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Another mass shooting has raised many issues, including the increase in gun violence — not just from mass shootings, but also from homicides, suicides and accidents. Advocates say "smart gun" technology can make weapons safer. So why isn't it available on the American gun market?

Also, the suspect in this week's massacre in Charleston is charged with nine counts of murder. Dylann Roof had a confederate flag on his bumper. It flies at full staff on South Carolina's state capitol grounds. We look at what it has come to symbolize… from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's.

Photo: Houston Gun Show (Edward)

Charleston Shooter Charged with Nine Counts of Murder 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Dylann Storm Roof has being charged with nine counts of murder in Wednesday night's massacre of nine people in Charleston.  He has already confessed to the police, and reportedly was “unrepentant and unashamed.”  That's according to Robert Costa with the Washington Post.

Robert Costa, Washington Post / 'Washington Week' (@costareports)

Can Making Guns "Smarter" Save Lives? 33 MIN, 43 SEC

From South Carolina this week, America got another reminder: the US has more guns — and more gun violence — than any other developed country. Mass shootings in the United States are on the increase—from one every 200 days two years ago to one every 64 days now. This week's massacre of nine people in Charleston will boost those statistics. Yet, while mass shootings are dramatic, they only account for a small percentage of gun deaths and injuries -- in a country with more than 300 million guns in civilian hands. Gun control is politically impossible, but so-called "smart gun" technology may offer a way to make weapons safer. Advocates say they can only be fired by their owners, not by thieves, children or family members bent on suicide. But efforts to get them to market are being met with threats, boycotts and warnings that "smart guns" will mean government limits on gun rights.  

Steve Mead, father of 12-year-old suicide victim
Ralph Fascitelli, Washington Ceasefire (@RalphFascitelli)
Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times (@LATMelissaHealy)
Larry Keane, National Shooting Sports Foundation (@lkeane )
Omer Kiyani, SentinL (@identilock)

Charleston Aftermath: Race, Civil Rights and the Confederate Flag 9 MIN, 34 SEC

Yesterday, the US Supreme Court said Texas does not have to provide state license plants that include the Confederate Flag.  But the flag still flies in some southern states, including South Carolina. To mark this week’s deadly shooting of nine black people in Charleston, the US and state flags are at half-mast on South Carolina’s state capitol in Columbia.  But the Confederate flag is at full staff out on the capitol grounds.  Has the time come to take it down? We hear from historian Kevin Levin, who blogs about the history and legacy of the civil war at CWmemory.com.

Photo: eyeliam

Kevin Levin, CWmemory.com

NAACP President Cornell William Brooks on the Confederate flag
Governor Nikki Haley calls for removal of the Confederate Flag from statehouse grounds

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