Author: Sarah Okeson

Sarah Okeson is correspondent for DCReport, reporting on the environment, gun control and the COVID pandemic. She is a former staff reporter for the Springfield News-Leader, Joplin Global and Florida Today ; and her work has also been featured by Salon, Miami Herald, Washington Times, Barons and more.

A Heartbroken Mother Shares Her Pain; Lists NRA-funded Politicians  My oldest daughter was shot in the head in April while reading in her Kansas City apartment by someone who aimed through her first-floor window. Aviva lived for two more days, kept alive by machines until her brain swelled enough that she could be pronounced brain dead. I watched as a doctor removed Aviva from the ventilator to see if she could breathe on her own, the final test, and then recorded the rising amount of carbon dioxide in her blood. My daughter was 24 and had her whole life ahead…

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NRA Agreement Made It Easier to Put Animal ‘Heads on Walls’ Federal regulators have tossed a last-minute Trump-era agreement with the National Rifle Association about wildlife conservation which critics said was designed to help trophy hunters. Aurelia Skipwith, director of the Fish and Wildlife Service under Trump, signed the agreement on Jan. 13, just seven days before President Joseph Biden was sworn in. “The service’s memorandum of understanding with the National Rifle Association was not adequately reviewed by agency staff or the Department of the Interior solicitor’s office,” said an agency spokesperson. “Therefore, the service terminated the agreement.” The 10-year…

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Firearms Bureau Hasn’t Had a Senate-Confirmed Chief Since 2015 NRA-funded Republicans are trying to block Senate confirmation of President Joe Biden’s choice to head our nation’s agency that works to reduce gun violence. All 50 Republicans in the Senate are expected to vote against David Chipman who worked for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for 25 years. Chipman currently works for Giffords, an anti-gun violence group founded by former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. ATFG is part of the Justice Department. Biden has said he wants to reduce gun trafficking, and Chipman’s supporters would like him to become the…

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