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Senior reporter covering gun policy and politics @GuardianUS. Formerly @ProPublica. Views = mine.

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Lois Beckett
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6 days after a mass shooting new zealand announced a ban on military style weapons 10 days after a mass shooti
6 days after a mass shooting: New Zealand announced a ban on military-style weapons

10 days after a mass shooting: Australia announced a new national firearms strategy

7 months after a mass shooting: UK announced a handgun ban

https://t.co/3LG5w2Qrwl
Lois Beckett
loisbeckett
this isn t just a threat to readers in pennsylvania trained journalists including me who now work nationwide t
This isn't just a threat to readers in Pennsylvania. @ReadingEagle trained journalists--including me--who now work nationwide. The entire system for developing American reporters is being gutted as local papers struggle or shrink: https://t.co/QcanLCjjvr
Lois Beckett
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last year taxpayers in silicon valley were paying 514000 per kid per year to keep children incarcerated in oak
Last year, taxpayers in Silicon Valley were paying $514,000 per kid per year to keep children incarcerated.

In Oakland and Berkeley, taxpayers were paying $493,000 per kid per year.

What they were paying for:https://t.co/0HnhochJ2L
Lois Beckett
loisbeckett
it would be cheaper to send struggling california kids to private schools and give their families support than
It would be cheaper to send struggling California kids to private schools and give their families support than it is to lock them up in in small cement cells, a traumatizing practice that makes no one safer.

California still chooses to lock them up:

https://t.co/WP1d6xBkLN
Lois Beckett
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nevada county spent on average 1461 a day on each child incarcerated in juvenile hall 1461 a day powerful seri
Nevada County spent, on average, $1,461 a day on each child incarcerated in juvenile hall.

$1,461 a day.

Powerful @sfchronicle series on how California is *still* paying for the expensive, almost empty prisons meant to hold "juvenile super-predators."
https://t.co/WP1d6xBkLN
Lois Beckett
loisbeckett
racist tropes painful personal details on the prosecutors playbook for dealing with citizens killed by police
Racist tropes. Painful personal details.

@SamTLevin on the prosecutor’s playbook for dealing with citizens killed by police.

“The murderer becomes the victim, and the victim becomes the criminal.”

https://t.co/kA962LCWlE
Lois Beckett
loisbeckett
racist tropes painful personal details on the prosecutors playbook for dealing with citizens killed by police
Racist tropes. Painful personal details.

⁦@SamTLevin⁩ on the prosecutor’s playbook for dealing with citizens killed by police.

“The murderer becomes the victim, and the victim becomes the criminal.”

https://t.co/3bRtMQARcI
Lois Beckett
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one of the long term consequences of brett kavanaugh s confirmation he has argued that assault weapon bans are
One of the long-term consequences of Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation:

He has argued that assault weapon bans are unconstitutional, and that there's no "meaningful or persuasive" difference between semi-automatic handguns and rifles: https://t.co/eebAyWJqyN
Lois Beckett
loisbeckett
also worth remembering kavanaugh s confirmation may have blocked more aggressive gun control laws not just for
Also worth remembering: Kavanaugh's confirmation may have blocked more aggressive gun control laws not just for the next two years, but for a generation. https://t.co/eebAyWJqyN
Lois Beckett
loisbeckett
gun rights advocates inside and outside the nra are a relatively small group of people but they are organized
Gun rights advocates--inside and outside the NRA--are a relatively small group of people. But they are organized. They show up, and they show up reliably. They understand all the levers of democracy, and they are strategizing decades in advance.

That's why they've been winning.

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Lois Beckett
loisbeckett
covering a walkout this morning at an elementary school in virginia and the 11 year old organizers had a press
Covering a walkout this morning at an elementary school in Virginia, and the 11-year-old organizers had a press packet ready for me.
Lois Beckett
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elementary school walkout in alexandria virginia more than 65 kids and they are totally silent look at those f
Elementary school walkout in Alexandria, Virginia. More than 65 kids, and they are totally silent. Look at those faces.
Lois Beckett
loisbeckett
we are experiencing an invasion on a level never seen before in history people hate the word invasion but that
"We are experiencing an invasion on a level never seen before in history."

“People hate the word invasion, but that’s what it is.”

Two quotes about immigrants in the past 24 hours. One from the US president, one from a document justifying a white supremacist terror attack.
Lois Beckett
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it is freezing cold and these 60 elementary school protesters are lying completely still and no one is making
It is freezing cold and these 60+ elementary school protesters are lying completely still, and no one is making a sound, just the posters flapping a little over their bodies. Alexandria, Virginia.
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Lois Beckett
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it looks like the students who survived the marjory stoneman douglas shooting this february and the parents of
It looks like the students who survived the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting this February, and the parents of their classmates who were killed, will be living in a state with an NRA-endorsed governor and two NRA-endorsed senators. A lot of grief and anger in Parkland tonight.
Lois Beckett
loisbeckett
in an ap story headlined 2nd night of violence in st louis a store owner whose window was shattered said the w
In an AP story headlined "2nd night of violence in St. Louis," a store owner whose window was shattered said, "The window isn't murdered."
Lois Beckett
loisbeckett
53 of verified gang members in mississippi are white according to the state association of gang investigators
53% of verified gang members in Mississippi are white, according to the state Association of Gang Investigators.

All 97 people prosecuted under current state gang law from 2010 to 2017 were African American.

Essential reporting from : https://t.co/JsYTFIMge7
Lois Beckett
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no notoriety s front is intensely intimately focused on the victims of the shooting their names their faces no
No notoriety: 's front is intensely, intimately focused on the victims of the shooting. Their names. Their faces. Not an image of the perpetrator in sight, and his name is nowhere on home page. https://t.co/Z86eZ6807T
Lois Beckett
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1100 american kids have been killed with guns since parkland there were more than 40 college bound seniors 80
1,100 American kids have been killed with guns since Parkland. There were more than:

40 college-bound seniors: https://t.co/OACdcwbSfV

80 infants/toddlers: https://t.co/iblUdzqeP2

30 artists: https://t.co/dG8YbDlnDQ

40 community volunteers: https://t.co/BqSQJxaJqB
Lois Beckett
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chatted with about covering racists every time a white supremacist agrees to talk they re trying to weaponize
Chatted with about covering racists:

-Every time a white supremacist agrees to talk, they're trying to weaponize your media platform for recruitment

-If you print a white supremacist talking point in your newspaper, it doesn't refute or fact-check itself
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