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.
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.
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.
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: