New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg with US vice-president Joseph Biden (left) and family members of victims of Sandy Hook school shooting. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

New York mayor Michael Bloomberg is bankrolling a $12 million advertising blitz in a bid to pressure Congress into adopting stricter gun contro(...)

A protest outside the Dáil in 2006, organised by Amnesty International and Oxfam Ireland. Photograph: Eric Luke

The success this week of the US National Rifle Association in forcing a retreat by US president Barack Obama on a ban on assault weapons sent a(...)

One more up for the NRA
  • US
  • March 21, 2013, 06:00

Chalk another one up to the NRA. No surprise there. President Barack Obama may have made the ban on military assault weapons a priority of his (...)

Senate majority leader Harry Reid speaks to the press after the weekly Senate Democrats policy luncheon yesterday in  Washington, DC. Photograph: Getty

An assault weapons ban sought by US president Barack Obama ran into serious trouble last night when Majority Leader Harry Reid acknowledged there w(...)

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