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How I got my gun licence and joined the duck hunters — in protest

Writer and environmental activist Debbie Lustig wasn’t allowed to join the Victorian duck hunt without a gun licence and licence to hunt waterfowl. So she got both, and headed off with the hunters — in protest.

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US assault rifle ban: why the NRA is right (sort of)

Focussing on assault rifles and hi-cap magazines in the US gun control debate is a false security, writes University of Queensland professor and American ex-pat Howard Karger. The answer lies in regulating guns.

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Candelight vigils guide Obama’s unlikely new gun laws

In the wake of the Sandy Hook elementary shooting, President Barack Obama has proposed a range of new gun laws. What would it take to get the laws through the Republican-controlled House?

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Obama weighs up letting the budget go over the cliff

The “fiscal cliff” is dominating political news in the United States, where come January 1, tax rises and spending cuts will kick in under the current deal, unless Obama and the House can negotiate a better one.

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Labor MP letter to US politicians: enact our gun laws

As the number of guns in Australia reduced, so too did gun violence. Labor MP Kelvin Thomson implores the US Congress and Senate to look to our experience.

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Sandy Hook massacre pivot point in wretched gun debate

The massacre of young children in Newtown was so nihilistic and meaningless that it has exposed the empty rhetoric and false illusions of the US gun lobby. From Connecticut, our writer-at-large braces for a long fight.

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Gun control might work, but US needs to temper paranoia and rage

The school shootings in Connecticut have revived a stalled debate on gun control. But history is against any meaningful action to limit gun ownership.

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In Connecticut, it’s too calm and too practised

The meditative reflection on display after the Newtown massacre seems too polished and well-practised. It’s a particular condition of a more general process — fatalism encroaching on daily life.

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Don’t expect a paradigm shift in American gun politics

The world gasps dumbstruck in the wake of the Connecticut shootings, but don’t expect it to be a catalyst for profound reform of American gun laws, writes Misha Adair.

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Obama’s stealth moves towards tighter gun laws

Harsher punishments for “straw buying” gun trading is the first in a raft of reported changes to US gun laws designed to tighten regulation. Obama’s low-key approached hasn’t escaped the attention of the NRA, writes Daniel Stone and John Solomon.

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McCain and Maddow go to a gun show

Republican pin-up girl Meghan McCain — daughter of Johh — takes leftie TV host Rachel Maddow to an NRA convention, where they debate gun ownership and semi-automatic weapons. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

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Obama: We need to stop giving guns to crazies

Barack Obama pens an op-ed about gun laws in America, noting that 2,000 people have died from gun violence since the Arizona shooting two months ago and better checks are needed.

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Arizona Republican: “I wish there had been one more gun”

In the spirit of gung-ho gun activists Arizona Republican Trent Franks has responded to the Arizona shootings by lamenting the absence of one more gun, reports Nick Wing.

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America’s big bullet shortage

America’s bullet-makers are working round the clock to feed gun nuts’ appetite for ammunition, but they just can’t keep up with the increased demand since Obama took office. Wonderful.

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Tasers: what the Canadian Inquiry tells us

When they use Taser guns, police are trigger happy, simply ignore procedure and protocol and then try and paint the victim as being highly dangerous, writes Greg Barns.

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