The White House announced several executive actions against gun violence yesterday after mass shootings in the United States in recent weeks.
It also said it would appoint David Chipman, a former federal agent and gun control spokesman, to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Key orders from the message include:
Rules for unregistered “ghost weapons”
Tighter control on pistols: The department must ensure that pistols equipped with stabilizing harnesses, which essentially convert them into rifles, are regulated under the National Firearms Act. The suspect in the recent shooting in Boulder used a custom pistol, which is easier to grab than rifles.
Resources for preventive measures: Joe Biden will ask agencies to pump more resources into community prevention measures, and the Department of Justice is proposing “red flag” laws that give family members steps to take firearms away from those they consider a threat.
Political support: Officials said they would also encourage Congress Democrats to adopt more rules on gun control.
Derek Chauvin used unnecessarily ‘pain correspondenceabout George Floyd, said an expert
A police expert witness said Derek Chauvin used a technique designed to inflict pain on George Floyd for an extended period of time, as he testified at the former officer’s murder case yesterday.
Sgt Jody Stiger, a Los Angeles police specialist on the use of force, said videos showed Chauvin using “pain matching” by pulling Floyd’s wrists in handcuffs and clicking them tighter. The technique is used to inflict pain to encourage compliance, but since Floyd does not resist and lies on the ground, Stiger said the only point was to give him pain. Earlier, Stiger questioned the use of any force given the low crime rate that Floyd was accused of – using a counterfeit $ 20 bill in a store.
A small group of protesters has appeared every day outside the courthouse to demand justice for Floyd during the trial. Meet the specific group of seven here.
In the meantime Tishaura Jones was elected the first black female mayor of St. Louis, and praised the milestone as proof that “we have begun to break down the historical racial barriers and racial divides that exist, and have existed for generations, in our city”.
More than 3,600 U.S. health workers died in the first year of the Covid pandemic
More than 3,600 U.S. health workers died in the first year of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Lost on the Frontline, a 12-month study by the Guardian and Kaiser Health News that ends today.
Thaw-Threes of the dead are identified as colored suggests deep inequality around race and economic status among U.S. health workers – lower-paid employees working in day-to-day patient care, such as nurses and support staff, were far more likely to die than doctors.
More than half of the dead were under 60, despite the average age of death from coronavirus in the general population of 78.
Twice as many workers died in nursing homes as hospitalswith 30% of deaths among hospital workers.
You can read the full results of the survey, including concerns about workplace safety and personal protection, with graphics and expert opinion here. This interactive piece tells you more about the lost lives and asks if they should die?
Dr. Anthony Fauci admitted that PPE shortages increased the number of deaths, in an exclusive interview with the Guardian. The United States is the world’s largest importer of personal protective equipment, making it vulnerable, especially to changes in demand and export restrictions.
That The Danish Environmental Protection Agency will do more to combat climate inequality
The head of the Danish Environmental Protection Agency has instructed the body to crack down on pollution that disproportionately affects people of color. Michael Regan instructed EPA staff on Wednesday to “introduce principles and priorities for justice and environmental justice into all EPA practices, policies and programs”.
The directive calls for better consultation of affected communities and states that the EPA will be tougher for companies violating water and air pollution mandates.
Michael Regan: in this interview, the new EPA chief talks about taking over the agency after the chaos of the Trump era, his upbringing in a polluted area of North Carolina, and how he plans to turn around the EPA.
In other news …
Michael Flynn ignored repeated government warnings that taking money from foreign interests and governments could be illegal before the Secretary of Defense’s Secretary General has accepted hundreds and thousands of dollars.
The Biden administration will restore more than $ 200 million. In aid to Palestinians after huge funding cuts under Donald Trump let humanitarian groups run around. The money goes to food and clean water in the West Bank and Gaza and to the UN, which supports refugees.
Mike Pence has signed a seven-digit agreement on his memoirs, one of the first members of Donald Trump’s circle to receive a lucrative book deal. His autobiography is due to be published in 2023, and CNN reported that publishers Simon & Schuster would pay between $ 3 and $ 4 million for two books.
Day status: The CO2 concentration in the air is 50% higher than pre-industrial levels
The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has hit record highs, according to researchers conducting measurements from the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii. The figures show that global CO2 levels are 50% higher than the mid-1700s.
Do not miss this: West Virginia is trying to criminalize the removal of Confederate statues
West Virginia lawmakers are considering a bill that would criminalize the removal of Confederate monuments and cause heated debate. Last year, 168 Confederate symbols were removed across the United States, mostly after George Floyd’s death. Zack Harold learns more about the battle for the statues in West Virginia.
Last thing: to meditate monk who was trapped in a flooded cave for several days is released
Rescuers have freed a meditating Buddhist monk who was trapped inside a flooded cave in Thailand for four days. Phra Ajarn Manas, 46, was on a pilgrimage and had entered the cave to meditate on Saturday, but a rainstorm hit and flooded some of it. Seventeen divers helped find and free the monk.
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