Emma Gonzalez, a survivor of the Parkland shooting, listens to NRA representative Dana Loesch during a CNN town hall. (CNN via Youtube)

The Parkland high school shooting that left 17 people dead last week has reignited the decades-long debate over gun control in the United States. The Florida attack was the United States’ 30th mass shooting this year, according to the non-profit Gun Violence Archive, which equates to almost one per day.

Despite what most supporters of the Second Amendment proclaim, research shows that comprehensive gun laws can prevent shootings.

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US President Donald Trump speaks alongside his daughter, Ivanka Trump and her husband, Senior White House Adviser Jared Kushner during a Cabinet Meeting. (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

As of November 2017, over 130 political appointees working in the Executive branch with President Donald Trump continued to access classified material on a regular basis with no security clearance. The Trump administration has not released the exact number remaining, but they may soon have to.

Representative Trey Gowdy, the one-time chair of the Benghazi commission, plans to launch a more thorough investigation in the wake of the Rob Porter scandal. Porter resigned after details regarding past allegations of domestic violence. Porter was on the November list of appointees with access to the Oval Office with no security clearance or background check. President Trump's daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner also appeared on that list.

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders talks with reporters during a press briefing at the White House (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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FBI agents search for clues at the entrance to the First Baptist Church, after a mass shooting that killed 26 people in Sutherland Springs, Texas on November 6, 2017. A gunman wearing all black armed with an assault rifle opened fire on a small-town Texas church during Sunday morning services, killing 26 people and wounding 20 more in the last mass shooting to shock the United States. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

A day after a gunman opened fire on unsuspecting parishioners in Sutherland Springs, Texas, the United States Air Force admitted it failed to enter the shooter’s domestic violence court-martial into a federal database. No criminal record on file allowed the gunman to legally purchase firearms, including the rifle he used to kill 26 people.

In 2012, the Air Force court-martialed Devin Patrick Kelley for domestic violence and barred him from owning or buying guns. But in 2016 he legally purchased a rifle he used in his attack on the First Baptist Church during Sunday services.

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The Republican-controlled House of Representatives has voted 235-180 to undo a regulation put in place by former President Barack Obama that had directed the Social Security Administration to update the FBI's national instant background check database with the names of disability recipients with severe mental disorders such as schizophrenia and severe anxiety.

Greg Giroux, a political reporter with Bloomberg, provided the party-line breakdown of the vote:

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