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.

Florida Politician Spreads Second Amendment Nonsense  A Florida state representative appeared to threaten President Joe Biden on Twitter after the president’s remarks about the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, in which 19 children and two adults were killed. “I have news for the embarrassment that claims to be our President – try to take our guns and you’ll learn why the Second Amendment was written in the first place,” Rep. Randy Fine a Republican who likes to say he represents the “southern portion” of Brevard County. That’s east of Orlando on the Atlantic Coast. The United States this year has suffered…

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Greg Abbott Urged Texans to Buy More Guns By Sarah Okeson In the aftermath of the massacre at a grammar school in Uvalde, Texas, let’s put the expression of grief and shock by Gov. Greg Abbott in context. “What happened in Uvalde is a horrific tragedy that cannot be tolerated in the state of Texas,” Abbott said. But in 2015, during his first term as governor in Texas, Abbott tweeted his embarrassment about Texas trailing California in gun buys. Texans got the message that they should buy more guns. Many more. This year so far, at least 120,742 more Texans tried to buy guns…

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Only three states take advantage of federal funds to help violent crime victims Murders are up an alarming 29% as Americans struggle with the ill effects of Covid on society. Our government has appropriated lots of money to help survivors of such assaults, but few states are using that authority. Only three states – Connecticut, Oregon and Illinois – are using or plan to use federal Medicaid dollars to help shooting victims who survive to increase their chances of not being injured  again. “Individuals who come back to the hospital for repeat violent injury reaches up to 65%,” said Joseph…

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State and Federal Judges Dismissed Earlier Charges Against Workers  The federal investigation into one of the deadliest tour boat sinkings in our nation’s history, with 17 people drowning almost four years ago, found a “systemic problem” with the company that offered Duck Boat rides. But instead of pursuing the owners, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is – for the second time – only prosecuting company employees. Schmitt, who is seeking the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Missouri, refiled criminal charges of involuntary manslaughter against the boat’s captain, the company general manager and the operations supervisor. The captain, Kenneth Scott McKee,…

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President Joe Biden announced plans Monday to regulate ghost guns which get their nickname because they don’t have serial numbers; they are untraceable. The rule also would apply to guns made with parts from 3D-printers. Serial marks would be stamped on the guns so they can be traced, and background checks would be mandatory before people can buy them. The guns are often sold as kits to be assembled. Almost 24,000 suspected ghost guns were found by police at potential crime scenes from 2016 to 2020, including 325 homicides or attempted homicides. “If you buy a couch you have…

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Even the NRA Won’t Support the Radical Republican Law that Instructs Cops to Ignore Federal Regulations The U.S. Department of Justice is suing Missouri and two of its top officials, saying the state is endangering public safety with a new law that purports to nullify federal gun laws. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Kansas City, asks a judge to declare the state’s Second Amendment Preservation Act invalid and order Missouri not to enforce it. “This act impedes criminal law enforcement operations in Missouri,” said Attorney General Merrick Garland. Missouri Gov. Michael Parson, a former sheriff, signed the law…

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