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Alcohol and firearms are everywhere in American society, and the two often intersect: Among legal gun owners, studies show, alcohol misuse increases the risk of interpersonal gun violence. [USA TODAY]

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As summer vacation approaches, some teenagers say they’re afraid to go outside, for fear of becoming a victim of gun violence. In Philadelphia, young people are limiting the time they spend in public; New Orleans teenagers say the veneer of safety they feel at school disappears when they leave campus each day. [The Philadelphia Inquirer/KFF Health News]

The killing of Najee Seabrooks — a violence intervention worker who was experiencing a mental health episode when he was shot — prompted New Jersey’s attorney general to take control of the Paterson Police Department. But can a state takeover fix a department with a yearslong pattern of brutality? [The New York Times]

A South Carolina convenience store owner who shot and killed a 14-year-old he falsely accused of shoplifting had previously confronted and opened fire on people he suspected of stealing from him at least twice, according to police. [NBC]

Scot Peterson was working as a campus police officer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, when a gunman killed 17 people in 2018. He didn’t confront the shooter during the incident, and now his alleged failure is the subject of a trial believed to be the first of its kind. [The Washington Post]

After the shooting at a Tops supermarket a few blocks away from their gym, members of Buffalo’s cheer team — among the few all-Black all-star teams in the country — grappled with the gun violence and racism that had marked their community. Buffalo Extreme, a new podcast hosted by the all-girls team’s 19-year-old junior coach, tells the story of how they healed, in their own words. [The 19th]

A failed Republican candidate for the New Mexico Legislature was indicted on federal charges, including election interference, in connection to a series of drive-by shootings last winter that targeted Democratic officials in Albuquerque. [CBS]

Can comedians still perform jokes about guns? [The American Prospect]


Young People Dream Up a Safer Summer in Chicago: After Mayor Lori Lightfoot expanded the citywide curfew in response to a shooting, teenagers spoke about Chicago’s gun violence crisis and their relationship to the city. (June 2022)