A Midwestern Respite From Gun Violence

A Midwestern Respite From Gun Violence

An anti-violence march in in Columbus, Ohio, in August. What To Know Today Columbus, Ohio, sees respite from gun violence as leaders hope to sustain improvements. As of yesterday, 34 people had been killed in homicides in the state capital, compared to 62 at the same point last year. The decline comes after two straight years of record homicides, 82 percent of which involved a gun in 2020, according to a study last month . In February, Mayor Andrew Ginther declared gun violence a public health crisis, and The Columbus Dispatch highlights a few of the changes the city is trying to make with that designation, including expanding city support for community-focused interventions and a new effort to study the public health policies other cities are using to reduce violence. Black law enforcement group registers support for ATF’s Marvin Richardson after demotion. Last week, the Biden administration announced it was tapping U.S. Attorney Gary Restaino as new acting director, to take over for the ATF veteran Richardson, who ascended to the job just last year. In a letter obtained by The Reload , the Black Agents and Professionals Law Enforcement Association defended Richardson’s credentials, though without overtly criticizing the Biden administration’s move. The letter also appeared to push back against critics who said Richardson was too close to the gun industry . “His understanding of the relationship between the firearms and explosives industry did not have to be acrimonious,” the letter reads.”It is not surprising the industry leaders have […]

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