I’m an Emmy-award winning investigative reporter that’s looking into how ineffective laws have allowed domestic abusers to keep their guns with deadly consequences. AMA.
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My name is Jennifer Gollan and I’m an investigative reporter at Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting. I’ve reported on topics ranging from oil companies that dodge accountability for workers’ deaths to shoddy tire manufacturing practices that killed motorists. My work has appeared in The New York Times, The Associated Press, The Guardian US and Politico Magazine, as well as on PBS NewsHour and Al Jazeera English’s “Fault Lines” program. I spent eight months looking into cases where intimate partners, children and bystanders were killed by suspects using guns they weren’t allowed to have under federal law and, in some cases, state law as well. We found more than 110 victims over a four-year period who were gunned down by abusers barred from having weapons under federal law. That number is almost certainly a vast undercount.
Among our findings: - Gun homicides by intimate partners soared 58% over the last decade, according to never-before-published FBI data analyzed for Reveal by James Alan Fox, a criminologist at Northeastern University. The pandemic has been an especially lethal period for abuse victims, gun homicides involving intimate partners rose a stunning 25% in 2020 compared with the previous year, to the highest level in almost three decades. - Many of these killings involve offenders who were prohibited from having guns, an eight-month Reveal investigation has found. From 2017 through 2020, Reveal identified at least 110 intimate partners and others who were fatally shot by offenders using weapons they weren’t allowed to possess under federal and, in some cases, state law. - The true numbers are unknown, neither the ATF nor any other federal agency tracks the number of people prohibited from possessing firearms who go on to kill their intimate partners.
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