After another bloody weekend of gun violence, editors and news directors across the country will be asking themselves and their staffs one question come Monday morning: What’s next?
The same temporary outrage conversations will arise, but there are some details stirring conversations that move past that.
Large capacity magazines: In the Dayton, Ohio, shooting, the killer claimed nine lives and injured 26 more in less than one minute. Bystanders captured the rapid-fire sound of round after round the shooter was able to get off without reloading. Police showed images of the “double drum” magazines the assailant used that could hold a hundred rounds.
The AP reported: “An analysis performed for CNN found that states that have enacted magazine restrictions are associated with fewer mass shooting events. “Whether a state has a large capacity ammunition magazine ban is the single best predictor of the mass shooting rate in that state, ” said Michael Siegel, a community health science professor at Boston University. These states are associated with a 63% lower rate of mass shootings, according to his analysis.”
Eight states (California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Vermont) and the District of Columbia restrict gun magazines over 10 rounds. Colorado has a 15-round limit. Vermont restricts large-capacity magazines that hold more than 10 rounds for use in a long gun, or more than 15 rounds for use in a handgun. Hawaii limits large capacity magazines that are used only in handguns. New Jersey’s law allows grandfathered large-capacity magazines but requires
Read more here: https://www.poynter.org/reporting-editing/2019/tips-and-background-for-journalists-following-the-latest-rounds-of-mass-shootings/