Happy Friday, Bulletin readers. The activist shareholders who compelled one publicly traded gun company to study gun violence are back for their next fight. Those stories and more in your end-of-week news wrap-up.
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WHAT TO KNOW TODAY
New from The Trace: Activist shareholders warn Smith & Wesson that ignoring the dangers of guns will hurt its bottom line. In a resolution filed Tuesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission, a group of nuns and other Catholic activists urge fellow institutional investors in American Outdoor Brands Corporation (formerly known as Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation) to compel the gunmaker to produce a report on the public safety risks of using its products. In May, the group convinced shareholders to force Sturm Ruger to produce a similar study. The AOB motion will be voted on at the company’s shareholder meeting on September 25. Read the rest of Alex Yablon’s story here.
The Texas school district that suffered a mass shooting was granted $1.8 million for mental health services. On Wednesday, Governor Greg Abbott announced the distribution of $5.7 million in school safety grants, $1.8 million of which will be given to the Santa Fe school district for “a long-term resiliency center” that’s intended to be a hub for the city’s mental health response. Related: Unlike the Parkland shooting, the massacre at Santa Fe High School created little to no momentum for new gun laws in the state Legislature, despite Abbott’s initial openness to safe storage and red flag measures.
The men charged with killing Hadiya Pendleton were convicted of murder. Two juries in Chicago convicted getaway driver Kenneth Williams and gunman Mickiael Ward of first-degree murder for the 2013 shooting of Hadiya Pendleton, the 15-year-old who participated in President Barack Obama’s 2013 inauguration festivities. A week later, she was killed by a stray bullet in a park on Chicago’s South Side.
At the police chief’s urging, a South Carolina city vows — symbolically — to regulate guns. Local officials in Charleston passed a resolution on Wednesday expressing support for “reasonable gun legislation,” which includes a safe storage requirement and mandatory minimum penalties for repeat gun offenders. The resolution also includes a call to amend state law to let cities and towns enforce their own gun regulations. Because local governments have no control over the state Legislature, the vote was largely symbolic.
After a 2-year-old killed himself with a gun, a Kentucky state lawmaker doubled down on his safe storage proposal. On Tuesday, Kentucky Representative Jim Wayne renewed a push for a bill that would make it a misdemeanor to keep unsecured guns around children, citing last week’s death of a 2-year-old who shot himself with an unsecured gun in his home. Wayne is a Democrat, and his measure conflicts with the position of the state’s Republican governor, who said in June that safe storage laws wouldn’t keep gun-owning parents accountable.
ONE LAST THING
This is what happens after a 6-year-old is shot. The Washington Post has a harrowing account of the aftermath of a shooting that wounded a 6-year-old girl outside her grandmother’s house in Washington, D.C., on Monday night. The woman, who did not want to be identified for safety reasons, was left with the grim task of scrubbing the bloody shoe prints her granddaughter left on her front steps as she fled to safety. The little girl had just completed her first day of school. She’ll likely have a bullet still lodged in her leg when she returns. “She’s angry, and she wants to know who did this to her,” said the grandmother.