The National Rifle Association doubled its Facebook ad spending after the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio last month, the Intercept reported.
Only a day after the shooting in El Paso, which killed 22 people, and in Dayton, where 10 died, the NRA ramped up spending to spread its pro-gun messaging as calls rose for gun control legislation like increased background checks and renewing the assault weapons ban.
For four weeks before the mass shootings, the NRA's lobby arm, the Institute for Legislative Action, had spent around $9,400 a day on average for Facebook ads.
After the 2018 mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, the NRA briefly halted its ad spending but four days later poured money into Facebook ads.
The Chicago Tribune reported last year that its Facebook ad spending quadrupled to $47,300 on average for 24 days following the shooting.
Politicians in California have passed a new bill aimed at making gig economy companies give workers more protections, like a minimum wage.
On Wednesday morning, California passed AB 5, landmark legislation aimed at giving gig workers such as Uber drivers greater protections — minimum wage, overtime pay, etc.
The company argues that the new legislation doesn’t mandate the company to make a change but only applies a stricter legal test to determine if Uber’s workers are truly independent contractors — a test the company thinks it can pass.
West argued that since “drivers’ work is outside the usual course of Uber’s business,” which he defined as “serving as a technology platform for several different types of digital marketplaces,” drivers should not be considered employees.
While the proposal isn’t drafted yet, it would likely include some concessions to labor such as a guaranteed wage floor in exchange for not classifying drivers as employees.
Weld County, Colorado (CNN) - In the wake of recent mass shootings, President Donald Trump has called for "red flag" laws, which would temporarily prevent individuals in crisis from accessing firearms through a court order.
That has some wondering whether Congress could enact national red flag legislation in a rare instance of Democrats and Republicans coming together to pass a gun law.
As lawmakers face pressure to take action, legislation to incentivize states to enact red flag laws has won support from Democrats and Republicans in Congress.
This year, with Democrats in control of both houses of the state legislature, lawmakers passed a red flag law over the objections of gun rights activists.
Some Republicans in the GOP-controlled Senate, where any gun legislation would need to pass to make it to the President's desk, have expressed support for legislation to encourage states to adopt red flag laws.