Jun 14, 2017

Gun stocks jump on Wednesday's shootings

American gun manufacturers watched their shares climb on Wednesday, in the wake of mass shootings in both Virginia and San Francisco.

Data: Money.net; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon / Axios

Why it happens: Firearms aficionados often purchase new product after high-profile gun crimes, out of fear that the publicity will result in stricter regulations. Traders today still expect this trend to persist, despite an NRA-friendly White House and no federal firearms laws being passed in the wake of Sandy Hook, San Bernadino, the Pulse Nightclub, etc.

What's missing: America's largest firearms manufacturer, Remington Outdoor Co. (f.k.a. Freedom Group), does not have public stock, as it is owned by private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management.

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Congress approves $25 million in funding for gun violence research

Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images

A federal spending deal reached in Congress Monday is set to allocate $25 million toward gun violence research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the National Institutes of Health.

Why it matters: Scientific reports show that a lack of data on gun violence has delayed pivotal reforms despite persistent mass shootings. The Dickey Amendment, which states that funds provided to the CDC may not be used to "advocate or promote gun control," has complicated efforts to conduct gun violence research since it was passed in 1996.

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Trump praises Texas parishioners who fatally shot gunman and state gun laws

President Trump tweeted his praise Monday for the parishioners who returned fire on a gunman on a gunman who entered their church in Fort Worth, Texas, and the state's gun laws.

"Our prayers are with the families of the victims and the congregation of yesterday’s church attack. It was over in 6 seconds thanks to the brave parishioners who acted to protect 242 fellow worshippers. Lives were saved by these heroes, and Texas laws allowing them to carry arms!"
Go deeperArrowDec 31, 2019

Guns surpass immigration as biggest non-impeachment issue

Data: NewsWhip; Chart: Chris Canipe/Axios - Note: Hover over the weekly rank on desktop to see articles and interactions for each candidate and issue.

It has hardly registered while impeachment consumes the country, but gun control has passed immigration as the issue generating the next most interest online over the last four months, according to data from NewsWhip provided exclusively to Axios.

Why it matters: In a trend that could help shape the 2020 races, immigration — an issue that animates the right — is being usurped by a topic that animates the left.

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