Internet-Facilitated Gun Sales
According to a number of recent studies, over 40 percent of gun sales in America are facilitated over the Internet, through websites like Armslist. While this makes life easy for perspective gun owners, it’s a big problem for law enforcement, since many of the guns bought online aren’t subject to a federal background check. Today, we’ll talk with Stephanie Mencimer, a reporter for Mother Jones magazine who recently investigated a murder in Illinois that was connected with a gun from Washington state that was purchased illegally online. The segment also airs at 6:28 pm on WILL-AM and WILL-FM.
All week NPR's All Things Considered examines Americans' varied, complicated and sometimes conflicted relationship with guns. The series investigates how we view gun culture in this country, explores who is likely to die by gun and examines how some of these deaths can be prevented.
Today: The mass killings in Newtown, Conn., and Aurora, Colo., received a great deal of media coverage, but statistically they are not the norm. Thousands of gun homicides occur in the U.S. in more mundane ways and garner little or no media attention. The majority of gun homicides involve a handgun and the killing of an African-American male between the ages of 16 and 29. Host Melissa Block pieces together one such murder, the killing of Charles Foster Jr., a 24-year-old African-American who died in the early hours of Jan. 1, 2013, in a dance club in Columbus, Ga.