Mad about Guns: America's Deadly Weapons Obsession

Mad about Guns: America's Deadly Weapons Obsession

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 18, 2013

The tragic shooting in Washington feels all too much like deja vu. But President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats no longer even attempt to take on the real issue: America's unhindered gun mania. A Commentary By Marc Pitzke more... Comment ]

One Nation Under Guns: Pressure Mounts against Weapons Lobby after Newtown

One Nation Under Guns: Pressure Mounts against Weapons Lobby after Newtown

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 19, 2012

The Newtown massacre has created a moral crisis in the United States. The emotional debate that erupted in the aftermath has put the country's weapons lobby groups under pressure. Despite the passionate rhetoric, massive barriers stand in the way of true reform in the gun-obsessed culture. By Marc Pitzke in New York more...

America in a State ofáShock: Can Latest Massacre Lead to Change?

America in a State ofáShock: Can Latest Massacre Lead to Change?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 17, 2012

Twenty-seven people died ináthe massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Most of the victims were young children.áFor years the weapons lobby in America has prevented the passage of effective gun control legislation. Will Friday's tragic killings lead to a sea change? By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

America's Weapons Craze: A Fatally Counterproductive National Identity

America's Weapons Craze: A Fatally Counterproductive National Identity

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 17, 2012

America is grieving, praying and discussing stronger gun laws after the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday. But the latest horrifying massacre is unlikely to change anything. Gun ownership is an important, if misguided, element of the country's national identity. A Commentary by Marc Pitzke more... Comment ]

'Young Lives Full of Hope Destroyed': European Leadersá'Deeply Saddened' By Newtown Killings

'Young Lives Full of Hope Destroyed': European Leadersá'Deeply Saddened' By Newtown Killings

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 15, 2012

Friday's tragic school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, has elicited messages of condolence from across Europe. From London to Berlin, European leaders have expressed their tremendous sadness over the killing of 27 people, including 20 children, at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. more...

'Martyrs for the Conservative Revolution': Mass-Murderer Breivik Writes Neo-Nazi Zschńpe

'Martyrs for the Conservative Revolution': Mass-Murderer Breivik Writes Neo-Nazi Zschńpe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 19, 2012

Norwegian mass-murderer Anders Behring Breivik has written a letter to Beate Zschńpe, the last surviving member of Germany's neo-Nazi terrorist cell the National Socialist Underground. In the text obtained by SPIEGEL, Breivik praises Zschńpe for her alleged crimes and says she should be "extremely proud." more... Video | Comment ]

21 Years in Prison: Breivik Gets the Verdict He Wanted

21 Years in Prison: Breivik Gets the Verdict He Wanted

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 24, 2012

On Friday, a court in Norway sentenced Anders Breivik, who admitted to killing 77 people in premeditated attacks, to at least 21 years in prison. The judged deemed Breivik to be sane and handed down the country's maximum permissible sentence. Prosecutors had hoped he would be declared insane. By Espen A. Eik and Gerald Traufetter more... Comment ]

Paradise Lost: Did theáBreivik MassacreáChange Norwegian Politics?

Paradise Lost: Did theáBreivik MassacreáChange Norwegian Politics?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 20, 2012

After last July's massacre in Oslo and on Ut°ya island, Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg helped his people cope with unimaginable loss. The country wanted to demonstrate the power of democracy and tolerance. But one year later, the cracks are beginning to show in this image. By Anna Reimann in Oslo and Ut°yaá more... Comment ]

Final Day of Testimony: Breivik and Defense Claim Sanity

Final Day of Testimony: Breivik and Defense Claim Sanity

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 22, 2012

In the last day of his trial, Anders Breivik and his lawyer sought to convince the court that the mass killer can be held responsible for his actions. The defense formally asked for his acquittal, however, saying the right-wing extremist's acts were conducted in self-defense. If given a guilty verdict, the mass murderer wants to be considered sane and given a prison sentence. more... Comment ]

Anders Breivik's World: How Sick Is Norway's Mass Murderer?

Anders Breivik's World: How Sick Is Norway's Mass Murderer?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 24, 2012

Seventy-seven people died in the attacks in Oslo and on the island of Ut°ya last July. The central question in the trial of the perpetrator, Anders Behring Breivik, is whether or not he is criminally liable. There is much to suggest that he is suffering from paranoid schizophrenia. Can a delusional person be punished for their crimes? By Gisela Friedrichsen more...