gun violence

Reducing Gun Violence
5:36 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Health Officials Take A Shot At Gun Safety With Discounted Safes

An example of a safe displayed at a recent press conference to promote a new discount program to improve gun safety.
KUOW Photo/Ruby de Luna

In the quest to improve gun safety, public health officials are borrowing a practice that’s common in car sales — talking up safety features. Now when people shop for guns, they’ll be encouraged to exercise safety and buy a lockbox as well.

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Sandy Hook Elementary
12:26 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Newtown Residents Demolish A School, And Violent Memories

In June, people gathered in Newtown, Conn., to remember the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 6:55 am

Demolition has begun at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where a gunman killed 20 students and six adults last December. Bricks will be pulverized, steel melted down and a new school built at the same location.

Allison Hornak attended Sandy Hook Elementary School as a kid. After college, she returned home to Newtown, Conn., and opened an art gallery that's within walking distance of where the mass killing took place.

Hornak says she has a lot of fond memories of Sandy Hook — like a teacher who let her chew gum in class, and the pathways through the school.

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History of Insanity Plea
10:56 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Insanity Plea: A Rare And Misunderstood Defense

Last summer 12 people were fatally shot and 70 others were injured when a gunman opened fire in an Aurora, Colorado movie theater. James Holmes, the suspect in that shooting pleaded not guilty last week by reason of insanity.  David Hyde explores the history and myths behind the insanity plea with author and law professor Michael Perlin.

Cafe Racer Anniversary
5:39 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Mental Health Services Still Difficult To Get In King County

One year ago, Ian Stawicki killed four people at Cafe Racer, a popular and eclectic coffee shop and bar in Seattle's University District. Later that day he killed another woman, and then himself. Like other mass shootings without apparent motive, the case galvanized discussion about mental illness and violence.

KUOW's Sara Lerner spoke with Amnon Shoenfeld, director of King County’s Mental Health, Chemical Abuse and Dependency Services Division about why it's so difficult for many families to get help for loved ones who have mental illnesses.

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Connecting Violence To Health
7:46 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Seattle To Launch Gun Violence Study

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 32,000 people die from gun violence each year. The Seattle study will look at gun violence from a public health standpoint.
Credit Minnesota Historical Society / Flickr

The City of Seattle is about to embark on a new study that hasn’t been done in other American cities—to look at gun violence from a public health standpoint.

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Background Checks
5:18 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Gun Control Fight Heads Toward Wash. Ballot

Supporters of an initiative for tighter gun laws in Wash.

Advocates for stricter gun laws in Washington state launched a campaign Monday to take the issue to voters. This comes after state lawmakers voted down a similar bill, SB 1588, that would have expanded background checks on gun sales.

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Violent Crime
6:34 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Police: Domestic Violence Started Mass Shooting In Federal Way

Federal Way Chief of Police Brian J. Wilson speaks to reporters at a news conference on Monday, Apr. 22, 2013.
KUOW Photo/Ann Dornfeld

Police say a quadruple murder in Federal Way Sunday night started as a domestic violence incident.

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Criminal Background Checks
7:26 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Mandatory Background Checks For Gun Sales Dies In Washington House

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 7:41 am

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A controversial proposal to require criminal background checks for most gun purchases appears to have died in the Washington House. That announcement came Tuesday night after two days of efforts to wrangle enough votes to pass the measure.

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Gun Control
11:43 am
Fri March 8, 2013

States With The Most Gun-Control Laws Have Fewest Gun-Related Deaths

"Non-Violence" sculpture by Fredrik Reuterswärd at the United Nations in New York City.
Credit Flickr Photo/Sari Dennise

States with the most gun control laws have the fewest gun-related deaths, according to a study published this week in the medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers found that states with the most laws have a mortality rate 42 percent lower than those states with the fewest. So how does Washington state compare? Ross Reynolds talks with the lead researcher from Boston Children’s Hospital, Dr. Eric Fleegler.

Gun Control
11:29 am
Fri February 15, 2013

How Much Of Gun Violence Is Suicide?

In President Obama’s State of the Union Address, he called on Congress to pass new gun control legislation. He declared that “in the two months since Newtown, more than a thousand birthdays, graduations and anniversaries have been stolen from our lives by a bullet from a gun."

According to the most recent report on gun deaths by the Center for Disease control, two-thirds of all US gun deaths in 2010 were suicides. 

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Gun Buy Back
9:20 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Seattle's Gift Cards-For-Guns Event Sells Out

A plastic bin of assorted guns turned in by people in exchange for gift cards at Seattle's first gun buyback event in 20 years.
Allie Ferguson

Hundreds of people came out on a chilly Saturday morning to exchange their guns for $100 and $200 Amazon.com gift cards in the first guy buyback event held in Seattle in 20 years. People stood in line holding rifles in camouflage cases and shot guns wrapped in blankets among other things. Traffic clogged up city streets near the parking lot where the event took place.

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Second Amendment
12:20 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

The New Push For Gun Control

Former Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, former Astronaut Mark Kelly, are launching a new gun control group.  Their specific proposals to combat gun violence include comprehensive background checks for private sales and stricter controls on high-capacity magazines and assault weapons. 

What do you think? Is gun control the answer?  Ross Reynolds talks with UCLA law professor Adam Winkler, Second Amendment Foundation spokesman Dave Workman, and Washington Cease Fire executive director Beth Flynn about the latest push for further gun control.

School Design
11:53 am
Fri December 21, 2012

School Safety In The Age Of Gun Violence

It's counterintuitive, but transparency is the key to safety, says Architect Kevin Flanagan.
Credit NAC Architecture

Designing safer schools doesn't mean turning them into military bunkers. That might have been an easy remodel back when schools were built like jails, filled with "cells" and controlled by bells. Today's schools are open, flexible spaces that allow students to combine and recombine into groups that learn from each other as much as they learn from the teacher.

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Mental Health
9:00 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Looking At The Link Between Mental Illness And Violence

Is there a link between mental illness and violence?
Credit Flickr Photo/Majicdolphin

Officials have not yet released any information on the mental state of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooter, but anecdotal reports about his behavior and character have led people to diagnose him with a myriad of mental illnesses. At what point does conjecture lead to stigmatization of people with mental illness? Is it fair to connect violence with mental illness? We talk about it with Dr. Jennifer Stuber of the School of Social Work at the University of Washington.

Highlights from Dr. Struber's interview available here.
 

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Schools
10:00 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Keeping Violence Out Of Schools

Following one of the worst school shootings in the country's history, what's already being done and what can be done to keep guns and violence out of classrooms? We talk with Mike Donlin of Washington state's School Safety Center. Then, we hear from former Seattle City Councilmember Tina Podlodowski about how Washington state could lead on gun control at the ballot box.

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