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Silent Killer: The Off-Strip Shootings that Hit Las Vegas at the End of the Year

After Las Vegas experienced the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history on October 1, 2017, local authorities prepared for the worst and stepped up security to prevent a repeat attack on New Year’s Eve. Their preparation paid off, as “America’s Party” went down without any major disturbances. But just a few blocks off The Strip, Las Vegas locals suffered another round of deadly gun violence during the winter holidays. These shootings served as a tragic reminder that three months after…

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2017 in Review, Part 2: The Year of Epic Struggles

2017 may have been just one year, but it had more than enough news to span a decade. That certainly proved true in the second half of the year, as Nevadans tried to make sense of Congress’ debate over health care and taxes. Las Vegas then suffered the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, and the nation once more had to come to terms with its gun laws. By the end of the year President Donald Trump signed his tax…

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Two Months After 1 October, Nevadans Still Seek Action on Gun Violence

Earlier this week, gun violence prevention advocates gathered in Las Vegas to remember the lives lost five years ago in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, as well as two months ago here in Southern Nevada. They discussed the impact gun violence increasingly has on our day-to-day lives, and they encouraged each other not to give up their fight for stronger gun laws. (more…)

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Change Makers: Karl Catarata on Life After Gun Violence

Today, Karl Catarata is an accomplished UNLV student and community activist. In 2014, he was a high school student who rushed to save his family from what would become one of Nevada’s most notorious shooting incidents. Catarata recently opened up to us about surviving that mass shooting, escaping another mass shooting three years later, and how his personal experience with gun violence has affected him. (more…)

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Opinion: The New Norm of Violence

By Victor Rivera I’m glad to say that the greater Las Vegas community has responded to the Route 91 tragedy in a way that made me proud of my hometown. I volunteered on campus at UNLV to help collect supplies for victims and first responders. Everywhere, I was hearing stories of that civic pride like lines of people to donate blood stretched for blocks or that some centers that were collecting supplies were indeed already full. A shocking event happened,…

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Change Makers: Moms Demand Action’s Elizabeth Becker on Her Continuing Work to End Gun Violence in Nevada

Elizabeth Becker did not originally plan to work on gun violence prevention. Instead, like so many other gun safety activists, the issue found her. Since then, Becker has been on the front line in fights to expand background checks and prevent dangerous weapons from falling into the wrong hands. After the October 1 shooting, Nevada’s gun laws received national attention, particularly a voter approved initiative that has not been enforced since the last election. We speak with Becker about not…

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Change Makers: BBS Counseling’s Margarita Romano on Caring for Survivors After the Las Vegas Shooting

Since the Las Vegas Shooting, Nevadans have been stepping up to help victims and their loved ones in need. In a quiet office park near UNLV, BBS Counseling is providing critical mental health care services to survivors… Including Spanish speaking survivors in need of counseling. We spoke with a BBS counselor this week about what they’re doing, why they’re doing it, and what lies ahead for them and the survivors. (more…)

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After Shooting, Gun Safety Advocates File Class Action Suit Against “Bump Stock” Manufacturers

Today the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the Las Vegas based Eglet Prince law firm announced their class action lawsuit against Slide Fire, the company that manufactures the “bump stock” device that was used in last week’s Mandalay Bay Shooting. The suit names other “bump stock” manufacturers as defendants, as well. They produce a device that had been considered a legal loophole to convert semi-automatic assault weapons into fully automatic weapons. This lawsuit will test the legal limits…

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Nevadans Demand Action on Gun Violence After Trump Visits Las Vegas

Earlier today, U.S. President Donald Trump made a brief visit to Las Vegas to thank first responders for their efforts following Sunday’s mass shooting. Despite renewed calls to pass legislation to prevent future mass shootings, Trump has refused to speak about the nation’s gun laws. Moments after Trump left Las Vegas, gun violence prevention advocates called on the White House and Congress to stop avoiding the subject and start taking action. (more…)