Gun control
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House passes school safety bill

by Kiley Crossland
Posted 3/14/18, 05:05 pm

The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill to improve school safety on Wednesday. The measure, sponsored by Rep. John Rutherford, R-Fla., is the first gun-related legislation passed in Congress since the Parkland, Fla., school shooting that left 17 dead one month ago. The bill, passed by a vote of 407-10, authorizes $500 million in grants over 10 years for training and technology for school personnel, students, and law enforcement to prevent school violence.

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Students protest gun violence in national school walkout

by Evan Wilt
Posted 3/14/18, 12:45 pm

WASHINGTON—Thousands of high school students across the country stood up in classrooms and walked out of school on Wednesday as part of a nationwide demonstration in opposition to gun violence. The effort comes exactly one month after a 19-year-old opened fire on a high school in Parkland, Fla., killing 17 people and injuring dozens more. The first large wave of students began to exit classrooms at 10 a.m. Eastern time. Other students across the country planned to walk out at 10 a.m. in their local time zones.

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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).

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