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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • PULSE: Gun debate rages on as Aurora anniversary approaches

  • On July 20, 2012, James Holmes walked into an Aurora, Colo., movie theater and opened fire, killing 12 and injuring dozens more. Five months later, Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 children and six teachers and school administrators in Newtown, Conn. The shootings, among the worst in U.S. history, intensified an already heated g...
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  • On July 20, 2012, James Holmes walked into an Aurora, Colo., movie theater and opened fire, killing 12 and injuring dozens more. Five months later, Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 children and six teachers and school administrators in Newtown, Conn. The shootings, among the worst in U.S. history, intensified an already heated gun violence debate. With the Aurora anniversary approaching, where does the debate stand? And where is it going?
    THE ZIMMERMAN EFFECT
    It may not be possible to consider the case of George Zimmerman, who was acquitted Saturday of all charges in the killing of Trayvon Martin, as anything but a sad commentary on the state of race relations and the battle over gun rights in America today. Read more here
    CHICAGO GETS BETTER, THEN EXPLODES IN VIOLENCE
    Amid the flash and bang of fireworks, gunshots from 47 separate shootings echoed through this city over the extended Fourth of July weekend, killing 11 and wounding dozens more, including a 5-year-old boy. The events were a sober reminder to residents that despite a drop in homicides this year, gaining control over gun violence in Chicago will be a long road, and the political pressure it has put on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s first term is far from over. Read more here
    THE LEGAL APPROACH
    Nearly 13,000 homicides were committed with weapons — 8,775 with firearms — in the United States in 2010, the latest year of available FBI data. Of the murders where firearm types were identified, 6,009 were committed with handguns; 358 with rifles; and 373 with shotguns. Another roughly 2,000 were committed with firearms either of unknown type or in other categories. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which draws on different statistical sources, has higher figures for the number of homicides. Read more here
    COMMENTARY: THE GUN DEBATE AND MENTAL ILLNESS
    The issue of gun violence and the disparate issues surrounding untreated mental illness have found confluence in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shootings in Connecticut, even though they are problems that should be dealt with separately. The gravitational pull that has put them in tandem is a political contrivance, and it's time to break it apart. Read more here
    BLOOMBERG: END 'SHOOT FIRST' LAWS
    New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, one of the faces of national gun-control efforts over the last year, made a fresh case against Florida’s gun laws Sunday on the heels of the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin shooting death. Read more here

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