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Politics Trump to unveil gun plan that includes arming teachers: report

06:26  11 march  2018
06:26  11 march  2018 Source:   thehill.com

Georgia teacher who fired gun in classroom previously told police he hired hitmen, report says

  Georgia teacher who fired gun in classroom previously told police he hired hitmen, report says A Georgia high school teacher who fired a gun in a classroom Wednesday previously told police he hired two friends to kill someone on his behalf, a report said. Jesse Randall Davidson, 53, allegedly fired at least one shot inside a Dalton High School classroom, then barricaded himself inside until he surrendered to police. Davidson, a social studies teacher, is known as the “radio voice” during the school’s football and basketball games because of his play-by-lay announcements, Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

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President Trump plans to unveil a proposal on Sunday that would encourage school systems around the country to allow armed staff on school premises, The Wall Street Journal reports.

According to The Journal, the plan will signal the president's support for two bills currently in Congress as well as setting up a commission to identify grant money for school systems that find a way to issue concealed-carry permits to some staff members to help guard against school shootings.

The two bills currently being considered by Congress would improve the nation's background check system and authorize $50 million for school safety improvements. The plan does not address a number of issues supported by gun control advocates, including a ban on bump stocks or raising the minimum age required to purchase a rifle to 21.

Michigan lawmakers considering bill to arm teachers

  Michigan lawmakers considering bill to arm teachers Michigan lawmakers are considering several gun-related measures in the wake of a deadly shooting at a Florida high school, including arming teachers and confiscating guns from those with mental illness.One bill would permit teachers and staff to carry firearms, the Detroit Free Press reported.President Trump has been strongly calling for arming teachers and said that if a teacher inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., was armed on Feb. 14, then the gunman would have never attempted the massacre that left 17 dead.

The Justice Department, however, is considering a measure that would ban bump-stock weapons as part of an existing ban on machine guns, the Journal reported Saturday.

"President Trump is absolutely committed to ensuring the safety and security of every American, and he has directed us to propose a regulation addressing bump stocks," Attorney General Jeff Sessions said.

Trump's proposal comes in the wake of a national conversation centered around gun violence and school safety that began in February after a gunman killed 17 students and faculty at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

The president has signaled rare GOP support for gun control positions in recent weeks, and has chided GOP lawmakers for fearing retribution from the National Rifle Association (NRA).

"Some of you people are petrified of the NRA," he said during a meeting with lawmakers. "You can't be petrified."

During a Cabinet meeting Thursday, Trump vowed that a ban on bump stocks as a legal item in the U.S. was almost "finished."

"Bump stocks are just about finished, from the standpoint of getting the legal work done," he said.

Barron Trump’s school calls for increased gun control .
The Maryland private school that President Trump's son Barron attends joined other schools on Wednesday to push the president for "robust" measures to stem gun violence.St. Andrew's Episcopal School joined more than 100 Washington-area schools in sending an open letter to Trump, according to The Associated Press.The letter, published by The Baltimore Sun, urged Trump and Congress to support gun control measures and to reject Trump's proposal to arm teachers.

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