Good Thursday morning, Researchers.
Nationwide arms sales increased during the pandemic, and continue to increase, with many of these weapons ending up in homes with adolescents, opening the door to tragedies like the school shooting in southeast Michigan this week that left four dead and seven injured.
Write for conversation, a trio of public health and gun safety experts note that four days before the attack, the father of the 15-year-old involved in the attack bought the gun that would have been used in the rampage.
“Like experts on gun violence and gun injury prevention, we know that active shooting events in schools in the United States increased dramatically in the years leading up to the pandemic, ” Patrick carter and Marc A. Zimmerman, from University of Michigan, and Rebecca Sokol, from Detroit Wayne State University, writes in an analysis published this week.
Experts wink at the fact that school shootings, while extremely destructive and traumatic, represent a fraction of mass shootings which take place annually in the United States. But, they note, there is an inescapable truth: about half of all shootings are committed by current or former students, and in about three quarters of all cases, the weapon was obtained at home, or from a friend or relative.
A national survey of nearly 3,000 parents and their teenage children by the University of Michigan Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention that the researchers used to reach their conclusions had some telling takeaways.
To know that:
- “10% of households with teenagers reported purchasing additional firearms between March and July 2020.
- “Of this total,” about 3% were first-time buyers “, which means that” more adolescents were exposed to firearms at home, and also the number of firearms in households with of adolescents has increased ”.
- And while “many gun owners take responsible care of their guns by keeping them locked, unloaded, and inaccessible to teenagers, access to unsecured guns remains the most important. contributor to gunshot wounds and death in adolescents. Our investigation indicated that amid the increase in gun purchases during COVID, more guns were kept unsecured in homes with adolescents. “
The researchers note that it is far too early to draw any conclusions from the Michigan shooting on “how the shooter obtained access to the gun recently purchased by his father.”
But, they write, “a clear action parents can take to help reduce the likelihood of future tragic school shootings and to keep their teens safe is to make sure all guns in the room are safe. house are secure, locked and unloaded, and out of the reach of teenagers.
Meanwhile, Michigan students, educators and Democratic officials are asking for more than the usual thoughts and prayers in the aftermath of the shooting, and are demanding action from policymakers, our sister site, Michigan Advance, reports.
“Ultimately, tragedies like these are always a shock, but, in another way, it’s not so shocking because we are facing an epidemic of gun violence in our country and our state.” , Megan dombrowski, a Wayne State University political science student who founded a campus chapter of the anti-gun violence group Students demand action, said in advance.
“A lot of people offer thoughts and prayers and say now is not the time to act” Dombrowski said to Advance. “But we don’t have time to wait for action.”
This action, Dombrowski said to Advance, would require Michigan state lawmakers and their federal counterparts to pass bills requiring gun owners to lock up guns in their homes, and Michigan lawmakers pass a bill that would disarm those convicted of domestic violence offenses, among other initiatives aimed at curbing gun violence which kills around 1,200 people every year in Michigan.
It is also not a problem limited to Michigan. Like we reported earlier this weekin Philadelphia, local advocates have turned to black youth most directly affected by the city’s gun violence epidemic for solutions.
“We decided to collect data on the causes, effects and solutions around armed violence”, Solomon Jones, the managing director and founder of the rights group, ManUpPHL, told our partners at the Philadelphia Tribune last week, like his organization published a 27 page report on his “Listen to the streets“initiative.
There is a tragic irony here in the fact that the Michigan shooting occurred just over two weeks before the ninth anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
A local section of the anti-gun violence group, Moms ask for action, scheduled a vigil at 6 p.m. on the steps of the Capitol on the evening of December 14 to remember those who died in the shooting, which took place on December 14, 2012.
As we have reported in the past, the Republican-controlled Pennsylvania General Assembly has rejected a number of common sense gun violence prevention measures in favor of bills that both allow people to get their hands on weapons and make it harder for municipalities to stem the carnage within their borders.
And three years after the murders at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue that left 11 dead, the legislature offered a lot of platitudes – but no action.
Advocates want a more diverse General Assembly during the current round of redistribution. Corn making it a reality is complicated, Stephen caruso reports.
Reproductive rights advocates in Pennsylvania rallied on wednesday As the U.S. Supreme Court launched its landmark review of Mississippi’s restrictive abortion law, Marley Parish reports.
In Washington DC, protesters from Pennsylvania and across the country, on both sides of the divide, faced the United States Supreme Court when the judges heard the historic abortion case, Capital-Star Washington Reporter Ariana Figueroa writing.
the Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 7,606 new cases of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth on Wednesday, bringing the statewide total to more than 1.74 million since the start of the pandemic, I report.
During a stopover in Minnesota on Tuesday, President Joe Biden presented its infrastructure law as a “blue collar plan to rebuild America, ‘our sister site, the Minnesota reformer, reports.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Garrow, from Pittsburgh, speaks with our partners at Pittsburgh City Paper on his work help exonerate two men convicted of the murder of Malcolm X.
In today’s edition of Help assistants, our partners at Uniontown Herald-Standard recognize the efforts of the Connellsville Historical Society, who works tirelessly to preserve the past of his home region.
In the Estrella-Capital: Cómo apoyar a los Veteranos de Pa. Y miembros del servicio esta temporada de fiestas. Yes Lebanon gives: Una iniciativa que busca hacer del condado de lebanon un lugar mejor.
On our comments page this morning, regular notice Mark O’Keefe explains what the 2021 court races Tell us about 2022 and beyond.
The inspector take a look at the pseudoscience that the candidate for the US Senate Mehmet Oz peddled in his TV show.
Charlie Thompson of PennLive Also takes stock of the current state of the nominations race for the US Senate.
Dozens of people gathered in Pittsburgh on Wednesday in favor of reproductive rights, the Post-Gazette reports.
LG Health and WellSpan temporarily interrupted elective surgeries in the context of an increase in hospitalizations linked to COVID-19, Lancaster Online reports.
COVID-19 admissions are on the increase in hospitals in the Erie region, GoErie reports.
York’s daily record Explain why federal infrastructure money won’t help when it comes to a toll plan South Bridge on Highway 83 in Harrisburg (paywall).
The morning call crushes Lehigh Valley lawmakers who are running for re-election even as the process of redistributing the state advances in an uncertain manner.
Lackawanna County Commissioners approved a budget with no tax increase for 2022, the Times-Tribune reports (paywall).
Public health officials in Philadelphia are urging residents to take precautions against the omicron variant, WHY-FM reports.
WITF-FM profile supply chain issues that afflict the Port of Philadelphia.
The Observer-Rapporteur looked local Hanukkah celebrations in Washington County.
Stateline.org updates on the state of telehealth at the advanced stage of the pandemic.
State cutting commissions receive mixed reviews for their efforts to eliminate partisanship from an inevitably partisan process, Call reports.
Here’s your #Pennsylvania Instagram of the day:
What is happening
The office is clear. Enjoy the silence.
Governor Tom Wolf does not have a public schedule today.
If you’ve been paying attention to your friends’ social media feeds, you know their Spotify wrapped were released on Wednesday. You might be surprised at some of their listening choices – you might be surprised at yours. Here’s one of my big plays from 2021: ‘Ahead of the game, ‘by the old Ballet Spandau songwriter Gary Kemp.
Free Thursday hockey link
Connor McDavid from Edmonton scored four points as the The Oilers beat Pittsburgh 5-2 on Wednesday. the Pens are 0-2-1 in their last three starts.
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