Guns & America

After a much-anticipated showdown over gun regulations at the U.S. Supreme Court in early December focused on procedure over substance, advocates on all sides are waiting to see if the court dismisses the case.

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The holiday shopping season is big business for most retailers in the United States, and the gun industry is no exception. The last three months of the year represent almost a third of annual sales for firearms retailers each year.
 

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There’s a symbiotic relationship between hunting and conservation, and we’re not just talking about a romantic notion of our hunter-gatherer roots. But with the number of hunters on the decline nationally, stakeholders are banding together to attract a different type of hunter. We get a firsthand account from Boise State Public Radio's Heath Druzin, who recently took a trek into the wilderness for this story.

 

Heath Druzin / Boise State Public Radio

A few weeks back, I found myself being pelted with snow, on an unnamed ridge, high above the aptly named Roaring River in central Idaho.


The U.S. Supreme Court will examine gun rights for the first time in nearly a decade on Monday when it hears arguments in a case that could decide whether Americans have a constitutional right to carry a firearm in public.

In the case, the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association is challenging a New York City law that severely restricted the transport of firearms outside the home.

Overall crime in the United States has been declining since the early 1990s. But the same cannot be said for gun violence, which has seen a slight uptick in recent years.

Nearly half (49%) of public schools in the United States have at least one School Resource Officer (SRO) on campus. The primary basic training course, taken in the first year on the job and provided by the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO), is 40 hours and focuses on their role as law enforcement officers in a school, de-escalation tactics and some information on mentoring students.

A closely watched lawsuit that could provide a roadmap for suing gun companies in the wake of mass shootings can move forward in a Connecticut court, the Supreme Court said Tuesday.

What We Know About Targeted School Violence

Nov 15, 2019

The Secret Service and National Threat Assessment Center have released a report focused on targeted school violence, including school shootings.

They studied 41 attacks against K-12 schools in the United States from 2008 to 2017. The report focused on the background and behaviors of attackers to identify commonalities among them.

Heath Druzin / Boise State Public Radio

For more than 20 years, studying guns and health has been a challenge for the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention.


Democrats in Virginia claimed big wins in the Tuesday election, fueled in no small part by big investments from gun control advocates.

The historic blue wave marked the first time Democrats seized control of the state’s government in a generation.

Heath Druzin / Boise State Public Radio

Federal land agencies like the National Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management aren't doing enough to keep employees safe, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

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Gun control has become a topic driving national politics over the last several years. With a 2020 presidential election looming over the political scene, candidates will have to create a compelling argument on a divided issue. Guns & America reporter Heath Druzin attended an event based around the subject of gun control and joins Idaho Matters to expand upon the discussion.

Heath Druzin / Boise State Public Radio

The politics of guns on the national stage are changing. Fast. And when Democratic presidential hopefuls got together in Las Vegas earlier this month to discuss gun policy the shift was crystal clear.

After a mass shooting, people and resources pour into the community to help victims and survivors cope. As these incidents continue to unfold, the grim infrastructure that springs up around them is growing larger and more sophisticated.

Ethan Webber / Boise State Public Radio

On the Reporter Roundtable, Scott McIntosh of the Idaho Statesman, Rebecca Boone with the Associated Press, Heath Druzin of Boise State Public Radio and Guns & America talk about vaccination controversies, presidential candidate’s gun policies, and more. Be sure to listen in as Melissa Davlin hosts this week’s edition of the Reporter Roundtable.

Heath Druzin / Boise State Public Radio

Democratic presidential hopefuls called for increased firearms restrictions at a forum organized by gun control advocates in Las Vegas Wednesday.

Shattered: Intimate Partner Gun Violence

Sep 27, 2019

Timira Hopkins knew her boyfriend was angry that she had stayed late at her grandmother’s house one day in March 2014, instead of being at home waiting when he got off work.

She had seen him upset before — often, even. His rage would routinely erupt into acts of violence, leaving her with black and blue bruises across her face. He sometimes threatened worse.

WARNING: This story contains graphic descriptions of domestic violence that some readers might find disturbing.

Heath Druzin / Boise State Public Radio

In late 2018, researchers in Yellowstone National Park made a grim discovery: The first golden eagle in the park ever fitted with a tracking transmitter was dead.

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What do you do in the case of a school shooter? Idaho Matters features a two-part series that dives deep into this question. Mountain West News Bureau reporter Rae Ellen Bichell talks to a group of teachers who are being trained to deal with the terrifying scenario -- by being armed. In the second part of this series, we follow Guns & America reporter Leigh Paterson to learn more about how students are being prepared to protect themselves in an era of mass shootings. 

On an unseasonably warm July day, Lionel Irving gets up from the sofa on his front porch to hug his 16-year-old niece Queenie who is just getting home from a summer program called Self Enhancement, Inc.

“She just came from a college tour,” he says. “That’s our star.”

Queenie visited Tulane University in New Orleans. Lionel sees education as the most important thing for helping young people improve their lives and he gets visibly excited when he talks about Queenie’s success.

Heath Druzin / Boise State Public Radio

New research shows that confiscating weapons from gun owners deemed at-risk for violence could help prevent mass shootings.


In the last few weeks, Democratic presidential candidates, Congressional leaders, and even the President, have been proposing various gun control policies to curb gun violence in America. But a recent study from the Journal of Rural Health shows that certain firearm laws are more effective at reducing violence than others, depending on if you live in an urban or rural area.

Money flowed into Colorado politics earlier this year when hardline gun rights supporters attempted to recall a state representative who supported Colorado’s extreme risk protection order law (ERPO), a controversial piece of gun legislation. But now, two months since that effort failed, the ability to trace where some of those funds came from and how they were spent is limited by Colorado’s campaign finance laws.

Wednesday night, thousands of El Pasoans streamed into Southwest University Park, for a community memorial to honor the 22 victims of the mass shooting that took place just over a week ago, on Aug. 3.

Upon entering the city’s minor league baseball stadium, visitors were greeted by a group of therapy dogs who traveled from Nebraska to provide comfort.

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