"This report is a major development for ATF in terms of their transparency."
Lindsay Nichols, policy director with the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, regarding the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ expansive federal report on guns used in crimes in two decades, using data from 2017 to 2021. The report found that 54 percent of traced crime guns were recovered by law enforcement more than three years after their purchase, more than 1 million firearms were stolen from private citizens in that time and the involvement of “ghost guns” in crime is increasing. (NPR — Feb. 10, 2023)
“Promoting organ donation is good. Reducing excessive prison terms is also good. Tying the two together is perverse.”Kevin Ring, president of the criminal justice reform advocacy group Families Against Mandatory Minimums, regarding a Massachusetts bill that would let state prisoners donate organs and bone marrow to shave time off of their prison sentence. The bill, which has raised major ethical and legal questions, may go against federal law that bars the sale of human organs. (Associated Press — Feb. 8, 2023)
“He should be sitting in the back row and staying quiet instead of parading in front of the president and people coming into the room.”U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney, regarding his displeasure at Rep. George Santos’ behavior at the State of the Union on Tuesday night, given the fact that Santos is under an ethics investigation concerning questions about the freshman lawmaker’s biography and campaign finances. (NPR — Feb. 8, 2023)
“They would allow just pretty much anybody to be a police officer because they just want these numbers.”Alvin Davis, a former lieutenant in charge of recruiting for the Memphis police department, regarding the growing desperation to fill positions in recent years that has driven the department to lowering its standards and increasing hiring incentives. The department will offer new recruits a $15,000 signing bonus and $10,000 in relocation allowances and the only requirement currently is two years’ work experience of any kind. (Associated Press — Feb. 7, 2023)
Michele Eberle, the executive director of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, regarding the number of state residents who may lose their Medicaid coverage this spring as the federal government reinstates a pre-COVID requirement. Nationally, Medicaid enrollment ballooned during the pandemic to about 90 million children and adults, approximately 1 of every 4 Americans. (Associated Press — Feb. 5, 2023)