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Despite outcry over mass shootings, don’t look to Republicans for meaningful gun safety measures

The National Rifle Association might be losing money and its stranglehold on political influence, but it’s still got a toehold in the White House. And that means its $30 million investment to back the 2016 election of Donald Trump is paying off. No matter how incensed and grieving the public is after the recent mass […]

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No surprise: States with the most guns have highest rates of domestic violence gun deaths

A new study confirms what anyone who pays attention to domestic violence already knows: The presence of a gun raises the chance of a fatality, and the victim is most likely to be a woman. As a tweet from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America puts it, “Gun violence IS a woman’s issue.” […]

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Abortion bans are the latest offensive in the long-running GOP war on women

The flood of new anti-abortion laws from GOP state lawmakers is aimed squarely at triggering a court fight to overturn Roe v. Wade, now that Donald Trump has appointed conservative, Federalist-Society-chosen justices to the U.S. Supreme Court and equally conservative judges to federal courts. But this latest round of repressive laws follows a huge number […]

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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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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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North Carolina, get ready for an LGBT business backlash

With the passage of a state law that prohibits local governments from extending LGBT civil rights protections, many businesses, professional organizations, and other groups are having second thoughts about spending money in a state willing to build prejudice into state law. And it’s all because some Republicans are freaking out over bathrooms. Those groups and […]

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