168 GOP House Members Vote Against Active Shooter Alert System

The U.S. House passed legislation to provide for better communication during active shooter situations. Notably 168 Republicans voted against the bill.
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The U.S. House passed legislation on Wednesday night that would aid state and local governments set up a warning system for active shooter situations similar to the Amber alert systems set in play when a child is abducted.

The bill would also enhance law enforcement’s communication with the public during mass shooting incidents.

The bill passed by a vote of 260-169. It’s notable that 168 Republicans voted against the active shooter alert system, 43 Republicans voted for the legislation. Only one Democrat voted against the bill. Continue reading “168 GOP House Members Vote Against Active Shooter Alert System”

4 Measures That Could Have Made A Difference In Mass Shootings

The New York Times analyzed data from all mass shootings since Columbine and found four legislative measures that might have saved lives in some of the mass shootings
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The New York Times took a look at the federal legislative options being considered to curb mass shootings in the U.S. by analyzing the Violence Project Mass Shooter Database.

That analysis found 4 measures currently proposed by Democrats in Congress that might have changed the course of at least 35 mass shootings that killed a combined 482 people. Continue reading “4 Measures That Could Have Made A Difference In Mass Shootings”

Congress Designates Pulse Nightclub A National Monument

Photo from the front of Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida

Photo from the front of Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida

Days before the fifth anniversary of the horrific Pulse nightclub shooting, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved designating the site of the former nightclub as a national memorial.

The House version of the bill, HR 49, passed on a voice vote on May 12.

From the Orlando Sentinel:

Forty-nine people were killed and dozens more injured in the June 12 LGBTQ+ nightclub shooting, which is among the deadliest mass shootings in American history.

A similar bill passed the U.S. House last year but stalled in the Senate. This year’s bill still has to be signed into law by President Joe Biden before the designation becomes official.

The national designation does not incorporate the memorial into the National Park system and it does not require the monument to receive federal funds.

The onePULSE Foundation, a nonprofit founded in the wake of the shooting, plans to build the National Pulse Memorial & Museum in Orlando over the next few years. Preliminary designs for the memorial and museum incorporate the remains of the club into a garden with a reflecting pool and 49 trees, with the open-air museum planned for construction a half-mile away.

Scott Bowman, a spokesman for onePULSE Foundation, issued a statement Wednesday that onePULSE was “thrilled” about the memorial’s national designation.

“The unanimous consent is such welcome news as we are set to mark the five-year remembrance of the Pulse tragedy,” said Bowman. “This recognition from both the House and Senate means so much to the LGBTQ+ community.”