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SK Ashby
Written by SK Ashby

(Cartoonist - Mike Luckovich)

In other news, the Supreme Court ruled that Philadelphia's decision to break off foster services with anti-gay religious organizations was unconstitutional.

Meanwhile, President Biden has signed a bill into law making Juneteeth -- the day that slavery ended -- a federal holiday in the United States.

Finally, an Associated Press review found that nearly 2,000 guns have been stolen from the military in the last decade and some have been used in violent crimes.

In the first public accounting of its kind in decades, an Associated Press investigation has found that at least 1,900 U.S. military firearms were lost or stolen during the 2010s, with some resurfacing in violent crimes. Because some armed services have suppressed the release of basic information, AP’s total is a certain undercount.

Government records covering the Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force show pistols, machine guns, shotguns and automatic assault rifles have vanished from armories, supply warehouses, Navy warships, firing ranges and other places where they were used, stored or transported. These weapons of war disappeared because of unlocked doors, sleeping troops, a surveillance system that didn’t record, break-ins and other security lapses that, until now, have not been publicly reported. [...]

On Tuesday, in the wake of the AP investigation, Army Secretary Christine Wormuth told a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee that she would be open to new oversight on weapons accountability.