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Horrifying Video: Watch This (Fake) Criminal Buy Handguns with Ease in Arizona

Watch a team of investigators easily obtain handguns in Phoenix just two weeks after a crazed gunman killed six people in nearby Tucson, Arizona.

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Just two weeks after the tragic shooting in Tucson, Arizona, that left six dead and many more wounded, a private investigatorial team sponsored by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg went into a gun show in Phoenix and tried to buy handguns while skirting the system of checks and balances that attempt to keep criminals dispossessed of weapons. What they found is that it was amazingly easy to acquire lethal weapons, even after outright telling gun sellers that they probably couldn't pass a background check.

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Should They Release the Tucson Shooting Video?

Video footage of the recent massacre in Tucson, Arizona, has surfaced. It will definitely be used in court, but should the public see it too?

Almost two weeks out from the Tucson, Arizona, massacre that left six people dead, one congresswoman on the brink of death, and several others hospitalized, most Americans still can’t picture the horror that took place in that Safeway parking lot. Try as we might to fathom the carnage, we’re left to piece together the incident based on various eyewitness testimonies and, perhaps, our nightmares. But now comes news that alleged gunman Jared Loughner’s rampage was caught on tape, and with a clarity that allows you to see heroic rescues and horrific deaths.

Without a doubt, prosecutors will make this security camera footage their star piece of evidence in the case against Loughner. But in an age of increasing transparency, when everyone wants as much information as possible, does the Tucson shooting video also belong on YouTube?

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Why Jared Loughner's Mugshot Probably Isn't Creepy

As evil as it looks, science says Jared Loughner's creepy grin could very well be the mark of a scared kid.


Over at Slate, Jack Shafer has called Jared Lee Loughner's clean-shaven, grinning mugshot "the living avatar of evil." Considering that the photo was taken just hours after Loughner allegedly killed six people, one of them a little girl, his smile is a bit discomforting. But menacing and "evil"? Science says not necessarily.

Despite what those "Don't Worry, Be Happy" T-shirts may tell you, the smile is actually a very complex expression. It's used to convey cheer, of course, but remember that smiling can also be used as a defense mechanism in times of distress.

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White Guy Shooting = Crazy; Brown Guy Shooting = Terrorist Why Is Nobody Calling Jared Loughner a Terrorist?

Few people are willing to call Jared Loughner a terrorist, but the media coverage was quite different when a Muslim man attacked Fort Hood.

Jared Lee Loughner allegedly tried to assassinate Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords at a meeting with constituents in Tucson, Arizona, on Saturday. In the wake of the attack, the 22-year-old Loughner has been called everything from “crazed” to “unhinged.” What he’s not been called, however, at least by the media, is a terrorist.

According to the United States Law Code, terrorism is “premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents.” New evidence alleges that Loughner possibly planned for years to assassinate Giffords, a prominent politician. Sounds a lot like terrorism to me. But a whole host of major media outlets seem to disagree.

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