7:12 AM, Jan 8, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
On Wednesday, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder are scheduled to make a joint appearance at Frederick Douglass High School in Baltimore, MD. The purpose of the visit is to hold a roundtable with students on "Solutions to Enhance School Climate/Improve Discipline Policies and Practices" and to make an announcement, accompanied by "civil rights advocates and local community members."
The exact nature of the announcement is not disclosed in the notification released by the Education Department, but the background provided seems to suggest a link between unfair, discriminatory, and ineffective school discipline and gun violence in schools:
Even though incidents of school violence have decreased overall, too many schools are still struggling to create positive, safe environments. Schools can improve safety by making sure that climates are welcoming and that responses to misbehavior are fair, non-discriminatory, and effective. Each year, significant numbers of students miss class due to suspensions and expulsions—even for minor infractions of school rules—and students of color and with disabilities are disproportionately impacted. As part of President Obama’s Now is the Time proposal to reduce gun violence, the Department of Education was called on to collect and disseminate best practices on school discipline policies and to help school districts develop and equitably implement their policies.
The notice links to the White House webpage on gun violence, which was established shortly after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, CT. The president's plan, released in 2012, includes having the Justice Department provide incentives for schools to hire more resource officers, as well as develop models for best practices for those officers to work in age-appropriate ways with students.
5:21 PM, Dec 3, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Chuck Schumer will introduce legislation to make it illegal to make guns with 3-D printers, according to the Huffington Post. He's expected to introduce the bill in the Senate next week.
10:24 AM, Nov 8, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The FBI is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the return of 2 rifles that were, as O’Ryan Johnson of the Boston Herald reports, “stolen from an FBI SWAT emergency response vehicle.”
8:29 AM, Nov 5, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The National Football League recently "issued a rule to deny entry to any off-duty police officer who brings a concealed firearm to one of its stadiums …” And, as Eric Katz of Government Executive reports, it is being challenged by the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association which represents “more than 26,000 federal workers from more than 65 agencies.”
8:04 AM, Sep 17, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Steve Hayes, with Brit Hume, Mara Liasson, and Charles Krauthammer, last night on Fox News:
10:58 AM, Aug 20, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Organizing for Action, the group that was President Obama's reelection team, sent out a fundraising pitch to supporters that features the 1999 Columbine High School shooting.
"My son, Daniel, was a smart, quiet kid. He'd just become a straight-A student, and he was overcoming his shyness as a new member of the debate team," the pitch, signed by Tom Mauser of Littleton, Colorado, reads.
12:00 AM, Jul 2, 2013 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress declared independence. George Washington declared that day that “The time is now near at hand which must probably determine whether Americans are to be freemen or slaves....The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army.” A useful reminder for us, in a week when we rightly celebrate a Declaration, a document embodying a great idea, that speech needs to be backed up by arms, and that all still depends on the "courage and conduct" of our armed forces.
2:01 PM, Jun 30, 2013 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Yesterday, millions of Americans received an important email (subject line: "This is important") from no less a personage than the vice president of the United States. Here it is:
8:06 AM, Jun 22, 2013 • By JIM SWIFT
Reports surfaced earlier this week that the webpage of Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) appears to have been purchased and hosted by City of New York.
1:09 PM, Jun 14, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
With an email today from the daughter of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the group formerly known as the Obama reelection campaign, Organizing for Action, is reigniting the fight over guns in America.
"My mom, Dawn Hochsprung, was the principal at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut," the email from Erica Lafferty begins.
"Six months ago today, she was shot and killed in her school, along with five of her coworkers and 20 of her students."
The message continues:
6:44 AM, Jun 12, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
At a high-dollar fundraiser last night in Washington, D.C., Vice President Joe Biden warned his fellow Democrats about the Republicans.
9:19 AM, May 14, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
In a letter to a seven-year-old Wisconsin boy, Vice President Joe Biden considers the possibility of guns with chocolate bullets. Biden's letter reads:
"The last time we had major gun legislation it took six, seven, eight tries toget passed."7:18 AM, May 3, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama took a moment yesterday in Mexico to "editorialize just for a second about gun control," as he said at a joint press conference with his Mexican counterpart.