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Reps. Hinson and Miller-Meeks vote against raising the age to buy semiautomatic rifles, Red Flag laws and other gun safety measures

On Wednesday, members of the Oversight and Reform Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives watched a video in which Miah Cerrillo described the mass shooting that killed 19 of her classmates and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in […]

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Gov. Reynolds signs bills eliminating gun permits, giving new legal protection to gun manufacturers and sellers

On Friday afternoon, as the Easter holiday weekend was beginning, Gov. Kim Reynolds’ office sent out a news release stating that the governor had signed into a law a bill eliminating the requirement for a person to be licensed to […]

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‘One death is one too many’: Cedar Rapids leaders discuss gun violence prevention in the city

Last year, there were 99 shots-fired incidents in Cedar Rapids, but only 9 percent of those cases resulted in an arrest, Cedar Rapids Police Chief Wayne Jerman said during a discussion at the Cedar Rapids Public Library. He emphasized the […]

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Letter to the editor: Sen. Ernst’s Violence Against Women Act reauthorization proposal doesn’t go far enough

By Liz O’Hara — Nearly 1 million American women alive today have been shot, or shot at, by an intimate partner. In an average month, 52 of them are shot and killed. Between 2013 and 2017, 37 Iowa women were killed by intimate partners; two thirds of these women were killed by dating partners as opposed to spouses. The House of […]

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‘Enough’: Moms Demand Action hold a rally to demand Grassley and Ernst take action on gun violence

The Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America rally on Sunday started with statistics — “Every day, 100 Americans are shot and killed,” Holly Sanger of the Iowa City/Johnson County chapter of Moms Demand Action told the crowd gathered on the Pentacrest at the beginning of the rally — but concluded with one word: “enough.” […]

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Dance for Our Lives, mixing music and politics to fight gun violence

In the past year, the young activists of March for Our Lives Iowa have staged a die-in, taken part in marches, lobbied lawmakers and stayed active on social media in an attempt on keep people’s attention focus on gun violence and the need for political action to address the problem. On Saturday, they are trying something new: a dance. […]

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Wear Orange: Moms Demand Action will rally for gun safety on Saturday

Four years ago, when the Iowa City chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America tried to persuade people participate in the national Wear Orange weekend to protest gun violence, they had little success, according to Holly Sanger, the group’s leader. The group asked downtown businesses to put “Wear Orange” signs in their windows—only three did. […]

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Students at Washington High School stage walkout over gun violence following weekend shooting

Students at Washington High School in Cedar Rapids staged a walkout on Monday morning to hold a brief remembrance ceremony on school grounds in honor of two former Washington students, Matrell Johnson and Royal Abram, who were shot and killed early Saturday morning. […]

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Months after March For Our Lives, local students continue gun control fight

Although school is out for the summer, Students Against School Shootings Iowa (SASS) isn’t taking a break. The Iowa City-based organization was founded in February after 17 people died in a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, […]

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