U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, led a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2023. (Screenshot from U.S. Senate webcast)

Gun violence as a public health crisis explored by U.S. Senate Democrats

BY: - November 29, 2023

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats on Tuesday discussed how to treat gun violence as a public health crisis, in hopes of building upon last year’s federal gun safety legislation. “Across the country, gun violence is a public health epidemic,” Illinois Democrat Dick Durbin, the chairman of the committee, said in his opening remarks. […]

Second from left, Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., leads a roundtable discussion on issues of gun violence, in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill Nov. 13, 2023 in Washington, D.C. Democrats from the House Oversight Committee organized the event. Also pictured, L-R, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., Mariah Cooley, board member of March for Our Lives, Joseph Blocher, professor of law at the Duke University School of Law, in Durham, N.C., and James Timpson, managing director of community violence initiatives at Roca Inc. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

‘Nationwide gun emergency’ discussed by U.S. House Democrats at roundtable meeting

BY: - November 14, 2023

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Democrats held a Monday roundtable forum on changing U.S. gun laws following a recent mass shooting in Maine, where 18 people were killed.  The top Democrat on the committee, Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, invited witnesses to discuss gun violence solutions, and said that the gun industry lobby, the National Rifle […]

The U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. (Jim Small | Arizona Mirror)

U.S. Supreme Court considers case dealing with gun rights and domestic violence

BY: - November 8, 2023

WASHINGTON — U.S. Supreme Court justices during Tuesday’s oral arguments seemed to lean toward upholding a federal law that prevents the possession of firearms by a person who is subject to a domestic violence protective order. Liberal and conservative justices appeared to side with the Biden administration’s position that the 1994 federal law is in […]

Gun law raises funding concerns for school hunting programs

BY: - September 5, 2023

WASHINGTON — Republican lawmakers are concerned that the Biden administration is interpreting last year’s bipartisan gun safety law to cut funding for school archery and hunting programs, though programs themselves say they haven’t been affected. A provision in the law – a bipartisan effort to curb gun violence that established new criminal offenses, and expanded background […]


Happy Mental Health Awareness Month from your gun-crazy Legislature 

BY: - May 23, 2023

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. By order of a joint resolution passed by the Wisconsin Legislature last week, it’s also Law Enforcement Appreciation Month.  But don’t think for a minute that now is the time to bring those two topics together and try to do something to stop people in the grip of a […]

Bipartisan bill would give grants to gun shop owners to support suicide prevention

BY: - May 10, 2023

Wisconsin gun shops would be eligible to receive grants to support prevention of suicide by firearms throughout the state under a bipartisan bill proposed by a two Republican lawmakers.  Co-author Sen. Jesse James (R-Altoona) said during an Assembly Mental Health and Substance Abuse Prevention committee hearing on Tuesday that the bill would be one way […]

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Bill would allow school boards to adopt concealed carry policies on school grounds for teachers

BY: - April 13, 2023

Wisconsin school boards could opt to allow licensed school staff to carry concealed firearms under a new bill being circulated by a pair of Republican lawmakers. The bill — co-authored by Rep. Scott Allen (R-Waukesha) and Sen. Cory Tomczyk (R-Mosinee) — follows a resurgence of national calls to address gun violence after a school shooting […]

The vacant land around where the former Chrysler plant operated, where the Kenosha Innovation Neighborhood will be developed. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Gunshot data raises awkward questions for Kenosha Innovation Neighborhood

BY: - April 12, 2023

By summer, residents in the city of Kenosha will watch as new roads are paved leading to the highly anticipated the Kenosha Innovation Neighborhood (KIN). The revitalization project aims to convert 107 acres of vacant land left behind by the now closed Chrysler Plant into a “mixed use, innovation center,” according to the KIN’S master […]

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Gun violence is a proxy war on the American public

BY: - March 31, 2023

As the riot of gun violence in America produces fresh massacres by the day, firearm fundamentalists refuse to acknowledge the blood on their hands, and their suicidal stance in the face of escalating carnage is that more guns are the answer. But it’s worse than that. Take a close look at the arguments that gun […]

An illustration about the mental health effects on youth who experience gun violence.

Pandemic stress, gangs, and utter fear fueled a rise in teen shootings

BY: - March 13, 2023

Diego never imagined he’d carry a gun. Not as a child, when shots were fired outside his Chicago-area home. Not at age 12, when one of his friends was gunned down. Diego’s mind changed at 14, when he and his friends were getting ready to walk to midnight Mass for the feast of Our Lady […]

Michigan State University students and members of surrounding communities pay their respects for victims of the mass shooting on MSU's campus at the Spartan Statue on Feb. 14, 2023. (Andrew Roth/Michigan Advance)

Susan J. Demas: What we owe our children after the horror at MSU

BY: - February 19, 2023

Michigan State’s sprawling campus has been home to thousands, like my daughter, during some of the most exciting and demanding years of their lives. It can feel like just about everyone in the state has a connection to the school in one way or another. And so, there are countless personal stories about the Michigan […]

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Biden renews a call for action on gun control following Michigan State mass shooting

BY: - February 15, 2023

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden at an annual meeting with county leaders on Tuesday said there is much more work to be done on gun control legislation —  such as banning assault-style weapons, which are typically used in most mass shootings.  The call again for gun control came after a school shooting at Michigan State […]