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Mad about Guns America's Deadly Weapons Obsession

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. Von Marc Pitzke
18. September 2013, 13:30 Uhr

One Nation Under Guns Pressure Mounts against Weapons Lobby after Newtown

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. Von Marc Pitzke
19. Dezember 2012, 17:31 Uhr

America in a State of Shock Can Latest Massacre Lead to Change?

Twenty-seven people died in the massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Most of the victims were young children. For 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? Von SPIEGEL Staff
17. Dezember 2012, 14:20 Uhr

America's Weapons Craze A Fatally Counterproductive National Identity

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. Von Marc Pitzke
17. Dezember 2012, 13:41 Uhr

21 Years in Prison Breivik Gets the Verdict He Wanted

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. Von Espen A. Eik und Gerald Traufetter
24. August 2012, 17:26 Uhr

Paradise Lost Did the Breivik Massacre Change Norwegian Politics?

After last July's massacre in Oslo and on Utøya 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. Von Anna Reimann
20. Juli 2012, 18:13 Uhr

Final Day of Testimony Breivik and Defense Claim Sanity

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.
22. Juni 2012, 17:39 Uhr

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

Seventy-seven people died in the attacks in Oslo and on the island of Utøya 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? Von Gisela Friedrichsen
24. April 2012, 18:00 Uhr

Life after Utøya Massacre Survivors Struggle to Overcome Trauma and Guilt

As the trial of Anders Breivik gets underway in Oslo, survivors of the massacre he perpetrated are using a range of sometimes unique therapy methods to overcome their trauma. But, for many of them, the hardest question remains: Why did I survive? Von Gerald Traufetter und Antje Windmann
19. April 2012, 18:08 Uhr

Mass Murderer's American Pen Pal 'I Dream of Meeting Breivik'

He's an American in his early twenties and he worships a mass murderer. On the third day of the trial against Anders Breivik, Kevin Forts has outed himself as a pen pal of the accused. Breivik's delusional ideology is gaining support in a small, but growing scene of Islam haters. Von Gerald Traufetter
18. April 2012, 18:35 Uhr

The World From Berlin Breivik Trial 'Won't Be Easy to Endure'

The first two days of Anders Behring Breivik's trial have proved to be difficult for everyone involved. The remorseless defendant has used it as a platform to boast about committing 77 murders and spout far-right rhetoric. German commentators say on Tuesday that the proceedings will put Norway to the test.
17. April 2012, 16:53 Uhr

Lay Judge Dismissed For Urging Death Penalty Breivik Boasts About 'Sophisticated' Attack

The second day of the trial of Anders Behring Breivik began with an upset as the court dismissed a lay judge who had called for the death penalty for the mass murderer in an online comment. Once the trial resumed, Breivik boasted he had carried out "the most sophisticated and spectacular political attack committed in Europe since World War II." Von Gerald Traufetter
17. April 2012, 10:58 Uhr

Conflicting Assessments New Report Finds Breivik Sane Ahead of Trial

Contrary to an initial assessment, right-wing extremist Anders Breivik is not criminally insane, a new report found on Tuesday. Now both reports will be used when he goes on trial for killing 77 people last year. The defendant himself claims to be mentally fit and plans to defend his actions in court. Von Gerald Traufetter
10. April 2012, 18:02 Uhr

Attacks in France Toulouse Serial Killer's Motives Remain Obscure

A massive manhunt for the perpetrator of the Toulouse school shooting is under way in France, but police have few clues about the identity of the killer or his motives. There are theories that the murderer, who is also believed to have shot dead three paratroopers in recent days, may be a former soldier and neo-Nazi. Von Holger Dambeck
20. März 2012, 09:17 Uhr

Shooting in France Gunman Kills Four at Jewish School in Toulouse

At least three children and one adult were killed in a shooting at a Jewish school in the French city of Toulouse on Monday morning. The gunman "shot at everything he could see" before fleeing the scene, a local prosecutor said. It was the third in a series of similar attacks in the region recently.
19. März 2012, 13:44 Uhr

Public Pressure Court Orders New Psychiatric Review for Breivik

An Oslo court on Friday ordered a second expert opinion on the sanity of confessed killer Anders Behring Breivik. A first report concluded he was insane and incapable of guilt. But public pressure and criticism from experts has prompted the court to reevaluate. Many would like to see him land in prison rather than a mental ward. Von Gerald Traufetter
13. Januar 2012, 18:33 Uhr