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June 22, 2015

Bloomberg's Gun-Control Group Financing Nonprofit Newsroom

Everytown for Gun Safety, a firearms-control organization backed by billionaire philanthropist and former New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, is preliminarily funding a journalism Web site focused on gun violence, writes The New York Times. The nonprofit site, the Trace, went live Friday, two days after nine people were gunned down at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C.

The Trace is a separate entity from Everytown, which Mr. Bloomberg established last year as part of a major political and advocacy push for stricter gun laws. An editor's note on the new site says the hundreds of shooting deaths and injuries that occur daily across the country "are the context for the tragedies" like the Charleston massacre that "galvanize our national attention" and that the site will focus on the "shortage of information on the subject at large."