Since 2007, at least 173 people have been killed in mass shootings in the U.S. involving AR-15s. Joe Plenzler, a Marine veteran who supports reforms on the sale or possession of modern military-style firearms, calls them “the Formula One cars of guns.”
Gun injuries nationally declined by 20 percent during National Rifle Association conventions, says a Harvard Medical School study. “The drop… seems to refute the idea that gun injuries stem solely from lack of experience and training in gun use,” said Anupam Jena, a study co-author.
Gun-control advocates who push for “one-size-fits-all” enforcement of laws that make it illegal for anyone convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence offenses to possess firearms “ignore the reality of intimate-partner abuse,” argues a paper published this month in the Ohio State Law Journal.
The nation’s largest sporting goods retailer no longer will sell assault weapons, high-capacity magazines or any guns to people under 21 as a result of the Parkland school shooting. The shooter bought a gun at one of the firm’s stores.
A House committee is preparing legislation on school safety but it is unclear that anything that amounts to gun control can pass Congress. A typical comment: “I believe we need more idiot control, not more gun control,” said GOP Sen. John Kennedy (LA).
The New Jersey Legislature is weighing a measure that would create a gun-violence research center at Rutgers University. The center would be modeled on the new Firearm Violence Prevention Research Center at the University of California at Davis, which launched last summer with $5 million in state money over five years.