Guns in the US: Kids tell us what they think (BBC Newsround)


My VT for Newsround, the BBC’s news program for children aged 6 to 12 years. Filmed last week in North Carolina and New York.

The rules about owning guns are very different in America than in the UK. In Britain, you have to get permission from the police and go to a special shop to buy a gun. In the United States, it’s much easier and owning a gun is a big part of lots of people’s lives. But, some other people in the US think the laws should change to make owning guns harder.Newsround decided to investigate, and BBC reporter Paul Blake went to meet two kids with different views. Continue reading “Guns in the US: Kids tell us what they think (BBC Newsround)”

Rate of fire – inside America’s arsenal (BBC News)

The Las Vegas gunman fired hundreds of rounds, including at one point 90 bullets in 10 seconds.

Such bursts of gunfire will have shocked many, especially outside the US, but everyday Americans own these powerful weapons too.

Here’s a guide to the firearms legally available in most US states, and the rate at which they fire bullets.

Video by Paul Blake

Original BBC URL: http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-us-canada-41506723/las-vegas-shooting-rate-of-fire-inside-america-s-arsenal

Las Vegas shooting: Gun shares rise in wake of attack (Text story for BBC News)

Shares in gun manufacturers rose on Monday, just hours after a gunman killed at least 50 people in Las Vegas.

It is thought investors anticipated a rush to buy weapons as people fear a tightening of gun control laws.

American Outdoor Brands Corp, which owns gun maker Smith and Wesson, saw its stock price rise more than 3%.

Another gun manufacturer, Sturm Ruger & Co, was also up around 3%. Meanwhile, ammunition manufacturer, Vista Outdoors Inc. rose more than 2%. Continue reading “Las Vegas shooting: Gun shares rise in wake of attack (Text story for BBC News)”

Mexico earthquake in pictures: Search for survivors at school (Photo essay for BBC News)

Rescue teams gather to help search for survivors at the Enrique Rébsamen primary school, Mexico City, 20 September 2017

A school playground in southern Mexico City has become ground zero for Mexico’s earthquake recovery.

Since a powerful 7.1 magnitude quake struck the region on Tuesday, first responders, soldiers, doctors and even some teachers have been working around the clock to try to rescue any survivors in the collapsed classrooms at the Enrique Rébsamen primary school.

BBC reporters were at the scene on Wednesday afternoon local time as rescuers battled to reach anyone trapped beneath the rubble.  Continue reading “Mexico earthquake in pictures: Search for survivors at school (Photo essay for BBC News)”

Hurricane Irma: Survivors on Tortola want more UK help (Text and photos for BBC News)

People queue for petrol on Tortula

The BBC’s Paul Blake and Laura Bicker report from the British Virgin Islands, where Hurricane Irma’s force has destroyed communities, and left at least five people dead. 

The flight into the island of Tortola should feature sweeping views of lush green hillsides and translucent-blue bays. Today it looks like the victim of a bomb blast.  Continue reading “Hurricane Irma: Survivors on Tortola want more UK help (Text and photos for BBC News)”

In pictures: Irma devastates British Virgin Islands (photo essay for BBC News)

The British overseas territory in the Caribbean is reeling from the deadly hurricane.

Debris and an overturned car on British Virgin islands Irma – a category five hurricane – struck the islands last Wednesday, causing widespread devastation

Residents look at downed power lines on British Virgin Islands  A BBC team has been on the ground for a few hours, sending these images from an area where most communications are still cut off  Continue reading “In pictures: Irma devastates British Virgin Islands (photo essay for BBC News)”

Facebook Live from Houston (BBC News)

We're live in Houston at the George R. Brown Convention Center, where thousands are seeking refuge following tropical storm #Harvey which has caused devastating floods. The BBC's Paul Blake is there – share your questions below!

Posted by BBC News on Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Facebook Live from Houston in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

We’re live in Houston at the George R. Brown Convention Center, where thousands are seeking refuge following tropical storm #Harvey which has caused devastating floods. The BBC’s Paul Blake is there – share your questions below!