Bernd Debusmann

Guns in America: the business of fear

By Bernd Debusmann
July 30, 2012

Mass shootings are good for the gun business. So are dark warnings from the principal gun lobby in the United States, the National Rifle Association (NRA), that President Barack Obama is leading a global conspiracy to seize an estimated 300 million guns now held by private citizens.

Florida, standing its ground, will allow guns at the Republican convention

By Bernd Debusmann
May 7, 2012

File this under the rubric Only in America – sticks, poles and water guns will be banned from the centre of Tampa at the Republican Party’s national convention next August. Guns, however, will be allowed. The logic behind that is drawn from the U.S. constitution. How so?

America’s Wild West gun laws

By Bernd Debusmann
March 23, 2012

The killing of a black teenager by a self-appointed vigilante in Florida has trained a spotlight on gun laws reminiscent of the Wild West in 24 U.S. states. Despite widespread outrage over the Florida case, gun-friendly senators in Washington want to make it easier to extend those laws to most of the country.

American riddle: more guns, less violence?

By Bernd Debusmann
January 6, 2012

Gun ownership in the United States is up. Violent crime is down. Is this a matter of cause and effect?

In America, violence and guns forever

By Bernd Debusmann
January 14, 2011

Another American mass shooting. Another rush to buy more guns.

On the Monday after the latest of the bloody rampages that are part of American life, gun sales in Arizona shot up by more than 60 percent and rose by an average of five percent across the entire country. The figures come from the FBI and speak volumes about a gun culture that has long baffled much of the world.