Mass Shootings

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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House Votes To Raise Age To Buy Assault Weapons

NBC News reports: The House voted Wednesday to raise the minimum age to buy semi-automatic rifles from 18 to 21, as part of a package of gun bills in response to a horrific spate of mass shootings across the country. The vote was 228-199, mostly along party lines, with nearly all Democrats voting “yes” and all but a small group …

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Scalise: We Didn’t Try To Ban Planes After 9/11 [VIDEO]

“Airplanes were used that day, as the weapon to kill thousands of people and to inflict terror on our country. There wasn’t a conversation about banning airplanes. “There was a conversation about connecting the dots. How can we try to figure out if there are signs we can see to stop the next attack from happening?” :Thank God we have …

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Garland Announces Probe Into Uvalde Police Inaction

Axios reports: Attorney General Merrick Garland on Wednesday announced the Department of Justice’s team of nine people that will conduct a review of local law enforcement’s response to the Uvalde mass shooting, which killed 19 children and two adults last month. Local and state law enforcement officials in Texas have faced intense criticism as more details about their immediate response …

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POLL: 50% Of Republicans Back Stricter Gun Laws

USA Today reports: Half of Republicans support stricter gun laws, an exclusive USA TODAY/Ipsos Poll finds, a double-digit increase after a series of horrific mass shootings at schools, stores, streets and houses of worship. The increase in GOP support – from 35% last year to 50% – could boost the prospects for Congress to tighten federal gun laws, an effort …

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McConaughey Delivers Emotional Call For Gun Reform

CNN reports: Actor Matthew McConaughey delivered impassioned and at-times emotional remarks at the White House press briefing on Tuesday, telling the stories of those who died in the elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, and urging more action on gun control. McConaughey, a Uvalde native, said he and his wife, Camila Alves, spent most of the past week with the …

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44% Of Republicans Say Mass Shootings Are Something We All Just “Have To Accept As Part Of A Free Society”

Newsweek reports: In the wake of shootings in Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo, New York, a new poll conducted by CBS News and YouGov surveyed Americans about their thoughts on guns and gun control. One question, in particular, asked respondents if they felt that mass shootings are an unavoidable by-product of a “free society” or if they believed the issue could …

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GOP Rep: I Need My AR-15 To Kill Raccoons [VIDEO]

Somehow I missed this one the other day: Please, think of the children chickens. At a House Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence, Republican Rep. Ken Buck (Colo.) dismissed a proposal to regulate AR-style rifles, the weapon of choice for mass shooters, as “small-minded.” Why? Because without them, Buck claimed, ranchers would be completely defenseless against varmint. “Blaming the gun …

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