Cheat Sheet: August 8, 2012
Tucson shooter pleads guilty
After more than a year of treatment in a prison psychiatric hospital, a U.S. district judge determined that 23-year-old Jared Loughner was mentally competent to stand trial. Loughner was charged for killing six people and wounding 13 others, including then-U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, in Arizona last year. On Tuesday, Loughner entered a guilty plea to 19 counts in order to avoid the death penalty. Loughner will be sentenced to seven terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole. (Source)
Gun buying limit repealed in Va., sales on the rise
The state’s law of purchasing one handgun a month has been repealed. As a result, gun sales are up. Firearm transactions rose by 17 percent in July compared to June. Owners of firearms businesses report that handgun sales have risen between 20 and 30 percent since the limit was lifted. Though no definitive correlation has been made, many speculate that gun sales are on the rise because of the recent shooting sprees in Colorado and Wisconsin. (Source)
Whooping cough cases mounting in the U.S.
According to the Center for Disease Control, the United States may be heading for its worst year for whooping cough illnesses in more than five decades. Nearly 18,000 cases have been reported so far, a number more than twice the cases at this point last year. Experts believe the problem may be the ineffectiveness of the vaccine or the evolution of the bacteria that causes the illness. The disease is highly contagious and health authorities are bracing themselves for the influx of illness that may be ahead. (Source)