Gun Violence

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Gun violence as a public health crisis explored by U.S. Senate Democrats

BY: - November 29, 2023

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats on Tuesday discussed how to treat gun violence as a public health crisis, in hopes of building upon last year’s federal gun safety legislation. “Across the country, gun violence is a public health epidemic,” Illinois Democrat Dick Durbin, the chairman of the committee, said in his opening remarks. […]

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Casualties of the culture wars

BY: - November 18, 2023

I don’t recognize North Carolina today. It is not the state I’ve loved and lived in all my life. We’ve changed from being “where the weak grow strong, and the strong grow great” to a state where we select the ones we choose to hate. We are casualties of the culture war, both here and […]

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Allegation that charter school student used racial slur, flashed a gun on FaceTime raises concerns

BY: - November 15, 2023

This story contains racist language that might upset some readers. A white seventh-grade boy who attends Discovery Charter School in Durham allegedly called a Black classmate a “monkey” and another racial slur, and then flashed a rifle to several students during a FaceTime chat, Arssante Malone, the father of the Black student, told NC Newsline. […]

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‘Nationwide gun emergency’ discussed by U.S. House Democrats at roundtable meeting

BY: - November 14, 2023

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Democrats held a Monday roundtable forum on changing U.S. gun laws following a recent mass shooting in Maine, where 18 people were killed. The top Democrat on the committee, Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, invited witnesses to discuss gun violence solutions, and said that the gun industry lobby, the National Rifle […]

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U.S. Supreme Court considers case dealing with gun rights and domestic violence

BY: - November 8, 2023

WASHINGTON — U.S. Supreme Court justices during Tuesday’s oral arguments seemed to lean toward upholding a federal law that prevents the possession of firearms by a person who is subject to a domestic violence protective order. Liberal and conservative justices appeared to side with the Biden administration’s position that the 1994 federal law is in […]

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Georgia man arrested while carrying assault-style firearm near U.S. Capitol 

BY: - November 7, 2023

WASHINGTON — U.S. Capitol Police used a taser on and arrested a man on Tuesday whom they alleged walked with an assault-style weapon near the Capitol building, though it didn’t initially appear the man made any direct threats against members of Congress. USCP Chief Tom Manger said during a brief press conference that a 21-year-old […]

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Just another day in paradise

BY: - October 31, 2023

Lewiston, Maine: Eighteen killed, 13 injured in a rampage by a guy with an assault rifle.  The shooter: A certified firearms instructor and a member of the U.S. Army Reserves.  The community locked down until he’s placed in custody. Press conferences; school classes cancelled; politicians falling all over each other with their thoughts and prayers […]

‘A collective sigh of relief’: Suspect in Lewiston, Maine shooting found dead

BY: - October 28, 2023

The 40-year-old Bowdoin man suspected of murdering 18 people in Lewiston was found dead Friday night after a two-day search. “I stand here tonight to simply report that Maine State Police have located the body of Robert Card,” said Gov. Janet Mills at a 10 p.m. news conference in Lewiston City Hall. Card is suspected […]

Mike Sauschuck, commissioner of the Maine Department of Public Safety

Officers hone in on Androscoggin River in search for Lewiston shooting suspect

BY: and - October 27, 2023

After more than 36 hours of searching for the suspect in Wednesday’s mass shooting in Lewiston, more than 350 law enforcement officers continue to work around the clock. “It’s easy to think, ‘What’s taking so long’ because everything we watch gets solved in an hour, but in order for us to do our jobs and […]

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White House calls for stronger gun policy reforms after Maine shooting

BY: - October 26, 2023

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre called on Congress on Thursday to strengthen gun safety laws in the wake of the mass shootings in Lewiston, Maine. Jean-Pierre opened Thursday’s press briefing with a statement on the shootings, saying President Joe Biden stepped out of a state dinner Wednesday night to receive an initial briefing on […]

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Maryland’s U.S. attorney charges former NC police chief, others with machine gun conspiracy

BY: - October 23, 2023

Former police chiefs in North Dakota and North Carolina are facing charges in Maryland in connection with a conspiracy to illegally acquire machine guns and other firearms — and court records indicate the case could reach into other states as well. The charges are similar to those faced by Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins (R), […]

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Biden administration to create new gun violence prevention office

BY: - September 22, 2023

WASHINGTON — The White House Thursday announced the formation of an Office of Gun Violence Prevention that will help states and local governments as they implement a gun safety legislative package President Joe Biden signed into law last year. Lacking additional action in Congress to curb gun violence, “the Office of Gun Violence Prevention along […]