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Daily Bulletin: 10 People Shot in a South Carolina Nightclub

Good morning, Bulletin readers. The story in Washington is the same as last week: Republican Senators are still waiting to hear what new gun laws, if any, President Trump will endorse. In America at large, the drumbeat continues, with at least two more multiple-casualty shootings over the weekend. 

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WHAT TO KNOW TODAY

Ten people were shot at a South Carolina nightclub. Two of the victims of the shooting in small city of Lancaster died of their injuries. One of the dead was the intended target, the police said. “The rest of the people appear to have been in the wrong place at the wrong time,” a sheriff’s spokesperson added. “This event… will affect all involved, for years to come,” said Coroner Karla Deese.

Six people were shot in downtown Indianapolis. The gunfire was sparked by an altercation between two groups of teenagers outside a Steak ‘n Shake on Saturday night. The victims range in age from 14 to 61. Three of the wounded were bystanders.

White House factions stifle action on guns. Capitol Hill is entering its third week in a holding pattern on gun legislation while waiting for President Trump to declare his positions. Contributing to the delay, Politico reports, is infighting playing out behind the scenes: One camp, which includes Donald Trump Jr. and White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, argues that by supporting substantive reforms, the president would alienate his base. The other, which includes Ivanka Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr, supports some changes like expanded background checks and says they will reap political benefits among suburban voters in key swing states.

Some vulnerable Democratic incumbents are distancing themselves from Beto’s mandatory buyback plan. That’s according to Axios, which polled several Democratic members of Congress who are up for tough 2020 re-election fights. Senators Doug Jones of Alabama and Tina Smith of Minnesota and Representatives Cindy Axne of Iowa, Susie Lee of Nevada, and Angie Craig of Minnesota all came out against the mandatory assault weapons buyback plan recently proposed by 2020 presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke.

The governor of Wisconsin unveiled a red flag law. Tony Evers, a Democrat, proposed the temporary gun seizure legislation on Thursday and said he would consider an assault-weapons buyback. The Republican-led Legislature rejected both ideas. 

A concealed carrier in Chicago was killed defending himself against an armed robber. Food truck owner Derrick Gholston, 43, was robbed on the Far South Side on Saturday night. After the robbers went into a nearby barbershop, Gholston whipped out his own gun and confronted them. One of the suspects shot Gholston, who managed to return fire and fatally wound his killer before dying.

An Ohio city is fighting to keep a gun law on the books. The state Supreme Court is considering a challenge to a 45-year-old ordinance in the city of Felicity that bans carrying guns while intoxicated. The man who filed the suit admitted to being drunk while holding a shotgun in his own home. Several cities, including Cincinnati and Dayton, filed a brief in defense of the law.

ONE LAST THING

18 states, 26 mass shootings, one more bloody summer in America. The New York Times reviewed every mass shooting that took place between Memorial Day and Labor Day using the criteria of three or more people killed, not including the gunman. Children were among the fatalities in nearly half of the incidents, none of which occurred in a school. Mass shootings frequently overshadow the everyday gun homicides that make up a vastly larger share of fatal shootings, but as the incidents are becoming more frequent, even some mass shootings barely register on the public’s radar. “While several of the summer’s 26 mass shootings dominated national headlines, others — like a triple homicide in rural Pennsylvania — received little attention beyond where they happened,” The Times reported.