Tag: mass shootings

The Senate: Still Great at Deliberating, but Less So at Legislating

WASHINGTON — Senator Mitch McConnell says he is awaiting President Trump’s proposal on new gun safety rules before swinging his chamber into action. Some of his colleagues think he’s got it backward. After all, it is the Senate — in conjunction with the faster-moving House — that by tradition has jealously guarded its role in […]

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Partisans Dig In as Executives Call for Action on Guns

When a letter signed by about 150 leaders of some of the nation’s most recognizable companies called on Thursday for tighter gun control measures, the reactions cut largely along partisan lines. Democrats like Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut said the letter, which was signed by companies including Levi Strauss, Yelp and the Gap, pointed to […]

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El Paso Shooting Suspect Indicted on Capital Murder Charge

The suspect in the mass shooting at an El Paso Walmart that left 22 dead was indicted by a grand jury on Thursday on a charge of capital murder, according to the district attorney’s office. Prosecutors said they would be seeking the death penalty. When he was arrested minutes after the massacre, the suspect, Patrick […]

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Thoughts, Prayers and Video Games

By Charlie Goldberg Video by Taige Jensen and Nayeema Raza Today is National Video Games Day, an opportunity to stop bashing video games and instead celebrate millions of American gamers who participate in a national industry that is valued at an estimated $36.9 billion. In the video Op-Ed above, the gamer and game commentator Charlie […]

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A Strong Bipartisan Path to Tackle Gun Violence

After a string of mass shootings this summer, Americans are demanding a response to curtail the violence. If we are looking to deliver a solution that reduces bloodshed and respects the rights of responsible gun owners, the only realistic action must be bipartisan. This is why the recent focus on red-flag proposals from our Senate […]

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Business Leaders to Call on Congress to Act on Gun Violence

In a direct and urgent call to address gun violence in America, the chief executives of some of the nation’s best-known companies were set to send a letter to Senate leaders on Thursday, urging an expansion of background checks to all firearms sales and stronger “red flag” laws. “Doing nothing about America’s gun violence crisis […]

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Terrorism Is Terrorism

When detectives from the New York Police Department’s intelligence bureau arrested Jose Pimentel on Nov. 20, 2011, he was in a Washington Heights apartment putting the finishing touches on a pipe bomb he was building in an Al Qaeda-inspired plot to attack military and police targets in the city. On March 22, 2017, James Harris […]

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‘It’s Sick That We Have to Do This’: Do We Really Need Shooter Drills?

ImageCreditIllustration by Nicholas Konrad, Photoraphs by Dougal Brownlie/The Gazette, via AP; Erin Schaff for The New York Times This article is part of the Debatable newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it Tuesdays and Thursdays. Two weeks ago, on Long Island, West Babylon Junior High School rang in the new school year by […]

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After String of Mass Shootings, Democrats Begin New Push for Gun Control

WASHINGTON — House Democrats, seeking to seize the momentum after recent mass shootings and to pressure Republicans to embrace gun safety measures, will push forward on Tuesday with a new package of restrictions, including a bill that would ban the manufacture and sale of large-capacity magazines. The House Judiciary Committee is expected to approve the […]

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In Texas, a Lone House Democrat Has an ‘A’ Rating From the N.R.A. Can He Survive?

LAREDO, Tex. — In this gun-friendly border city, where Tuesdays are “ladies’ nights” at the shooting range and pistols in hip holsters are a common sight, Representative Henry Cuellar is a proud defender of the Second Amendment, the lone House Democrat from Texas with an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association. “This is not […]

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Arizona G.O.P. Leader Said Party Would Stop Mark Kelly ‘Dead in His Tracks’

The chairwoman of the Republican Party of Arizona defended an email on Friday in which she had said the party would stop Mark Kelly, a Democrat running for United States Senate, “dead in his tracks.” Mr. Kelly is the husband of the former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, whom a gunman shot in the head in 2011 […]

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How Congress Passed an Assault Weapons Ban in 1994

WASHINGTON — President Bill Clinton had just been ambushed by his own party. It was August 1994 and a coalition of House Democrats wary of any new gun restrictions joined Republicans to unexpectedly sink the administration’s big crime bill on a procedural vote that was usually a test of party loyalty. Afterward, Speaker Thomas S. […]

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Defying N.R.A., Texas Lieutenant Governor Favors Background Checks on Private Gun Sales

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick of Texas publicly endorsed expanding the state’s background checks to private gun sales on Friday, defying the National Rifle Association — a group that had previously given the conservative an A-plus grade for his Second Amendment bona fides. Mr. Patrick, a Republican who was elected to a second term in 2018, […]

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Trump Aides’ Poll Finds Gun Control Politically Problematic for the President

President Trump assured Senator Joe Manchin III, Democrat of West Virginia, on Thursday that he was still considering legislation that could include background checks for gun buyers. But White House aides said they had polling data showing that gun control was politically problematic for the president, according to two people briefed on the meeting. Inside […]

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Houston Man Is First to Be Charged Under Bump Stock Ban, Officials Believe

The authorities in Houston said Thursday that they had brought charges in what they believed to be the country’s first prosecution under a new ban on bump stocks, the attachments that enable semiautomatic rifles to fire in sustained, rapid bursts. The ban, which went into effect in March, was ordered last year by the Trump […]

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Texas’ Governor Didn’t Even Mention Guns in His New 8-Point Executive Order to Combat Mass Shootings

“I’m tired of the dying,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said after the most recent mass shooting in the Lone Star State. But now, less than a week after the Odessa massacre, he’s rolled out eight executive orders to combat future mass shootings — and not a single one makes any mention of guns. “We need […]

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San Francisco Declares the N.R.A. a ‘Domestic Terrorist Organization’

Unsettled by recent mass shootings across the nation, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution this week declaring the National Rifle Association a domestic terrorist organization. The resolution was introduced by Supervisor Catherine Stefani on July 30, two days after a shooting at a garlic festival in Gilroy, Calif., in which three […]

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Walmart Enters the Gun Control Debate

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher A month after a gunman killed 22 people at a Walmart store in El Paso, the nation’s largest retailer, said that it would stop selling ammunition used for handguns and military-style weapons and call on Congress […]

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When Active-Shooter Drills Scare the Children They Hope to Protect

WASHINGTON — After the first day of school at Mark T. Sheehan High School in Wallingford, Conn., Mackenzie Bushey, a 15-year-old junior, came home upset that a teacher enforced a no-cellphones policy by confiscating students’ phones before class. She needed her cell, Mackenzie told her family last month, to notify police should a gunman attack […]

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