Violent wave of shootings across the US on July 4th weekend

New York 07/05/20, 21:18

In a horror weekend of violence across the United States, at least 76 people were shot, with 14 deaths, including a young girl. In Chicago, a city known for its bloody gun violence, more than 67 people were shot over the Fourth of July weekend, and at least 13 were killed, ...

Update: 2nd hour of debate derailed by tech problems

2020 Campaign 06/26/19, 21:25

The Latest on the Democratic presidential debates (all times local): ___ 10:10 p.m. The second hour of the first Democratic presidential debate has been derailed by technical difficulties. As debate moderators Rachel Maddow and Chuck Todd took over Wednesday for the next round of the debate, the 10 candidates on stage were unable to ...

Virginia Democrats push gun control ahead of special session

U.S. 06/17/19, 13:51

Democrats in Virginia are trying to make the public case for greater gun restrictions ahead of a special legislative session next month spurred by the fatal shooting of 12 people at a city office.U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran and Richmond Mayor Levar ...

More than 50 shot in weekend violence in Chicago

U.S. 06/04/19, 12:35

One of Chicago's sunniest and warmest weekends of the year was also the most violent as police said Monday, June 3, that the weekend ended with eight people killed by gunfire and 44 more suffering gunshot injuries. Eddie Johnson, Chicago Police superintendent said that over the past 72 hours he ...

Harlem march highlights gun violence against minorities

New York 06/01/19, 16:46

Demonstrators are calling for the end of gun violence on the streets of New York City.The National Action Network joined other activists Saturday for a march in Harlem to call for peace and unity.The event highlighted gun violence among minorities and in the LGBTQ community.Activists and people who have been ...

Immigration largely absent from Democrats’ 2020 policy blitz

Politics 05/30/19, 06:55

Democratic presidential contenders are in a feverish battle to one-up each other with ever-more-ambitious plans to beat back global warming, curb gun violence, offer universal health care coverage, slash student debt and preserve abortion rights. Largely left out of the policy parade: Immigration. The field of 20-plus candidates is united in ...

Lawsuits over shootings at Kansas business settled for $2 million

U.S. 04/17/19, 19:58

Families of the victims of a mass shooting at a central Kansas lawn equipment factory in 2016 have won a $2 million legal settlement from a now-defunct pawnshop that sold the firearms to the shooter's girlfriend. The settlement of three lawsuits in Harvey County District Court was announced Wednesday by Brady, ...

Some research shows school shootings dropped after Columbine

U.S. 04/17/19, 00:49

The deadly attack at Columbine High School in 1999 seemed to usher in a new era of school shootings.Two decades later, polls consistently capture growing fears among American parents that their children face imminent danger whenever they go to school. Those fears have only intensified since attacks at an elementary ...

House approves domestic violence law amid dispute over guns

Politics 04/04/19, 12:12

The House voted Thursday to reauthorize a 25-year-old law that helps victims of domestic and sexual violence, despite complaints by Republicans that Democrats were politicizing the popular law by expanding gun control. The bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act includes a provision making it easier to take away guns ...

New Zealand’s history of gun ownership could be upended

Asia & Pacific 03/15/19, 17:03

There are an estimated 1.5 million firearms in New Zealand — roughly one for every three citizens. While that rate pales in comparison to the United States and more than a dozen other countries, it's an eye-popping amount for a country that rarely encounters gun violence.The country's gun roots run ...

House passage of gun safety bills reflects political shift

Politics 02/28/19, 20:26

The House put on a display of Democratic priorities this week with two bills to bolster background checks on firearms purchases, showing just how quickly the politics of gun control have turned. Just a few years ago, says Kris Brown, the president of one of the nation's leading gun violence prevention ...

House approves bill to expand gun-sale background checks

Politics 02/27/19, 16:27

The Democratic-controlled House on Wednesday approved a measure requiring federal background checks for all firearms sales and transfers, the first major gun control legislation considered by Congress in nearly 25 years. Democrats called the 240-190 vote a major step to end the gun lobby's grip on Washington and begin to address ...

Illinois man known for white crosses makes 5 for hometown

U.S. 02/18/19, 12:27

An Illinois man who has delivered more than 26,000 white crosses to sites around the U.S., largely to remember victims of gun violence, now finds himself doing the same in his hometown.Greg Zanis made crosses for the five victims of the shooting Friday in Aurora, Illinois, where an employee about ...

Students track fatal child shootings since Parkland killings

U.S. 02/14/19, 16:59

A student journalism project has concluded that at least 1,149 children and teenagers died from a shooting in the year since the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Around 200 teenage reporters from across the country worked to document the stories of the children up to age 18 who died ...

House panel backs bill expanding gun-sale background checks

Politics 02/13/19, 20:52

A key House committee approved a bill Wednesday to require background checks for all sales and transfers of firearms, a first step by majority Democrats to tighten gun laws after eight years of Republican rule. The House Judiciary Committee voted in favor of the bill 23-15, sending it to the House ...

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