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Domestic Violence Calls About Guns Up 75%

The surge of firearms-involved calls to the National Domestic Violence Hotline involving firearms was attributed to increased publicity about mass shootings. Nearly 12,000 of the hotline’s calls in 2017 were related to guns, up from about 6,800 such contacts in 2016.

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Louisiana is Latest State to Consider Allowing Guns in Schools

If Bill 602 becomes law with state Senate approval, Louisiana will join nine other states—Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Oregon, Kansas, Arkansas, Wisconsin, Mississippi, and Texas—which allow visitors to bring guns to schools or college campuses. Nine more only allow concealed guns in parking lots and locked cars.

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NY Bans Guns For Domestic Abusers

New York’s new law barring anyone convicted of domestic abuse from owning firearms will save lives, says Gov. Andrew Cuomo. He signed the legislation April 24 in a public ceremony that doubled as a platform to attack federal inaction on gun violence.

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Some New Faces Join Gun Crusade; Others Blow Up Yetis

In a shift that could have political implications, some gun owners have become firm supporters of gun control measures. Meanwhile, others are blowing up their Yeti coolers, prompted by an NRA blast claiming that the firm was ending its discount for members of the group. Yeti said the NRA had gone off half-cocked.

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Studying Gang Tweets Could Reduce Gun Violence, Researchers Say

A Columbia University study argues that examining aggressive tweets among gang members, particularly after a loss, could cut short the cycle of gang-revenge killings if grief counselors and other mental health services intervene in time.

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Increase in Police Shootings Linked to High Gun Ownership

Officers “need to be conscious of the fact that literally every single person they come in contact with may be carrying a concealed firearm,” says John Jay College criminologist David Kennedy. According to Vox.com and University of Chicago criminologist John Roman, the stronger the gun control laws, the fewer police killings.

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Most Mass School Shooters Get Guns at Home

In 17 out of 25 school shootings since 1990 committed by teens, the guns came from shooters’ homes. It’s an element “lost in the current debate” over gun control and points to the need for increased gun safety, says J. Reid Meloy, a forensic psychologist and FBI consultant.

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