What Hickenlooper has to do to win
- Just a few months after the shooting at the Aurora movie theater in 2012, he made addressing gun violence a big part of his state of the state speech and pushed through background checks and a magazine capacity limit in a state that is purple and has a large swath of NRA support.
- He should throw out the conventional advice about not running on a narrow set of issues and continue to position himself as the pragmatist, with a proven record of addressing gun violence.
- There are many great governors and elected officials with strong legislative records who don't make great candidates and may not make great presidents.
- Even if he isn't the nominee, he can use the platform of presidential candidacy to push the debate on important issues like gun violence and the death penalty.
New Zealand took 3 days to ban assault rifles. Here's how long it took the US to react after recent mass shootings
- And recent days have shown there's a greater sense of urgency to enact national gun-control legislation in New Zealand after a mass shooting than in the US.
- What's changed since: In November 2017, Massachusetts became the first state to ban bump stocks after the Vegas mass shooting.
- What's changed since: Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act. The new law raised the state's minimum age to purchase a firearm to 21; required a three-day waiting period for firearm purchases; banned the sale or possession of bump stocks; and allowed law enforcement officers to ask the court to temporarily prohibit someone from possessing or buying firearms.
- And while the Sandy Hook gunman had no criminal background and got access to guns through his mother, the shooting renewed calls for Congress to require universal background checks for gun sales.
How New Zealand Was Able to Change Its Gun Laws Within Days of the Christchurch Killings
- New Zealand has banned the sale of all “military-style” semi-automatics, assault rifles and high capacity magazines, less than a week after 50 people died in live-streamed shootings at two Christchurch mosques.
- How, exactly, was New Zealand able to ban assault rifles so quickly after a shooting?
- In the U.S. however, no new national-level gun laws have been enacted, despite a spate of massacres including the Parkland high school shooting in 2018, in which 17 people died.
- Some U.S. companies decided they would stop selling assault rifles or high-capacity magazines in the immediate aftermath of the Parkland murders but while Florida’s new law raises the gun purchase age from 18 to 21, it also allows for local school districts to arm teachers.
- Ardern said the immediate changes are directed at the guns that are “most critical to be addressed urgently” and that “there are a range of other amendments” in the pipeline.
Japan plans to lower age of adulthood to 18
- If the change is approved, 18-year-olds will be able to get married, sign contracts and take out loans without the consent of their parents.
- Under the existing law, people under 20 can only get married with the consent of their parents.
- But this amendment will raise the age that women can get married so that all 18-year-olds will be able to do so without parental consent.
- The government decided to make the age of marriage the same for both sexes because there was no justifiable reason for the difference, according to Japan's Kyodo news service.
- Separately, the bill will allow 18 and 19-year-olds to sign contracts for mobile phones and credit cards.
- For example, young people will be able to cancel a contract if they believe salespeople have manipulated or pressured them into signing it.
People are mocking 'thoughts and prayers' messages after New Zealand announced new gun laws within 6 days of a mass shooting
- People on social media are mocking those who send "thoughts and prayers" to victims and their families in the aftermath of mass shootings, after New Zealand said it will ban all semi-automatic weapons just six days after a terror attack on two mosques.
- Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Thursday that military-style semi-automatic (MSSA) weapons and assault rifles will be banned on April 11.
- On Friday, a gunman opened fire on two mosques in Christchurch with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, killing 50 worshippers, including children.
- Social media users frequently send their "thoughts and prayers" to victims and their families in the aftermath of mass shootings, but the expression has become a target of ridicule by those in favour of greater gun control.
- Many social media users pointed out the contrast in response from New Zealand and US authorities.
New Zealand just announced sweeping new gun laws that may cost the country up to $138 million. Here's how they will work.
- New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a ban on all "military-style semi-automatic weapons" and assault rifles just days after the country experienced its worst mass shooting of all time.
- Previously, New Zealand allowed for the ownership of military-style semi-automatic weapons, which they refer to as MSSAs, and a legal loophole permitted many people to purchase them without a special designated licenses.
- She said the program could cost anywhere between $NZ100 to $NZ200 million ($69 to $138 million) and added that there would be an amnesty period in place to allow people to hand in their banned weapons within a reasonable amount of time.
- They can also sell or gift their weapons to those who are in possession of a "Category-E" license necessary to own MSSAs. Once the full ban comes into effect, the penalties for those who don't hand in their guns will increase, Ardern said.
10 strategies proposed to stop shootings in America, and how likely they are to work
- A Washington Post-ABC News poll from earlier this year found that 42% of Americans said allowing teachers to carry guns could have deterred the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
- Having faculty, staff, and students tuned into the school climate and report alarming behaviors that allude to a student's potential desire to commit a violent attack would nurture a school's social and emotional environment and contribute to preventing mass shootings.
- Such actions might have prevented attacks like the mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida high school by Nikolas Cruz, who had posted threatening messages on his Instagram account about killing himself and others before the attack.
- Dr. Patrick Markey, an associate professor of psychology at Villanova University, told Business Insider earlier this year that two studies he conducted found that on average, a smaller proportion of school shooters like violent video games than is found in the general population.
New Zealand's Prime Minister announces ban on all assault rifles following massacre
- Ardern said she hopes the law will be in place by April 11.
- She encouraged all gun owners who wish to surrender their weapons to start now.
- The announcement comes after New Zealand's cabinet said on Monday that it agreed "in principle" to reform gun laws.
- This is a developing story, more to come.
Parkland students received some healing during New Zealand visit. Now, they're comforting families there
- Now, they want to help families of victims of last week's shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, cope by writing letters to them and community residents.
- The Parkland students grew connected to the Christchurch community they visited New Zealand last July on a learning and healing trip.
- They planted trees in memory of their classmates who were killed on Valentine's Day 2018 and met with members of the Student Volunteer Army -- a movement that started afer an earthquake in Christchurch in 2011 -- about sustaining their own youth movement that grew out of the shooting on the Parkland campus.
- Koerber said he and other students wanted to "figure out how we can get people to be consistently enthused in our cause." They compared notes, and discovered they needed to be organized and have the passion to sustain a movement.
Ronald Reagan's daughter says he would be 'horrified' by Trump's America
- Washington (CNN) - Former President Ronald Reagan would be "horrified" and "heartbroken" by America's current state of affairs under President Donald Trump, the late president's daughter said in a recent interview.
- In an interview with Yahoo News that was published Tuesday, Patti Davis sharply criticized the Republican Party and Trump's presidency, saying the President is endangering American democracy and "assaulting" the Constitution.
- Asked by Salbi if Davis was suggesting that Trump is "endangering our democracy," the former first daughter said she was.
- Davis also took aim at Trump's trademark slogan, "Make America Great Again," a phrase that was first coined by her father.
- And in 2016, Davis cited the attempted assassination of her father in 1981 as evidence that Trump's suggestion that "Second Amendment people" could do something to prevent Hillary Clinton from appointing judges sympathetic to tougher gun laws have real-world consequences.