A report issued by the Center for Gun Policy and Research at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health said laws enabling police to remove guns from individuals identified as prohibited from owning firearms might have prevented last week’s fatal shootings at a warehouse near Chicago.
“There’s no place we can call safe,” said former police superintendent Garry McCarthy, one of 14 people running to succeed two-term Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Many voters are demanding that the city’s next leader overhaul its troubled police force.
State legislatures passed 76 gun control laws in the past year, including bans on bump stocks, caps on magazine sizes, minimum-age requirements for buying guns and expanded background checks. Congress didn’t act last year and is not likely to pass any measures this year.
If comprehensive background checks on firearm purchasers and gun violence restraining orders were properly designed, widely enacted and adequately implemented in the U.S., many lives lost to mass shootings and suicide could be prevented, according to the New England Journal of Medicine.
Five months after its creation, the Federal Commission on School Safety is under criticism for failing to tackle the politically thorny issue of gun control as part of its search for a federal response to the violence. Gun control groups are being shunned by the panel.
Collaborative news group MuckRock is launching a new project that aims to shed light on the problem of domestic violence perpetrated by police officers. But according to the group, the cost of paying for these records is “daunting.”
There are more than one billion firearms in the world, according to the Small Arms Survey, a Geneva-based research group. US civilians own 120.5 firearms per 100 residents—the highest global ratio—a figure the survey attributes to both the national ‘gun culture’ and the expiration of a federal assault weapons ban in 2004.