Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Best Reporting on Guns in America - ProPublica

The Best Reporting on Guns in America - ProPublica

Battleground America [1], New Yorker, April 2012Jill Lepore's thorough look at the evolution of U.S. gun laws — from the Second Amendment, to the 1968 Gun Control Act, to the N.R.A.'s rise to political prominence — is an excellent primer for the modern day gun debate. And provides great context for the articles below.
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Florida 'stand your ground' law yields some shocking outcomes depending on how law is applied [3], Tampa Bay Times, June 2012The Tampa Bay Times analyzed nearly 200 "stand your ground" cases in Florida. Among the findings: Nearly 70 percent of defendants who invoke "stand your ground" went free. Seventy-three percent of those who killed a black person faced no penalty; 59 percent of those who killed a white went free.

Stand Your Ground Law Coincides With Jump in Justifiable-Homicides Cases [4], Washington Post, April 2012Since Florida passed a Stand Your Ground law in 2005, more than 30 states have adopted similarly broad laws. Justifiable-homicide cases have also been on the rise nationwide.

The Gun: The AK-47 and the evolution of war [11], CJ Chivers, October 2010A nuanced, in-depth look at what is arguably the most lethal gun of all time.

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