Tag: gun violence

‘Not A Random Act Of Violence’: 10-Year-Old Fatally Shot In Trailer Park

A community is heartbroken after 10-year-old Dylan Twitty was fatally shot in  Lancaster County, South Carolina. The fifth grade was killed as he was coming home from playing with a friend. See Also: Black Leaders Mourn The Tremendous Loss Of Rep. Elijah Cummings Live 5 reports that according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office police […]

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Nearly All Mass Shooters Since 1966 Have Had 4 Things in Common

The stereotype of a mass shooter is a white male with a history of mental illness or domestic violence. While that may be anecdotally true, the largest single study of mass shooters ever funded by the U.S. government has found that nearly all mass shooters have four specific things in common. A new Department of […]

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Teen Entrepreneur Launches Clothing Line To Combat Gun Violence

Gun violence is an ever-growing issue within the United States. According to the organization Everytown for Gun Safety, 100 Americans lose their lives to gun violence daily and hundreds more are shot and injured. A Washington, D.C.-based teenager is on a mission to address the problem through the creation of an apparel brand, Because of […]

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Donald Trump Takes His ‘Buffoonery’ on the Road, Trashing Chicago and Its Top Cop in Speech Before Law Enforcement Group

As he has a tendency to do—especially when it comes to black or brown strongholds, from San Juan to Baltimore—Donald Trump trashed Chicago and its police superintendent during a speech Monday before a group of top cops. Trump’s visit to Chicago to speak before the International Association of Chiefs of Police was his first to […]

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Alabama School Apologizes After Teacher Paints Fake Bullet Wound on Black Student’s Forehead

In a world in which black youth like Tamir Rice have far too often fallen victim to gun violence, black parents are as vigilant as ever in protecting their own. So when 7-year-old Amonn Jackson came home from school with what appeared to be a bullet wound painted on his forehead, his mother, Zakiya Milhouse, […]

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Former Fort Worth Officer Who Fatally Shot #AtatianaJefferson Released on Bond

A former police officer who’s been charged with murder after fatally shooting a black woman in her own home as she played video games was released on bail Monday. From the Hill: Aaron Dean, 34, posted bond Monday night after his arrest, the Associated Press reported, citing jail records. He had been held on a […]

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Intimate Partner Violence Is More Common Than You Think

One man’s violent attack on his ex-girlfriend highlights the brutal reality of intimate partner violence in the United States and how unfortunately common these attacks truly are. A Hamilton County judge committed a Tennessee man to a mental health facility earlier this week after stabbing an ex who also happened to be the mother of […]

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Botham Jean, Amber Guyger and the Delusion of Forgiveness

Photo: Tom Fox (The Dallas Morning News via AP, Pool) It was described as “stunning,” “rare,” and “inspirational”: Brandt Jean, the younger brother of Botham Jean, killed last year at the hands of a Dallas police officer who mistakenly walked into his apartment, asking his brother’s killer if he could hug her. “I love you […]

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Report Finds Media More Likely to Cite Video Games as Factor in Shootings When Suspect Is White

Photo: Getty Researchers have long discredited the link between video games and gun violence—more specifically, mass shootings. But not only is the narrative false, like many other facets of American life, it’s also touched by race. A new report, published Monday in the journal Psychology of Popular Media Culture (pdf), combines two experiments that come […]

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As School Shootings Continue to Terrorize the Nation, a Fashion Label Callously Capitalizes on Tragedy

T-shirts mourning teen victims of gun violence hang on a fence in front of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School on February 14, 2019, on the one-year anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 students and teachers were killed.Photo: Brendan Smialowski (AFP/Getty Images) To date, there have been 22 […]

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Second Tier in Top Form at Democratic Debate

Thursday’s Democratic debate was billed as a kind of battle royal. The first four nights of debates? They were preseason. Now, at long last, the ten leading candidates would appear on the same stage—and everything would again make sound-bite-sized sense in American politics.  But even if the party is done with the two-night debate format—and […]

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Trump Wants to Ban Mango Juul Pods, But AR-15s Can Stay

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump announced from the Oval Office that his administration will ban flavored vaping products from the market. This move is evidently linked to recent reports of at least six deaths and several hundred hospitalizations from lung illnesses connected to vaping. Health experts have also been concerned with teenagers who never smoked […]

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Conservatives: We’ll Spill Blood to Keep Our Guns

Last month, Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke proposed a modest solution to the relentless tide of mass shootings: a mandatory buyback program for every AR-15 in the country. The View co-host Meghan McCain responded with a dire warning. “The AR-15 is by far the most popular gun in America, by far,” she told her fellow […]

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Maybe America Can Solve Its Gun Problem by Using Our Most Abundant Natural Resource—Racism

Photo: iStock There is no government. According to the heralded founding fathers who brainstormed and borrowed ideas to create the framework of America, the Constitution was written to “insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.” Before they even laid […]

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San Francisco Officials Accuse NRA of ‘Inciting Gun Owners to Acts of Violence,’ Label It a Domestic Terrorist Organization

Photo: iStock Despite my best efforts, I have yet to succeed in having Sallie Mae recognized as a domestic terrorist organization. But apparently, the NRA, another institution worthy of that title, has been properly categorized as such by officials in San Francisco, Calif. From the Hill: San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors has passed a resolution […]

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Simone Biles Speaks Out on Brother’s Murder Arrest: ‘My Heart Breaks for Everyone Involved’

Photo: Jamie Squire (Getty Images) Gymnast Simone Biles released her first public statement Monday following the shocking arrest of her brother, Tevin Biles-Thomas, in connection with three murders in Cleveland. “Still having a hard time processing last weeks news,” wrote Biles on Twitter. She also posted a screenshot of a prepared statement: “My heart aches […]

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Milwaukee Community Offers $25,000 Reward After Young Activist Is Killed in Drive-By

Photo: iStock Last Saturday, Quanita “Tay” Jackson was organizing a youth basketball tournament in Moody Park, Milwaukee. The purpose of the event was to promote peace; though only 20-years-old, Jackson had already made a name for herself as an anti-violence activist and organizer. A day later, Jackson was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting, […]

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It’s Been a Deadly Summer for Black Children in St. Louis. State Lawmakers Are Poised to Do Absolutely Nothing

Demonstrators protest the acquittal of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley on September 17, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. This is the third day of protests in the city following the acquittal of Stockley, who had been charged with first-degree murder last year following the 2011 on-duty shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith.Photo: Scott Olson […]

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‘It’s Time for Bold Action’: Cory Booker Joins Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Black Lives Matter for Gun Violence Roundtable

Photo: Donald Traill (Invision/AP) Violence is as American as apple pie, and as we wake up every morning fearful to learn about another mass shooting, or the latest hashtagged black man gunned down by trigger-happy police, what’s become abundantly clear is that gun reform in America is long overdue. To that end, on Aug. 22, […]

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‘Jawn Wick’ Was a Snitch: Accused Philly Cop Shooter Said to Have Been an Informant for the Feds

Maurice HillPhoto: Philadelphia Police Department (via Associated Press) The man charged with shooting six Philadelphia cops during an eight-hour standoff with police officers as they tried to serve a warrant was a snitch for the feds for years. That’s according to The Appeal, which reports that Maurice Hill has been a federal informant since at […]

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