Mass shooters use loopholes, lapses in checks to get guns

Nikolas Cruz is just the latest U.S. mass shooter to legally obtain and own weapons because of limited weapons laws, lapses in the background check process or law enforcement's failure to heed warnings of concerning behavior.

  • Written by By MICHAEL R. SISAK , Associated Press

Family, friends mourn lives lost in latest US massacre

 

Two of the victims were coaches, one was a student who played trombone in the school band. Another proudly wore his ROTC uniform. Still another loved soccer. And most were so very young.

The gunman who opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, wiped out lives and left friends and family struggling to cope after America's latest mass shooting. Here is a look at the 17 people police say were killed in the massacre:

  • Written by By JAY REEVES , Associated Press

Lots of talk, little action in Congress after shootings

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — For a brief moment after the Las Vegas massacre last fall, Republicans and Democrats in Congress talked about taking a rare step to tighten the nation's gun laws. Four months later, the only gun legislation that has moved in the House or Senate instead eases restrictions for gun owners.

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  • Written by By MATTHEW DALY , Associated Press

'Run': A 6-minute fatal rampage for shocked Florida school

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Nikolas Cruz jumped out of an Uber car and walked toward building 12 of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, carrying a black duffel bag and a black backpack. A man inside the school spotted Cruz and knew he was a former student, a troubled kid. He radioed a co-worker, and within a minute heard gunshots.

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  • Written by By KELLI KENNEDY, CURT ANDERSON and TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press