Parents of teen killed in accidental shooting hope ‘Christian’s Law’ will save lives
The lives of Bruce and Claire Petillo were forever changed on Sept. 5, 2021, when their teenage son went to spend the night with a friend and never returned after being killed in an accidental shooting. Christian, according to his mother, was impetuous, fun loving and good at every sport he tried, much to the […]
Fact check: Kari Lake’s fentanyl death claims are false
GOP gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake’s claim that fentanyl overdoses are the leading cause of death in Arizona is false, according to an Arizona Mirror fact check. At a rally in Mesa with former president Donald Trump on Sunday, Lake claimed that fentanyl was the “number one cause of death” for those aged 18 to 45, […]
Judge temporarily blocks AZ law that would ban recording video of police
An Arizona law that would make it illegal to create video recordings of police in certain circumstances will not go into effect Sept. 24 as planned, after a federal judge temporarily blocked its enforcement. The judge on Friday morning granted a temporary injunction of the law, essentially putting the law on hold while a court […]
GOP ‘message laundering’ turns violent, extremist reactions to search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago into acceptable political talking points
After the FBI completed a lawful search of former president Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate on Aug. 8, 2022, conservative politicians responded with one of three strategies: silence, circumspection and attack. Many responses echoed Trump’s own framing of the search. In his Aug. 8 message he claimed his residence was “under siege, raided, and occupied by […]
U.S. House passes ban on assault weapons after spate of gun violence
WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed a ban on semi-automatic firearms — the weapons used in multiple mass shootings during the last three months — on a near party-line vote. With the 217-213 vote, the bill, H.R. 1808, will head to the evenly divided Senate, but it’s unlikely to advance there, […]
U.S. Senate moves forward on gun safety legislation
WASHINGTON — The Senate is poised to pass a bipartisan bill later this week that could become the most comprehensive federal gun safety legislation in years, including billions in new mental health funding. Senators on a procedural vote late Tuesday agreed 64-34 to start debate on the gun control bill, which would also have to […]
There are historical and psychological reasons why the legal age for purchasing assault weapons does not make sense
The relatively young age of most mass shooters has ignited conversations about the minimum legal age for purchasing firearms.
U.S. House passes ‘red flag’ gun control bill from Georgia Rep. McBath
WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Thursday passed a “red flag” gun control bill that would allow federal courts to temporarily remove a firearm from an individual who is adjudged to pose a threat to themselves or others. In a 224-202 nearly party line vote, the House passed Georgia Democratic Rep. Lucy McBath’s bill, known […]
DOJ updates guide on gender bias for police response to sexual assault, domestic violence
The Department of Justice is trying to help law enforcement better recognize, mitigate and prevent gender bias when responding to and investigating sexual assault, domestic violence, and other forms of gender-based violence cases.
Biden urges assault weapons ban, as U.S. House Democrats advance gun control bills
President Joe Biden called on Congress to pass gun control legislation in a speech at the White House Thursday evening, following mass shootings in New York, Texas and Oklahoma during the last three weeks.
Arizona has had 19 school shootings since the ‘70s, data show
Data compiled by researchers show that Arizona has had 19 school shootings since the 1970s and 4 mass shootings since the start of 2022.
What gun control proposals will the U.S. House consider? Here’s the list
Democrats on the U.S. House Judiciary Committee have unveiled a gun control legislative package that they plan to mark up Thursday morning.