Opinions: Mass shootings are an American problem. There’s an American solution.

The Washington Post. 10.2.17

On awful, gut-churning days such as Monday, I find it important to remind myself that mass shootings happen almost nowhere else but the United States. As we become normalized to the regular pace of massive, execution-style killings — Sandy Hook, Charleston, Orlando and now Las Vegas — it’s critical to understand that the Groundhog Day phenomenon of horrific mass shootings is exclusive to the United States. I find consolation in this fact, because if the problem is particularly American, then the solution can be, too.

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Las Vegas shooting death toll rises to 59, no apparent connection to international terror

ABC News, 10.3.17

At least 59 people were killed and 527 injured in Las Vegas Sunday night when a gunman opened fire on a music festival crowd from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, in what is now the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history.

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Tragedies like the Las Vegas mass shooting could be worse if Congress passes gun silencer bill

Daily News, 10.2.17

For the 85th time since the day my life changed forever, I woke up Monday to news of a mass shooting.

The enormity of the numbers around the shooting at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival in Las Vegas – more than 50 people shot and killed, and more than 500 people hospitalized with injuries, the largest and deadliest mass shooting in modern American history – make this shooting stand out.

But the wall-to-wall news coverage, the “thoughts and prayers” offered up by elected officials, and the graphic, tear-filled descriptions of the shooting and aftermath by survivors were all eerily reminiscent of the days following the massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

I remember those days so clearly because I was one of three staff members working in the school library that day. 

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American toddlers are still shooting people on a weekly basis this year

The Washington Post, 9.29.17

On Wednesday two 3-year-old boys were shot by another toddler who found and inadvertently fired a gun at the home of their babysitter in Dearborn, Mich., according to the Detroit Free Press. The boys, one of whom was shot in the face and the other in the shoulder, are in stable condition at a hospital.

The Dearborn boys are at least the 42nd and 43rd people to get shot by a child under the age of 4 this year, according to a database of accidental child-involved shootings maintained by Everytown, a gun violence prevention group. On average, someone gets shot by an American toddler a little more frequently than once a week, similar to previous years.

These figures, which are compiled from media and police reports, are likely an undercount.

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Op Ed: The gun lobby's latest scheme: make it easier to commit crimes quietly

Los Angeles Times, 9.27.2017

In February 2013, Americans watched in horror as a disgruntled former Los Angeles police officer, Christopher Dorner, terrorized Southern California. Over nine days, Dorner killed four people and wounded three others during a mass manhunt.

As police investigated, they wondered why nearby residents weren’t reporting the shots. It turned out that, in an effort to conceal his murders, Dorner was using a silencer, which distorts the sound of gunfire and masks the muzzle flash of a gun. (Silencers do not completely silence gunfire, as some Hollywood movies would have you believe.) In expert hands, say SEAL Team Six, silencers have been used to help covertly take down the likes of Osama bin Laden. But in the hands of criminals, like Christopher Dorner, they pose a serious threat to law enforcement and the communities they serve.

Now Congress is trying to sneak a measure into an unrelated bill that would make it easier for criminals to obtain this special equipment.

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Two children shot by toddler at Dearborn home daycare in critical condition

WXYZ Detroit, 9.27.17

Dearborn police continue to investigate after two children were shot at home daycare on Harding Street.

Police confirm that two young boys, ages 2 and 4, were shot in the home. Another child reportedly pulled the trigger while playing with a firearm that was kept inside the home. One child was taken to Oakwood Hospital and another was taken to Children's Hospital. Both are in critical condition.

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Editorial: How Gun Controls Work Beyond Washington

The New York Times, 9.27.17

The majestic, though vulturous, California condor is once again soaring above the wilds. It was on the brink of extinction 30 years ago when the last 22 giant birds were captured in a desperate effort to breed them in captivity...

The condor population could not have rebounded if the California Legislature had not bucked the National Rifle Association and passed an enlightened bill to control what experts found to be the main threat to the condor’s existence — the use of toxic, lead-based ammunition by hunters. It’s a lesson in resistance that lawmakers in Washington should learn.

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Boy, 2, who accidentally killed father in St. Louis is asking for his dad, relatives say

St Louis Post-Dispatch, 9.26.17

The bubbly 2-year-old boy flitted around his front porch Monday morning in nothing but a diaper, grabbing chips from a bag his cousin held.

He was oblivious to the sadness around him. His stone-faced older sister missing her father. The aunt who sat on the stoop, shaking her head about the tragedy there two days earlier.

On Saturday afternoon, the 2-year-old boy was handling a handgun inside the home when it discharged. A bullet struck the boy’s father, Darrion Noble, in the neck while he was sleeping in his bed.

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Gun Homicides Made Up Record High Share of Murders in 2016, Analysis of FBI Data Shows

The Trace, 9.25.17

A greater percentage of homicides were carried out with a gun in 2016 than in any year since the Federal Bureau of Investigation began keeping records, an analysis of new data from the agency shows...

A total of 17,250 people were murdered in the United States in 2016, according to the FBI’s annual crime report. 

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Chris Magnus: Lawmakers must listen to law enforcement on dangerous gun bills

Arizona Daily Star, 9.21.17

Six years ago, tragedy struck our community when a man shot and killed six people outside a Tucson grocery store. Innocent lives were lost, families were broken, and our community was tested. It’s a story of pain and resolve that captured my attention when I was serving at that time as a police chief in Richmond, California — a city that has struggled with gun violence for many years.

Now, as the chief of police for the city of Tucson, our city has made great strides in combating gun violence. However, at a time when over 900 Arizonans are dying every year from gun violence, lawmakers on Capitol Hill are debating a series of bills that would threaten our hard-fought public safety gains.

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