Mass Shootings

Senators Issue Text Of Bipartisan Gun Reform Package

NBC News reports: A bipartisan group of senators overcame some last-minute hurdles and released legislative text Tuesday on a narrow set of provisions to combat gun violence, including state funding to implement “red flag” laws and enhanced background checks. “Today, we finalized bipartisan, commonsense legislation to protect America’s children, keep our schools safe, and reduce the threat of violence across …

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Cornyn Claims Deal Reached On Gun Reform Package

Reuters reports: U.S. Senator John Cornyn, the lead Republican negotiator in bipartisan gun legislation talks, told Reuters on Tuesday that negotiators expected to introduce a bill to address mass shootings later in the day. The Texas Republican said negotiators, including his fellow Republican Senator Thom Tillis and Democratic Senators Chris Murphy and Kyrsten Sinema, spoke early in the day by …

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Texas Calls Uvalde Police Response “An Abject Failure”

Axios reports: Law enforcement’s response to the Uvalde elementary school mass shooting was “an abject failure and antithetical to everything we’ve learned over the last two decades since the Columbine massacre,” Steven McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, said at a state Senate hearing Tuesday. “Three minutes after the subject entered the west building, there was a …

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Credit Card Industry Blocks Bid To Track Gun Sales

CBS News reports: The credit card industry has blocked a novel effort to track suspect firearm and ammunition purchases, depriving law enforcement of a potential tool to identify and stop gun crime. Documents obtained by CBS News show employees from domestic and international credit card companies, including Visa, Mastercard and American Express, pushed back on an application to create a …

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Sen. Mike Lee Blasts Senate Gun Reform Negotiations

The Hill reports: Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) on Sunday criticized the recent bipartisan framework on gun-related legislation principles, calling for additional “transparency” as lawmakers attempt to find agreement on legislative text. “There still is no deal, and yet we continue to be asked by colleagues, by constituents, by reporters, ‘Are you supporting the bill?’ ” Lee said on “Fox News …

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Uvalde Police Never Tried To Open Classroom Door

The Daily Beast reports: Police officers responding to last month’s mass shooting at an Uvalde, Texas, elementary school never even tried to open the door to the classroom where young children were trapped with the gunman, according to a new report. A law enforcement source cited by the San Antonio Express-News on Saturday said surveillance footage revealed no attempts by …

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Cornyn Continues To Thwart Senate Gun Reform Talks

Roll Call reports: The framework released Sunday called for grant money to help states implement “red flag” laws, which allow law enforcement and family members to petition courts to temporarily remove firearms from people who show signs of becoming dangerous to themselves or others. But Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, began suggesting publicly this week that states that don’t have red …

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Gun Reform Deal Mired In “Abusive Partner” Definition

The Associated Press reports: Democratic and Republican senators were at odds Thursday over how to keep firearms from dangerous people as bargainers struggled to finalize details of a gun violence compromise in time for their self-imposed deadline of holding votes in Congress next week. Lawmakers said they remained divided over how to define abusive dating partners who would be legally …

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Buffalo Gunman Charged With Federal Hate Crimes

The Associated Press reports: The white gunman who killed 10 Black people in a racist attack at a Buffalo supermarket was charged Wednesday with federal hate crimes and could face the death penalty if convicted. The criminal complaint filed Wednesday against Payton Gendron coincided with a visit to Buffalo by Attorney General Merrick Garland. The attorney general met with the …

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McConnell Says He’ll Likely Vote For Gun Reform Bill

The Hill reports: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday announced he supports a bipartisan framework on gun safety and will likely vote for legislation that reflects it. “For myself, I’m comfortable with the framework and if the legislation ends up reflecting the framework, I’ll be supportive,” McConnell told reporters after the weekly Senate GOP conference lunch. McConnell is …

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Tucker Carlson Condemns Red Flag Laws: “If You Can Take Their Guns, Why Can’t You Take Their Homes?”

Media Matters has the transcript: TUCKER CARLSON (HOST): In Florida, the police can seize guns from people who pose a “significant danger” based on “any relevant evidence.” Huh. That’s it. Any relevant evidence. The law raises some obvious questions. The most obvious is if you can seize people’s guns without proving that they committed a crime, why can’t you imprison …

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Ohio Gov Signs Bill Allowing Teachers To Carry Guns

The Columbus Dispatch reports: School districts across Ohio will be able to authorize teachers, principals and other staff to carry firearms into classrooms this fall after 24 hours of training. The new law, signed Monday by Republican Gov. Mike DeWine, will lower the required training hours for armed school personnel from about 700 hours to four scenario-based training hours, plus …

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Senators Announce Bipartisan Deal On Gun Reform

The New York Times reports: Senate negotiators announced on Sunday they had agreed on a bipartisan outline for a narrow set of gun safety measures with sufficient support to move through the evenly divided chamber, a significant step toward ending a yearslong congressional impasse on the issue. The plan, endorsed by 10 Republicans and 10 Democrats, would include funding for …

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CNN: Senators Close To Agreement On Gun Reform

CNN reports: Senate negotiators in both parties are pushing to announce as soon as Sunday the outlines of an agreement on new measures to address gun violence. Negotiators are hoping to get 10 Republican senators to sign on to the agreement before it is announced, in order to show they can overcome the 60-vote filibuster threshold. The four main Senate …

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LIVE VIDEO: March For Our Lives Rally In Washington

NBC News reports: Thousands of demonstrators are expected to take the streets in hundreds of protests across the country Saturday to push lawmakers to take action on gun violence in the wake of recent mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas and Buffalo, New York. Protesters are turning out to more than 450 rallies nationwide, with the largest gathering taking place in …

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Dennis Prager Offers To Confront Grieving Parents Of Mass Shooting Victims: “I’ll Tell Them They’re Wrong”

“Of course I would be honored to speak to them and tell them they’re wrong. Honored. It would be one of the highlights of my life to talk to these grieving people and tell them. “Their reactions, though completely understandable, will do nothing to prevent other kids and other parents from the same suffering. “It  would be my honor to …

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SC Man Charged With Walmart Mass Shooting Threat

Florence, South Carolina’s ABC affiliate reports: One person has been arrested in connection with threats made to hurt people at the Walmart Neighborhood Market on South Cashua Drive in Florence, according to Florence County Sheriff T.J. Joye. Wayne Anthony Reiser Jr., 39, of Bishopville, is charged with the threatened use of a weapon of mass destruction. Reiser allegedly used a …

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Over 200 CEOs Call On Senate To Act On Gun Reform

Axios reports: CEOs of more than 220 U.S. companies on Thursday will release a letter calling on the Senate to “take immediate action” to reduce gun violence, Axios has learned exclusively. Why it matters: This is the latest example of corporate America delving into a hot-button issue where solutions often break down along partisan lines. The companies employ workers in …

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GOP Rep: “We Hide Behind Doors Because They Work”

Mediaite reports: Speaking on the House floor, Rep. Andy Biggs railed against the legislation and said Democrats “don’t care about Second Amendment rights.” The congressman said teachers should be allowed to carry firearms instead. Later, he talked about the need to “harden the schools” in terms of the physical security of the buildings. Democrats have largely panned the idea and …

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GOP Rep Blames Mass Shootings On Smartphones

The Houston Chronicle reports: U.S. Rep. Pat Fallon (R-Texas) is rejecting calls to pass stricter gun laws and is instead blaming the use of smartphones for a rise in mass shootings. During a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on gun violence Wednesday, Fallon told members of Congress that guns were around long before mass shootings became disturbingly commonplace. “There’s …

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