Guns In America: A Loaded Relationship In a special series, All Things Considered examines Americans' varied and sometimes conflicted relationships with guns, while also exploring firearm deaths and the ongoing debate over gun laws.
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Guns In America: A Loaded Relationship

All Things Considered examines Americans' varied and sometimes conflicted relationships with guns.

Dr. Frank Dumont at his clinic in Estes Park, Colo. Barry Gutierrez for NPR hide caption

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How A Patient's Suicide Changed A Doctor's Approach To Guns

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This 9 mm semi-automatic handgun is configured with transducers in its handle that can detect the grasp of an authorized user. New Jersey Institute of Technology/AP hide caption

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Chris Colwell, director of emergency medicine at Denver Health, has treated victims from two of the deadliest mass shootings in the U.S. He says he's deeply disturbed by how easy it is to get guns. Barry Gutierrez/for NPR hide caption

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Colorado Doctors Treating Gunshot Victims Differ On Gun Politics

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Connie Jacobson, coroner in Natrona County, Wyo., says suicide is one of the biggest public health problems facing the state. Wyoming has the highest suicide rate in the U.S., and two-thirds of suicides in the state are by firearm. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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Gun enthusiasts take part in a shooting competition at a club outside Zurich. The gun culture is deeply entrenched in Switzerland, where citizens as young as 10 learn to shoot. Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson /NPR hide caption

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State Laws Govern Gun Purchases Very Differently Across The Country

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After Newtown Shooting, New Attention Focused On Armed School Officers

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Customers shop for guns at Freddie Bear Sports sporting goods store in Tinley Park, Ill., in January. One of the gun provisions in the spending bill prevents the Justice Department from requiring gun dealers to conduct an inventory to see if guns are lost or stolen. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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40 New York Counties Call For Repeal Of State's Tough New Gun Laws

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