U.S. Court greenlights Mexico’s $10 billion potential lawsuit against gunmakers

In a landmark decision, a U.S. appeals court has allowed Mexico to proceed with its $10 billion lawsuit against American gun manufacturers, challenging the long-standing legal immunity of the arms industry.

Unearthing the roots of America’s firearms fascination: a review of ‘Gun Country’

“Gun Country” by Andrew C. McKevitt offers a compelling and meticulously researched journey through the intertwining of gun culture, capitalism, and Cold War politics in shaping modern America’s unique relationship with firearms.

The UK’s response to mass shootings offers insight into gun control debate in US

Iain Overton looks at the evidence that gun control measures lead to a decline in gun-related deaths

In focus: Miriam Pemberton, Research Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies

Miriam Pemberton is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, writing and speaking on demilitarization issues for its Foreign Policy In Focus project. AOAV met her to talk about her work. AOAV: What’s your main focus of interest in terms of your research? Miriam Pemberton: Demilitarisation of the economy. We’re at the beginning […]

Vivek Murthy, gun politics and public health

Vivek Murthy, President Barack Obama’s nominee for Surgeon General of the United States, would be, if confirmed, the youngest holder of the post in history. A 36 year old physician at the prestigious Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Murthy has impeccable credentials and an impressive record of accomplishment in medicine and public health. He […]

In focus: Arkadi Gerney, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress

AOAV: Could you tell us a little bit about what the Center does and what you do within the Center? Arkadi Gerney: The Center for American Progress is a progressive think-and-action tank, so it is both a think-tank and an advocacy group.  It covers many, many issues, and guns is one of them. I’m relatively new […]

Less of a random killing machine: Smart guns and democratised lethality

In Skyfall, the latest James Bond film, the world’s most famous secret agent is presented with his new equipment by ‘Q’, his sarcastic MI6 handler. Q gives Bond a slim metal case containing the latest version of Bond’s iconic Walther PP handgun. This version has a twist – a “subdermal scanner” which has been coded to […]

Study finds 44 US school shootings since Newtown

A new study has shown the extent of gun violence in American schools since the Newtown shooting in December 2012. The research, conducted jointly by Moms Demand Action and Mayors Against Illegal Guns, catalogues 44 shootings at American educational institutions since Adam Lanza shot 20 children and six teachers at an elementary school in Connecticut […]

In focus: Kristen Rand, Legislative Director of the Violence Policy Center

AOAV:  What is the Violence Policy Centre? Kristen Rand:  We’re a national non-profit organisation, and we do research and policy development and advocacy to reduce gun violence in America. AOAV: What is your main role in the policy centre? Rand:  I’m the legislative director, I handle all of our lobbying and legislative activities.  We are sort […]

News from AOAV: 18 November 2013

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Up in arms: how America’s early settlers have shaped today’s debates

This article was republished with the kind permission of the author. Colin Woodard, A91, is the author of American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America. An earlier book, The Republic of Pirates, is the basis of the forthcoming NBC drama Crossbones. He is currently state and national affairs writer at the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram, where he won […]

Argentina’s successful gun reduction law wins prestigious international disarmament award

The outstanding success of Argentina’s National Programme for the Voluntary Surrender of Firearms was today recognised with a Silver Future Policy Award by the World Future Council. The World Future Council cites the Asociación Para Politicas Publicas (APP), a long term partner of AOAV in Argentina and member of SEHLAC, as the key civil society organisation that […]