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LGBTQ+ Organizations Host Forum On Public Safety


The One Orlando Alliance, a coalition of more than 30 LGBTQ organizations, is convening a forum on Thursday evening that is aimed at combating racial and gender-based violence. Nearly 80% of anti-LGBTQ homicides in 2016 involved people of color, according to the Anti-Violence Project, a national LGBTQ group.
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Intersection

After Parkland, Florida Police Use ‘Red Flag’ Law To Remove Guns From People Deemed A Threat


“Red flag” laws have made it easier for law enforcement in nine states to take guns away from people deemed a threat to themselves or others. Reporter Daniel Rivero from WLRN in Miami joins Intersection to discuss the implications posed by these new laws, and how police in Florida are using the law in the aftermath of last year’s shooting in Parkland.
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Image: People run from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival Sunday after a gunman opened fire from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. David Becker/Getty Images, npr.org
From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Mass Shootings are Becoming More Deadly and More Frequent


This isn’t normal. Sunday’s horrific event in Las Vegas is now the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. For 16 months, Orlando was burdened with this title. Awful as it was to be at the top of of that list, it wasn’t one we wished on anyone else. If it feels like mass shootings are becoming both more deadly and more frequent, it’s because they are. They’ve become such regular occurrences – five in just the last two years – that our reactions have become formulaic. When horror strikes we fall into a predictable cycle that ultimately achieves nothing but to make us just a bit more numb. Politicians and elected officials offer “thoughts and prayers.” Anyone calling for …
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