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Delta’s NRA move could put airline tax break in Georgia at risk 

Delta’s decision to sever marketing ties with the National Rifle Association on Saturday sparked outrage from Georgia conservatives who urged state lawmakers to defy the Atlanta-based airline’s push for a multimillion fuel tax break.  Several conservative groups seized on the airline’s decision to end a discount for NRA members to rally members against the measure. And...
Delta’s decision to sever marketing ties with the National Rifle Association on Saturday sparked outrage from Georgia conservatives who urged state lawmakers to defy the Atlanta-based airline&rsquo...

A lesson from 1969: The price paid for a high school protest

Jack Kingston, the former Georgia congressman, was going on about how high school students who had survived the massacre down in Florida were being hijacked by lefties. Others were postulating that their anti-gun messages were far too well-crafted to be coming out of the mouths of mere teenagers – surely, these were planted “crisis actors.” Still more thought it was just unseemly...
Jack Kingston, the former Georgia congressman, was going on about how high school students who had survived the massacre down in Florida were being hijacked by lefties. Others were postulating that their...


Ossoff decides against another bid for Georgia’s 6th District

Ossoff decides against another bid for Georgia’s 6th District

Democrat Jon Ossoff said Friday he won’t make another bid for Georgia’s 6th District this year, leaving it up to lesser-known contenders to challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Karen Handel in the north Atlanta district.  “I’m grateful beyond words for the support and hard work of the thousands of Georgians who volunteered with my campaign last year,” he told the AJC,...
It’s official: We’re no longer ‘a nation of immigrants’

It’s official: We’re no longer ‘a nation of immigrants’

Given the current state of affairs in Washington, you had to see this one coming. From the New York Times: On the bright side, Emma Lazarus’ poem about “huddled masses yearning to breathe free” remains at the base of the Statue of Liberty. For now. The current immigration debate is being driven, in large part, by U.S. Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., who is partnering with colleague...
Georgia lawmakers abandon proposed ‘Netflix tax’ 

Georgia lawmakers abandon proposed ‘Netflix tax’ 

A proposal to impose a tax on internet services like Netflix, e-books and music downloads isn’t moving forward in the Georgia General Assembly. State representatives had been considering a 4 percent tax on all communications services, including digital products, cable TV, satellite TV, cellphones and internet phones, according to House Bill 887. The tax would have provided state...
DeKalb: Bill to create city of Vista Grove filed in House

DeKalb: Bill to create city of Vista Grove filed in House

Rep. Tom Taylor has filed legislation to create the city of Vista Grove in a footprint similar to a previous cityhood effort that failed. Vista Grove would be comprised of neighborhoods that are south of Brookhaven, Chamblee and Doraville and north of Tucker. The proposal leave out some neighborhoods that voted against creating the city of LaVista Hills in 2016. Taylor, R-Dunwoody, filed ...
Sonny Perdue’s lonely quest on immigration

Sonny Perdue’s lonely quest on immigration

Listen to former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue give a speech these days and he’s quick to talk about his frequent road trips.  He’s traveled to 33 states in his first 10 months as secretary of agriculture. And as Perdue told it at an Agriculture Department-sponsored conference in Virginia on Thursday, farmers in every region of the country ask him about more or less the...
Georgia Legislature Today: Adoption agencies and gay couples

Georgia Legislature Today: Adoption agencies and gay couples

The Georgia General Assembly at a glance for Friday, Day 26 of the 2018 legislative session: Religious adoptions: The Georgia Senate plans to vote on a measure that would allow religious adoption agencies to refuse service to same-sex couples, gay foster children and others who don’t comply with their beliefs. State business leaders say Senate Bill 375 sanctions discrimination, but supporters...
Capitol Recap: Cagle and friends break out their checkbooks

Capitol Recap: Cagle and friends break out their checkbooks

Supporters of Casey Cagle’s run for the Governor’s Mansion are starting to write some big checks. We’re talking two commas. Citizens for Georgia’s Future is putting out a pair of commercials praising the lieutenant governor for his efforts in education and his stand against illegal immigration. The price tag: $1.2 million. It’s unclear who is behind the group. The...
At Georgia gov forum, friction over competing Democratic strategies  

At Georgia gov forum, friction over competing Democratic strategies  

The Democratic race for governor has long shaped up as a clash in competing strategies. A question near the end of a forum featuring the two candidates Thursday put that division on vivid display.  Asked why this election can reverse a string of Democratic defeats in Georgia, the two quickly showed why this race is being watched nationally as a test of the party’s message in an increasingly...
Change to Georgia senate bill raises safety concerns

Change to Georgia senate bill raises safety concerns

Some Georgia Tech students and residents who live near the campus are raising concerns about recent changes to legislation they fear will impede campus safety. Senate Bill 348 initially allowed campus police to go up to 500 yards off campus to make arrests. Senate lawmakers, though, changed the distance campus police can venture off campus to make an arrest to 500 feet. Some Tech students and residents...
Transit bill could mean Gwinnett MARTA vote this fall

Transit bill could mean Gwinnett MARTA vote this fall

Gwinnett County residents could vote on joining MARTA this fall under a provision of a transit bill that passed a key legislative hurdle late Thursday. House Bill 930 passed the House Transportation Committee by a unanimous vote. Among numerous amendments the committee approved is one that would allow Georgia’s second-largest county to join a MARTA system it has resisted joining for decades...
Arm teachers at school? Most metro Atlanta districts say no

Arm teachers at school? Most metro Atlanta districts say no

Laura Morse said the idea of adding first-responder duties to teachers by giving them guns is not one she welcomes. President Donald Trump said Wednesday he would like to see some teachers armed and trained to assist during school shootings, saying they would impact a situation faster than it would take law enforcement to arrive. After last week’s shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla....
Undercover Russians took aim at Atlanta through Twitter posts

Undercover Russians took aim at Atlanta through Twitter posts

A Russian “troll farm” accused of meddling in the U.S. presidential election spread criticism of U.S. Rep. John Lewis, repeatedly bashed Atlanta-based CNN, and helped spread messages on voter irregularities and police shootings in Georgia, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution analysis has found. Georgia — the state, not the former Soviet republic — was on the minds...
Frustrations mount over bill eliminating DeKalb CEO job

Frustrations mount over bill eliminating DeKalb CEO job

Republicans who are a minority within DeKalb County politics have used their majority status in the General Assembly to push forward a bill that would eliminate the county’s unique CEO form of government. Rep. Meagan Hanson, R-Brookhaven, said she introduced House Bill 961 as a general bill to circumvent a process that requires delegation support for local bills. She said DeKalb’s Democratic-controlled...
Bill to require safety drills at Georgia schools gets initial approval

Bill to require safety drills at Georgia schools gets initial approval

State senators gave initial approval to a bill that would require Georgia schools to hold periodic safety drills to prepare students who might face situations similar to the fatal shootings last week at a Florida high school. State Sen. Horacena Tate, D-Atlanta, sponsored the bill after speaking with a South Cobb High School sophomore a few weeks ago. “I thought of this bill a week before the...
Georgia House backs $8M in school security improvements after Florida shooting 

Georgia House backs $8M in school security improvements after Florida shooting 

The Georgia House will set aside $8 million in bond funding to pay for school security improvements in response to growing concerns about keeping public schools safe from mass shootings. House Speaker David Ralston’s office said Thursday the money would pay for capital improvements and not personnel hires. Though the specifics haven’t been finalized, that means it could fund new metal...
Georgia House quickly backs plan to cut state income tax rate

Georgia House quickly backs plan to cut state income tax rate

The Georgia House quickly passed Gov. Nathan Deal’s plan Thursday to wipe out a massive potential increase in state income taxes — an unintended side effect of federal tax changes Congress approved in December. The House voted 134-36 to pass House Bill 918, which would not only eliminate the potential revenue windfall but cut state income taxes on Georgians by $516 million over...
PolitiFact: Sanders’ statistic on guns not accurate

PolitiFact: Sanders’ statistic on guns not accurate

Like many other politicians before him, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., repeated a false claim that 40 percent of guns are sold without background checks. Three years after we first debunked this statistic, it’s still not true. It comes from a 20-year-old study by the National Institute of Justice that looked at gun owners’ responses to a 1994 national survey asking how they got their...
Feds eye new food stamp changes

Feds eye new food stamp changes

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, led by former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, is signaling it’s open to making changes to how it handles aspects of its food stamp program.  The department will announce Friday that it’s soliciting public input for how it administers the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, to able-bodied people without children, a proposition that is...
Sheriff who likened governor to ‘Lucifer’ won’t apologize

Sheriff who likened governor to ‘Lucifer’ won’t apologize

The law enforcement official who compared Gov. Nathan Deal to “Lucifer” resigned from the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association after the group disavowed his criticism of the Republican’s proposal to overhaul the state’s cash bail system. Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said Thursday he told the group he was willing to be “excommunicated” for his remarks, which ...
House bill fast-tracked to dissolve DeKalb’s CEO form of government

House bill fast-tracked to dissolve DeKalb’s CEO form of government

Members of a House committee approved a surprise piece of legislation that would eliminate DeKalb County’s unique CEO form of government.  Now, the bill that was filed just Tuesday is eligible for a vote on the House floor. Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, D-Decatur, was among the Democrats who voted “no” in the House Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday. She said she...
Georgia sheriffs disavow a devilish insult aimed at Nathan Deal

Georgia sheriffs disavow a devilish insult aimed at Nathan Deal

You may not know this, but if an active member of your organization declares that the governor reigns over the seventh circle of Hell, there's a chance that said governor won't sign your favorite piece of legislation. We’re told that the leadership of the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association met with Gov. Nathan Deal on Tuesday to disavow Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills, who last week ...
Lawmakers up ante for donors to struggling Georgia hospitals, again

Lawmakers up ante for donors to struggling Georgia hospitals, again

State lawmakers are making their third attempt in as many years to persuade Georgians and businesses to donate money to struggling rural hospitals by giving contributors tax credits. The state House voted 114-53 this week to give individuals and businesses a dollar-for-dollar credit on their income taxes for money they donate to one or more of about five-dozen rural hospitals. The bill also would...
The Jolt: A sudden, GOP-backed move to end DeKalb’s CEO form of government

The Jolt: A sudden, GOP-backed move to end DeKalb’s CEO form of government

A surprise move to eliminate DeKalb County’s CEO form of government passed the House Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday. House Bill 961 wasn’t on the agenda, and had only been introduced a day earlier by state Reps. Meagan Hanson, R-Brookhaven, and Tom Taylor, R-Dunwoody. Members of the committee were presented with the bill only as the meeting began. Though Hanson said...
Georgia Legislature Today: Who wants a tax cut?

Georgia Legislature Today: Who wants a tax cut?

The Georgia General Assembly at a glance for Thursday, Day 25 of the 2018 legislative session: Speedy cut: Just two days after Gov. Nathan Deal announced a major tax cut plan, the Georgia House of Representatives will vote on it. The legislation, House Bill 918, rocketed through committees this week as lawmakers look to prevent an impending increase in state income taxes triggered by last December&rsquo...
A Georgia GOP response to school shootings: More security officers 

A Georgia GOP response to school shootings: More security officers 

More than 1,000 demonstrators gathered at the Georgia Capitol to demand stricter gun laws after the latest school shooting in Florida. A handful of Republican legislators had a different sort of response.  State Sens. Josh McKoon and Michael Williams, both candidates for higher office, each proposed significantly boosting the number of security officers stationed at Georgia’s schools...
Kempner: Big Delta squeezes Georgia and metro Atlanta’s poorest county

Kempner: Big Delta squeezes Georgia and metro Atlanta’s poorest county

Here’s what we should never forget about Delta: it is fabulously good for Georgia’s economy, and it never tires of squeezing fellow Georgians for more profits. Picture more than 500 local high school students showing up at the headquarters of mighty Delta Air Lines to protest. They were there — at the urging of Clayton County school officials — to fight the company&rsquo...
Secrecy surrounding Amazon HQ2 bid keeps Georgians in the dark

Secrecy surrounding Amazon HQ2 bid keeps Georgians in the dark

The hunt for Amazon’s second headquarters remains the buzz among lawmakers at Georgia’s State Capitol and business elite. But it’s the absence of information about Georgia’s bid to win HQ2 and its promise of 50,000 jobs that’s been most confounding to good government groups and tax watchdogs who fear winning the project could come with a staggering price tag...
Revamped bill aimed at giving sex abuse victims more time to seek justice advances

Revamped bill aimed at giving sex abuse victims more time to seek justice advances

Three words, and the standard of proof they establish, dominated a House judiciary subcommittee hearing Wednesday on proposed changes to a law aimed at giving sex abuse victims more power to go after their abusers. Following a prolonged debate over language, the subcommittee voted in favor of moving a revised Georgia Hidden Predator Act onto the full committee. It’s designed to make it easier...
Torpy at Large: If lobbyists win, Hidden Predator Act will stay hidden

Torpy at Large: If lobbyists win, Hidden Predator Act will stay hidden

It’s hard to come out — at least publicly — against measures meant to clamp down on child molesters. A bill in the state House called the Hidden Predator Act would expand the age (to 38) that past victims of child sexual assault could sue for damages. Moreso, it would hold accountable organizations, businesses and even churches that were derelict in their duties and allowed kids...
Construction to start on Anthem tech tower in Midtown Atlanta

Construction to start on Anthem tech tower in Midtown Atlanta

Health insurance giant Anthem and developer Portman Holdings held a ceremonial kick off for construction Wednesday of a new 21-story Midtown office tower that will hold a technology center for the Fortune 500 company. Anthem, the parent company of Blue Cross/Blue Shield, plans to use the new center to develop health care apps and software as a greater portion of patient care functions move from paper...
Legislature may be ready to tighten Ga. gun law, but just a little

Legislature may be ready to tighten Ga. gun law, but just a little

State lawmakers on both sides of the gun debate will soon decide if the time is right to take steps to tighten Georgia’s gun law. Under a long-standing law, the records of thousands of Georgians who were involuntarily committed for mental health treatment have been removed from a national database that gun dealers use to run background checks of buyers. That database is the only tool that gun...
Georgia House votes to increase used-car taxes

Georgia House votes to increase used-car taxes

The state House overwhelmingly backed legislation that used-car dealers say would increase title taxes for Georgians buying their vehicles by an average of about $300. Supporters of the legislation say the increase would be closer to $150. The move came a day after legislative leaders held a Capitol press conference to announce plans to cut state income taxes. On Wednesday, the House voted 125-41...
Distracted driving legislation advances in Georgia

Distracted driving legislation advances in Georgia

Legislation designed to pry cellphones from the hands of motorists cleared a significant hurdle Wednesday in the General Assembly. House Bill 673 would require drivers to use hands-free cellphone technology and would double the fine for distracted driving to at least $300. It also would increase the penalty from one point assessed against a driver’s license to up to six points for repeat offenders...
Georgia House committee approves HOPE scholarship eligibility change

Georgia House committee approves HOPE scholarship eligibility change

A Georgia House of Representatives committee voted unanimously Wednesday in favor of a bill that would extend student eligibility for the HOPE Scholarship from seven to 15 years. Rep. Rick WIlliams, R-Milledgeville, the main sponsor of House Bill 928, said the extension is needed to help students who had to temporarily end their academic careers for various reasons. “It gives them time...
DeKalb: Greenhaven cityhood bill remains a long shot

DeKalb: Greenhaven cityhood bill remains a long shot

The bill that would authorize a referendum on establishing the city of Greenhaven still hasn’t received a hearing this legislative session, and time is running out. If the legislation is not approved, it would make the fourth consecutive year that the cityhood measure has stalled at the General Assembly. Rep. Ed Rynders, an Albany Republican who is chairman of the Governmental Affairs Committee...
Watchdog: NRA money piles up for Ga.’s congressional delegation

Watchdog: NRA money piles up for Ga.’s congressional delegation

Last week’s mass shooting, killing 17 in Parkland, Fla., has put the spotlight on the National Rifle Association and its aggressive financial support of members of Congress. “To every politician who is taking donations from the NRA, shame on you,” said Parkland student Emma Gonzalez at a rally Saturday. President Donald Trump pushed back on that narrative Thursday...
Georgia Senate votes unanimously to rename Runaway Negro Creek

Georgia Senate votes unanimously to rename Runaway Negro Creek

The state Senate on Wednesday voted 51-0 to rename Runaway Negro Creek on the Georgia coast to “Freedom Creek.” “Intentional or not, the current name of such creek serves to cast, edify, and perpetuate a posture of criminality upon the men and women who pursued the inalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” Senate Resolution 685 states. The creek...
Federal lawsuit targets ‘gerrymandered’ Georgia House districts

Federal lawsuit targets ‘gerrymandered’ Georgia House districts

A Washington-based advocacy group asked a federal judge Wednesday to toss out a 2015 map that was designed to protect two vulnerable lawmakers, contending in a motion that records show minority voters were moved out of the districts to protect incumbents.  The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law claims the districts of Reps. Joyce Chandler, R-Grayson, and Brian Strickland...
Around Georgia: School system considers arming staff

Around Georgia: School system considers arming staff

Bleckley superintendent says some staff could carry guns to protect students Bleckley County Schools in Middle Georgia announced on Twitter that it could put guns in the hands of some staff members, Macon’s WMAZ reports. School Superintendent Steve Smith said in an email to the station that Bleckley’s six public schools currently share two armed resource officers. After the recent...
Advocates lobby Georgia lawmakers to tighten state gun laws

Advocates lobby Georgia lawmakers to tighten state gun laws

A week after 17 people were gunned down at a Florida high school, several hundred gun control advocates gathered Wednesday at the state Capitol to urge lawmakers to make changes to Georgia’s firearms laws. The Moms Demand Action day of lobbying lawmakers was already scheduled, but because gun-safety advocates began signing up in such large numbers following the shooting, the rally had to be...
A bill to protect pet stores riles up Baptists, foes of Big Tobacco

A bill to protect pet stores riles up Baptists, foes of Big Tobacco

The state Capitol can produce the strangest bedfellows. Over the last few years, as a means of boosting adoption rates for abandoned dogs and cats and discouraging “puppy mills,” several local governments in Georgia have banned the retail sale of pets in their jurisdictions. The trend is an alarming one for chains such as Petland, which has a mixed history -- if you pay attention to ...
Outlook unclear at best in Congress as Trump pushes for actions to deter school shootings

Outlook unclear at best in Congress as Trump pushes for actions to deter school shootings

In the wake of the recent mass shooting at a Florida high school, President Donald Trump on Saturday signaled again that he wants changes in background checks for those people who are buying firearms, as he emphasized his call for Congress to make a series of reforms to gun-related laws, also urging state and local officials to do more to toughen security at their schools....
Georgia Senate increases legal burden for minors seeking abortions

Georgia Senate increases legal burden for minors seeking abortions

The Georgia Senate Friday passed a bill that would require underage girls to provide “clear and convincing evidence” that they should be able to avoid notifying a parent or guardian that they get an abortion. The Senate approved Senate Bill 74 by a vote of 33 to 17. Georgia requires a minor seeking an abortion to be accompanied by a parent or guardian, or the adults must be notified at...
Georgia Senate passes bill for adoption agencies to reject gay couples

Georgia Senate passes bill for adoption agencies to reject gay couples

The Georgia Senate approved a bill Friday that allows adoption agencies to use their religion as a justification to deny gay couples. The Senate’s 35-19 vote on the controversial “religious liberty” legislation sends the bill to the Georgia House, where its prospects are uncertain amid concerns that battles over gay rights could hurt the state’s chances of landing ...
Years later, Marine families bear scars of poisoning at Camp Lejeune

Years later, Marine families bear scars of poisoning at Camp Lejeune

Life was about to take a sudden, shattering turn as Paula Twitty Bushman stood in her green, dress uniform of the U.S. Marine Corps, ready for another day in traffic court at Camp Lejeune. The young Marine was a paralegal and four months pregnant. Suddenly, she felt discomfort below her waist and saw blood running down her leg and onto her black patent-leather shoes. A colonel at the court saw a burst...
Opinion: ‘Austerity cuts’ are no reason to reject school-choice bills

Opinion: ‘Austerity cuts’ are no reason to reject school-choice bills

This is shaping up as a pretty decent legislative session on a number of fronts. There’s even a chance we’ll see the first full steps forward on school choice in a few years. The House on Thursday approved higher funding for public charter schools approved by the state, which has languished well below the state average for years. I’m told the House and Senate are also nearing a compromise...
The left will continue to push for more gun control. What will the right do?

The left will continue to push for more gun control. What will the right do?

It’s clear that the answer to gun violence isn’t more guns. Even ones that the “good guys” have. A roundup of editorials Monday takes a look at the issue. How many more in authority failed our kids? From The Miami Herald: The good person with the gun wasn’t the answer in the Parkland shooting. Trump & GOP won't act on gun control. So we must.From columnist Eugene Robinson...
The right is tired of being told they are evil because they own guns

The right is tired of being told they are evil because they own guns

Those on the left who want more gun control legislation need to change their tone. A roundup of editorials Friday takes a look at the issue. Gun control activists need to learn a little sympathy  From The New York Post: Those on the side of more gun control legislation need to know they are no better than the folks on the other side of the issue. Gun politics, Twitterized  From the National...
Third Trump Campaign official pleads guilty in Russia investigation

Third Trump Campaign official pleads guilty in Russia investigation

Former Trump Campaign aide Rick Gates pleaded guilty in a Washington, D.C. federal court on Friday to a pair of charges brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, becoming the third person from the President’s 2016 campaign to accept a plea bargain with investigators, who are probing Russian interference in the 2016 elections. For weeks, news reports had said that Gates...
Trump calls again for security changes in wake of Florida school shooting

Trump calls again for security changes in wake of Florida school shooting

In a speech to a large gathering of conservative political activists outside Washington, D.C., President Donald Trump on Friday said he is committed to forcing security changes in America’s schools, which he says will cut down on the threat of mass school shootings, like the one last week in Parkland, Florida that killed 17 people. “We will act, we will do something...
Around Georgia: Transit bills gain support

Around Georgia: Transit bills gain support

The editorial board at The Emory Wheel, the student newspaper at Emory University, this week endorsed two proposals moving through the General Assembly dealing with mass transit — House Bill 930 and Senate Bill 386. The board wrote that these two proposals “constitute an important step in creating a strong public transportation system with benefits both to Emory and the...
Fulton County property tax proposals would keep bills artificially low

Fulton County property tax proposals would keep bills artificially low

Fixing Fulton County’s broken property assessment system is one thing. Solving for what residents really care about — higher tax bills — is another. Fulton County officials acknowledge that the county’s property tax system is broken, after assessors for years failed to keep up with rising values as the housing market improved. The county is hiring more assessors and spending...
Trump presses for teachers to carry concealed weapons as part of plans to deter school shootings

Trump presses for teachers to carry concealed weapons as part of plans to deter school shootings

With political pressure for action in the wake of last week’s mass school shooting in Florida, President Donald Trump on Thursday said he supports the idea of allowing some teachers to carry concealed weapons in schools, proposing that those teachers get bonuses for helping with security improvements to deter school shootings in the future. “What I would recommend...
The left has a right to be happy with redrawn Pennsylvania lines

The left has a right to be happy with redrawn Pennsylvania lines

New district lines drawn in Pennsylvania will make a difference in this fall’s midterm elections. A roundup of editorials Thursday takes a look at the issue. From The National Journal: It boils down to whoever draws the map holds the power. Both parties have benefited, at times, in Pennsylvania. From Bloomberg: Democrats definitely got a boost with Pennsylvania’s redrawn map. How much...
The right has questions about who knew what concerning the Steele dossier

The right has questions about who knew what concerning the Steele dossier

The story about who had a part in the Steele dossier has yet to be fully revealed. A roundup of editorials Thursday takes a look at the issue. From Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch: What part did Comey play in the Steele dossier? From Pat Buchanan: Collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia is something we have yet to see. But we have seen evidence that Hillary Clinton’s campaign...

Trump backs arming “highly trained teachers” over school guards to deter future school shootings

A day after an emotional meeting with parents and family members to discuss the threat of school shootings in the United States, President Donald Trump on Thursday signaled his strong support for the idea of allowing some teachers and administrators to carry a firearm at schools, in order to form a first line of defense. “Highly trained, gun adept, teachers/coaches would...
Trump searches for answers amid wrenching stories from Florida school shooting

Trump searches for answers amid wrenching stories from Florida school shooting

Hearing from parents and students who lost friends and family members in last week’s school shooting in Florida, President Donald Trump said it was time for the nation to work together to better safeguard schools, as he advocated stronger security including the possibility of allowing teachers and administrators to carry concealed weapons during the school day. &ldquo...
Opinion: Gun politics need less shouting, more persuasion

Opinion: Gun politics need less shouting, more persuasion

On one of our trips to Atlanta while living overseas, my wife and I were waiting to re-check our bags after clearing customs. The line was held up by a older man of Asian descent who clearly didn’t speak or read English, and didn’t understand he was supposed to remove his laptop computer from its bag before placing it on the belt to go through the metal detector. A security officer was...
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