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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'Who points a gun at a baby?' Road rage incident frightens Wendell family

WRAL, 9.27.17

 

A Wendell family threatened with a gun as they drove through Raleigh relived their terrifying brush with road rage Monday as their alleged attacker appeared in court.

34-year-old Dameel Walker is charged with hit-and-run and pointing a gun.

The driver, a grandmother who didn't want to give her name for fear of reprisals, said she was driving her son, daughter-in-law and 2-year-old grandson on Capital Boulevard Saturday afternoon when she noticed a car following too closely. It followed the family onto Interstate 440, the driver yelling and making hand gestures, she said. She pulled over to let him pass, but he continued to drive close to her and then pulled out a gun.

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Illinois teacher tackles gunman to save students’ lives during school shooting

New York Daily News. 9.21.17

An Illinois teacher who took down a student gunman after he opened fire in the high school cafeteria ended a dangerous situation before it escalated to tragedy, authorities said.

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Shooter kills one, wounds 7 at Tennessee church

CNN, 9.25.17

A Bible lay on the ground Sunday near where a worshiper was earlier shot dead outside her Tennessee church, allegedly by a former member of the same congregation.

The shooting took place the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, a neighborhood in Davidson County governed by Nashville.
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Road rage, a bullet to the head – and the frantic effort to save a four-year-old

Stop!' Hill screamed, turning to check on her son, who, just before midnight on Aug. 6, had become one of the nearly two dozen children shot — intentionally, accidentally or randomly — every day in the United States. What follows almost all of those incidents are frantic efforts to save the lives of kids wounded in homes and schools, on street corners and playgrounds, at movie theaters and shopping centers.

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Domestic violence homicide rate drops with stricter gun law, study finds

Los Angeles Times, 9.19.17

When domestic violence offenders are required to relinquish their guns, instead of simply being barred from owning firearms, the risk that those offenders may kill their partners goes down, a new study finds.

The paper, described in the Annals of Internal Medicine, highlights a simple method for lowering the risk women face of being killed by an intimate partner: Enforce the laws already in place.

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Congress goes for its guns

The New York Times, 9.15.17

The gridlock in Congress has been so bad that there’s even been a shortage of insane gun bills.

Really, there’s nothing we anticipated from the Trump era more than a flood of totally irrational legislation on behalf of the gun lobby. And right at the start, Congress came through with a new law expanding Americans’ ability to purchase weapons despite severe mental impairment. Exactly the kind of thing we were expecting! But since then, there’s been kind of a lull.

Until this week, when a House committee approved a bill making it much easier to buy gun silencers. 

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6/4: ‘Protection of the public is paramount’ with regard to concealed-carry bill

Great letter to the editor in the News and Observer

"Regarding the June 1 news article “Bill would end requirement for concealed-carry permits”: This is a very bad idea. I have a driver’s license; similarly, I have a concealed-carry permit. With both, I had to demonstrate a knowledge of safety regulations and legal responsibilities when operating these 'machines”'that can maim and kill."

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Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article154238919.html#storylink=cpy
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Concealed handgun permits would no longer be required

"North Carolinians Against Handgun Violence issued a statement saying it was disappointed that concealed weapons carriers would no longer have to undergo training:

"'Without these classes, the public cannot be certain that a gun owner is knowledgeable of the rules and laws of carrying a hidden loaded weapon in public. In addition, 18-21 year olds commit nearly four times as many gun homicides as adults 21 and over.'"


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