Activists are holding similar rallies around the country.
People with real capital in this country can change the conversation around guns If the tragic slaughter at the Walmart store in El Paso on Aug. 3 led to anything good, we may have seen the first sign of it. On Thursday, the largest U.S. retailer came out for gun control. Oh, they did it cautiously, all right, in a carefully worded statement accompanying Walmart's (WMT) earnings report. In it, the company made a point of saying its policies on gun sales are much tougher than federal law, and that the laws should be re-examined to consider reinstating the federal ban on assault weapons, as well as strengthening background checks before buying guns. "In the national conversation around gun safety,
EL PASO (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — It's been nearly two weeks since a gunman from North Texas traveled to El Paso and opened fire inside a crowded Walmart store. At the time, presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke was traveling the country campaigning, but he cut everything short to return to his hometown. Now O'Rourke is formally rejoining the presidential race with what he calls a “major address to the nation” from near the U.S.-Mexico border, where the mass shooting killed 22 people. The Democratic former Texas congressman will speak Thursday in El Paso, outlining “the path forward” for his 2020 bid and the country. O'Rourke was in Nevada on August 3 but suspended his campaign and came back to Texas where
Following a standoff between police and an armed gunman, Philadelphia's mayor calls on legislators to let the city pass its own gun laws.
Sen. Cory Booker wants Democrats to go bolder on guns — and says they're playing into the hands of the National Rifle Association and the corporate gun lobby by rejecting bolder ideas. “For Democrats to play into the hands of the corporate gun lobby, and just letting them define what the realm of possible is, it's so defeatist to me,” the New Jersey senator told me during an interview this week. Booker, who is running for president, was among the first 2020 candidates to release a comprehensive gun policy platform, as well as a second platform that focused on gun suicides. For the past two decades, Democrats have by and large stuck to two ideas for gun policy: universal background checks and an assault weapons ban.
I thought I'd figured out Hollywood's prevailing attitude toward firearms. Oscar winner John Legend seemed to sum it up at an appearance in Dayton this week when he said: “The NRA doesn't represent America,” and “we're tired of bigotry and hate turning lethal because of easy access to guns.” Then I saw the trailer for Kasi Lemmons's Harriet (watch it here) about the fiery anti-slavery resister Harriet Tubman. And I had to start thinking all over again. Harriet, with Cynthia Erivo in the title role, is set for release by Focus Features on November 1, though it already will be causing a stir at the Toronto Film Festival in early September. Its trailer, currently attached to Quentin Tarantino's
Gun control advocates rallied around the country on Saturday, seeking to pressure Congress to tighten the nation's gun laws after the recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, Dayton, Ohio and Northern California. Demonstrators in Providence, Rhode Island, where several dozen people gathered. Some held signs that said, "Disarm Hate," ''Enough" and "No One Needs a Weapon of War at Home." In Baltimore, activists organized a march. Protesters in Charleston, West Virginia, carried signs that called for changing Congress if it didn't change gun laws. Demonstrators also gathered in front of City Hall in San Francisco. The group, Everytown for Gun Safety, announced recently that it planned to hold rallies
Harris Rosen talks to Greg Warmoth on “Central Florida Spotlight” at 12:30 p.m. Sunday on WFTV-Channel 9. Rosen focuses on the Osceola County School District's entering a medical service center agreement with RosenCare, the health-care system owned and operated by Rosen for Rosen Hotels & Resorts. RosenCare will administer the school district's Center for Employee Health starting in early October. The center serves Osceola schools employees and dependents enrolled in the county's health-care plan. This agreement is the first of its kind for RosenCare. Other guests are Clarence Thacker, chairman of the Osceola County School Board, and Kenneth Aldridge and Ashley Bacot, Rosen's two top members
Two mass shootings within days of each other — in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. They join a tragic list of similar violence occurring with disturbing regularity. And each time, we hear people offering their "thoughts and prayers." But is it enough? Or is it even a “cruel joke” to say it, as an op-ed in The Washington Post claimed? Following the latest mass shooting, the op-ed said Republicans' "reflexive response to endless massacres has become a cruel joke, as effective as a Hallmark sympathy card." So is talking gun control a more apt response? Author and former Obama faith advisor Michael Wear said, "The problem isn't that Republicans are issuing their thoughts and prayers," it's "that
The US has more gun deaths per year than any other nation in the world, more than 30,000 per year, along with more than 70,000 gun related injuries. The US also has the highest number of guns per capita, a shocking 112 guns per 100 residents. Any reasonable person would logically conclude that these two statistics are related. Put simply, the US has way too many guns which contribute to too many deaths and injuries. Part of the solution to this problem is stricter background checks, but we also need to ban assault style rifles. No one NEEDS an assault rifle, except mass killers. For example, you don't need an assault rifle to protect your home. A handgun will do fine. And guess what - the majority
Jim Kenney urged state and federal government to stand up to NRA or ‘then let us police ourselves’The long standoff was eventually resolved when the suspected gunman was taken into custody. Photograph: Mark Makela/Getty ImagesThe mayor of Philadelphia has joined a growing chorus of calls for America to take action on gun control after a dramatic shooting incident in which six police officers were wounded as they served a drug warrant.The officers were injured as part of a night of drama which saw a tense standoff eventually resolved when the suspected gunman was taken into custody. It is believed he had an automatic rifle and he exchanged multiple bursts of gunfire with police which saw civilians run for cover in a densely populated part of the city.That prompted Philadelphia’s mayor, Jim Kenney, to call for greater restrictions on guns.“Our officers need help. They need help with gun control. They need help with keeping these weapons out of these people’s hands. This government, both on federal and state level, don’t want to do anything about getting these guns off the streets and getting them out of the hands of criminals,” he said.Kenney also attacked the gun rights lobby in the shape of the National Rifle Association, which has repeatedly worked to stymie almost every effort at gun control. “And if the state and federal government don’t want to stand up to the NRA and some other folks, then let us police ourselves. But they pre-empt us on all kinds of gun control legislation,” he said.“Our officers deserve to be protected and they don’t deserve to be shot at by a guy for hours with an unlimited supply of weapons and an unlimited supply of bullets. So it’s disgusting and we have to do something about it,” he added.The calls come after recent twin mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton that have sparked yet another round of America’s national conversation about its epidemic of gun violence and what to do about the heavy weapons that are readily available to millions of people across the country.The shooting that caused Kenney’s ire began around 4.30pm local time on Wednesday as officers went to a home in a north Philadelphia neighborhood of brick and stone rowhomes to serve a narcotics warrant in an operation “that went awry almost immediately”, Philadelphia’s police commissioner, Richard Ross, said.Many officers “had to escape through windows and doors to get [away] from a barrage of bullets”, Ross said.The six officers who were struck by gunfire have been released from hospitals.Two other officers were trapped inside the house for about five hours after the shooting broke out but were freed by a Swat team well after darkness fell on the residential neighborhood. Three people who officers had taken into custody in the house before the shooting started were also safely evacuated, police said.“It’s nothing short of a miracle that we don’t have multiple officers killed today,” Ross said.Police implored the gunman to surrender, at one point patching in his lawyer on the phone with him to try to persuade him to give up, Ross said.Temple University locked down part of its campus, and several children and staff were trapped for some time in a nearby daycare center.Police tried to push crowds of onlookers and residents back from the scene. In police radio broadcasts, officers could be heard calling for backup as reports of officers getting shot poured in.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Advocates for gun control have demanded reforms at a gathering in Providence. The Rhode Island chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America staged a rally Saturday to honor victims of the latest U.S. mass shootings and call for tougher gun legislation. Several dozen people attended the event. Some of the signs they held said "Disarm Hate," ''Enough" and "No One Needs a Weapon of War at Home." Organizers say they're pressing for a strong federal "red flag" bill to allow seizure of weapons in certain cases and legislation requiring background checks on all gun sales. Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America describes itself as a grassroots movement fighting
(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), one of many Democrats running for his party's presidential nomination, says gun control will restore freedom to the American people. Booker told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Wednesday night that in Newark, New Jersey -- where Booker once served as mayor -- people would show him bullet holes in their windows: "It creates an environment so crippled by fear and trauma that on the Fourth of July in communities like mine across this country, you have people who hear fireworks, and parents will tell you, their children dive for cover. They cower. They hide. "We've created such a culture of fear that's now penetrating all types of communities where we say the best