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.
A newly released report finds little fault with the Broward school district’s handling of Nikolas Cruz, charged with killing 17 people at his former high school last Feb. 14. But the New York Times cites “two key errors” that left the troubled Cruz without therapeutic services from the district for more than a year before the shooting.
While school resource officer Scot Peterson has been under intense scrutiny for not stopping the mass shooting in Parkland, FL, another gun expert says that credible messengers could be used in schools to prevent mass shootings.
Officers from nearby Coral Springs took charge during the Feb. 14 high school mass shooting as Broward sheriff’s deputies seemed to dither. The Miami Herald says the deputies had not been through active shooter training since 2015 or 2016, while Coral Springs cops were trained just last year.
Firearm violence is “shattering” the younger generation, and is second only to drug overdoses as the leading killer of individuals between 15-29, according to a report by the Center on American Progress, Some 820 youths have been victims of gunfire so far this year alone.
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.
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.
Democratic candidates in midterm elections are disparaging the National Rifle Association, while the Bank of America will stop lending to business clients that manufacture military-style weapons for civilian use.