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Ohio’s Republican governor proposes gun control measures; Honduras’s president is accused of using drug money to fund his campaign.


A rare GOP move for gun control

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  • Following the mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, that killed nine people over the weekend, the state’s Republican governor, Mike DeWine, has proposed a 17-point plan for gun control. [Dayton Daily News / Max Filby and Avery Kreemer]
  • Among the plan’s provisions: a “red flag” law, background checks for most firearm purchases, more mental health treatment, and stricter penalties for those who commit a felony while possessing a firearm. [Washington Post / Hannah Knowles]
  • And it looks like DeWine has the public support to back him up: 90 percent of Ohio voters and 87 percent of gun owners support background checks for gun sales. [Cincinnati Enquirer / Jessie Balmert and Jackie Borchardt]
  • DeWine’s proposal comes after a Sunday night vigil for the shooting victims at which people chanted “Do something” loud enough to drown out his remarks. [Time / Sanya Mansoor]
  • Some, however, say DeWine’s proposal does not go far enough because it doesn’t address laws that allowed the shooter to access an assault rifle and large-capacity ammunition magazines — which let him fire 41 shots in less than 30 seconds. Even though he was killed by police 30 seconds after he began firing, he managed to fatally shoot nine people. [CNN / Polo Sandoval, Hollie Silverman, and Eric Levenson]
  • It also remains to be seen if the state legislature will pass DeWine’s proposals. Since 2011, Republicans have controlled the state Senate and House, along with the governor’s office, and have rejected similar gun control measures in the past. [NPR / Andy Chow]
  • Like DeWine, many GOP lawmakers have been rallying behind a “red flag” law, which gives police the authority to confiscate firearms from a person posing a risk of violence if officials have received a court order. It may not be revolutionary, but if it were enacted, it would be the most significant piece of gun control legislation in decades. [NYT / Sheryl Gay Stolberg]

Hondurans want the “narco-dictator” out

  • Thousands of Hondurans have taken to the streets of the capital city, Tegucigalpa, to demand the resignation of President Juan Orlando Hernández, who has been accused of fueling a narco-state. [Reuters / Gustavo Palencia]
  • On Friday, US prosecutors accused Hernandez of receiving $1.5 million from cocaine traffickers to secure his election in 2013. In exchange, they say, the government protected these drug gangs from the law. [AP / Amy Guthrie]
  • Hernandez has denied all the accusations, but that hasn’t curbed the rising wave of opposition against him amid corruption concerns. Pressure for him to resign has been growing ever since his brother was arrested in Miami last year on charges of smuggling cocaine to the US. [Reuters / Gustavo Palencia]
  • The accusations have fueled the anger of Hondurans, who have long believed that corruption runs deep within the government and among the country’s elites, fueling one of the world’s highest murder rates. [WSJ / Ryan Dube]
  • With tensions running high, the protests on Tuesday took a violent turn: Several buildings were set on fire, and tear gas was used on protesters. These latest incidents come just a month after military police opened fire on students during a separate anti-government protest. [BBC]
  • The accusations toward Hernandez are also a blow to the country’s relationship with the US, a close alley that has long praised Hernandez for fighting drug trafficking in his country. It remains to be seen if the US government is on the same page as the protesters. [InSight Crime / Seth Robbins]

Miscellaneous

  • Panic spread in New York’s Times Square Tuesday night when the sound of a backfiring motorcycle was mistaken for gunshots, leading to a stampede of people that caused several injuries. [CBS News / Thom Craver]
  • Germany wants to raise its tax on meat from 7 percent to 19 percent to help combat climate change and use funds to improve animal welfare. [Fox / Lukas Mikelionis]
  • Zimbabwe used to be a regional breadbasket before it was badly hit by droughts. Now the UN reports that a third of the country faces starvation. [BBC]
  • A 13-year-old boy in Montana was slammed to the ground by a 39-year-old man and ended up with a fractured skull. The man’s justification: The boy was disrespecting the national anthem that was being played by not taking off his hat. [Slate / Elliot Hannon]
  • Domino’s has spent $8.5 million to stockpile ingredients for British stores — such as tomato sauce, frozen chicken, pineapple, and tuna — in case a “no-deal” Brexit disrupts the food supply chain to the country. [CNN / Lianne Kolirin]

Verbatim

“I understand that anger, for it’s impossible to make sense out of what is senseless. Some chanted ‘do something’ and they were absolutely right.” [Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on his gun control plans following the Dayton shooting]


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