gun violence

Scott Franz

Following attention from prominent Democrats, and an announcement that gun control groups had donated over $100,000 to fighting the effort to recall Rep. Tom Sullivan (D), backers of the recall campaign have ended their pursuit.

When a heavily armed gunman stormed his former place of work and fatally shot 12 people in Virginia Beach, Virginia, last week, he was just the latest example of workplace killers taking personal and professional grievances out on one-time colleagues.

While incidents of mass violence of any kind are rare, experts worry workplace violence is a persistent problem and may be on the rise.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on Tuesday called a special legislative session on gun violence, citing last week’s deadly mass shooting that claimed 12 lives.

The first time Clevelander Robert Woodard saw someone who had been shot, it was overwhelming.

“So me running to the scene and me getting there and them bleeding and I’m just as hysterical as them,” Woodard remembered. “It’s like, ‘Wow, what do I do?’ I have no tools. I have no anything.”

So last summer Woodard, a violence prevention worker with a group called the Wolfpack, completed a first aid training on how to stop bleeding.

Matthew Richmond, WCPN

It's 5 o'clock in the morning, and Sarah Salazar would rather be sleeping. Not just because it's early. Or because she's a teenager and can't seem to get enough sleep. Doctors say the shotgun pellets embedded in her shoulder, lung and back have sent her lead levels skyrocketing and leave her feeling tired much of the time.

Johns Hopkins University will share gun violence prevention research and strategies through a new massive open online course (MOOC) beginning Monday.

Subject experts, including mental and reproductive health professionals and experts on global affairs, will deliver course content in six modules, including legal issues surrounding gun violence and gun regulation.

STEM students
Michael de Yoanna / KUNC

As parents and students entered the school gym, several said they came to show support for the victims of the STEM school shooting as well as to build a sense of community.

Amy Wadlington, a mom from Castle Rock, said she came to the event at Highlands Ranch High School, near the school where Tuesday's tragic shooting took place, "to support the community and to show a united front for my daughter."

Leigh Paterson / KUNC

A Florida teenager is dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound following a nearly 24-hour manhunt.

Sol Pais flew into Denver International Airport Monday night. She then bought a pump-action shotgun from a gun shop in Littleton near Columbine.

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

2:30 p.m. update: Gun store owner releases statement

The Littleton gun store that sold Pais a shotgun says they did so legally. The owner of Colorado Gun Broker posted on Facebook that Pais went through a full background check and was cleared by NICS and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

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A study in the medical journal BMJ found a strong association between the strength of a state’s gun laws and its rate of mass shootings.

Paul Reeping is an epidemiologist with Columbia University and first author on the paper. He says researchers had already looked at the relationship between gun laws and outcomes like suicide or homicide.

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