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Two men were arrested last week, including one in Santa Maria, on drug and gun charges after a yearlong investigation into an operation trafficking more than $600,000 worth of narcotics directly from Mexico, according to a San Luis Obispo County sheriff's spokesman.

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A man is accused of walking into a Walmart in Missouri equipped with body armor, a handgun and a rifle less than a week after a gunman killed 22 people in a Texas Walmart says it was a "social experiment"and not intended to cause panic. The 20-year-old was charged with making a terrorist threat.

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From a purely economic perspective, University of Minnesota professor Timothy M. Smith writes, the social costs of gun deaths likely exceeded US$300 billion in 2013. Smith’s argument is not that you can put a price on human life, but that a government policy that discourages people from owning the most lethal types of guns – handguns – could protect society as a whole.

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