Tag: gun violence

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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Phoenix Police Now Required to Self-Report Every Time They Point a Gun at Someone: ‘That’s a Traumatic Event’

Image: iStock Phoenix is well known for its oppressive heat and obnoxious Republicans. But with police misconduct rapidly working its way up the power rankings, city officials have announced that Phoenix officers will now be required to document every instance in which they point their gun at someone. CNN reports that a supervisor will review […]

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4 Students Shot at Block Party at Atlanta University Center Library

Screenshot: WSB-TV On Tuesday night, four students suffered injuries during a shooting outside of an Atlanta University Center library. WSB-TV reports that the shooting occurred at approximately 10:30 p.m. at the intersection of James P. Brawley Drive and Beckwith Street during a block party celebrating the first day of class. Students from Clark Atlanta University, […]

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Leaked Memo Reveals GOP Strategy for Mass Shootings: Minimize White Supremacy, Blame Left

Image: iStock In an attempt to control the narrative around mass shootings in the United States, a leaked memo reveals the GOP’s strategy in doing so: Point the finger at the left and minimize the role of white supremacy at all costs. The Tampa Bay Times has the scoop: Congressional Republicans recently circulated talking points […]

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#FundraisingWhileBlack: White Woman Pulls Gun on Black Teenagers Raising Money for Their Football Team

Photo: iStock Well, hello there! In today’s edition of #ExistingWhileBlack, we have a despicable human being named Jerri Kelly, who pulled a gun on a group of black teenagers whose only crime was raising money for their high school football team. ABC News has the scoop: The wife of an Arkansas jail administrator was arrested […]

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Americans Told Us How Their Lives Have Been Torn Apart By Gun Violence

As the U.S. was still reeling from back-to-back mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, we started asking Americans from different generations and walks of life how gun violence in the country has impacted them personally. Then, on Wednesday night, an armed man shot six police officers in north Philadelphia during an eight-hour […]

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Right Wing Attacks on The Hunt Are a Bad Faith Distraction

Only a handful of people have seen the most controversial movie in the country. After Universal Pictures canceled the release of The Hunt following an outcry led by Fox News and other conservative outlets, it’s likely that the film will never be seen in theaters—or possibly never released at all. In a statement released over […]

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