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Texas Open-Carry Laws Blurred Lines Between Suspects and Marchers. According to the authorities, Micah Johnson, 25, opened fire on police officers who were accompanying marchers protesting policing practices.

Texas Open-Carry Laws Blurred Lines Between Suspects and Marchers

Mr. Washington School Gunman Used Texts to Gather Victims at Lunch, Police Say. Continue reading the main story Video SEATTLE — The student who opened fire with a handgun in his high school cafeteria on Friday morning in northwest Washington State, killing two and wounding three, specifically arranged through text messages for the five fellow students to be there together, police investigators said Monday.

Washington School Gunman Used Texts to Gather Victims at Lunch, Police Say

The investigators have not yet publicly outlined a theory of the crime — what led Jaylen Ray Fryberg to take a handgun to school and open fire on people who were his family and friends. Unknowns and might-bes and what-ifs swirled through the community even as it grieved and feared for the fate of the three wounded students still in the hospital on Monday. But investigators with the Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team confirmed that the gathering was no accident. Fight on Guns Is Being Taken to State Ballots. Photo WASHINGTON — The gun control movement, blocked in Congress and facing mounting losses in federal elections, is tweaking its name, refining its goals and using the same-sex marriage movement as a model to take the fight to voters on the state level.

Fight on Guns Is Being Taken to State Ballots

After a victory in November on a Washington State ballot measure that will require broader background checks on gun buyers, groups that promote gun regulations have turned away from Washington and the political races that have been largely futile. Instead, they are turning their attention — and their growing wallets — to other states that allow ballot measures. An initiative seeking stricter background checks for certain buyers has qualified for the 2016 ballot in Nevada, where such a law was passed last year by the Legislature and then vetoed by the governor. Advocates of gun safety — the term many now use instead of “gun control” — are seeking lines on ballots in Arizona, Maine and Oregon as well. Last month, Gov. Untold Damage: America’s Overlooked Gun Violence.

‘Our Children Killing Our Children’ Ali-Rashid Abdullah, 67 and broad-shouldered with a neatly trimmed gray beard, is an ex-convict turned outreach worker for Cincinnati’s Human Relations Commission.

Untold Damage: America’s Overlooked Gun Violence

He or his co-workers were at the scenes of all five of Cincinnati’s shootings with four or more casualties last year, working the crowds outside the yellow police tape, trying to defuse the potential for further gunfire. They see themselves as stop signs for young black men bound for self-destruction. They also see themselves as truth-tellers about the intersection of race and gun violence — a topic that neither the city’s mayor, who is white, nor its police chief, who is black, publicly addresses. “White folks don’t want to say it because it’s politically incorrect, and black folks don’t know how to deal with it because it is their children pulling the trigger as well as being shot,” said Mr. No one worries more about black-on-black violence than African-Americans. Most parents Mr. Mr. Mr. Surprising Progress in Newtown Families’ Suit Against Maker of the AR-15 Rifle. Photo For two years, a group of families in Newtown, Conn., quietly laid the groundwork for a legal case against the maker and sellers of the assault rifle that on Dec. 14, 2012, claimed 26 lives — and shattered their own — in less than five minutes.

Surprising Progress in Newtown Families’ Suit Against Maker of the AR-15 Rifle

The shooting at was carried out with an AR-15, a military-style assault rifle that has surfaced in recent mass shootings, like Aurora, Colo., and San Bernardino, Calif. On the eve of a hearing to determine whether the lawsuit can proceed, a rifle similar to the AR-15 was used yet again — in an attack early Sunday at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla. ,the deadliest shooting in American history. The legal challenge faces long odds, and a key hearing next week will determine its future.

The lawsuit seeks to overcome the broad immunity given to gun makers and sellers under a 2005 federal law, protecting them from liability when guns are used in a crime. Video Also central to the case is the way that gun makers and dealers promote assault rifles. NRA. Correction: Wal-Mart Shooting-Idaho story. SPOKANE, Wash.

Correction: Wal-Mart Shooting-Idaho story

(AP) — In a story Dec. 31 about a fatal shooting at an Idaho Wal-Mart, The Associated Press erroneously reported the victim's name in one reference in the story. She was Veronica Rutledge, not Victoria Rutledge. A corrected version of the story is below: Boy in shooting 'unzipped' special purse gun pocket Idaho mother accidentally shot by 2-year-old son after he unzipped gun pocket, family says By NICHOLAS K. Associated Press SPOKANE, Wash. Veronica J. 2-year-old accidentally kills his mom in Wal-Mart. Courtesy: KXLY via CNN video.

2-year-old accidentally kills his mom in Wal-Mart

Girl Kills AZ Shooting Range Instructor: This Is Parenting in America. Two 9-year-old girls.

Girl Kills AZ Shooting Range Instructor: This Is Parenting in America

Two stories, almost exactly one month apart. July 28, Associated Press: NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. – Plenty of working parents can relate to the dilemma Debra Harrell faced when her 9-year-old daughter asked to play unsupervised in a park this summer. How do you find the time and money for child care when school is out? Harrell's answer to that question got her arrested.