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MI: Clio superintendent exploring armed staff for student safety
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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It's been a handful of years since Clio schools Superintendent Fletcher Spears III first contacted former Clio police chief Jim McLellan about the possibility of developing a plan that would allow staff members to carry a concealed weapon in school buildings.

In the wake of the Feb. 14 shooting at a Florida high school that left 14 students and three staff members dead, the idea has been rekindled but not at the urging of the superintendent.

"I've had several parents come forward and ask us to at least look at that as a possibility," said Spears, following a Thursday, Feb. 22, press conference at the Genesee County Sheriff's Office following a suspected threat at the district's high school.
 

MI: Gov. Rick Snyder: 'I don't think having more guns is a good thing'
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Friday called for possibly restricting assault rifles or enacting “red flag” legislation to prevent school shootings, saying he’s had personal experience watching young people die in a shooting and hopes to work with lawmakers to enact new laws.

“I don’t think having more guns is a good thing,” Snyder said during the POLITICO State Solutions Conference in Washington. “We need to have a thoughtful dialogue.”

Snyder struck a decidedly bipartisan tone two days after President Donald Trump floated the idea of arming some teachers so they can defend against school shootings.
 

AK: Young wants guns for teachers; Murkowski says “no easy answers” on school shootings
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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U.S. Rep. Don Young said Thursday that he supports arming teachers, while Sen. Lisa Murkowski urged patience and cooperation in response to the nation's latest school shooting.

Young, R-Alaska, in a sharp exchange with one of his Democratic challengers at a Juneau conference of municipal officials, said guns aren't the problem. Instead, he pointed to mental illness and people's exposure to "violence beyond anyone's imagination" in video games.

"Up until 40 years ago, kids brought to school every day: guns. They didn't shoot anybody. Something's happened," he said. "It is easy to blame an object — why don't we look at the mental concept and the family structure?"
 

Progressives Pushing the Limits of Crazy
Submitted by: Robert Morse
Website: slowfacts.wordpress.com

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I’ve heard a lot of comments since the murderer killed students at the high school in Parkland, Florida. Some comments were thoughtful and heartfelt. Unfortunately, some were insane. Look at these examples.
 

FL: Florida shootings may complicate insurance for gun owners
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Insurance company Chubb said on Friday that it will stop underwriting an insurance policy for gun owners called NRA Carry Guard. The National Rifle Association-branded insurance covers gun owners in the event they face legal repercussions following firearm incidents.

"Three months ago, Chubb provided notice of our intent to discontinue participation in the NRA Carry Guard insurance program under the terms of our contract," Chubb said in a statement.

The announcement follows a Feb. 14 shooting that killed 17 people at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
 

The case against arming teachers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Florida that killed 17, President Donald Trump has a new idea for preventing school shootings: arming teachers, even if it requires paying them “a little bit of a bonus” to do so.
 

WA: Urgent: Legislation to Ban Long Gun Purchases by Law-Abiding Adults to be Heard in Olympia
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Today, anti-gun legislators in Olympia have submitted Senate Bill 6620 just two weeks before the end of the current session. SB 6620 includes provisions that would raise the minimum age to purchase a semi-automatic rifle or shotgun to 21 years of age and would also establish a 10 day waiting period. SB 6620 has been referred to the Senate Ways & Means Committee and can be heard as early as 9:00AM tomorrow.
 

Florida GOP congressman says he would support an assault weapons ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Florida GOP congressman and Army veteran Brian Mast is calling for a ban on assault weapons purchases. In an op-ed published Friday in the New York Times, Mast wrote that he supports "[d]efining what constitutes an assault or tactical firearm and not allowing them for future purchase — just as we already prohibit the purchase of fully automatic firearms."
 

AZ: Steve Nash advocates for stricter gun laws after Florida school shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Former Phoenix Suns star Steve Nash advocated for gun control and offered support for the victims of the Florida shooting in a self written article on The Players’ Tribune.

Published on Thursday, Nash shared his heartfelt opinion on the shooting that claimed the lives of 17 students and faculty in Florida.
 

IL: Gun rights and rape prevention: The perfect marriage
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Yes, gun rights and rape prevention go together like peas and carrots.

Here’s how I figure:

So many women have experienced rape in so many seemingly civilized situations: the boss’s office, agent interviews, dates, bars, etc. Furthermore, they are unprepared for the situation and unable to defend themselves. Then because they didn’t fight back and because they didn’t go to the police immediately, figuring it would ruin their lives and not work out for the best, they are accused of lying—or extortion—when they speak out years later.
 

NY: Gun Advocates Lose Fight Against New York Regulations
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Dealing a setback to pro-gun groups, the Second Circuit upheld restrictions Friday on how firearms can be transported from New York City homes to shooting ranges.

Writing for the unanimous three-member panel, U.S. Circuit Judge Gerard E. Lynch made clear that the security of New Yorkers was at issue.

“The city has presented evidence supporting its contention that the rule serves to protect the public safety of both license-holding and non-license-holding citizens of New York City,” he said.
 

GA: Norcross students walk out of class in latest protest against gun violence
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Protests against gun violence continued at schools in Gwinnett on Friday, this time with students at Norcross High School walking out and expressing anger about a shooting that happened at a Florida school last week.

The students walked out at about noon and held a rally in front of the school, holding signs and calling for an end to gun violence. The protest at Norcross came on the heels of similar walkouts at Lanier, Collins Hill and Mill Creek earlier in the week.
 

FL: Florida Emergency Alert! Don’t Let Them Blame You For Parkland
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Today, Governor Rick Scott, the Florida Senate and the Florida House announced their respective plans to stop future mass shooters in our schools.

There are components of the plan that we should all support. Hardening our schools, putting law enforcement in all schools when students are present, training volunteer teachers to use guns and protect children, keeping guns out of the hands of the dangerously mentally ill, and allowing law enforcement and administrators to deal with people who are a danger to themselves or others, are all things that need to be done. Unfortunately, there are gun control measures being considered as well.
 

The Dicey “Age Restriction” For Semi-Automatic Rifles Idea
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The big “thought balloon” being considered by several people, and endorsed by President Donald Trump, is a new age restriction on semi-automatic rifles. AP has already provided a roundup of the idea, while also positing it was Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump who are really pushing the President to act. It’s understandable why people see the AR-15 as almost akin to Tolkien’s “One Ring” or Thor’s Mjölnir, especially if their opinion is only based on how the rifle looks, which is similar to an M16 or an M4. Most people see the rifles and go, “Oh noes! Can’t have that!” then cue up the creepy music from Doom.
 

NJ: New Jersey Gun Group Again Challenging Restrictive State CCW Regs
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs (ANJRPC) has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Garden State’s requirement that citizens demonstrate a good cause to obtain a carry permit.

ANJRPC, along with the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), unsuccessfully challenged the system about eight years ago. That case was Drake v. Filko.
This time around, they’re getting support from the National Rifle Association, and they are using, as part of their argument, a precedent from a SAF victory against a similar requirement in the District of Columbia (Wrenn v. District of Columbia), which is in a different federal court district.
 

WY: Wyoming law enforcement opposes ‘immunity’ in self-defense bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A major Wyoming law enforcement group came out in opposition to part of a “stand your ground” self-defense bill being considered by the Legislature that would give anyone who claimed to have acted in self-defense immunity from arrest and prosecution.
 

NRA honors FCC chair with rifle for repealing 'net neutrality'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The National Rifle Association (NRA) on Friday honored the head of the Federal Communications Commission with a rifle after braving death threats and other opposition as he worked to undo the Obama administration's 2015 net neutrality rules.
 

TN: Mass shootings and our 'well-regulated' right to self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In 1939, in a case involving sawed-off shotguns, the court ruled unanimously that the Second Amendment's "obvious purpose" was to "assure the continuation and render possible the effectiveness of" the state militia. Therefore, the court "cannot say that the Second Amendment guarantees to the citizen the right to keep and bear such a weapon."

Ed.: Miller says No to sawed off shotguns, but Yes to machine guns.
 

TN: Leave sides to talk about guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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When politicians say it's too soon to discuss the facts around a shooting, they mean they don't know the shooter's motive and background, they don't know if the incident was random or was related to something that happened at the school, they don't know what kind of gun was used and how the gun was obtained, and, finally, they don't know if the responses made to the incident were proper or incomplete.

Unfortunately, that leaves all the air in the room to be taken up by national reporters with an agenda.
 

Companies Cut Ties With The NRA
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A cybersecurity firm, four car rental brands, a home security company, and a bank have cut ties with the National Rifle Association.

A spokesperson for Symantec, which makes the Norton anti-virus software and owns the identity theft protection company LifeLock, said Friday that it has “stopped its discount program” for NRA members.
 

Delta and United offer NRA members discounts to fly to annual convention
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A spokesperson for Delta told ThinkProgress its contract with the NRA as “routine,” adding that “[a]ny group with more than ten people traveling from more than two departure cities, within a defined period, can qualify​ for a group discount (excluding weddings and family reunions). Delta has more than 2,000 such contracts in place.​”
 

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