Study reveals which gun laws actually save lives

Study reveals which gun laws actually save lives

Sky News claims receipt of internal Islamic State documents, new research reveals which gun laws save lives and Kosovo cracks down on tear gas use in parliament.

By Luke Vargas   
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Sky News claims receipt of internal Islamic State documents, new research reveals which gun laws save lives and Kosovo cracks down on tear gas use in parliament.

From United Nations headquarters in New York, this is your “World in 2:00.” I’m your host Luke Vargas for Talk Media News.

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British broadcaster Sky News says it’s received thousands of internal Islamic State documents detail the personal information of its members.

The mole was identified as Abu Hamed, a leading Islamic State security officer who became disenchanted with the group and reportedly smuggled the files out of a security compound on a thumb drive.

Sky said the files contain personal details about some well-known dead jihadis, as well as the names of many previously unknown recruits from European nations and the United States.

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Just a third of state firearm laws are reducing gun deaths, according to a new study in the British medical journal, the Lancet.

A team of American researchers looked at 25 firearm laws, and found just seven corresponded with reduced mortality, compared with nine associated with higher mortality, among them, stand-your-ground laws, a limit on the number of firearms purchased and closure of the so-called gun show loophole.

The researchers did identify three gun laws that would be most effective in reducing the risk of firearm-related deaths: universal background checks for firearm purchase, ammunition purchase, and ballistic fingerprinting, in which bullets and guns are stamped with identifying information.

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The government of Kosovo said Thursday that it’s ordered a $300,000 scanner aimed at finding concealed objects carried into the parliamentary chamber. The problem isn’t an angry citizenry, but the politicians themselves.

A group of opposition lawmakers have been regularly disrupting proceedings aimed at granting rights to ethnic minority Serbs within the predominantly Albanian country.

They were up to their old hijinx on Thursday, releasing two tear gas canisters in the parliament. They also pointed a laser into the eyes of the parliamentary speaker and doused the prime minister with water.

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