The estimated number of privately-owned guns in the U.S. grew to approximately 265 million between 1994 and 2015, with the majority of those new guns being handguns, according to a comprehensive national survey co-led by Northeastern. Owners also now cite protection as a primary reason of ownership.
The Transportation Security Administration is finding more firearms than ever at airport checkpoints. Is this a sign that the TSA is doing its job or an indication that more travelers are trying to board planes with these weapons in their bags? And what about “insider threats” among airport personnel? We asked an expert.
The death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed, black teenager shot by self-appointed community watch captain George Zimmerman in Florida, has sparked a turbulent nationwide dialogue on race and so-called “stand your ground” laws, which authorize the use of lethal force in cases of self-defense. On Tuesday, law professor Deborah Ramirez spoke at a panel convened by Congressional Democrats to address the case.