Gun background checks shot down

A telephone chat with the head of the National Rifle Association evidently has prompted President Donald Trump to back away from his professed support for improved background checks on gun buyers. Sources say NRA President Wayne Lapierre pointedly shot down the idea. [node:read-more:link]

Gun control debate continues

So-called “red flag” laws which would permit families to petition courts for restrictions on individuals’ right to possess firearms evidently has the support of 70 per cent of Republican-leaning adults as well as a majority of gun-owners, according to a new U.S. poll. It also indicates that the idea has the support of 80 per cent of Democrats. [node:read-more:link]

Broad support for gun control

Results of a new poll commissioned by Fox News indicated that 67 percent of Americans support a ban on private ownership of assault rifles. Some 86 per cent of Democrat respondents supported a ban, as did 46 per cent of Republicans. [node:read-more:link]

Personal data vulnerability confirmed

Researchers working with vpnMentor, a biometric security company, say they have gained access to more than a million fingerprints and other sensitive held at BioStar 2, an identity and access control platform developed by South Korea-based Suprema Inc. The platform is used by law enforcement and other agencies to control access to ostensibly secure facilities. [node:read-more:link]

Six Vancouver police officers injured

One man is dead and six officers were sent to hospital following an altercation in Vancouver on Thursday afternoon. Vancouver police say officers responded to a call of a distraught man causing a disturbance in the city’s southeast end at around 2:30 p.m. yesterday. [node:read-more:link]

Can you spot the next terrorist?

Could it be that terrorists are not people with extreme ideas trying to build up the courage to turn them into murder, but rather violence-prone people hunting for some excuse to turn their proclivities into deeds? Doug Saunders raises that interesting question in The Globe and Mail. [node:read-more:link]

Making sense of Toronto’s cycle of gun violence

The number of people killed or injured by guns in Toronto so far in 2015 is already higher than 2014, reversing a recent downward trend. But while gun violence appears to be going up in Ontario’s capital, criminologists say this apparent increase in gun violence doesn’t necessarily mean the city is becoming more dangerous. [node:read-more:link]

PM hedges on handguns

A recent spike in gun violence in Toronto has prompted a meeting between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Toronto Mayor John Tory. While they seemed in step on the need to address the issue, the PM did not address the possibility of a ban on handguns, the apparent weapon of choice as the escalating number of shootings escalates. [node:read-more:link]

Politicians perceived as crooks

When photographs of every California state legislator was run through a facial-recognition program which matches facial images to a database of 25,000 criminals, 26 evidently were flagged as criminals. The American Civil Liberties Union of California ran the test as it presses for legislation to ban the technology in police body cameras. [node:read-more:link]

Track domestic abusers and save lives

Intimate partner homicide is one of the leading causes of death for women in the country, with nearly half of all murdered women killed by a partner. Repeat offenders are less likely to kill if they are regularly monitored by law enforcement – that's where the GPS tracker comes in. [node:read-more:link]

More Canadians to Mali

The RCMP officer heading Canada’s police presence in Mali says it will be doubled to 20 officers by the end of the year. Ten are currently deployed as part of the UN mission trying to bring stability to Mali amid an ethnic and jihadist insurgency. [node:read-more:link]


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