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

World 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 ...

LA police ordered to reduce controversial traffic stops

California 02/07/19, 17:50

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has ordered police officers to scale back vehicle stops after a newspaper reported that a special unit is pulling over a disproportionate number of black motorists.Police Chief Michel Moore said Thursday he hopes the Los Angeles Times report sparks a broader conversation about how best ...

Parkland attack fueled big shift in America’s gun politics

U.S. 02/07/19, 10:22

Last year's shooting at a Florida high school sparked a movement among a younger generation angered by gun violence and set the stage for a significant shift in America's gun politics.Thousands of student protesters took to the streets and inspired hashtags. Candidates were emboldened too. Many of them confronted the ...

House Democrats examine ways to reduce gun violence

Politics 02/06/19, 12:32

Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee said Wednesday they will push for "sensible" gun safety laws that the public is demanding after a series of mass shootings in recent years. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., the panel's chairman, said he was disappointed that President Donald Trump did not mention gun violence in ...

House Democrats getting down to the grunt work of governing

Politics 02/06/19, 01:09

A House committee will hold its first hearing on gun violence in years. Two others will gavel in to address climate change. And three more will debate protecting pre-existing health conditions and the Affordable Care Act. That's before noon on Wednesday. After eight years in the minority, House Democrats are about to ...

Wolf calls for tougher gun laws after synagogue shooting

U.S. 01/29/19, 16:26

Gov. Tom Wolf is renewing his call for lawmakers to toughen Pennsylvania's gun laws, after a truck driver walked into a Pittsburgh synagogue and fatally shot 11 people.The Democratic governor spoke Tuesday at an anti-gun violence rally in the Capitol. He was joined by the wife of a man badly ...

Gunman to be sentenced in Chicago honor student’s killing

U.S. 01/14/19, 12:19

A Chicago man faces decades in prison for fatally shooting a 15-year-old honor student a week after she performed at then-President Barack Obama's inauguration festivities in 2013.Hadiya Pendleton became a symbol of Chicago's gun violence when she was caught in the crossfire of a gang feud about a week after ...

Police: Homicides in Chicago down by nearly 100 in 2018

U.S. 01/01/19, 18:19

Preliminary numbers indicate that homicides in Chicago fell by about 100 last year compared to 2017, though the total again eclipses the number of homicides in Los Angeles and New York combined, according to data released Tuesday. Police in Chicago, the nation's third largest city, report that 561 homicides were committed ...

Washington bans anyone under 21 from buying assault rifles

U.S. 01/01/19, 15:19

Washington on Tuesday joined a handful of other states that ban anyone under 21 from buying a semi-automatic assault rifle after voters passed a sweeping firearms measure in November that has drawn a court challenge from gun-rights advocates.The ballot initiative seeks to curb gun violence by toughening background checks for ...

Freshman Democrats in Congress ready to use new-won power

U.S. 12/04/18, 21:20

Incoming members of the Democratic Party's new U.S. House majority say they're ready to turn the energy of their campaigns into real power on Capitol Hill.Rep.-elects Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and a handful of other liberal-leaning incoming Democrats used an orientation event for freshman lawmakers ...

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