Are Democrats Bungling Their Outreach to Voters?

Readers react to a guest essay critical of email fund-raising appeals with a desperate tone. Also: The raid at Mar-a-Lago; the Alex Jones case.

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The F.B.I. Raid at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Home

Two readers hope the former president will be held accountable; another sees a Democratic plot. Also: Hitler’s generals; David McCullough; Uvalde and Parkland; cats.

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A Sandy Hook Mother Confronts Alex Jones During Trial

Scarlett Lewis, whose son Jesse, 6, was killed in the elementary school shooting, rebuked the Infowars fabulist over his lies in a face-to-face courtroom confrontation.

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Lies for Profit: Can Sandy Hook Parents Shut Alex Jones Down?

A hefty financial verdict this week could dissuade other politically driven liars. But the path forward is uncertain, and the legal battles take a toll.

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House Passes Assault Weapons Ban That Is Doomed in Senate

Coming on the heels of a spate of mass shootings, the vote gave Democrats another opportunity to draw a sharp distinction with Republicans before the midterm elections.

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Assault Weapons Makers Pulled In Over $1 Billion as Violence Surged, Report Says

A House panel found that the companies have thrived in the past decade by selling and marketing military-grade weapons to civilians, specifically young men.

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Newsom Wants Democrats to Fight Fire With Fire, Starting With a Gun Bill

Gov. Gavin Newsom of California is poised to sign legislation that would provide a minimum $10,000 award to residents who successfully sue makers of illegal guns.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #california, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #gun-control, #mass-shootings, #national-rifle-assn, #newsom-gavin, #second-amendment-us-constitution, #supreme-court-us

The Shame of Uvalde

What happened there was a ‘systemic failure.’ But what do we mean by that?

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Uvalde Superintendent Recommends That Pete Arredondo Be Fired

Chief Pete Arredondo has been criticized for a delay of more than an hour in entering the classroom where a gunman had fatally wounded 19 students and two teachers.

#arredondo-pedro, #mass-shootings, #police, #robb-elementary-school-uvalde-tex, #uvalde-tex, #uvalde-tex-shooting-may-24-2022

Uvalde Superintendent Recommends Firing School Police Chief

Chief Pete Arredondo has been criticized for a delay of more than an hour in entering the classroom where a gunman had fatally wounded 19 students and two teachers.

#arredondo-pedro, #mass-shootings, #police, #robb-elementary-school-uvalde-tex, #uvalde-tex, #uvalde-tex-shooting-may-24-2022

As Buffalo Supermarket Reopens, Memories of Massacre Haunt Workers

Two months after 10 were killed at Tops Friendly Market, employees and Masten Park residents confront the pain of returning and remembering.

#black-people, #buffalo-ny, #buffalo-ny-shooting-may-14-2022, #grief-emotion, #mass-shootings, #tops-friendly-markets

After Indiana Mall Shooting, One Hero but No Lasting Solution

When a bystander fatally shot an assailant at an Indiana mall, the country again debated the wisdom of easier access to guns.

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Texas House Report on Uvalde School Shooting Finds ‘Systemic Failures’

The decision to finally confront the gunman was made by a small group of officers and could have been made far earlier, the report found.

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Video Deepens Uvalde Families’ Pain as Questions on Response Remain

A delayed police response to the May 24 school shooting has been described and debated, but a new 77-minute video showing it in painful detail has rekindled outrage.

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Senate Confirms Steven Dettelbach for A.T.F. Director

The vote gives the besieged agency responsible for responding to a national surge in gun violence a permanent leader after the president’s first nominee failed to win confirmation.

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For Uvalde Families, a Call for Answers Grows Louder

At City Council meetings and at a protest on Sunday, the relatives of the slain children and teachers have shown their anger and frustration.

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After Another Mass Shooting, Questions Loom About the Role of Parents

Mothers and fathers of young men accused in shootings, including the 21-year-old charged in the massacre in Highland Park, Ill., have faced scrutiny.

#highland-park-ill, #highland-park-parade-shooting-july-4-2022, #mass-shootings, #parenting

Uvalde Teacher Recounts Harrowing Assault Inside Classroom

A teacher who survived the mass shooting recounts the harrowing attack and desperate wait for a rescue.

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What Motivates Mass Shooters to Do the Unthinkable?

The common answer is often wrong.

#education-k-12, #loneliness, #mass-shootings, #men-and-boys, #mental-health-and-disorders, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts

Show the Carnage

Would images from mass shootings shock the country out of its morbid malaise and into action to address the public health crisis guns have created?

#firearms, #highland-park-parade-shooting-july-4-2022, #mass-shootings, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #news-and-news-media, #uvalde-tex-shooting-may-24-2022

Accused Gunman Held Without Bail in Highland Park Parade Massacre

Questions mounted about how the man was able to buy several guns despite alarming police encounters and relatively strict Illinois laws.

#crimo-robert-e-iii, #firearms, #gun-control, #highland-park-ill, #highland-park-parade-shooting-july-4-2022, #illinois, #mass-shootings

Highland Park, Chicago’s ‘Mayberry,’ Struggles With Identity After Shooting

Intended from the start as an oasis, the suburb is struggling to comprehend its new identity as the latest site of a mass shooting

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Highland Park Suspect Was Known to Police; Bought Guns Legally

The 21-year-old man was charged with seven counts of first-degree murder a day after the shooting at a Fourth of July parade.

#crimo-robert-e, #highland-park-ill, #highland-park-parade-shooting-july-4-2022, #mass-shootings

New Jersey Tightens Gun Laws After Latest Mass Shooting

The legislation, which Gov. Phil Murphy signed on Tuesday, is part of a push by states with strict gun laws to work around a Supreme Court ruling aimed at dismantling them.

#gun-control, #highland-park-parade-shooting-july-4-2022, #mass-shootings, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #new-jersey, #politics-and-government, #supreme-court-us

After another mass shooting, New Jersey tightens its gun laws.

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Highland Park Wasn’t The Only Shooting This Weekend

As of early Monday morning, at least 57 people had been shot in Chicago alone over the Fourth of July weekend, nine of them fatally.

#highland-park-ill, #highland-park-parade-shooting-july-4-2022, #independence-day-us-july-4, #mass-shootings, #parades

The Promises and Pitfalls of the New Gun Law

After yet another mass shooting, will the bipartisan legislation actually work?

#audio-neutral-informative, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #gun-control, #law-and-legislation, #mass-shootings

What We Know About the Highland Park Shooting

Police detained a person of interest after a manhunt across the Chicago area. The shooting, in which six people were killed, sent a chill across the suburb.

#firearms, #highland-park-ill, #highland-park-parade-shooting-july-4-2022, #mass-shootings

My Father, Ronald Reagan, Taught Me a Healthy Fear of Guns

There are people in America who want the rest of us to be afraid. History shows that every democracy that has crumbled did so in an atmosphere of fear.

#brady-james-s, #gun-control, #mass-shootings, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #supreme-court-us, #uvalde-tex-shooting-may-24-2022

Chicago’s Weekend of Gun Violence Doesn’t Stop at Highland Park

As of early Monday morning, at least 57 people had been shot in Chicago alone over the Fourth of July weekend, nine of them fatally.

#highland-park-ill, #highland-park-parade-shooting-july-4-2022, #independence-day-us-july-4, #mass-shootings, #parades

Our Gun Myths Have Held America Hostage for Too Long

Proponents of gun reform in this country are up against more than a powerful gun lobby. They are up against our most durable national myth.

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Justice Department Braces for Rise in Violent Crime

Top officials at the department met with prosecutors and the local police in Philadelphia in an effort to help cities prepare for a hot-weather crime wave marked by the Fourth of July.

#crime-and-criminals, #justice-department, #lisa-o-monaco, #mass-shootings, #united-states-politics-and-government

New York Files Landmark Lawsuits Against a Flood of ‘Ghost Guns’

The legal complaints are the first to be brought under a new state law intended to hold gun manufacturers accountable for gun violence.

#e-commerce, #firearms, #gun-control, #law-and-legislation, #mass-shootings, #new-york-city, #new-york-state

For Gun Violence Researchers, Bipartisan Bill Is a ‘Glass Half Full’

About two dozen American researchers focus exclusively on how to prevent gun violence. They have waged an often-frustrating battle to translate their findings into public policy.

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Schools Are Spending Billions on High-Tech Defense for Mass Shootings

The market for weapon detectors and crisis alert badges in schools is booming. But there are questions about whether the new technology is effective.

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The Supreme Court Puts Gun Rights Above the Human Life

The same week, President Biden signed into law a bipartisan bill on guns.

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Biden Signs Bipartisan Gun Bill Into Law

The bill is the most significant gun measure to clear Congress in nearly three decades, though it falls short of more restrictive gun control proposals that Democrats favor.

#gun-control, #law-and-legislation, #mass-shootings, #united-states-politics-and-government

Oslo Shooting Is Being Investigated as Terrorism, Police Say

The attack, which killed two people and seriously wounded 10 near a gay club in Oslo, came hours before the city’s Pride parade, which has now been canceled.

#hate-crimes, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #mass-shootings, #norway, #oslo-norway, #terrorism

2 Killed and at Least 14 Wounded in Shooting in Norway’s Capital

The shooting happened near a popular gay club in downtown Oslo, on the weekend when the city is set to host its Pride parade.

#mass-shootings, #norway, #oslo-norway

How We Came to Believe in Guns

God and guns have become strangely intertwined.

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Gun Bill’s Progress Reflects Political Shift, but G.O.P. Support Is Fragile

Only two of the 14 Republicans who broke ranks to support taking up gun legislation are facing voters this year, showing how difficult such deals could be in the future.

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A ‘Sad Kinship’ as Towns Build Memorials to Victims of Mass Shootings

From San Bernardino, Calif., and Aurora, Colo., to Orlando, Fla., and Newtown, Conn., sites of memory honor those killed in gun violence, and survivors.

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When Gun Violence Outrage Isn’t Enough to Bring Reform

An examination of crises in the Americas — including school shootings in the U.S. — yields a sobering theory about why even a national outpouring of pain cannot always overcome political divides.

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Bipartisan Gun Bill Clears Initial Vote in Senate

The 64-to-34 vote came just hours after Republicans and Democrats released the text of the legislation, which could become the most significant overhaul of the nation’s gun laws in decades.

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Senators Present Bipartisan Gun Safety Bill

The introduction of the legislation was a hopeful sign as both Democrats and Republicans press to vote on new gun measures this week.

#cornyn-john, #democratic-party, #firearms, #gun-control, #mass-shootings, #murphy-christopher-scott, #republican-party, #senate

In Uvalde, the Healing Power of a Perfect Pitch

Uvalde, Texas, was set to cancel its Little League All-Star Championship after a school shooting left 21 people dead. Then, the decision was made: The games would go on.

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Gun Sellers Stoke Fears to Boost Weapon Sales

The number of firearms in the U.S. is outpacing the country’s population, as an emboldened gun industry and its allies target buyers with rhetoric of fear, machismo and defiance.

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Gun Control Advocates Have More Money Now, but Money Can’t Buy Zeal

After more mass shootings, one side is gaining donors and political will; the other is galvanized by gun rights. Will anything be different?

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Living in Violence

In some communities, shootings are a daily occurrence.

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Let’s Have a New Gun Law for Independence Day

There is hope on guns. It’s not what I expected to say.

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