Friday, June 14, 2013

Gun deaths
It has now been six months since the tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary left 26 people dead. That led to the national spotlight focusing on gun violence, but as Safety Advocate Joan Peterson explains, Congress has been unable to pass legislation…and the gun-related deaths in the country are continuing to mount. “Since 12-14 about 5-thousand people have been killed by bullets and that doesn’t include suicide, You know, that’s more people than died in the Iraq war. If we can’t do something about that, who are we as a country? Why would we not?” One of the main objectives in reducing gun violence, says Peterson, is having background checks completed with all gun purchases in the United States, so felons and those with dangerous mental illnesses can not take advantage of current loopholes. “We’ve kept quite a few people who shouldn’t have guns from getting them from federally-licensed dealers. Why the resistance to expanding it to private sales is beyond me. I don’t understand why every gun sale shouldn’t have a background check. It just makes sense.” Those opposed to expanded background checks are concerned it could lead to a national gun registry, even though the record is destroyed within 24-hours. (CC)

Friday, May 22, 2015

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  • ATV Crash in Ohio Claims Kingsport Teen
  • Layoffs by Alpha Natural Resources Reach 500 In Past Two Weeks With Purge in WVa.
  • Sullivan County Board to Hire Interim Director of Schools June 1
  • Bristol Teen Dies Following May 9 Crash in Washington County VA
  • Accused Carter County Killer Picks Up New Charge: Coercion of Witness
  • UPDATE: Avery Co NC Sheriff Said Car Involved in Fatal Police Pursuit in Carter County Was Stolen
  • Police Chase Ends with Fatal Car Crash in Roan Mountain
  • Young Trio Admits to Shoplifting from Johnson City Business
  • Watauga Man Charged With Embezzeling From Johnson City Water and Sewer Department
  • Authorities Say Speed Was a Factor in Bluff City Crash
  • Kingsport and Sullivan County School Leaders Will Meet to Discuss Long Term Plans
  • Elizabethton Covered Bridge Lawsuit Thrown Out
  • Kingsport Pastor Arrested on Money Laundering Charges
  • Jennings Found Not Guilty by Jury in Baby Killing
  • Arraignment Set for Johnson City Man Charged with Rape of a Child
  • Bristol Man Arrested for Raping 3-Year-Old
  • Gray Elementary Resource Officer Suspended, Under Investigation
  • TWRA Issues Preliminary Data on Fatal Boone Lake Crash
  • Police: Church Hill Scam Turns Dangerous
  • Jury Deliberating in Child Killing Trial in Greeneville
  • Eastman's Costa to Present at Deutsche Bank Global Industrials Conference
  • Funeral Services Scheduled for Toddler That Drowned in Scott County, VA
  • Data Shows Greene County Paid More For Audit Than Hotel/Motel Tax Took In
  • Hawkins Sheriff: Sliger Murder Not Random
  • Boil Water Notice Issued for Nickelsville by VDH



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