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Flurry Of States Passed Red Flag Laws, But There’s Little Research On Their Impact At Reducing Gun Violence

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President Donald Trump and other lawmakers are boosting the idea of red flag laws, which allow loved ones and law enforcement to take guns away from someone they suspect may hurt themselves or others. Although there’s strong evidence that they reduce suicides, beyond that little research has been done on such protection orders’ effectiveness. Furthermore, psychology experts say a significant number of mass shooters are in their late teens to early 20s, when signs of severe mental illness may not yet be observable.

Following Cries Of ‘Do Something,’ Ohio Governor To Lay Out Proposal On Gun Violence

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Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) said anything was on the table but that any changes must be consistent with the Second Amendment and must be able to pass the Republican-dominated legislature — which could be a tall order. Republican state lawmakers previously opposed former Gov. John Kasich’s attempt to pass a red flag law.

Calif. Governor Expands State Task Force To Deal With Extremism, Demands Gender Be A Part Of Gun Violence Conversation

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California has some of the strictest gun laws in the country, and Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) is taking further action following the weekend shootings. Newsom also said that leaders must address the fact that most shooters are male while talking about prevention. Meanwhile, data show that California’s new ammo background check legislation blocked more than 100 illegal sales in July. Media outlets look at how gun violence is being addressed across the country in the wake of the attacks.

Experts Quick To Rebut Damaging But Popular Talking Point That It’s ‘Mental Illness That Pulls The Trigger’

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“The overwhelming majority of people with mental illness are not violent and far more likely to be victims of violent crime than perpetrators of violence,” said the American Psychiatric Association. “Rhetoric that argues otherwise will further stigmatize and interfere with people accessing needed treatment.” But what does cause these shooters to lash out? Experts say it isn’t the video games that are also often blamed. There are contributing factors, like a radicalization of ideology, that can prove to be warning signs however.

Trump Blames Shootings On Video Games, Mental Illness, White Supremacy While Side-Stepping Accusations About Own Rhetoric

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President Donald Trump addressed the nation after two mass shootings over the weekend, pointing to internet bigotry, white supremacy and mental illness as root causes. “Hate has no place in America. Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart and devours the soul,” he said. However, the president stopped short of endorsing any sweeping gun control measures, nor did he address charges that his own language and behavior contributes to the culture of racism and violence.

‘Nothing Short Of Epic’: As Measles Outbreak Raced Across County, Officials Created Innovative Strategies To Stave It Off

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The Washington Post looks back at some of the ways state leaders and public health officials reacted during the spread of the measles outbreak this year. “The new normal is getting more nuanced in our communication and better understanding these communities that are vaccine-hesitant,” said Michael Fraser, executive director of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.

Families Worried About Alzheimer’s Turn To Expensive PET Scans For Early Diagnosis, But Test Has Downsides, Experts Warn

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The test, which reveals if amyloid is forming in the brain, can cost $5,000 to $7,000 and isn’t covered by insurance. But don’t rush to judgement, experts warn: amyloid occurs commonly in older people’s brains, yet not everyone with amyloid will develop dementia. Nor does a negative PET scan mean someone won’t develop dementia. Public health news also looks at: racism, binge drinking, trust in science, stylish clothes for disabled teens, heatstroke, sun screen safety, alternative pain management, art therapy, unproven stem cell injections, hospice care, nut allergies and dying well.

Gun Control Likely To Dominate 2020 Race As Democratic Candidates Blast Republicans For Inaction, Inflammatory Rhetoric

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“Every time this happens, we say never again. We say we’re going to do something. We say it’s going to change and it hasn’t,” Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., said. “At the end of the day, without political change, I don’t know that we’ll get the solutions we need. But if this doesn’t do it, I don’t know what will.” Beto O’Rourke, the former congressman from El Paso, and Rep. Tim Ryan from Ohio both went after President Donald Trump, claiming he is a white nationalist. Ryan pointed to a Trump rally held in May during which someone from the audience yelled “shoot them!” when the president asked how to stop the flood of illegal immigrants. Trump didn’t issue a rebuke, and instead joked that “that’s only in the Panhandle [where] you can get away with that statement.”

Series Of Shootings In Chicago So Overwhelmed Hospital It Had To Stop Accepting Patients

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Mount Sinai Hospital had to temporarily bypass new patients on the same weekend that two mass shootings rocked the nation. “You have to stop yourself and ask what will it take before we get a handle on what’s going on,” said Chicago Police Chief Eddie Johnson. “Not only in Chicago, but across the country.”

Profit-Mining An Epidemic: Legal Loophole Allows Charlatans Operating Unregulated, Dangerous Sober Homes To Thrive

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Unlike other treatment facilities, it doesn’t require training or any kind of license to open a sober home. In that unregulated environment, bad actors have been taking advantage of a population of vulnerable recovering addicts. In other news on the crisis: the legal cases against drugmakers, a look at the areas where opioids flooded in the most, and more.

Advocates Fear That DHS Civil Rights Watchdog Has Little Authority To Act On Mistreatment Complaints

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In response to one complaint to the Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, an attorney received the response: “Please be advised that our complaint process does not provide individuals with legal rights or remedies.” The letter bolstered fears among advocates that the office can do little to protect young detained immigrants.

DOJ Categorizes El Paso Shooting As Domestic Terror Attack; Incident Calls Into Question Trump’s Anti-Immigration Rhetoric

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Saturday’s attack in majority-Hispanic El Paso, Texas, which left at least 20 people dead, was allegedly committed by a 21-year-old white man who is believed to have posted online a manifesto of sorts espousing espousing anti-immigrant and white-nationalist ideology not long before the shooting. Critics of President Donald Trump point to his anti-immigration rhetoric as a contributing factor to the culture that breeds such violence. Meanwhile, the FBI is running a threat assessment to try to stave off any more shootings, following three incidents in the span of one week.

Back-To-Back Mass Shootings Stun Americans Even In Era Rife With Such Deadly Incidents

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Two separate gunmen left 29 dead and more injured in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, within 24 hours of each other. In El Paso, the shooter opened fire in a Walmart, in what authorities believe was an attack on Hispanic people. Meanwhile, in Ohio, the motive is still unclear — the gunman was killed by police about 30 seconds after he fired his first shot.