Every year, some 4500 people are shot to death in Turkey - the majority of them women and children. There are an estimated 25 million pistols and privately owned firearms in the country. Yet Turks continue to buy guns.
Six ex-employees of Heckler & Koch have gone on trial in Stuttgart for selling assault rifles to Mexico. Activists held a vigil outside the court for victims of those believed to be killed by the German gun-maker's arms.
MPs from Angela Merkel's CDU have been accused of taking bribes from the German gunmaker Heckler & Koch to grease the export wheels. Germany's opaque party donations system remains vulnerable to bribery, activists say.
US President Donald Trump has told a National Rifle Association convention he will not tighten firearms laws while he is president. After the Parkland shooting, Trump had signaled an intention to take on the gun lobby.
Selahattin Demirtas, behind bars since November 2016, is running as the HDP's candidate in Turkey's presidential race. In an exclusive DW interview, he criticizes Europe for not supporting the Turkish opposition.
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