Families confront dementia and guns

A four-month Kaiser Health News investigation uncovered dozens of cases across the United States in which people with dementia used guns to shoot themselves or others. From news reports, court records, hospital data and public death records, KHN found 15 homicides and more than 60 suicides since 2012, although there are likely more. The shooters…

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Crime guns sold by law enforcement end up in new crimes

A year-long Associated Press investigation found that Washington state law enforcement agencies sold almost 6,000 firearms that were confiscated during criminal investigations, and more than a dozen of those guns ended up in new crimes. The AP analysis, using multiple databases created from hundreds of public records to find matching serial numbers, tracked for the…

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CDC misses large number of childhood deaths caused by accidental shootings

Investigative reporters from USA Today and the Associated Press analyzed the circumstances of every death and injury from accidental shootings involving children for the first six months of 2016. They found that one child was killed in an accidental shooting every other day during that time period. More than 320 minors and more than 30…

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Officers across the Bay Area and state are losing firearms at an astonishing rate

A six-month Bay Area News Group investigation into lost and stolen law enforcement guns in California found that cops often left weapons unsecured in vehicles, resulting in thefts. The news group’s analysis of six years of recent data showed that nearly 1,000 weapons are now unaccounted for on the streets. In some instances, weapons had…

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Washington gun buyers may not be following background check law

Following President Obama’s gun control comments, Seattle TV station KING 5 turned an investigation aimed at his remarks praising states with universal background checks. Washington State is one of them. But the television station’s analysis of federal and state data revealed large numbers of gun owners may be evading the background check law, yet no…

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Chicago’s unarmed aviation police officers instructed to run and hide

Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway airports have nearly 300 sworn aviation police officers wearing uniforms and badges. One thing they don’t have – guns. A CNN investigation revealed that these sworn, unarmed officers have been instructed to run and hide in the case of an active shooter. CNN surveyed other major airports and found that most…

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Analysis of fatal police shootings in Georgia casts doubt on officials’ claims

Nearly half of the 184 people fatally shot by police in Georgia since 2010 were unarmed or shot in the back, according to an investigation by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News. The findings cast doubt on claims by officials that the use of deadly force in each case was justified. Other findings…

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Deaths raise questions about the risk of excessive or improper deployment of Tasers

At least 48 people in the United States have died this year after police deployed a Taser, the Washington Post found. “The link between the use of Tasers and the 48 deaths this year is unclear,” the Post wrote. Still, using police, court and autopsy records, the paper learned than more than half of the…

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