This big: James Hetfield

Metallica will open their headlining slot at the Glastonbury festival in two weeks’ time with a cover of Oasis’s Wonderwall. It’s a neat move, repl(...)

Jenica Krall  tries her hand at a virtual shooting booth at the 41st annual Conservative Political Action Conference  in National Harbor, Maryland. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Velvet Cowan is wearing a tight-fitting T-shirt with pictures of two guns across her chest. “Keep your hands off of my guns,” her top says. A p(...)

US president Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama observe a moment of silence and light candles in memory of the 20 children and six school workers killed by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School one year ago, in the Map Room at the White House in Washington, today. Photograph: Reuters

US president Barack Obama has marked the anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook elementary school with a moment of silence at the White House. Befo(...)

A tree is hung with birdhouses bearing the name of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims as part of a memorial in Sandy Hook village in Newtown, Connecticut. Photograph: Reuters

One of the 6-year-olds was so sweet his teacher said he should have come to school wrapped in a bow.Another loved princess tea parties, Justin Bieber(...)

Martin O’Malley: “There is among the Irish, by and large in America, a keen and heartfelt awareness that we are a nation of nations and we have all been strangers in a foreign land at one point.” Photograph: David Sleator

Martin O’Malley couldn’t figure out why the president of Ireland wanted to meet him. It was 2000 and he had been elected mayor of Baltimore just a few(...)

New York City mayor Michael R Bloomberg: a vocal advocate of gun control. Photograph: D Dipasupil/Getty Images

Two threatening letters sent to New York City’s mayor and his group that advocates for gun control contained traces of the deadly poison ricin, police(...)

Wayne LaPierre, chief executive of the NRA, speaking  at the association’s annual meeting in Houston, Texas. Photograph: Reuters/Adrees Latif

A voice booms over a PA system calling people to buy a ticket in the “Wall of Guns” raffle. The wall on the first floor of the sprawling George(...)

Trying out a gun in a shooting game during the 2013 NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits at the George R Brown Convention Center yesterday in Houston, Texas. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

The girl at the Starbucks coffee counter points to a spot a few metres away where the gunman opened(...)

Father of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victim, Mark Barden, introduces  Barack Obama  as former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and family members of Newtown shooting victims look on in the Rose Garden of the White House. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

An angry US president Barack Obama has rounded on America’s gun lobby, accusing it of lying and intimidating a sufficient number of senators to(...)

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein  speaks to reporters outside the Senate Chamber in Washington.

Enough Republican senators ceded to mounting political and public pressure to pave the way for a debate on the first major piece of gun-control (...)

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