In a new study, researchers found that firearm-related deaths among young people are 35 percent lower in states where mandatory background checks have been required for at least five years. More than 21,000 people under 21 died from gun injuries between 2011 and 2015.
A growing number of states and cities are pledging millions of dollars to fund gun violence prevention initiatives in minority areas most harmed by shootings. One of the largest programs is in California, where Gov. Gavin Newsom approved $30 million for California Violence Intervention and Prevention (CalVIP).
Several senior National Rifle Association officials thought the organization should take a less confrontational approach on gun control issues, the Washington Post reports. But NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre struck a defiant posture.
“Someone has to stand up and tell gun companies that making a gun that can be so easily modified into a machine gun is not OK,” said the mother of one shooting victim. The National Shooting Sports Foundation says the case has “no legal merit.”
Donor David Dell’Aquila said the internal warfare “has become a daily soap opera and it’s decaying and destroying the NRA from within.” He says $134 million in pledges will be withheld unless CEO Wayne LaPierre leaves.
While NRATV may continue to air past content, its live broadcasting will end and its on-air personalities such as Dana Loesch no longer will be the NRA’s public faces. The group said members complained that NRATV’s content was becoming too far removed from gun issues.
In a 5-4 opinion written by Justice Neil Gorsuch, the Supreme Court struck down a federal law that authorizes stiff sentences for certain gun crimes. President Trump’s other appointee to the court, Brett Kavanaugh, wrote the dissent.