Global Gun Cultures

 

Newtown: Witness to tragedy

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On December 14, 2012 a gunman opened fire on Sandy Hook Elementary School, leaving 26 dead, including 20 young children. Reuters photographers share their experience covering the story that devastated Newtown, Connecticut and the rest of the country. Photography by: Lucas Jackson, Adrees Latif, Joshua Lott, Michelle McLoughlin, Mike Segar, Shannon Stapleton, Eric Thayer. Interviews by Mirjam Donath. Editing by Jillian Kitchener.   Video 

Capturing images of global gun cultures

Over the past few months, Reuters photographers around the world have shot pictures of shooting ranges, hunting expeditions, and roadside murders. As public debate unfurls over how to address gun violence in the United States, Reuters presents a series of photo essays chronicling vignettes of gun culture.   Full Story 

Honduras: Life and death in the murder capital

The covered-up body of a young man who had been shot dead is seen at a crime scene in San Pedro Sula March 28, 2013. San Pedro Sula, the country's second largest city after Tegucigalpa, has a homicide rate of 169 per 100,000 people and was named the world's most violent city for a second year in a row. Lax laws allow civilians to own up to five personal guns, and arms trafficking has flooded the country with nearly 70% illegal firearms. 83.4% of homicides are by firearm compared to 60% in the United States. Picture taken March 28, 2013           REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera (HONDURAS  - Tags: CRIME LAW CIVIL UNREST HEALTH)

San Pedro Sula, Honduras's second largest city, has a homicide rate of 169 per 100,000 people and was named the world’s most violent city for a second year in a row. Eighty three percent of homicides are by firearm. WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES  Story | Slideshow 

Australia: A night on the kangaroo cull

Kangaroo shooter Steven O'Donnell rests his .223 calibre rifle on the roof of his truck as he aims at a group of kangaroos on a property located on the outskirts of Australia's capital city Canberra March 23, 2013. O'Donnell, a professional plumber, shoots kangaroos on local farmer's properties around three times a week as part of the annual cull, running from March until the end of July, which involves the legal shooting and tagging of thousands of eastern grey kangaroos per year in the Australian Capital Territory. Picture taken March 23, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray (AUSTRALIA)

By day Steve O’Donnell is a professional plumber, but by night he is a government-licensed kangaroo shooter whose job is to annually cull the kangaroo population, which is estimated at over 50 million.  Slideshow | Story 

Canada: The Vancouver Gun Club

A member of the Vancouver Gun Club takes aim while trap shooting at their facility in Richmond, British Columbia February 10, 2013. Formed in 1924 the shotgun only club hosts up 1000 shooters a year including several national inter nation competitions.  REUTERS/Andy Clark    (CANADA)

Photographer Andy Clark spent time at a public indoor gun range in British Columbia and the 79-year-old Vancouver Gun Club where members shoot skeet and trap.   Slideshow 

Philippines: The pistol-packing judge

Jaime "Jimmy" Santiago, a lower court judge in Manila, keeps his drawer open containing his service pistol while hearing a case at his sala at the Regional Trial Court branch 3 at city hall in Manila March 5, 2013. Santiago, a former police officer who headed a special weapons and tactics (SWAT) unit, favours arming Filipino judges to protect themselves from disgruntled litigants who can't accept decisions and criminal syndicates whose members were sent to jail. There had been cases of shootings inside courtrooms.    REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco (PHILIPPINES)

Jaime 'Jimmy' Santiago, a former police officer now a lower court judge in Manila, favors arming Filipino judges to protect themselves from disgruntled litigants who can't accept decisions and criminal syndicates whose members were sent to jail.  Story | Slideshow 

Germany: The hunting games

Hunter Ramona Pohl-Uebel sits at a raised platform while taking part in a driven hunt event at the U.S. military training ground in Hohenfels near Regensburg December 14, 2012. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

Photographer Michaela Rehle follows Ramona Pohl-Uebel, her father and one hundred other hunters as they take part in a driven hunt event at one of Germany's biggest military training grounds.  Slideshow 

Switzerland: The code of arms

A resident carries a vintage Swiss army rifle to be handed over at a police station in Zurich May 21, 2011. The Canton of Zurich is collecting unwanted weapons and ammunition from civilians and those who previously served in the defence sector. The firearms will be destroyed.  REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann (SWITZERLAND - Tags: SOCIETY) - RTR2MP1S

Switzerland has no national gun register but some estimates indicate that at least one in every three of the country's 8 million inhabitants keeps a gun.   Story | Slideshow 

Map: Guns across the globe