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Monday, February 18, 2019

Gun Lobby Ignores The Tragic Facts Of Shootouts

The death of New York City police detective Brian Simonsen, who was fatally wounded Feb. 12 in a friendly-fire incident, is tragic. The officers whose shots struck their fellow officers — not only killing Simonsen, but also wounding another, Sgt. Matthew Gorman — are unlikely to ever fully recover emotionally and psychologically. They killed or wounded their own.

But the tragedy also presents a profound lesson for those who care to learn it: The gun lobby’s dogged insistence that more guns will make us safer is lunacy. The fanatics among gun owners continue to insist that “good guys with guns” can prevent mass shootings, strike down criminals and contribute to the peace.…

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On Parkland Anniversary, Trump Tweet Insults Survivors

On Thursday — the one-year anniversary of the gun massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida — Trump decided to insult the survivors of the shooting by trying to pretend that guns had nothing to do with the murders of 17 of their classmates and teachers.

Trump is apparently so eager to please the pro-gun extremists at the National Rifle Association (NRA) that he scrubbed a mention of “gun violence” from his official statement about the anniversary of the tragedy, bizarrely replacing it with the phrase “school violence.”

In the original statement released by the White House, Trump said, “Melania and I join all Americans in praying for the continued healing of those in the Parkland community and all communities where lives have been lost to gun violence.”

But when he released a tweet with his statement, the accompanying graphic instead referred to the loss of life “as a result of school violence.”

The change is a slap in the face to the teenage survivors of the Parkland tragedy, who have spent the last year fiercely campaigning for stricter gun laws.…

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David Hogg: ‘Nobody Likes To See Us As Kids’

Most of us are more than one thing, but sometimes one thing happens that changes us forever.

David Hogg, a survivor of last year’s Valentine’s Day massacre in Parkland, Florida, comes to mind.

He was 17 when, sitting in his AP environmental science class at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, he heard a gunshot at 2:30 p.m.

He and his terrified classmates crammed into a small closet as more gunfire erupted. The shooter fired more than 100 rounds from an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, killing 17 people. Fourteen of them were students.

“It was sheer terror,” Hogg told CNN days later.

In that cramped closet, the 17-year-old student journalist pulled out his cellphone and started interviewing classmates closest to him.…

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