Three high-profile shootings in as many days reflect the reality of gun violence in America. The classroom of an elementary school in southern California, a quiet south-Chicago neighborhood, and a gym outside Miami, they're places nearly every American crosses paths with each day.
Brady Campaign president Dan Gross issued the following statement after the Senate upended longstanding rules to force through Neil Gorsuch's confirmation as Supreme Court Justice. The corporate gun industry spent millions to pressure senators to confirm Gorsuch by any means necessary.
Three awareness weeks share the first days of April and a common epidemic, gun violence. Youth Violence Prevention Week, National Crime Victims Week, and National Public Health Week are observed the first week of the month and gun violence is a serious, underlying problem shared by all three.
The verdict is in: the going rate to buy a Supreme Court seat is now in the millions. This week the corporate gun industry, led by the NRA, looks to Capitol Hill to cash in on millions of dollars it's spent convincing vulnerable senators to confirm Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. And for gun industry lapdogs in the Senate, the price is just right.
New data confirms: America's schools have a gun problem. From fatal shootings to middle schoolers packing more than books in their backpacks, there have been more than three gun incidents a day, and at least 558 total, during in the 2016-2017 academic year so far.
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In 2013, 16-year old Jordan G., while on probation, was charged with 3 counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and 1 count of unlawful possession of a firearm under Illinois law. The unlawful possession count was for being under 18 years of age and knowingly possessing a firearm of a size which may be concealed on the person. Jordan G. sued Illinois and filed to dismiss all counts, contending that such laws violated his Second Amendment rights.
In 2011, the Florida legislature passed H.B. 155, a NRA-sponsored bill that drastically limited the freedom of doctors to talk to their patients about the risks of guns in the home. The law subjected health care providers to fines and even loss of their license if they discuss gun safety or record information in a patient's chart about gun ownership.
Under Massachusetts regulatory law, all handguns sold by gun dealers must have chamber load indicators (a device which alerts a user that a bullet is in the firing chamber). This safety feature reduces unintentional shootings by helping to prevent the discharge of a gun that may occur when a user misperceives a gun to be unloaded.