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August 18, 2014

Special report: Gun wars in America

A News21 investigation of gun rights and regulations in America: The nation is more armed than ever, with more guns allowed in schools, churches and other public places.

Twenty months after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the debate about guns has raged on. News21, a journalism program of the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, has tackled the issue.

Students from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University fanned out across the country to tell the stories of gun control and guns rights.

Twenty-nine students have produced stories, ranging from detailing the aftermath of the May shootings in Isla Vista, Calif., to examining the increase in numbers of women carrying firearms. Their work -- 20 stories with videos and graphics -- can be found beginning today, with new installments throughout the week, at gunwars.news21.com

Some highlights:

•  Every day on average seven children are shot dead in America
•  Rural sheriffs: Citing U.S. Constitution, some refuse to enforce gun laws
•  Quiz: Can you pass a background check?
•  California: Is the state still a model for gun control?
•  Data: Guns in public, domestic violence and more from every state

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