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10-Year-Old Stands Outside Her School Alone. This Is Why

Delilah Matrese wanted to take a stand

(Newser) - Delilah Matrese wanted to protest, but apparently no one would join her. The 10-year-old student at Hamilton Elementary in Carlisle, Penn., wasn't able to attend the last school walkout demanding gun control—the one involving 2,500 schools around the US —"so she begged us to let... More »

On Columbine Anniversary, a Walkout, a Shooting

1 injured in Florida as students nationwide protest gun violence

(Newser) - A day already painful for gun control activists became even more so Friday when the 19th anniversary of the Columbine school massacre coincided with a shooting at a high school in Florida. One student at Ocala's Forest High School suffered a non-life-threatening injury; the suspected shooter, identified as a... More »

Vermont's New Gun Restrictions Are a Big Deal. Here's Why

'I think it sends a signal that the cultural shift ... is huge in Vermont'

(Newser) - Vermont on Wednesday raised the age to buy firearms, banned high-capacity magazines, and made it easier to take guns from people who pose a threat—the first significant gun ownership restrictions in state history, signed into law by the Republican governor. It's a remarkable turnaround for the largely rural... More »

South Carolina Bill Would Allow Secession From US

This time the issue is gun rights

(Newser) - South Carolina wants to have the option of seceding from the US—again—if it feels the government does anything that goes against the Second Amendment. The Hill reports three Republican legislators in South Carolina introduced a bill Thursday that would let the state debate secession specifically "if the... More »

NY Ratchets Up Gun Control

Those convicted of domestic violence will have to turn over all firearms, not just handguns

(Newser) - New York has banned convicted domestic abusers from possessing any sort of weapon, reports CNN . The legislation, which handily passed on Saturday, eliminates a loophole in which domestic abusers were only required to surrender their handguns after a conviction, notes WKBW . "New York is once again leading the way... More »

Ted Nugent: Parkland Kids 'Have No Soul'

Defends NRA, says that 'level of ignorance goes beyond stupidity'

(Newser) - Even as Laura Ingraham was hemorrhaging advertisers for criticizing Parkland survivors, Ted Nugent was pulling no punches on the "mushy brained children," saying their attacks on "the good law-abiding families of America" is "deep in the category of soulless. These poor children ... it hurts me to... More »

Santorum: Parkland Survivors Don't Need to Learn CPR

Santorum walks back post-March for Our Lives comment

(Newser) - A radiologist in Florida called it "gobsmackingly uninformed" and a trauma surgeon at Johns Hopkins said it's "not effective in this situation," and on Wednesday Rick Santorum walked it back, Business Insider reports. Having watched hundreds of thousands of people march in support of gun control... More »

Retired Justice's 6 Words of Advice for Student Protesters

'Get rid of the Second Amendment'

(Newser) - Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is the latest prominent figure to applaud student protesters calling for action on gun control. But in an op-ed published Tuesday in the New York Times , he says they should raise their demands to include—constitutional defenders, prepare yourself—a "repeal of... More »

Fake Viral GIF Goes After Parkland Survivor

Depicts Emma Gonzalez tearing up the Constitution, but it never happened

(Newser) - A GIF creating an uproar on social media shows a Parkland survivor ripping up the US Constitution—but the scene never happened. Emma Gonzalez, an 18-year-old leader of the students calling for gun control , was photographed for Teen Vogue tearing up a shooting target. Someone edited the magazine's image... More »

Doctors Slam Santorum's 'Unconscionable' Remarks

He suggested students learn CPR instead of joining anti-gun violence rallies

(Newser) - Former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum thinks students should learn CPR instead of "looking to someone else to solve their problem" by protesting gun violence—and a lot of doctors think Santorum should get a clue. His remarks were slammed by numerous medical professionals on social media, many of... More »

One of The Most Gripping Moments From the Gun Rallies

Emma Gonzalez stood in silent protest for as long as it took Parkland shooter to gun down 17

(Newser) - Emma Gonzalez stood silent in front of thousands gathered for the "March for Our Lives" rally in Washington, DC, on Saturday. "Chin high and tears streaming," as the AP describes her, her entire gripping moment stretched for 6 minutes and 20 seconds, the amount of time Gonzalez... More »

Sen. Kaine Says Trump Is 'Lying' or 'Delusional'

Virginia senator heats up DACA blame game

(Newser) - Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine fired back at President Trump Sunday over DACA's demise, which Trump blames on Democrats. "He is either lying or he is completely delusional,” Kaine says on CNN’s State of the Union, per Politico . "If President Trump believes in DACA, all he... More »

Hundreds of Thousands March for Gun Control in US

'We will continue to fight for our dead friends'

(Newser) - Summoned to action by student survivors of the Parkland school shooting, hundreds of thousands of teenagers and their supporters rallied in the nation's capital and cities across the US on Saturday to press for gun control, the AP reports. Organizers of the March for Our Lives rally in DC... More »

Parkland Students Want These 5 Gun-Law Changes

It starts with ban on semi-automatic weapons

(Newser) - As hundreds of thousands march Saturday in cities around the US in support of gun control, the editorial staff of the Eagle Eye—the school newspaper at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, where 17 people were killed in a shooting in February—are pushing nine changes to fight... More »

New England Patriots Fly Parkland Students to Rally

'There's definitely a lot of emotions,' parent says

(Newser) - The New England Patriots helped students and families from Parkland, Fla., arrive at the "March for Our Lives" rally in style, the Boston Globe reports. On Thursday, team owner Robert Kraft flew students injured at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting and the families of 17 victims to... More »

Teen's Phone Call to Congressman About Gun Control Gets Him Suspended

Noah Christensen used the word 'f---'

(Newser) - A 17-year-old boy has been suspended from school thanks to a phone call to his congressman about gun control. Noah Christensen, a junior at Robert McQueen High School in Reno, Nev., called Rep. Mark Amodei's office during the 17-minute school walkout to protest gun violence earlier this month. He... More »

Disgraced Officer Pushed for Cruz Psych Eval in 2016

Scot Peterson recommended Nikolas Cruz be forcibly committed in 2016

(Newser) - Officials were so concerned about the mental stability of the student accused of last month's Florida school massacre that they decided he should be forcibly committed. But the recommendation was never acted upon. A commitment under the law would have made it more difficult if not impossible for Cruz... More »

Powerful Images From the National Walkout

Thousands of students are participating in Wednesday's protest

(Newser) - Thousands of students walked out of schools across the nation and even abroad as part of Wednesday's protest against gun violence , with the AP reporting that moods at the protests ranged from somber to angry. The walkout marked the one-month anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High... More »

7K Children's Shoes Placed on Capitol Lawn

There was a pair for every child killed by gunfire since Sandy Hook

(Newser) - Some 7,000 pairs of children's shoes were placed on the lawn of the Capitol building Tuesday as a haunting reminder of children killed by gun violence. The advocacy group Avaaz, which organized the display, says the shoes represented all the children killed by gunfire since the Sandy Hook... More »

White House Plan: 'Rigorous' Gun Training for Teachers

Proposals are too NRA-friendly, critics say

(Newser) - The new White House plan to prevent school shootings doubles down on arming teachers but backs away from gun control measures. The new Justice Department program announced Sunday includes help for states to provide "rigorous firearms training" to teachers and support for military veterans and retired cops who want... More »

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