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White House proposes school safety changes

by Evan Wilt
Posted 3/12/18, 11:13 am

WASHINGTON—The Trump administration unveiled new proposals to curb school gun violence Sunday, calling for additional federal funds to train and arm school staff. The policy blueprint comes nearly a month after the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., that killed 17 people. Since the shooting, President Donald Trump has signaled support for a number of reforms to gun laws, but the Sunday announcement doubles down on his call to have school staff across the country carry concealed weapons—a policy backed by the National Rifle Association (NRA). In addition, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos would lead a new commission to study a number of gun policies including raising the minimum age for rifle purchases from 18 to 21. “Very strong improvement and strengthening of background checks will be fully backed by White House,” Trump tweeted Monday morning. “Highly trained expert teachers will be allowed to conceal carry, subject to State Law.” The president added that states also are reviewing raising the age limit for some gun purchases. Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed a law Friday to set 21 as the minimum age to buy rifles in that state, and the NRA promptly filed a lawsuit saying the measure violates the Second Amendment. “The White House has taken tiny baby steps designed not to upset the NRA, when the gun violence epidemic in this country demands that giant steps be taken,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a statement responding to the president’s proposal.


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  • Franklin
    Posted: Mon, 03/12/2018 03:57 pm

    “The White House has taken tiny baby steps designed not to upset the NRA, when the gun violence epidemic in this country demands that giant steps be taken,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

    ... But you should only take giant steps if you're walking in the right direction.  Otherwise you might walk off a cliff.

  • WILLIAM POLLARD
    Posted: Tue, 03/13/2018 09:00 am

    Schumer says the White House has taken baby steps not to upset the NRA - - - . . Someone should remind him that he no longer has the dictatorship of the prior president available to write unending executive decrees bypassing the Senate and House elected representatives of the people and that the NRA does not represent any block of voters as strongly as he and Pelosi control their Democrats lockstep voting of Democrat senators and representatives. 

  • counting on grace
    Posted: Tue, 03/13/2018 09:28 am

    The Second Amendment was adopted on December 15, 1791. It reads:

    "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

     

    "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."

    Edmund Burke
    Irish orator, philosopher, & politician (1729 - 1797)  

    Security is compromised when rights are infringed upon because good men (and women) are unable to act to counter evil.

  • Cosmo
    Posted: Wed, 03/14/2018 02:49 pm

    It's amazing, we have no problem sending 18 year olds off to be killed in foriegn countries, but they can't buy a gun.  I bought my first gun when I was 12. 

    I also use to take my guns to school.  The principle was always interested in what we were shooting.  One time I was late for school by about 30 seconds and the principle was standing at the door when I came running in.  He asked me why I was late.  I told him I stopped off at the creek to see if any ducks were there, but there weren't.  He asked what I was shooting.  I told him a Model 12 Winchester.  He said, lets go look at it.  After swinging it up a couple of times, he said, better get to class.  I said, what will I tell the teacher.  He said, tell him you were with me.  No one ever thought of killing anyone with a gun, but we all had them in our cars and pick-ups, AT SCHOOL.  Of course, back then we could pray in school, and said the Pledge everyday.  No sports event ever started without a prayer, and no one ever thought of taking a knee in protest.

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