasts father for ‘racist’ gun comments

JOHANNESBURG — The family of murder suspect Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday rejected his father’s claim that white South Africans need to own guns because the ANC government does not protect them. Henke Pistorius had claimed his family’s 55 guns were for hunting and for protection amid high crime levels that…

Florida woman brandishes gun at Walmart staff over rejected $1 coupon

Police arrested a 61-year-old Florida woman for allegedly pointing a gun at Walmart employees, threatening them after the store refused to honor her coupon for $1 off of a purchase and later attacking authorities. The Smoking Gun reported on Monday that Mary Frances Alday was arrested on March 1 and…

NRA leader Wayne LaPierre: Background checks wouldn’t stop ‘mental defectives’ from mass shootings

National Rifle Association executive vice president Wayne LaPierre trashed the mentally ill on Monday while suggesting it is a gateway to government-mandated weapons confiscation. “It’s a speed bump for the law-abiding,” he said in an interview with Fox Business Network host Stuart Varney. “It has no effect in the real…

Young African-Americans see lives shattered by gun violence

In 1998, Ismael Watkins was walking down a street when a bullet hit him in the neck. He never took another step. Today, the 33-year-old relies on a wheelchair to get around and still remembers those life-changing moments as if they had happened yesterday. “I heard the shot, it hit…

Arrested Colorado man threatened lawmaker: ‘Hopefully somebody Gifords both of your asses with a gun’

Denver police arrested a 42-year-old man for allegedly threatening a state lawmaker, her daughter and a colleague in a series of voice mails and emails. The Denver Post reported on Monday that Franklin Glenn Sain was arrested on Feb. 22 on suspicion of harassing state Rep. Rhonda Fields (D) and…

What researchers learned about gun violence before Congress killed funding

President Obama has directed the Centers for Disease Control to research gun violence as part of his legislative package on gun control. The CDC hasn’t pursued this kind of research since 1996 when the National Rifle Association lobbied Congress to cut funding for it, arguing that the studies were politicized…

FBI: Neo-Nazi amassed 40,000 rounds, 18 weapons in plot to kill black and Jewish leaders

A convicted felon and alleged neo-Nazi amassed 40,000 rounds of ammunition and planned to kill black and Jewish community leaders in Detroit as part of a “hit list,” WXYZ-TV reported on Thursday. Federal authorities said this week that a search of 47-year-old federal suspect Richard Schmidt’s home revealed the list…

Arizona doctor apologizes for mocking Aurora shootings on Twitter

A pediatric cardiologist in Arizona apologized Wednesday for mocking a Denver Post reporter who lost a friend in the movie theater mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado. According to Denver’s Channel 9 News, Dr. Scott Schnee of Banner Health Care in Phoenix has apologized for offensive remarks he made via his…

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