US senator and Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders is surrounded by students following a town hall meeting at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Photograph: CJ Gunther/EPA

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Former US president Bill Clinton campaigns for his wife, Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, in Claremont, New Hampshire. Photograph: Jennifer Hauck/Valley News

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 President Michael D Higgins  presents former US senator George Mitchell (left) with a Presidential Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad  at Áras an Uachtaráin, Dublin,  in late 2013. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

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Barack Obama: “We know that we can’t stop every act of violence. But what if we tried to stop even one?” Photograph: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

President Barack Obama said today he would meet with the US attorney general to discuss ways of reducing gun violence in the United States amid report(...)

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James Holmes, who killed 12 people and wounded 70 others  in a Colorado cinema in 2012, was sentencd to life in prison rather than death. Photograph: Andy Cross/Reuters

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NYT editorial: ‘The Gun Epidemic’
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  • December 5, 2015, 10:45

All decent people feel sorrow and righteous fury about the latest slaughter of innocents, in California. Law enforcement and intelligence agencies ar(...)

The San Bernadino gunman Syed Rizwan Farook pictured in his Californian  driver’s licence.  The shooting  rampage by Farook and his wife  Tashfeen Malik   left 14 dead. Photograph: California Department of Motor Vehicles/Handout/Reuters

It happens all too often and the response – and lack of any follow-up action to prevent it happening again – is all too familiar. It is easy to list o(...)

The rented SUV used by husband and wife, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, suspected of shooting dead 14 people and wounding 17 in San Bernardino. Photograph: Paul Buck/ EPA

Investigators are searching for the motives behind why a husband and wife allegedly opened fire with military-style weapons killing 14 people and woun(...)

Another day, another slaughter

When Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik gunned down 31 people, killing 14 of them, in San Bernardino, California, on Wednesday they took t(...)