Live Updates: ‘Guns Are More Important Than Children,’ Uvalde Mother Laments to Congress

New York Times


The day before, we visited Uvalde — Uvalde, Texas. Over the last two decades, more school-age children have died from guns than on-duty police officers and active-duty military combined. We need to ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines. And if we can’t ban assault weapons, then we should raise the age to purchase them from 18 to 21. But as soon as he turned 18, he purchased two assault weapons for himself.


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MSNBC - 7 states have raised the purchase age for semi-automatic rifles. Advocates want Congress to force the other 43.
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Federal legislation on that front would mean raising the minimum age from 18 to 21 for buyers of long guns like semi-automatic rifles in the overwhelming majority of states. Raising the age requirement to buy rifles, however, faces long odds against being included in a proposal a bipartisan group of lawmakers is crafting. The Uvalde shooter purchased two semi-automatic rifles at a gun store just days after his 18th birthday. House Democrats, meanwhile, have said it is crucial to raise the minimum purchase age for rifles to 21. The Protecting Our Kids Act, a package of gun bills, would raise the age to 21 to buy semi-automatic rifles.

MSNBC - The first female armed services chief never imagined she would find her greatest success after age 50
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Fagan, 58, will lead the Coast Guard and its 42,000 active duty members. “Diversity matters,” Adm. Fagan said on Tuesday’s “Morning Joe,” during a discussion about her historic confirmation. She has spent nearly 40 years in the Coast Guard and has served on all seven continents. Brzezinski, who spearheaded Know Your Value and Forbes' 50 Over 50 initiative, which features women over the age of 50 who have found significant success later in life, asked Adm. Fagan if she ever imagined she would reach her greatest impact and make history after the age of 50. “We need to see more women at the highest levels of command in the Coast Guard and across every service in the armed forces.”