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The jury recommends that the Parkland shooter be sentenced to life without parole and rejects the death sentence. A Florida jury on Thursday ruled that the gunman who killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018 should not be put to death, the Miami Herald reported. The accused pleaded guilty last year to 17 counts of first degree murder. To receive the death sentence, the jury would have had to unanimously agree on the sentence of at least one of the victims. The defense argued that the shooter should be spared because his brain had been damaged before he was born. Consequences: Revisit the 2019 series from The Trace Since Parkland, in which teen journalists from across the country documented the lives of young people killed after the mass shooting.
Murders of transgender people have increased by 93% in four years. Almost three-quarters of the deaths were firearm homicides. A new analysis from Everytown for Gun Safety has shown that known murders of trans people nearly doubled between 2017 and 2021, reports ABC News. Black trans women were disproportionately killed during this period: although black people make up only about 13% of the transgender population, 73% of trans homicide victims tracked were black women. Obstacle to accuracy: As Chip Brownlee of The Trace noted, deaths of trans people often go unreported or misreported because the victims may be misinterpreted or dead-named by law enforcement, media, or loved ones. . [Everytown provides grants to The Trace through its nonpolitical arm. Here’s our list of major donors and our policy on editorial independence.]
Self-identified “incel” pleads guilty to planned “massacre” of women. After admitting he planned a mass shooting of women at an Ohio university, 22-year-old Tres Genco pleaded guilty to attempting a hate crime, NPR reports. Genco – part of the extremist and misogynistic “involuntary celibacy” movement, a community of men who express violent rhetoric towards women – conducted surveillance at the university in January 2020 and, on the same day, researched in online topics such as “when is he preparing for a crime that has become an attempt? and “planning a gunshot crime,” according to the Justice Department. Genco had expressed his admiration for another self-proclaimed incel who killed six people in Isla Vista, California in 2014. When easy access to weapons mixes with violent misogyny: Since the Isla Vista shooter’s rampage, the shooter has been revered by other incels and inspired similar attacks, Jennifer Mascia of The Trace wrote in 2019.
Local governments have allocated US bailout funds to the criminal justice system. The U.S. bailout provides local governments with large swathes of funding — and a lot of leeway to decide where that money goes. The Marshall Project described how a town in Missouri spent $2 million on the police department, allocating funds for sniper rifles and police bounties. This city is not alone: local authorities across the country use federal funds for policing. And the researchers found that many state and local governments that have allocated funds for “community violence intervention” are actually spending that money on traditional policing.
After the filming of “Rust”, the film and television industry may change the way weapons are used on set. An industry-wide union-management committee, the Los Angeles Times reports, assess revisions to the rules that dictate how firearms are used during filming. The potential changes come after actor Alec Baldwin shot and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the movie “Rust” in New Mexico last fall. Baldwin used a prop gun loaded with live ammunition; among the proposed revisions is a requirement that gunsmiths be present when weapons are given to actors.
Jennifer Carlson, sociologist who studies gun culture, named MacArthur Fellow. Carlson, a sociologist at the University of Arizona, probed the role of the National Rifle Association in developing the idea that gun ownership is an indication of good citizenship and the view of guns as a safety net. She also examined the intersection of race politics, law enforcement, and gun regulation. Carlson’s MacArthur Fellowship was announced on Wednesday.
35 percent — the increase in gun thefts associated with a state’s passage of a right to carry law [Center for American Progress]