+19 Since January 21st


Incidents of gun violence in America so far this year

from the Gun Violence Archive


Gun News and Views From Elsewhere

  1. One student has been hospitalized, and another is in custody, after a shooting at West Liberty-Salem Middle/High School in Ohio this morning. Superintendent Kraig Hissong said the shooting occurred just as classes were underway around 7:30 a.m. and that students and teachers evacuated the school. Students were then bused to a nearby location where they were picked up by parents.

  2. A man who paid for a tattoo with a stolen handgun faces up to 10 years in prison. Robert Burton, 33, pleaded guilty in September in Flint, Michigan, but details about his case only recently became public. Newly filed sentencing memos show that Burton acquired guns by burglarizing homes on Flint's east side. He sold one to an undercover cop, and another he gave to a tattoo artist acting a confidential source for police.

  3. A fourth grader was killed in a double shooting in Cincinnati on Wednesday evening. Alexandrea Thompson, 9, was shot inside a Mt. Auburn residence along with her father, who survived. Three men were seen leaving the house but police are still searching for suspects and a motive. At the girl's school yesterday, mourning students and staff wrote messages to Thompson, one of which read: "Your new wings are magnificent."

  4. A federal appeals court struck down a Chicago zoning law that restricted gun ranges to industrial areas. In a 2-1 vote, a panel of judges from the Seventh Circuit ruled the city didn't provide evidence to support its claims that shooting ranges attract thieves, cause lead pollution, or carry a risk of fire. Chicago has been defending strict gun laws since the Supreme Court struck down the city’s ban on gun ownership in 2010.

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