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Politics Congress turns to school safety as students protest inaction on gun violence

14:11  14 march  2018
14:11  14 march  2018 Source:   usatoday.com

MTV Goes Dark for 17 Minutes to Support National School Walkout

  MTV Goes Dark for 17 Minutes to Support National School Walkout At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, MTV and other Viacom networks suspended their scheduled programming for 17 minutes in conjunction with National Walkout Day, where students exited their classrooms to protest gun violence and honor the 17 people who were killed in the Florida shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last month. “Right now, students everywhere are walking out of school to take a stand against gun violence. We stand with them,” the network says in a statement. Instead of airing shows, MTV featured 17 young adults leading the fight against gun violence. Both MTV and Comedy Central also changed their logos to orange, the color that connotes gun violence awareness, leading up to the March For Our Lives in Washington D.C. on March 24.

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Missouri high school students marked truant, punished for participating in walkout: report

  Missouri high school students marked truant, punished for participating in walkout: report Students at a Kansas City, Mo. high school who participated in a walkout to protest gun violence on Wednesday were marked truant and punished. Only about 200 of Park Hill High School's 2,000-person student body participated in the walkout as part of a larger series of student-led protests organized across the country, Fox 4 News in Kansas City reported.But students were warned against doing so by teachers. Those that did participate were greeted by teachers in the school's hallways when they returned.

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WASHINGTON — Congress turns to school safety Wednesday as students from more than 2,800 schools stage National School Walkout events, calling on lawmakers to do more to address gun violence.

Marking Congress’s first legislative response to the Florida mass shooting last month, the House will take up a bill that would fund training for students, school personnel and law enforcement to detect early signs of violence. It would also fund threat assessments and “anonymous reporting systems” such as phone apps, hotlines and websites for threats of school violence.

Also on Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will analyze the government’s response to the Valentine’s Day shooting in Parkland, Fla., and discuss legislative proposals to improve school safety. Witnesses will include members of law enforcement agencies, a Parkland teacher and the father of a shooting victim, according to the committee.

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Gun-control advocates say they expect more from Congress than additional school security. They are calling for an expansion of background checks, a ban on "assault weapons" and high-capacity magazines, and other measures.

“We want to make sure that we’re focusing on the issue of guns and gun reform,” said Madison Thomas, 20, a Georgetown University student who is one of the Walkout organizers.

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The student walkouts, organized by the youth empowerment arm of the Women’s March, fall on the one-month anniversary of the Florida mass shooting that killed 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Students from at least 28 schools plan to protest at both the White House and at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, and several Democratic members of Congress will join them outside the Capitol.

Ohio state lawmaker: Students 18 and older should be able to carry long guns

  Ohio state lawmaker: Students 18 and older should be able to carry long guns <p>An Ohio state lawmaker said he believes law-abiding students who are age 18 or older should be allowed to carry long guns in public high schools.</p>State Rep. Niraj Antani (R) made the comments in an interview Thursday with the Dayton Daily News amid national debate over restricting guns on school property.

As deep divisions persist on gun-control legislation, the less-controversial school safety legislation has bipartisan support in both the House and Senate.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. said on Tuesday he is “anxious” to pass significant school safety legislation and another measure called “Fix NICs” to improve reporting to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

But it’s unclear whether senators will get to the bills before they start a two-week recess on March 26 because other measures may consume Senate floor time. Also, Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, is blocking expedited consideration of “Fix NICS,” concerned it could encroach on gun rights without providing due process protections.

Family members of one of the Parkland, Fla., mass shooting victims called on members of Congress Tuesday to pass school safety legislation.

"I didn’t get a chance that morning to say goodbye to my daughter, but I’m here today to make sure that I’m one of the last fathers that ever has to bury their daughter or son or loved one from a senseless act of violence in a school," said Ryan Petty, whose daughter Alaina Petty was among the 17 killed.

Poll: High School Students Overwhelmingly Support Stricter Gun Control .
Ahead of Saturday’s ‘March For Our Lives’ protests, students feel strongly about the need for stricter gun regulations.American high school students overwhelmingly support stricter gun laws, and many students say they plan to participate in campaigns to protest or contact their political representatives in the hopes of getting laws changed to prevent future school shootings.

Source: http://us.pressfrom.com/news/politics/-126918-congress-turns-to-school-safety-as-students-protest-inaction-on-gun-violence/

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