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Parkland one year later: We’re still #MSDStrong

In one sense, one year after 17 people died in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, nothing has changed. Then again, so much has changed. The students who survived the shooting became national leaders as they worked through their heartfelt pain and anger. They spoke with eloquence, honesty, and […]

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#GunSafety proposals taking shape for new Democratic House (UPDATE)

Although Democrats won’t take over the majority in the House of Representatives until January, they’re already spelling out an ambitious agenda. Democratic leaders and incoming representatives have been giving details about some of the issues they hope to tackle, such as a broad ethics reform package, which would include campaign finance reform, voting rights, and […]

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Mercy Hospital shooting: A domestic dispute, more gun deaths. When will it stop?

It started, as do so many fatal shootings, as a domestic dispute. A mass shooting at a Chicago hospital ended with four people dead, including the suspected shooter. He confronted his ex-fiancee in a hospital parking lot and shot her, leaving her for dead. He entered the lobby of Chicago’s Mercy Hospital, ready to keep […]

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Meet the law enforcement allies in the fight for gun safety

When it comes to common-sense gun safety laws, at least some major players in law enforcement are on the same page as the rest of the country. The National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence is made up of nine different police leadership organizations, including groups representing African-American, Hispanic, and women command officers. Its […]

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Waffle House shooting shows why all states need ‘red flag’ laws

By now, most people know the details about the Waffle House mass shooting near Nashville, which killed four people. But still unresolved is the question about the legal status of the alleged shooter, Travis Reinking, possessing guns. That’s why every state needs to enact “red flag” laws. State and local officials in Illinois revoked the […]

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How Parkland school shooting is shifting electoral landscape

We won’t know the full extent until after the midterm elections, but gun violence is sure to be a key factor driving people to the polls this year. And for once, the numbers are likely to favor those in favor of common-sense gun safety laws, not those backing the positions of the National Rifle Association. […]

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Voices of black and brown youth: ‘We march for our lives every day’

The 800-plus #MarchForOurLives events around the country and the world are still resonating. The speeches from survivors of the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas School in Parkland, Florida, moved us all, and some of those those teens are now household names. For me, though, nothing resonated more than the voices of African-American […]

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Kids will lead on gun reform when lawmakers won’t

As we look at video and photos of the hundreds of thousands of students who walked out of class to fight for gun reform, we can be thankful that they’re not afraid to step up. Hundreds of students at our local suburban school in Illinois, Oak Park and River Forest High School, joined with others […]

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Gun reform will be up to states — for now

The new energy in the fight for common-sense gun safety laws is being felt nationwide. But given the current makeup of Congress, it’s highly unlikely that anything meaningful will pass in 2018. Some states, however, are looking to succeed where Congress is failing. Laws are starting to be passed, one by one, area by area. […]

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Watch out, NRA: There’s new momentum in gun reform fight

Something is definitely different in the movement for stronger gun safety laws this time around. The impetus comes from the honest and heartfelt pain, anger, and eloquence of the teenagers of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 of their classmates and teachers were killed by an expelled student with an AR-15 […]

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