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How did a penthouse-dwelling real estate mogul who once supported gun control become the favored presidential candidate of the NRA? The Trace says it began in 2015, when a political operative secured an eight-minute speaking slot at the group’s annual meeting in Nashville. “I love the NRA,” Trump declared.
Sales spiked to all-time highs last year under the irrational trope that President Obama was going to “take away our guns.” But gun manufacturers and retailers are seeing a downside as President Trump snuggles with the NRA: Gun sales have dropped sharply since he was elected.
Ames Grawert of the Brennan Center says the attorney general’s rhetoric about an alleged crime wave will be used “to try to justify what the administration wants to do in rolling back some Obama-era criminal justice policies.”
Kenneth Williams was the fourth killer executed in eight days in Arkansas. Witnesses say he lurched violently against his restraints. A spokesman for the governor called it “an involuntary muscular reaction.” Williams’ attorneys called it “horrifying.”
Nearly half of the 22,400 auto occupants killed in car crashes in 2015 were not wearing seat belts Alabama, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina and Vermont are considering laws that allow tougher enforcement against those who choose to drive without the safety devices.
ICE spent an average of $10,854 per deportee during the fiscal year that ended in September. Trump has promised to deport all of the estimated 2 million unauthorized migrants with criminal histories now living in the U.S. He’s going to need a much bigger budget.
Since 2011, more than 150 lawsuits have been filed against colleges and universities alleging federal Title IX violations of due process during investigations and proceedings related to sex assault allegations. A number of men who had been expelled are securing settlements that clear the discipline from their record.
The county fast-tracked a $12.5 million program to equip its police officers with body cameras, but officials have refused to release footage from three recent police shootings. Police say they are still investigating the shootings or that the footage is being withheld as evidence for criminal trials. The ACLU says it is troubled by the trend.