‘No one solution’ to gun violence

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Steve Dettelbach sworn in as ATF director. “This agency and its goals are being challenged like never before,” he said during his swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday, adding that he was determined to fight “increasing crime, increase in gun violence, increase in mass shootings and rise in extremist violence”. that threatens the people and the security of this country. Appearing on CBS Evening News last night, Dettelbach added that “the reason we are struggling to find a solution is that there is no single solution. The solutions are different, depending on where things are. He added that his main mission at the ATF was to help “catch people who violated the laws that we already have.”

Philadelphia’s gun violence crisis shows no signs of abating. The city reached a milestone after recording the 300th homicide of the year. This comes after a particularly violent month of July in which 43 people died. The total number of homicides this year is rising at the pace of last year, when police reported 562 homicides, the highest in decades. Not all bad news: As grim as the homicide trend is in Philadelphia and other major cities like Milwaukee (41 percent), New Orleans (40 percent), Dallas (17 percent), other locations have seen year-to-date declines, including Miami (36 percent), Cleveland (22 percent) and Oakland (19 percent), according to data compiled by criminologist Jeff Asher. He observed a Overall 3% drop in homicides in the most recent data available from 91 cities. Yet these year-to-date comparisons fluctuate throughout the year depending on the day or month, and there is no guarantee that the trends will continue. Do you know anyone in Philadelphia who has been affected by gun violence? Check out our Up the Block resource center.

House Democrats are considering an assault weapons ban — if they can get the votes. The party leadership wants a vote on a bill and thinks it can get enough votes. But a handful of Democrats, including some from rural districts, are skeptical of a vote on such a bill before the midterm elections — especially since the measure has no chance of passing the tightly divided Senate. In the meantime, the House Judiciary Committee will begin marking the measure today.

The filming of the Aurora cinema, 10 years later. On July 20, 2012, a man killed 12 people in the Colorado town during a screening of “The Dark Knight Rises.” Marcus Weaver lived through the filming and, in 2015, told Trace contributor Kate Masters what it felt like to watch history eerily repeat itself during a subsequent filming at a Louisiana theater. Also in 2015, we reported on the small but growing group of American children enduring the “particularly difficult struggle” of losing a parent to a mass shooting, which focused on Hailey and Maximus Bunk and the loss of their father Jonathan in Aurora.

The gun control initiative is on the Oregon ballot this fall. The Initiative 17 petition would ban magazines with more than 10 rounds, require a permit for the purchase of firearms, and collect permit data that the Oregon State Police would publish in an annual report. The Secretary of State’s office this week verified a minimum number of signatures necessary for the initiative to appear on the ballot.

A member of the “Law & Order: Organized Crime” team was shot and killed in New York. Police say Johnny Pizarro, 31, was killed in his car when an unknown assailant approached and shot him in broad daylight. The victim enforced parking restrictions on a block in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, before filming for the true crime series began. “No words,” said the victim’s father The New York Times. “This thing is a tragedy.”

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8 out of 10 — the share of states (plus DC) that went for Donald Trump in the 2020 election that also have the highest gun death rates in the nation. Rand Corporation researcher Andrew Morral called the 50-state chart “a remarkable association between state party preference and gun death rates.” [Scientific American]

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