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Dozens of Tucsonans attended a March for Our Lives protest at Armory Park in June, 2022, to push for new gun safety legislation in the wake of a series of mass shootings across the nation.

A growing body of research reveals that the negative effects of mass shootings spread much farther than previously understood, harming the health of local residents who were not touched directly by the violence. Read more»

Dozens of Tucsonans attended a March for Our Lives protest at Armory Park in June, 2022, to push for new gun safety legislation in the wake of a series of mass shootings across the nation.

American cities have been running gun buybacks since at least the 1970s, and they are broadly popular, even in conservative, gun-friendly states - but most research shows these events are ineffective at reducing homicides and suicides. Read more»

President Joe Biden speaks about gun and police reform at an August 30, 2022, rally hosted by Wilkes University in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania.

President Joe Biden made a stop in election battleground country Tuesday to rally votes for the Democratic side of the ticket in the upcoming midterms, questioning the lack of bipartisan support for his crime-prevention plan. Read more»

Between 2012 and 2016, white nationalists on Twitter saw a 600% increase in Twitter followers.

Membership in white nationalist groups is not limited to the attempted violent overthrow of the government, and poses an ongoing threat as seen in massacres carried out by young men radicalized by this movement. Read more»

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. Read more»

School buses assemble in the shape of an assault rifle in Houston on July 14, 2022, before driving to the home of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), the leading recipient of donations from gun lobbyists. The protest was organized by Change the Ref, a group that advocates for gun control.

The CEOs of major gun manufacturing companies told a U.S. House panel that their production of AR-15-style guns did not contribute to recent mass shootings that left 29 people dead, and that the killings were due to the actions of individual shooters. Read more»

Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the subject of the documentary 'Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down.'

A new documentary, “Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down,” opens with the mass shooting at a Tucson grocery in 2011 that left Giffords near death and follows her painful recovery from the attack that has left her partially paralyzed and with aphasia. Read more»

Abortion protesters march in Tucson on May 3, 2022.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the constitutional right to abortion may help decide the midterm elections in November 2022 as young people have been spurred to organize and vote by major national controversies. Read more»

In many states, including Arizona, Texas, and Michigan, state law requires public buildings, including schools, to be made available for use during elections.

Thousands of public schools around the country serve as polling places, but the public’s intensified anxieties over school security coexists uneasily with opening the buildings up for voting. Read more»

The Congressional Budget Office estimated the new law’s total cost at $13 billion, a large chunk of which will be used to increase funding to expand existing mental health and school safety services programs.

The gun safety law forged through tense bipartisan talks in the Senate has been heralded as the first federal legislation in 30 years to combat rising gun violence, but what often falls below the radar is the new law’s focus on improving mental health services. Read more»

The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn national protections for abortion has set off a contest between Democratic and Republican lawmakers over whose policies would do more to help vulnerable mothers and children. It's a key issue going into the midterm elections.

In the wake of decisions gutting abortion and gun laws, minority power on Capitol Hill leaves federal lawmakers with little maneuvering as nearly all congressional legislation requires a supermajority of 60 votes in the Senate to overcome the filibuster. Read more»

Flagstaff Republican Sen. Wendy Rogers refused to meet with the attorney for the Senate Ethics Committee, but her lawyer said in a letter to the panel that her tweet was a reference to a 2019 hip hop song and not a nod to white supremacist online culture. Read more»

President Joe Biden looks at a crowd chanting 'do something' as he departs from Sacred Heart Catholic Church after attending Mass in Uvalde on May 29, 2022. Biden on Saturday signed into law S. 2938, the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, a safety measure to address gun violence. Credit:

President Joe Biden on Saturday signed into law a bipartisan measure to address gun violence, less than 24 hours after the bill was approved by the U.S. House and a month and a day after the deadly shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde. Read more»

The Supreme Court split on party lines in a ruling that says New York unconstitutionally restricted who can carry a concealed weapon in public, stating "the Second and Fourteenth Amendments protect an individual’s right to carry a handgun for self-defense.” Read more»

Bipartisan legislation passed in the Senate would enhance background checks for gun buyers younger than 21 and make it easier to remove guns from people threatening to kill themselves or others, as well as people who have committed domestic violence. Read more»

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