Good afternoon. Today's PM is 590 words, a 2 minute read.
Situational awareness: Former resource officer Scot Peterson has been arrested on 11 charges related to his lack of response to the Parkland mass shooting. Go deeper.
D.C. readers: Join Axios' Bob Herman tomorrow at 8am for an Axios event on health care affordability.
- Guests: Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI); former FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb; Association for Accessible Medicines CEO Chester 'Chip' Davis Jr.
- RSVP here.
1 big thing: "Votes and laws, not thoughts and prayers"
12 years after the Virginia Tech massacre, another mass shooting has pushed the Old Dominion in the direction of gun control.
- "We must give Virginians the action they deserve," Gov. Ralph Northam said at a press conference today calling a special legislative session this summer.
- "I will be asking for votes and laws, not thoughts and prayers."
- Northam was flanked by Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax and Attorney General Mark Herring, their first time together in public since political scandals this spring.
Why it matters: Gun control legislation failed by a slim margin earlier this year in the Virginia legislature. Now Democrats are advancing specific legislation that would have made it harder to carry out attacks like the Virginia Beach shooting.
- Northam wants bans on high-capacity magazines and gun silencers — both used by the Virginia Beach shooter — along with universal background checks and restrictions on the timing of buying guns.
- "Northam did not indicate when the session will take place ... Northam does not need authorization from the GOP-controlled General Assembly to call lawmakers to Richmond." [Richmond Times-Dispatch]
Flashback: "After the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre, in which a student with a history of mental problems shot 32 people to death, the state passed a law prohibiting people adjudicated as seriously mentally ill from buying a gun." [AP]
- "But a push at the time for universal background checks failed."
Be smart: "Either a handful of Republicans in both houses eat their earlier opposition to gun control measures and help pass some appropriate post-VA Beach legislation OR Democrats will use their recalcitrance to batter the GOP at the polls in November," UVA's Larry Sabato emails.
- "Democrats only have to pick up two seats in each house and they’ll rule the roost in Richmond."
Bonus: Pic du jour
People hold candles during a candlelight vigil in Hong Kong to mark the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.
- "Estimates of the number of participants varied widely, with police putting the figure at 37,000 and organizers at 180,000," the AP reports.
2. What you missed
- The White House has instructed Hope Hicks and Annie Donaldson not to turn over documents related to their time in the administration. Go deeper.
- Vladimir Putin's spokesman says he has no idea where Trump's claim that Russia had "removed most of their people from Venezuela" came from. Details.
- The U.S. vs. Kik: A new SEC suit alleges Kik's $100 million token sale in 2017 should have been registered as a securities sale. Go deeper.
- Rep. Adam Schiff thinks Attorney General Bill Barr is "the second most dangerous man in the country." Video.
- Low-income and fixed-income Americans may bear the brunt of Trump's newly announced tariffs on Mexican goods. Details.
3. 1 cat thing
Both houses of New York's legislature are set to vote on a bill today that could make the state the first to ban the declawing of cats, per the AP.
- Supporters say "the practice is cruel and barbaric since it involves the amputation of a cat’s toes back to the first knuckle."
- The state's "Veterinary Medical Society has opposed the bill. It says the procedure should be allowed as a last resort for felines that won’t stop scratching ... or when the cat’s owner has a weakened immune system."
The big picture: "Declawing a cat is already illegal in much of Europe as well as in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Denver."