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Gun Crazy: If lawmakers don’t want to protect little kids from weapons of war, then what about outgunned police officers? Nickolas Wilt was shot in the head on his fourth shift as a Louisville police officer. “He ran head-first towards the shooter as the man turned his weapon, an assault rifle, in his direction.” CNN: Louisville bank shooter legally bought an AR-15-style rifle 6 days before he used it to kill 5 colleagues. (You’ll never convince me that being able to legally purchase a weapon like this is not stone cold crazy.) From WaPo: Popular handgun fires without anyone pulling the trigger, victims say. (If the NRA spreads enough money around, we’ll hear politicians arguing why selling these guns is a core American value.)

+ Sanctuary From Sanity: “Kentucky just voted to become a Second Amendment Sanctuary State. Instead of spending legislative time codifying background checks and gun restrictions, making sure only responsible gun owners have guns in their possession, our state legislature voted to prohibit local law enforcement agencies in Kentucky from enforcing federal firearm regulations.” Courier Journal Editorial Board: Louisville mourns mass shooting and legislative stubbornness.

+ Trans Plans: Maybe we can’t enact wildly popular gun laws because legislatures are too busy banning drag shows and targeting transgender youth. “More than 400 bills targeting LGBTQ

+ rights have been introduced this year, and even the consideration of those measures can harm the mental health of individuals in that community.” Anti-trans bills take toll on mental health.

+ State Pharm: “Several states say they are stocking up on medications used to induce abortions as a major abortion pill appears poised to potentially become unavailable in the U.S.” (Like a good neighbor, State Pharm is there.)

+ Indie Rock: “What started as a favor done on a business-trip whim has since become the great project of Hunter’s professional life. In its first few years of existence, Bookshop defied even its founder’s expectations and demonstrated how helpful its model could be for small businesses. Now, Hunter has a new plot twist in mind: He wants to show business owners how to scale up without selling out—without needing to kill the competition.” Wired: How Bookshop.org Survives—and Thrives—in Amazon’s World.

+ Jim Sock: “Bragg, in his lawsuit, said he’s taking legal action ‘in response to an unprecedently brazen and unconstitutional attack by members of Congress on an ongoing New York State criminal prosecution and investigation of former President Donald J. Trump.'” Manhattan DA sues Rep. Jordan over Trump indictment inquiry.

+ The Prosecution Rests: “At the age of 27, with no previous trial experience, Ferencz became chief prosecutor for a 1947 case in which 22 former commanders were charged with murdering over 1 million Jews, Romani and other enemies of the Third Reich in Eastern Europe.” Ben Ferencz, the last living Nuremberg prosecutor of Nazis, has died at 103. (You can learn more in this documentary about Ferencz: Prosecuting Evil.

+ Seal Team Deep-Sixed: “Created in the 1940s by American entrepreneur Earl Tupper, Tupperware enjoyed a brief resurgence in popularity during the pandemic amid worldwide lockdowns.” But they couldn’t contain that enthusiasm. Food storage brand Tupperware warns it could go out of business.

+ Park Slope: “It started with a call from a fisherman, who said he saw what looked to be a black Jeep virtually submerged in a large lake in Marion County, Texas. Not until later, after a tow truck came, did anyone realize someone was in the vehicle — and that they were still alive.”

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