Political Rewind: CDC study shows gun violence rising; Vote to codify abortion rights fails
Dr. Audrey Haynes — Political science professor, University of Georgia
Dr. Andra Gillespie — Political science professor and director, Emory University
1. Gun violence is taking record tolls on American lives according to a new study from the CDC.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that deaths from firearms were up 35% nationally in 2020 and that guns were used in 79% of all homicides and 53% of suicides.
In Atlanta, about 90% of 2020 homicides were committed using guns.
2. U.S. Senate Democrats lost their bid to codify the right to choice in federal law.
They were under no illusion their measure would pass, but they saw it as a signal to voters that the future of abortion rights is in their hands.
University of Georgia political science professor Dr. Audrey Haynes said a less expansive abortion access bill could still pass in U.S. Congress.
The abortion access debate could impact the upcoming 2022 election.
3. The U.S. Supreme Court will meet Thursday for the first time since the Roe v. Wade majority opinion leak.
- The leak is unprecedented, and some experts are unsure on how it could impact the decision-making process.
4. The highly contested Georgia gubernatorial election could have implications for down-ballot GOP candidates.
- Anecdotal evidence suggests that some typically Democrat voters may be voting in the Republican primary.
- Republicans are also voting in the primary election more than in past primaries.
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