skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Monday, March 4, 2024

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Democracy Trailblazers ignite enthusiasm among teen voters; CA monster blizzard batters Tahoe, Mammoth, Sierra amid avalanche warnings; MN transportation sector could be next in line for carbon-free standard; IN teachers 'stunned' by lawmakers' bid to bypass collective bargaining.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Nikki Haley says she may not endorse the GOP nominee, President Biden says the U-S will continue air-dropping aid into Gaza and more states look at ditching the electoral college for a national popular vote.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Hard times could be ahead for rural school districts that spent federal pandemic money on teacher salaries, a former Oregon lumber community drafts a climate-action plan and West Virginians may soon buy raw milk from squeaky-clean cows.

CT advocates celebrate White House gun violence prevention office

play audio
Play

Friday, September 29, 2023   

Connecticut advocates are keen to see what will come from the recently established White House Office of Gun Violence Prevention.

The new office will implement executive and legislative actions relating to gun violence prevention.

Jeremy Stein, executive director of the group CT Against Gun Violence, hopes the office will take as hard an approach to gun violence prevention as Connecticut has.

In June, Gov. Ned Lamont signed legislation to strengthen gun violence prevention laws. While Stein feels mass shootings should always remain an area of focus, he argued community gun violence needs to be a priority.

"We also need to make sure that people feel safe in their communities," Stein contended. "There are communities around the country and in Connecticut that we really have not done a great job in providing the same level of resources that we do in more suburban communities."

A 2023 report found 15% of adults in Connecticut feared gun violence, ranging from 5% in suburban areas to 42% in larger urban ones.

While there is hope the new office will create swift change at the federal level, Stein emphasized it could also improve gun violence prevention measures in Connecticut, but he noted there is not a singular solution to the problem of gun violence.

"There's different forms of gun violence whether we're talking about community gun violence, suicide, domestic violence, etc.," Stein outlined. "There may be different solutions for each form of those gun violence, but I think it's important to understand what is working and what's not."

He advocates for a realistic look at gun violence prevention, starting with addressing easy access to firearms - the common denominator in many gun crimes. A Pew Research Center report found 42% of adults live in a household with a gun. Owners list personal protection as their number one reason for having it.


get more stories like this via email

more stories
A study by Wallethub ranked Kentucky 43rd in the nation for residents' dental health. (Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

play sound

A bill moving through the Kentucky Legislature would make fluoride treatment in drinking water optional for local municipalities. House Bill 141 …


Social Issues

play sound

Most teenagers eagerly anticipate turning 16 to start driving and 21 for other milestones, but the significance of obtaining the right to vote at 18 …

Social Issues

play sound

New York state lawmakers have appointed members to the Community Commission on Reparations Remedies, created through legislation Gov. Kathy Hochul …


A National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy report illustrated how some wealth was built through discriminatory practices including racially restrictive deed covenants. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

A new report argued many charitable foundations need to examine the origin of their wealth and repair harms done. The National Committee for …

Environment

play sound

A proposed urban reforestation program in Massachusetts aims to help cities mitigate the effects of climate change. Legislation would create a state …

One in four Wyoming kids lives in single-parent families, according to Wyoming Community Foundation data. Such children are more likely to live in poverty compared with their peers in married-parent families. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

A Wyoming nonprofit is helping single mothers climb out of poverty by connecting them with the training and support they need to step into and succeed…

Social Issues

play sound

Ahead of Super Tuesday, a new poll finds a majority of Mainers support replacing the Electoral College system with a national popular vote. More …

Social Issues

play sound

Even though March is barely underway, parents of Wisconsin kids are being encouraged to plan for summer reading activities - especially if their …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021