Week in Review

RESPONDING TO RECENT MASS SHOOTINGS

KENTUCKY: Before school started on Tuesday morning, a crowd of students was gathering in the common area at Marshall County High School in the small town of Benton, Kentucky, when the sound of gunfire rang out. The shooter, a 15-year-old boy who attends the high school, used a handgun in the attack. He killed two of his 15-year-old classmates and injured 18 others, before being arrested by a Marshall County sheriff’s deputy. Gunfire in American schools used to be rare, but already there have been 12 school shootings in 2018, and it’s only January. Last Monday, there was also a shooting in a school cafeteria outside Dallas, and a charter school parking lot in New Orleans. Read Gabby’s response to these latest school shooting in USA Today.

PENNSYLVANIA: Four people, who were all in their 20s, were shot and killed Sunday at a southern Pennsylvania car wash. Family members said the shooting was the result of a domestic dispute. The suspected gunman is on life support and not expected to survive after suffering a gunshot wound to the head. As of January 28, there have been at least 21 mass shootings in our country. Gabby’s statement that went out after the shooting includes more information about domestic violence and firearms, Pennsylvania’s gun laws, and what we know so far about the shooting.

TOP NEWS STORIES

  • The New York Times – Opinion | Guns — When Trump Can’t Even Tweet: “Donald Trump — who yelled about ‘carnage’ in big cities during his inauguration speech — has said not a word about the Kentucky shooting except to tweet his ‘thoughts and prayers.’”

  • NPR | What It Takes To Get Guns Out Of The Wrong Hands: In an effort to curb gun violence, Seattle police are now following up in person on court orders requiring people to surrender guns.

  • LA Times | Less than 3 miles from mass shooting in Las Vegas, a gun show unfolds: The Shot Show (for Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade) is an annual event for the firearms industry, where exhibitors and vendors display their latest products that can used by law enforcement, hunting and shooting enthusiasts.

  • Salon | Right-to-carry Laws Lead To More Violent Crime: Isn’t That A Huge Surprise?The NRA wants everyone to buy guns and carry them — but research shows that violence rises when people pack heat.

  • York Dispatch | Victims Caught in Crossfire Face Lifelong Health Issues: For every death from gun violence, many more are injured and permanently scarred when shots ring out. By one tally, more than 81,000 Americans survive gunshots every year.

  • The New York Times | Trump Envisions an A.T.F. Without the A or TThe Trump administration has drafted plans to strip key authorities from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, an acknowledgment that the agency has all but abandoned its legacy of fighting liquor and tobacco smugglers.

  • JAMA Network | Physicians Join Frontline Efforts to Curb Gun Injuries, DeathsFed up with the toll gun injuries take on their patients, physicians from Chicago’s top hospitals took an unusual step late last October. They joined Illinois lawmakers during a news conference to endorse state legislation requiring licensing for gun dealers.

  • The Hill – Opinion | Gun Violence Prevention Is A Feminist Issue: “Though it has not traditionally been classified as such, gun violence prevention is a feminist issue. It is an issue that affects women from all walks of life. It affects women in abusive relationships, women who live in fear of neighborhood violence, women who suffer from suicidality or know others who do. The pervasive threat of gun violence, which affects some women more than others, keeps women (and men) from living rewarding lives and reaching their full potential.”

  • WKMS Salon | In Wake of School Shooting, A Look At How Kids Get Guns: A 2004 report by the Secret U.S. Service and U.S. Dept. of Education found that over 2/3 of students who used guns in violent acts at school got those guns from their own home or that of a relative.

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