April 3, 2013 |
A lone gunman attacked a Connecticut elementary school just four months ago, renewing a debate on how to control gun violence. On Wednesday, that state's Legislature began the final steps of passing what advocates call one of the nation's toughest gun-control laws. “The tragedy in Newtown demands a powerful response, demands a response that transcends politics,” said Senate President Donald E. Williams Jr., a Democrat. Speaking during a televised broadcast of his chamber's proceedings.
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February 24, 2013 |
Glendale Unified School District officials have announced plans to bolster security measures at campuses districtwide. At a school board meeting last week, officials said they plan to equip all schools with security cameras. Reception areas at all 30 campuses will also get "panic buttons" that make direct emergency calls to 911 with a single push, said Alan Reising, an administrator of district facilities. Officials also want to create a single entry point at all elementary schools.
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January 13, 2013 |
Behind a locked classroom door, a Los Angeles third-grade teacher purportedly committed lewd acts against students. The charges spurred demands for classrooms to remain open during the school day. But after the shooting deaths of 20 first-graders in Connecticut last month, calls were made to keep classrooms locked. The intent of both efforts is to keep students safe. But as school districts nationwide examine their security measures following the Newtown, Conn., massacre, the question of locked versus unlocked classroom doors is in debate.
January 9, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- As he began a final series of meetings with stakeholder groups to develop recommendations on gun violence, Vice President Joe Biden signaled Wednesday that one focus may be on measures the Obama administration can take independently of Congress. Biden said the issue of gun violence is one “that requires immediate action,” and the president and he were “determined to take action.” "I want to make clear that we're not going to get caught up in the notion that, unless we can do everything, were going to do nothing,” Biden told reporters before a meeting with gun safety advocates and victims of gun violence.
January 6, 2013 |
CENTENNIAL, Colo. - After more than five months of legal maneuvering, a preliminary hearing is set to begin Monday in the case against the suspect in the Aurora movie theater massacre to determine if prosecutors have enough evidence to go to trial on 166 counts of murder, attempted murder and weapons charges. Hundreds are expected to testify in the weeklong hearing, including scores of victims who will recount the terrifying moments just after 12:30 a.m. on July 20 when authorities say James E. Holmes, a brilliant former neuroscience student, opened fire in a packed midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises.
December 21, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The National Rifle Assn.'s proposal Friday to finance a National Model School Shield Program in which armed volunteers would be stationed at every school in America was quickly slammed by gun control advocates who accused the group of ducking its role in gun violence. “I have never seen a more precise example of how out of touch the NRA's Washington lobbyists are with the NRA's membership,” said Mark Glaze, director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns. “If there is a need for security at our elementary schools today, it is largely because the NRA's Washington leadership has gutted the gun laws that used to keep schools and day cares and churches safe,” Glaze added.