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  • The NRA and the Trump Campaign Appear to Be Flouting Election Laws. Again.

    In a recent ad bankrolled by the National Rifle Association, two masked men chase a woman through a parking lot to her gray sedan. She locks the doors and scrambles to grab her gun from the car’s console. A voiceover kicks in: “Joe Biden would take her rights away.” The gun dissolves into thin air, just as the driver’s side window shatters.  The ominous 30-second spot, called “Carjack,” aired more than 10,000 times in swing districts across Michigan, Pennsylvania, Arizona,...

  • Daily Bulletin: The Racial Disparities in Homicide Reporting

    Receive this daily news briefing by email every morning. Sign up here. WHAT TO KNOW TODAY Researchers have quantified the news coverage gaps for homicide victims in predominantly Black neighborhoods. Scholars from the University of Chicago and Stanford analyzed more than 2,200 news articles about homicides in Chicago in 2016. Their findings put numbers to complaints that racial justice activists have long made: Victims killed in majority-Black neighborhoods received less coverage than those in white areas When the media did report on victims in...

  • Daily Bulletin: An Innovative Anti-Violence Program Expands in California

    Receive this daily news briefing by email every morning. Sign up here. WHAT TO KNOW TODAY NEW from THE TRACE: Fearing COVID chaos, her abuser got a gun. Now she’s the one who is terrified. For years, Michelle Jankowski was in an abusive relationship with her ex-boyfriend, Charles Dickson. Fearing unrest during the pandemic, he got a gun from a friend. In June, Charles threatened to kill Michelle at gunpoint. He was arrested, but he’s been charged only with misdemeanors, and...

  • Fearing COVID Chaos, Her Abuser Got a Gun. Now She’s the One Who Is Terrified.

    All Michelle Jankowski could think of as her ex-boyfriend pinned her to the brown sofa and pointed a gun at both of their heads was her daughter, watching from a few feet away. If he pulled the trigger, 3-year-old Gwendolyn would see her parents’ blood sprayed across the cream-colored walls and onto the ceiling.  Michelle sternly told the girl to run to the neighbors’ house.  Gwendolyn took a few steps toward the sliding glass doors before her father’s voice warned:...

  • Daily Bulletin: FBI Finds Homicides Up 15% During First Half of 2020

    Receive this daily news briefing by email every morning. Sign up here. WHAT TO KNOW TODAY Preliminary FBI data adds to evidence of sharp rise in homicides during the first half of 2020. The numbers show a 15 percent year-to-date increase, according to the bureau’s Uniform Crime Report. Aggravated assaults were also up, but most categories of crime — including robberies and property crimes — were down. The findings echo The Trace’s reporting earlier in the pandemic, which found that gun violence was...

  • Daily Bulletin: A Trump Official’s Ominous — And Unfounded — Election Warning

    Receive this daily news briefing by email every morning. Sign up here. WHAT TO KNOW TODAY Top Trump aide says without evidence that armed, left-wing hit squads are preparing for post-election insurrection. During a live Q&A on his Facebook page, Michael Caputo, the assistant secretary of public affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services, warned that armed leftists would carry out an insurrection should President Donald Trump be re-elected to the White House. “The shooting will begin,” he said....

  • Daily Bulletin: Fires Rage. Misinformation Swirls. Out Come the Guns.

    Receive this daily news briefing by email every morning. Sign up here. WHAT TO KNOW TODAY Armed vigilantism makes its way into the forest fire crisis. As West Coast conflagrations spread, false rumors circulated in Oregon late last week that left-wing agitators were to blame for starting some of the blazes. The disinformation added to the danger on the ground in Corbett and Molalla as people with guns set up checkpoints and hunted for a pair of independent journalists mistaken for antifa activists. The New...

  • Daily Bulletin: New Research on Guns and Suicide Risks

    Receive this daily news briefing by email every morning. Sign up here. WHAT TO KNOW THIS WEEK New research on the risks of firearms for groups with elevated suicide rates. Yesterday, we highlighted a federal grant to improve gun safety efforts targeted at young people. A new analysis of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data by Everytown for Gun Safety fleshes out the underlying risk: From 2008 to 2019, the rate of gun suicides among Americans aged 10 to 24...

  • Are Cities Willing to Cut Police Spending and Invest in Community Violence Prevention?

    As we move into the fall of 2020, long-standing racial injustices have sparked a once-in-a-generation protest movement. Cities are at the forefront and must find ways to address the demands of those who have been silenced for too long. Unfortunately, local governments are already announcing budget cuts in response to massive deficits brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, including to programs with a proven track record of reducing the day-to-day gun violence that threatens the safety and wellbeing of Black...

  • Daily Bulletin: Chicago’s Homicide Rise Holds Steady Since Launch of Fed Crackdown

    Receive this daily news briefing by email every morning. Sign up here. NEW FROM THE TRACE Portland, Oregon’s high-stakes experiment to shrink the role of police in fighting gun violence. Amid protests after police killing of George Floyd, the City Council — led by its lone Black member — disbanded a controversial gun violence task force as a part of a broader series of policing reforms. But two months later, as gun violence has surged, demands for reform that reached a...

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