from The Great Debate:

Why the South Carolina shooting suspect should not be called a terrorist

By Masha Gessen
June 23, 2015

A woman puts flowers with ribbons bearing the names of the victims of a mass shooting that left nine dead during a bible study outside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston

A woman puts flowers with ribbons bearing the names of the victims of a mass shooting that left nine dead during a bible study outside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina June 18, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

from Jim Gaines:

Waiting for the cold light of day in Missouri and the Middle East

August 26, 2014

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Aside from the strange fact that both the Ferguson Police Department and the barbarians of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria are using U.S. armor and weaponry, the shooting death of Michael Brown and the murder of James Foley would seem to have little in common, about as little as the Midwest and the Middle East.

from Photographers' Blog:

Witnessing the Nairobi mall massacre

September 23, 2013

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT

Nairobi, Kenya

By Goran Tomasevic

(Editor's Note: Goran Tomasevic is a veteran war photographer, covering conflict for over 20 years in countries including Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Egypt and Syria. As Reuters chief photographer for East Africa, Goran is now based in Nairobi, Kenya. This is his story of the attack on the Westgate shopping center on September 21, 2013.)

from Photographers' Blog:

A necessary evil – the kangaroo cull

April 3, 2013

Canberra, Australia

By David Gray

I met Steven O’Donnell at his house in the outer suburbs of Canberra just before dusk. He had agreed to take me on what can be described as one of Australia’s most unpopular and controversial activities – kangaroo shooting.

from Photographers' Blog:

The turkey shoot

April 2, 2013

Vancouver, Canada

By Andy Clark

It was a cold, damp autumn day, as I remember it, sitting in a cinder block bunker terrified I was going to loose my hand as I loaded black clay disks into the machine in front of me. Seconds later I would hear a muffled voice shout, and the machine’s springs and mechanism would suddenly and violently let go, flinging the disk out of the bunker followed by another muffled boom, boom. I would then quickly lean down, take another disk from the box and gingerly place it in the machine. It was at this point my fear would take over, worried one of the distant voices would shout too soon and thus catch and propel my severed hand out of the bunker instead of the disk. Of course this never happened and once I got the rhythm, my fear slowly subsided, well sort of.

from Nicholas Wapshott:

Newtown: Family drama as national tragedy

By Nicholas Wapshott
December 14, 2012

We may never come to understand exactly what was on the crazed mind of Adam Lanza, the man identified as the Connecticut gunman who set out from his home with murder in his heart. All we know, based on reports, is that this troubled young man had an issue with his mother, a schoolteacher in Newtown, Connecticut, that so enraged him he drove with a .223-caliber assault rifle and at least two other guns to attack in cold blood  an elementary school where she taught.

from Full Focus:

Newtown shooting tragedy

December 14, 2012

Dozens of people, including children, are killed in a mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

from Photographers' Blog:

Witness to the Lonmin shootings

September 3, 2012

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT

By Siphiwe Sibeko

When people ask if I enjoy my job, I usually tell them: “Who wouldn’t - I always have a different view from my mobile office each day”.

from Photographers' Blog:

Facing tragedy in Colorado

July 25, 2012

By Shannon Stapleton

I woke on the morning of July 20th happy and looking forward to a great weekend with my son at his last lacrosse tournament of the season.

from The Great Debate:

Terror born from rage

By Michael Maiello
July 20, 2012

Thus far, nothing of reliable note has been revealed about the motives of James Holmes, the arrested suspect behind the Dark Night Massacre, where a dozen people were murdered and others injured at an after-midnight premiere of the latest Batman movie. What we do know suggests intricate planning, and the planning suggests a rationale, irrational though it may be.