The 115th session of Congress has passed more laws than other sessions in the last two decades, despite not yet having any major legislation to show for it. GovTrack keeps a record of all legislative activities, and the current session of Congress, now closing in on its halfway point, is on track to pass several former sessions in some indicators.
Nearly every mass shooting in the U.S. sparks a relitigation of the country’s gun laws, or lack thereof. Policy proponents say more regulation will keep firearms out of the hands of those who intend to harm others, while gun-rights groups say criminals don’t follow laws and would ignore gun laws as well. The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees citizens the right to bear arms, but many other developed countries do not have a reciprocal right.
This year could be the worst on record for hate crimes in D.C., but some argue police are nowhere close to addressing the real scope of the problem. Last year already had the highest numbers in nearly a decade, but according to reports from D.C.’s Metropolitan Police, 2017 could be even worse.
The total number of homeless people in the DMV has fallen 5 percent between 2007 and 2017, but the population within D.C. rose 30 percent in that same time according to data from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.