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Kellyanne Conway: Trump White House is Open to “Thoughtful Conversation” on Gun Control

Kellyanne Conway–Counselor to President Trump–says the administration is open to “thoughtful conversation” on gun control.

She said this while speaking to CNN’s Chris Cuomo and was quoted by the Washington Times.

According to the Times, Conway spoke strongly about the Second Amendment, saying, “The Second Amendment is a bedrock within our Constitution along with the First Amendment, and these rights must be protected.” But she hedged this statement by indicating many Republicans on Capitol Hill are “open to a conversation.” She added, “We always welcome thoughtful conversation.”

But Conway refused to discuss specifics, suggesting now is not the time: “The president and the first lady have been on the ground literally shoulder-to-shoulder with those who are suffering and in need. I think this is a moment where the president is calling us to unify.”

Conway’s words are echoes of those spoken by White House press secretary Sarah Sanders the day after the Las Vegas attack. The Washington Post reported that Sanders demurred when asked about gun control, describing Monday as a day of mourning” rather than a day of policy. However, she added, “There will certainly be a time for that policy discussion to take place.”

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Liberals Lose Their Minds on Social Media after Private Elementary School’s Educational Trip to Gun Range

Georgia state officials launched an investigation into Holdheide Academy after a school field trip to a local gun range sparked controversy. During the investigation, it was determined that the school was improperly licensed to run a pre-K program, which resulted in a cease and desist letter, KCPQ-TV reported.

About the trip

According to Holdheide Academy’s owner, Tammy Dorsten, the first and second graders were taken to Hi-Caliber firearms range on Friday to learn about Annie Oakley, an American sharpshooter from the early 1900s. The gun range had an 1894 rifle, similar to what Oakley would have used during her matches, which students were allowed to handle, WSB-TV reported.

“The field trip began with a safety class on what to do if the students ever saw these types of artifacts outside of the cases that they were in, or without an adult present,” Dorsten told WMAZ-TV. “The students were able to see the distances that Annie Oakley used when selecting her targets and the presentation made it very clear why Annie Oakley was a famous individual and someone whom we are still learning about over 123 years later.”

Before taking students on the field trip, parents had to sign permission slips.

“This was a wonderful educational experience for our students,” Dorsten told WMAZ.  “Annie Oakley is a part of our Georgia Approved curriculum encompassing Annie Oakley, Davy Crockett and Pecos Bill. Our goal was to show the students how difficult it was for Annie Oakley and others to accomplish all that they did.”

Social media sharing

Holdheide Academy posted pictures of students posing with guns at the range, which sparked controversy. One image, in particular, caused concern because the child appeared to have their finger on the trigger, KCPQ reported.

The school removed the pictures and made a post on Saturday further explaining the incident.

“This WAS NOT a lesson on guns,” the school said in its Saturday Facebook post. “The only guns that were shown were a 1894 Winchester rifle and a 6 shooter from the same era.”

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FINALLY: The ATF is Reviewing Which Gun Regulations Need to be Repealed or Replaced

During a closed door meeting earlier this year, the ATF is reviewing what gun regulations to eliminate with leaders from firearm industry leaders, law enforcement, and advocacy groups, The Trace reports.

Citing an agenda from the meeting held in May and June, which the website had obtained, attendants were asked to consider: what impact current regulations have on gun-violence prevention; what regulations need to be “repealed, replaced, or modified;” and what regulations are outdated.

The meeting follows President Trump signing an executive action in February directing each federal agency to identify costly regulations that could be scaled back. Jumping the gun, ATF executive Ronald Turk penned a internal letter, dubbed a “white paper” report, suggesting the agency review more than two dozen regulations, including restrictions on the sale of silencers and armor piercing bullets.

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Carjackers’ Decision to Choose Vehicle Owner with Concealed Carry Turns out to be Painful Miscalculation

A pair of men — one of them armed — approached a car owner standing outside his vehicle on the southwest side of Chicago in broad daylight May 10 and demanded his keys.

But police told the Chicago Tribune the victim wouldn’t hand over his keys.

See, he’s a concealed carry license holder, police told the paper — and he pulled out his own gun and started firing.

The vehicle owner shot one of the perps “in the groin area,” the Tribune reported. The other one took off running but was arrested shortly thereafter, the paper said.

The wounded suspect, 25, was taken to a hospital where he was listed in good condition, Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford told the Tribune. The other perp’s age is unknown, the paper said.

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Middle School Student SUSPENDED for “Liking” Gun Photo on Instagram

An Edgewood Middle School student was handed a 10-day suspension for “liking” a picture of a gun on Instagram with the caption “ready.”

The parents of Zachary Bowlin posted a picture of the intended suspension notice which read, “The reason for the intended suspension is as follows: Liking a post on social media that indicated potential school violence.”

“I was livid, I mean, I’m sitting here thinking ‘you just suspended him for ten days for liking a picture of a gun on a social media site,” father Marty Bowlin said. “He never shared, he never commented, he never made a threatening post… anything on the site, just liked it.”

The picture in question is of an airsoft gun, and according to the students’ parents, their child didn’t comment on the post but simply liked the picture.

“I liked it, scrolling down Instagram at night about 7, 8 o’clock I liked it,” Zacahry said. “The next morning they called me down [to the office] patted me down and checked me for weapons.”

Since receiving the notice, the family said the school has dropped the suspension and there will be no repercussions for the child’s actions.

Friday morning an email went out to parents stating:

“Yesterday evening school officials were made aware to an alleged threat of a student bringing a gun to school. We act on any potential threat to student safety swiftly and with the utmost importance. This morning, the alleged threat was addressed and we can assure you that all students at Edgewood Middle School are safe and school will continue as normal. Thank you”

Below is the statement given to FOX19 NOW by Superintendent Russ Fussnecker:

“Concerning the recent social media posting of a gun with the caption “Ready”, and the liking of this post by another student, the policy at Edgewood City Schools reads as follows:

The Board has a “zero tolerance” of violent, disruptive, harassing, intimidating, bullying, or any other inappropriate behavior by its students. 

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(Source: http://www.wbtv.com/story/35355907/middle-school-student-suspended-for-liking-photo-of-gun-on-instagram?clienttype=generic&utm_content=bufferc123d&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer)

North Carolina Lawmakers Considering Bill to Allow Firearms Courses in High Schools

North Carolina lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow a comprehensive firearms course to be taught in high schools.

Hickory Rep. Jay Adams filed the bill in Raleigh last week.

House Bill 612 would authorize local boards of education to offer the elective course. The course would be developed by the State Board of Education.

The firearm education course would incorporate history, math and science related to guns, as well as firearm safety. The course would not allow live ammunition.

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(Source: http://www.wsoctv.com/news/local/nc-lawmakers-consider-bill-to-allow-firearms-course-in-high-schools/511112631)

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