Awash in arms, Afghans push to ban toy guns

Jul 27, 2015

Awash in arms, Afghans push to ban toy guns

The weapons of Afghanistan’s long decades of war can be seen almost everywhere, from the burned-out hulks of Soviet tanks to the Kalashnikov assault rifles slung over policemen’s shoulders and helicopter gunships roaring overhead. It should be no surprise then that young children play ...

Jul 25, 2015

Pentagon asks armed 'citizen guards' at recruitment centers to stand down

The Pentagon on Friday asked that concerned armed citizens not stand guard at military recruiting offices, saying it can handle security after a shooting rampage. Prompted by shootings at military facilities around the U.S., Americans have started showing up at military recruiting offices to ...

Gunman in Louisiana theater rampage had history of mental illness

Jul 25, 2015

Gunman in Louisiana theater rampage had history of mental illness

A 59-year-old man once hospitalized for psychiatric care was identified by authorities on Friday as the gunman who fatally shot two people in a rampage at a central Louisiana movie theater before killing himself as police closed in. John Russell Houser, who bore a ...

Video of teen's gun-shooting drone triggers U.S. federal investigation

Jul 22, 2015

Video of teen's gun-shooting drone triggers U.S. federal investigation

The Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday it was investigating a viral Internet video showing a home-made “drone” firing a handgun in the Connecticut countryside. The 14-second video called “Flying Gun,” which has been viewed over 2 million times, has sparked fresh debate about the ...

Shooting took normally quiet Chattanooga by surprise

Jul 20, 2015

Shooting took normally quiet Chattanooga by surprise

A single “pop” cut through the quiet morning. Those who heard it had a moment to ponder the noise. On this ordinary Thursday, some thought a car had backfired, or maybe a tire had blown. Sgt. 1st Class Robert Dodge looked up from his ...

Probe of Tennessee shooter focuses on links to Islamic militants

Jul 18, 2015

Probe of Tennessee shooter focuses on links to Islamic militants

The suspect in the fatal shootings of four U.S. Marines traveled to Jordan and possibly other Middle Eastern countries for seven months last year, authorities said on Friday as the investigation focused on any signs of a connection to Islamist militants. Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, ...

Easy access to guns common link in U.S. mass killings

Jul 18, 2015

Easy access to guns common link in U.S. mass killings

FOCUS A possible jihadi in Tennessee. A white supremacist in South Carolina. A Ph.D. student dropout sowing terrorism at a “Batman” movie in Colorado. In one day, three alleged or convicted mass killers shared headlines in America, with a common thread running through all ...