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  1. At least one California high school student was injured superficially when a teacher accidentally discharged a gun in class during a firearms safety course, police said on Wednesday. Photo; file LOS ANGELES: At least one California high school student was injured superficially when a teacher accidentally discharged a gun in class during a firearms safety course, police said on Wednesday. The incident, which occurred Tuesday, came as a police officer assigned to a school in the state of Virginia accidentally fired his service weapon inside his office and was placed on administrative leave. The massacre of 17 students and staff in Parkland, Florida, last month has ignited a nationwide debate over whether some teachers should be armed, with President Donald Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in favour. Dennis Alexander, a teacher at Seaside High School in California´s Monterey County and a reserve police officer, fired a semiautomatic handgun as it was pointed at the ceiling, police chief Abdul Pridgen said in a statement. Pridgen said no one was hit by gunfire or seriously hurt and police registered one injury in the incident, although local media reported that three teenagers were struck by falling masonry. "One student had an abrasion on his neck, a red mark. When the bullet stroked the ceiling some debris came down. We didn´t confirm two others," Seaside police commander Judy Veloz told AFP. "There was no panic in the school. The teacher has been put on administrative leave. We´re still investigating, interviewing students. The school is open as usual." Fermin Gonzales, the father of the 17-year-old boy to whom police were referring, told NBC affiliate KSBW Alexander had informed the class he was going to demonstrate how to disarm someone and was checking if the weapon was loaded. "It´s the craziest thing," said Gonzales, who added that bruising to his son's neck appeared to have been caused by a bullet fragment. A spokeswoman for the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District said in a statement education officials and police began interviewing students immediately after the alarm was raised. "It was determined that there was no immediate threat to students or staff, and school remained in session," she said. She added that the district allows only authorised law enforcement or security personnel to possess weapons on school property or transport. Students would be offered counselling, she said. Alexander, who also teaches math, has been placed on leave both as a teacher and in his position as a reserve officer for the Sand City Police Department. He could not immediately be reached for comment. The Alexandria Police Department in Virginia meanwhile said it was investigating after an officer accidentally discharging his weapon at George Washington Middle School on Tuesday morning. "At approximately 9:10 am, a School Resource Officer accidentally discharged his service weapon inside his office at the middle school," the police said in a statement. "He immediately checked for potential injuries in the area. No one was injured. The officer then contacted his supervisor and school staff. All students and staff are safe and classes continued as normal." The officer was placed on administrative leave pending the probe. Students across the United States walked out of classes on Wednesday in a nationwide call for action against gun violence, many gathering outside the White House and chanting "Never again!" and "Enough is enough!" Concealed carry at colleges and schools has been banned since 2015 in California and police are understood to be establishing whether Alexander violated any regulations by bringing a gun onto campus. "I think a lot of questions on parents´ minds are, why a teacher would be pointing a loaded firearm at the ceiling in front of students," Superintendent PK Diffenbaugh told CNN affiliate KSBW. "Clearly in this incident protocols were not followed."
  2. Students from Washington-area schools carry signs during a protest for stricter gun control during a walkout by students at the US Capitol in Washington, US, March 14, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts PARKLAND: US students spilt out of classrooms by the thousands on Wednesday, chanting slogans like ?No more silence? and ?We want change?, as part of a coast-to-coast protest over gun violence prompted by last month?s massacre at a Florida high school. The #ENOUGH National School Walkout was intended to pressure federal and state lawmakers to tighten laws on gun ownership despite opposition by the National Rifle Association (NRA), the powerful gun rights advocacy group. With some students dressed in orange, the colour adopted by the gun control movement, the walkouts began at 10 AM local time in each time zone and were scheduled to last 17 minutes, though many rallies went longer. The duration was a tribute to the number of students and staff killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on February 14. It was the latest in a series of shootings that have plagued US schools and colleges over the past two decades. While many school districts gave their blessings to the walkouts, others said anyone who participated would face discipline. Many students defied the warnings and left school anyway. In Parkland, thousands of students slowly filed onto the Stoneman Douglas school football field to the applause of families and supporters beyond the fences as law enforcement officers looked on. News helicopters hovered overhead. Ty Thompson, the principal, called for the ?biggest group hug,? and the students obliged around the 50-yard line. ?We want change!? students chanted on the sidewalks outside the school. ?Can you hear the children screaming?? read one of the signs. But not all students in Florida were in favour of more gun control. Around 129 kilometres (80 miles) north of Parkland at Vero Beach High School, chants of ?No More Silence, end gun violence,? were countered by shouts of ?Trump!? and ?We want guns? from other students, according to a video posted by local newspaper TCPalm. At New York City?s Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, crowds of students poured into the streets of Manhattan, many dressed in orange, symbolic of the bright colour worn by hunters to avoid being shot by accident. ?Thoughts and prayers are not enough,? read one sign at LaGuardia, a jab at a response often uttered by lawmakers after mass shootings. Hundreds of students wearing orange t-shirts with black targets on the front walked out of Firestone High School in Akron, Ohio. One student used a bullhorn and recited an anti-violence poem as parents stood on the sidewalks in solidarity. At Granada Hills Charter High School in Los Angeles, students laid prone on the field of a football stadium to form a giant #ENOUGH, symbolizing the thousands of youth who die of gun violence every year in the United States. Lobbying lawmakers The walkouts were part of a burgeoning, grassroots movement prompted by the Parkland attack. Survivors have lobbied lawmakers and even talked with President Donald Trump, in a push for new restrictions on gun ownership, a right protected by the US Constitution?s Second Amendment. ?We don?t feel safe in schools anymore,? said Sarah Chatfield, a high school student from Maryland, standing with hundreds of other protesters outside the White House. Chanting ?Hey hey, ho ho, the NRA has got to go!? some of the students marched to the US Capitol, where Democratic lawmakers emerged from the white-domed landmark to praise them. The student-led initiative helped bring about a tightening of Florida?s gun laws last week when the minimum age of 21 for buying any handguns was extended to all firearms. But lawmakers rejected a ban on the sort of semiautomatic rifle used in the Parkland attack. In Washington, however, proposals to strengthen the background-check system for gun sales, among other measures, appear to be languishing. Schools vary in response Students from more than 2,800 schools and groups joined the walkouts, many with the backing of their school districts, according to the event?s organizers, who also coordinated the Women?s March protests staged nationwide over the past two years. In districts where school authorities warned against joining the demonstrations, some students protested anyway. More than 100 students walked out of the Council Rock High School North building in Newtown, Pennsylvania, despite warnings from school administration that doing so would bring discipline. ?Students deserve the right to go to school feeling safe and comfortable, not feeling scared that their school will be the next target,? a student said into a megaphone to the group outside. At Norton High School in the rural-suburban district in northeastern Ohio, a small group of students, including a teenage boy with an American flag draped over his shoulder, stood apart from a larger gathering of nearly 300 students who walked out of class. One of the students also flew a large Trump flag at the end of his truck. Ryan Shanor, the school?s principal, said the small group wanted to honour the victims but disagreed with sentiment they considered to be against the Second Amendment. ?They did not agree with everything they thought the protest was about,? he said.
  3. Activists install 7000 shoes on the lawn in front of the US Capitol on Capitol Hill in Washington, US, March 13, 2018. REUTERS/Eric Thayer WASHINGTON: Tom Mauser came to the US Capitol on Tuesday dressed in grey Vans sneakers, the same ones his 15-year-old son Daniel wore when he was killed by two gunmen at Colorado?s Columbine High School in 1999 along with a dozen other people. Mauser was one of a handful of gun control activists and volunteers who braved a frigid March morning to lay out about 7,000 pairs of shoes on the US Capitol lawn as a makeshift memorial to American children killed by gun violence. Their aim, like the thousands of students across the country who plan to walk out of their classrooms for 17 minutes on Wednesday morning, was to put more pressure on state and federal lawmakers to tighten rules on gun ownership. ?There?s nobody in those shoes, it?s like the emptiness in our hearts from gun violence,? said Mauser, 66, of Littleton, Colorado. The memorial, organized by Avaaz, a US-based civic organization, and the National School Walkout, organized by the activists behind the Women?s March in Washington, are part of a grass-roots movement that grew out of the killing of 17 students and staff at a Florida high school a month ago. ?I think we?re in the middle of a cultural change in the United States. The majority of Americans want a change in gun laws, and a majority of gun owners want change,? said Emma Ruby-Sachs, deputy director of Avaaz. Many of the proposals favoured by gun control advocates, including a ban on assault-style weapons and the closing of loopholes on requiring background checks before gun purchases, are fiercely opposed by the National Rifle Association and its supporters. The 7,000 pairs of donated footwear, arranged side by side in a trapezoid shape outside the Capitol, represent every person younger than 18 who has been killed by a firearm since the 2012 massacre at the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Actresses Susan Sarandon and Bette Midler, and talk show host Chelsea Handler were among shoe donors. National walkout About 1,300 people below the age of 18 are killed by gunfire in the United States every year, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On Wednesday, students will again take centre stage in the political theatre over guns that has gripped the country since the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The national walkout will last 17 minutes, beginning at 10 a.m. local time, to commemorate the 17 victims who lost their lives in the Florida massacre. It was the deadliest school shooting since 20 children and six adults were shot dead at Sandy Hook more than five years ago. The walkout has won the support of many school districts and civil rights organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union. More than 2,500 walkouts are scheduled across the country, according to the organizer?s website, including at Marjory Stoneman and Columbine high schools. Mauser, a retired Colorado Department of Transportation employee, has attended dozens of gun-control demonstrations since the Columbine massacre. But he has grown cautiously optimistic about the prospects for change because of the new student involvement. ?These kids, it?s their lives. They?re not going to be distracted about Russia, about other things,? Mauser said. The shoe memorial is reminiscent of a monument on the Danube River near the Hungarian Parliament in Budapest commemorating thousands of people, including Jews, killed by fascists in the 1940s. Many Canadian cities have marked the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women on Dec. 6 with similar ?shoe memorials.?
  4. Florida Governor Rick Scott listens during a meeting with law enforcement, mental health, and education officials ? about how to prevent future tragedies in the wake of last week's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School ? at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Florida, US, February 20, 2018. REUTERS/Colin Hackley PARKLAND: Florida Governor Rick Scott, a loyal ally of the U.S. gun lobby under mounting pressure to act in the aftermath of last week?s deadly mass shooting, urged state lawmakers on Friday to tighten access to firearms for young people and the mentally disturbed. Scott said he would work with the Republican-controlled legislature over the next two weeks to raise the minimum legal age for buying any gun in Florida from 18 to 21, with some exceptions for younger individuals serving in the military or law enforcement. That proposal put the Republican governor at odds with the National Rifle Association, which has opposed higher age limits in Florida, where a person must be at least 21 to buy a handgun but can be as young as 18 to purchase an assault rifle. But Scott, who has been endorsed by the NRA and received its highest rating for supporting the rights of gun owners, said he opposed an outright ban on assault rifles, as some gun control advocates have demanded. His plan closely mirrored proposed measures unveiled on Friday by leaders of the state legislature. The 17 people slain on Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in the Fort Lauderdale suburb of Parkland were shot with a semiautomatic AR-15-style assault weapon, which authorities say was purchased legally last year by the accused gunman, Nikolas Cruz, when he was 18 years of age. Cruz, now 19, a former Stoneman Douglas student who authorities said had a history of run-ins with the law and was expelled from school for disciplinary problems, has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Broward County Sheriff?s Office have since acknowledged receiving several tips over the past two years from callers saying they had reason to believe Cruz was inclined to commit a school shooting. In addition to age limits, Scott said he wanted to change state laws to make it ?virtually impossible for anyone who has mental issues to use a gun,? echoing similar calls by U.S. President Donald Trump. The governor called in particular for a new program allowing a family member, police officer or community welfare expert to seek a special court order barring the purchase or possession of a firearm by anyone shown to pose a safety threat due to mental illness or violent behavior. Scott also urged that state laws on involuntary commitment of the mentally ill be amended so that anyone hospitalized by court order is stripped of all access to firearms, with a court hearing required before their gun rights could be restored. Renewed focus on background checks Federal law bars possession of firearms by anyone found by a court or other legal authority to be a danger to themselves or others. Convicted felons, fugitives and people with a record of drug addiction also are banned from owning guns. But many states have been slow in furnishing mental health records to the FBI database used in flagging prospective buyers who are supposed to be prohibited from owning a weapon. The governor?s proposals come amid a reignited national debate on gun rights, led in part by some of the student survivors of last week?s massacre, ranked as the second deadliest U.S. public school shooting on record. Students and parents calling for tougher gun controls traveled earlier this week to meet with politicians in Tallahassee, the state capital, and with Trump at the White House. Trump has suggested arming teachers as a way of curbing gun violence in schools, as advocated by the NRA. He has also called for raising the legal age for buying rifles nationally to 21, and for beefing up background checks on prospective gun buyers. On Capitol Hill on Friday, a group of 18 House Republicans urged House Speaker Paul Ryan to schedule a vote on legislation strengthening background checks. The legislation already passed the House in December. But it was coupled with a controversial measure aimed at significantly expanding permits for carrying concealed weapons. The group of House Republicans urged Ryan to bring it to the House floor as a stand-alone bill so that it will have a greater chance of approval by the Senate and enactment into law. Scott also called for a mandatory law enforcement officer in every public school and for mandatory ?active shooter training? for students and faculty. He spoke as staff members were returning to Stoneman Douglas High School for the first time since the massacre. ?Everything was quiet, and looked like it was frozen in time,? said Greg Pittman, a social studies teacher. Some colleagues were still too shaken to return, he said. Outside the school, some teachers gazed at the flowers and makeshift memorials to the victims. One woman who brought balloons to add to the memorials fell to her knees in tears. Students are due to return to class next Wednesday, two weeks after the shooting. The building where the shooting occurred will remain closed. In remarks to reporters on Friday, Trump criticized the armed sheriff?s deputy assigned to the school for doing a ?poor job.? The deputy, Scot Peterson, resigned after an internal investigation found he failed to go inside and confront the shooter, the Broward County sheriff said on Thursday. ?When it came time to get in there and do something, he didn?t have the courage or something happened,? Trump said. Gun control advocates welcomed Scott?s steps to tighten laws, but some wanted more. Julie Kessel, president of the League of Women Voters of Florida, told reporters that Scott?s proposals were ?very small, incremental changes.? ?None of them gets to the heart of what would really change gun violence, which is to ban assault weapons and close these loopholes immediately in background checks,? Kessel said.
  5. Bob Ossler ? a chaplain with the Cape Coral volunteer fire department ? places seventeen crosses for the victims of yesterday's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on a fence a short distance from the school in Parkland, Florida, US, February 15, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake NEW YORK: More than half a dozen US companies have abruptly cut ties with the National Rifle Association (NRA) as gun safety activists on Friday intensified calls for a boycott in the wake of last week?s Florida high school massacre. The social media-fueled campaign has led a range of corporations, from a major insurer to three car rental brands, to sever relationships with the gun rights advocacy group. Amazon.com Inc and other online streaming platforms are also facing demands to drop the online video channel NRATV, featuring programming produced by the group. Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America ? founded after 20 first-graders were shot and killed at a school in Connecticut in December 2012 ? sent letters to Apple Inc, AT&T Inc, Amazon, Alphabet Inc?s Google, and Roku Inc on Friday, asking them to drop NRATV from their products. None of the companies immediately responded to requests for comment on the letters. ?We have been just disgusted by NRATV since its beginning,? Shannon Watts ? the founder of the Moms Demand Action group ? told Reuters. ?It really propagates dangerous misinformation and inflammatory rhetoric. It tries to pit Americans against one another, all in an attempt to further their agenda of selling guns.? The US Constitution?s Second Amendment protects the right to bear arms. The NRA, which has long used campaign donations and effective lobbying to hold outsized political influence, argues that stricter gun control would erode individual rights. The group has not commented on companies cutting ties. The question of gun control, and the NRA?s role in opposing it, became the focus of national debate on February 14, when Nikolas Cruz ? a 19-year-old former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida ? returned there and killed 17 people, mostly students, with a legally purchased AR-15 rifle, according to authorities. Trending on Twitter Nearly two dozen corporations nationwide offer incentives to NRA members, according to ThinkProgress.com, a news site owned by the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Symantec Corp said on Friday it ended an NRA discount program for its LifeLock identity theft product, while Boston-based home security company SimpliSafe also said it terminated its discount program for NRA members. Insurer Chubb Ltd said on Friday it would stop underwriting an NRA-branded insurance policy for gun owners that covers legal costs in self-defence shootings. Insurance company MetLife Inc also said it had ended an auto and home incentive program for NRA members. Rental car company Hertz said on Twitter it had told the NRA it was eliminating a discount program for members. Those decisions came a day after three rental car brands owned by Enterprise Holdings Inc said they were ending discount programs for NRA members. First National Bank of Omaha also said on Thursday it would not renew a contract with the organization to issue an NRA-branded Visa card. The hashtag #BoycottNRA was the top trending topic on Twitter on Friday morning. The campaign is the latest effort by activists to deploy social media and use economic pressure to force change. Similar drives helped convince Fox News to terminate television host Bill O?Reilly after sponsors dropped his show in the wake of sexual harassment allegations, and the National Football League bowed to improve its handling of domestic violence accusations against players. David Hogg ? one of the student survivors of last week?s attack who launched the #NeverAgain anti-gun violence movement ? said the students would target any company with ties to the NRA, in addition to lawmakers who accept donations. Florida Governor Rick Scott, who has been endorsed by the NRA, announced a proposal on Friday to increase restrictions on buying guns and to strengthen school safety measures. Activists have also called on public pension funds to divest from gun maker stocks. Shares of gun makers were broadly lower on Friday. Approximately a dozen companies with marketing ties to the NRA ? including FedEx Corp, which offer discount programs ? did not respond to requests for comment on Friday. ?Bad business? NRATV ? which describes itself as ?America?s Most Patriotic Team on a Mission to Take Back The Truth? ? features programming that leans heavily on speeches by NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre and spokeswoman Dana Loesch. An online campaign using the Twitter hashtag #StopNRAmazon has also begun to pick up steam, applying pressure on Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to drop the channel. Many of those tweeting are in the entertainment industry. ?Ironic how the @NRA likes to point a finger at what kids watch on TV ... while they spew vile rhetoric on NRAtv, streamed on @Amazon and aimed solely at boosting gun sales,? wrote screenwriter Randi Mayem Singer. Moms Demand Action posted an online petition using the hashtag #DumpNRATV. ?To be affiliated with them, whether you are a company or a lawmaker, it is not going to pay off in the long run,? said the Moms Demand Action founder Watts, signalling the start of a broader campaign. ?Doing business with the NRA is clearly bad business.? Angry student survivors of the shooting have confronted politicians from state lawmakers to US President Donald Trump himself, demanding stricter gun control laws. In response, the NRA and Trump have suggested arming teachers who have received training to deter attackers, a proposal that has been met with scepticism by teachers unions and gun violence experts.
  6. The loss of a loved one is the hardest thing to deal with and get through and it's also a sad reality that no one knows how to deal with loss better than our military officers. You may have heard of the tragedy that occurred in Assam last week. Two Indian Air Force pilots lost their lives after a microlight helicopter in which they were travelling crashed in Majuli island on February 15. It was a tragic accident and the aftermath of it was equally sad. A heart-wrenching picture of the family of Wing Commander D Vats, one of the pilots who last his life, from his funeral is going viral on the internet. The picture shows his wife Major Kumud Dogra, an officer herself, walking up and paying her last tributes to her late husband while carrying their five day old child. People on the internet can't help but praise the young officer for her strength at a time like this and are showing their love for the new born baby who never got to see her father. Here's what everyone is saying: People sent their best in the comments. So much courage, we salute you as well. This is heartbreaking yet reinstate the emotion of courage in me, both at the same time. This is Maj Kumud Dogra and her five day old baby is in her arms and she is feet marching towards the dead body of her husband Wng Cmdr D Vats. Not only is she strong but courage epitomizes her too. #Salute pic.twitter.com/aZxZF1IZsl — Parul Mathur (@Parul_RajeevM) February 22, 2018 Is it okay to cry now? #Major #Kumud Dogra... In her arms is her five day old baby and her feet marching towards the dead body of her husband Wng Cmdr D Vats... A rare epitome of courage... Salute you #Major #Dogra JAI HINDð pic.twitter.com/NXYwuDTX1q — Shweta (@ShwetaS13301723) February 22, 2018 A big salute. Major Kumud Dogra...in her arms is her five day old baby and her feet marching towards the dead body of her husband Wng Cmdr D Vats... a rare epitome of courage... A very big SALUTE to you Major Dogra ð®ð³ð®ð³ pic.twitter.com/ZtDfrfKTP1 — HFF Pandari Shetty (@bigbullq8) February 23, 2018 This pic is worth a million heartbreaks and a billion salutes to this dedicated family! As an ordinary Indian all I can say is Thankyou! Jai Hind! — Farooq Ahmed (@FarooqAhm) February 22, 2018 What a tragedy. Major #KumudDogra on her way to offer last tribute to her husband Late #WgCdr D. Vats, who lost his life in a Microlight crash in Majuli, Assam. On that fateful day their baby was only 4 days old. We SALUTE the courage, determination and dedication of this young lady officer. pic.twitter.com/hZxOLuP2yd — Shivang Tiwari (@tiwari7_tiwari) February 21, 2018 It's a sad day. So how's the life of an army wife you ask? Major Kumud Dogra on her way to pay last tributes to her husband Wing Commander D. Vats who lost his life in a micro flight crash in Majuli, carrying her 5 days old daughter. That's the life of an #Army wife. SALUTE the courage!ð®ð³ pic.twitter.com/0Z9mi559yM — Nausheen Khan (@DrNausheenKhan) February 22, 2018
  7. US President Donald Trump. Photo: File WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump and America?s powerful gun lobby on Thursday cast citizens with weapons as a solution to shootings, as it emerged an armed deputy was on campus during a deadly Florida rampage but failed to act. National Rifle Association (NRA) chief Wayne LaPierre hit back at what he called ?the shameful politicisation of tragedy? and repeated the organisation?s position that ?to stop a bad guy with a gun, it takes a good guy with a gun?, while Trump made a controversial call to arm teachers. The Broward County sheriff said Thursday that an armed deputy was in fact present during the rampage that left 17 dead in a Florida high school, but did not act to stop it. In his first public comments since the shooting, LaPierre reiterated long-standing accusations that gun control advocates were seeking to roll back the constitutional right to bear arms. ?It?s a classic strategy right out of the playbook of a poisonous movement,? he told an annual conservative conference outside Washington, hitting out at what he called ?socialists? on the political left, and at the ?so-called national news media?. ?For them, it?s not a safety issue, it?s a political issue,? he charged. ?They hate the NRA. They hate the Second Amendment. They hate individual freedom.? Sheriff Scott Israel later announced that Scott Peterson, an armed school resource deputy, was at the high school but took up a position outside and ?never went in? during the shooting. He should have ?gone in, addressed the killer, killed the killer?, Israel said. Peterson resigned after being suspended without pay. Two other deputies were placed on restricted duty during an investigation to determine if ?they could have done more or should have done more? ahead of the shooting, Israel said. Teachers warn of ?arms race? in schools The NRA?s cause received a significant boost when Trump ? in his second meeting at the White House on school safety in as many days ? floated a plan to respond to the Parkland carnage by putting more guns in schools. He declared ?gun free? schools a ?magnet? for mass shooters and proposed bonuses for teachers who are willing to carry concealed firearms. Trump had earlier proposed raising from 18 to 21 the minimum age to buy more guns than at present ? like the assault-style rifle used by 19-year-old Florida shooter Nikolas Cruz ? and making it more difficult for the mentally ill to own firearms. Currently under federal law, anyone 18 or over can buy a gun from a private, unlicensed seller, although a handful of states have set the minimum age at 21. Those measures, which may struggle to pass the Republican-controlled Congress, could have put him at odds with the NRA, which donated to and endorsed his campaign. ?I really think the NRA wants to do what?s right,? Trump said. ?I mean, they?re very close to me, I?m very close to them, they?re very, very great people. They love this country. They?re patriots.? Trump insisted he was not advocating arming every American teacher, but only those with ?military or special training? ? suggesting that would be around 20%. That would mean weapons for around 700,000 educators, a potentially massive business opportunity for gun manufacturers. ?A gun-free zone to a killer or somebody who wants to be a killer, that?s like going in for the ice cream,? he said. ?That?s like, ?Here I am, take me?.? Teachers? unions were quick to condemn his proposal, with the American Federation of Teachers claiming Trump was in favour of an ?arms race? that would ?turn schools into militarised fortresses?. ?Toxic lunacy? ?Anyone who wants guns in schools has no understanding of what goes on inside them ? or worse, doesn?t care,? the union?s president Randi Weingarten said. Summing up the opposition of many lawmakers, Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal called the idea of arming teachers ?toxic lunacy ? an NRA-backed distraction from common sense action. ?Arming teachers is inane and insane ? a sure path to reckless and panicky shooting, gun theft, and other deadly dangers. A non-starter in the Senate.? The US Congress has long been deadlocked on the gun debate, accomplishing nothing despite a spate of mass shootings and polls showing that Americans support stricter gun laws by a two-to-one margin. According to a Gallup tracking poll, 60% of Americans now favour tougher gun sale laws.
  8. Lorenzo Prado ? a student from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School ? speaks at the Florida State Capitol building, Tallahassee, Florida, US, February 21, 2018. AFP/Don Juan Moore1 MIAMI: They survived the Parkland school massacre and now a group of Florida teens ? driven, empowered and united ? are spearheading a #NeverAgain activist movement that hopes to pressure US lawmakers into tightening gun laws. After 17 people were shot dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last Wednesday, students from the community near Miami were quick to raise their voices to demand action to stop the scourge of mass shootings in American schools. Having grown up in a world where children are drilled to prepare for the possibility a gunman could attack at any time, a group of eloquent teenagers have seized national attention with a call for a clampdown on the ready availability of powerful automatic firearms. Their leaders include Cameron Kasky, creator of the #NeverAgain hashtag; Emma Gonzalez, who gave a fiery speech hitting out at politicians who receive money from the National Rifle Assocation; David Hogg, who filmed interviews with schoolmates during the shooting, and their classmate Chris Grady. What sets these teens apart from the victims of previous shootings, said Frank McAndrew, a psychology professor at Knox University in Illinois, is that they "are young enough to be perceived as innocent victims but old enough to speak for themselves." They are "voicing shock, rage, sadness, and an entire range of innocent and raw emotions unsullied by political goals," he told AFP. All between the ages of 16 and 18, these youths come from affluent families, and experts say they will not be easily intimidated by adult politicians or the powerful National Rifle Association gun lobby. After taking their demands to state legislators in Florida, the so-called "Parkland kids" plan to march on Washington on March 24 ? in a "March for Our Lives" that has received two million dollars in pledges of support from the likes of George and Amal Clooney and Oprah Winfrey. Across the country, sister movements are emerging to support the Parkland students, such as Student Walkout Against Gun Violence, which is organizing protests under the Twitter handle @studentswalkout. "Everyone wants to take action and make change in this country," said the account creator, a 19-year-old California college student who asked to remain anonymous arguing that the story is not about her. "If you don?t want to take action, you haven?t watched the videos," she said, referring to the images shared by the students while gunman Nikolas Cruz, 19, was on the shooting rampage at Stoneman. A new dawn? Last year 58 people were shot dead at an open-air concert in Las Vegas. In 2016, 49 people were slaughtered at a bar in Orlando, Florida. In 2012, 20 elementary school children and six adults were shot dead at the Sandy Hook school in Connecticut. In 2007, 32 college students were killed at a Virginia university. In all of those cases, urgent calls for tougher gun control proved fruitless, but experts believe the teens now have a chance at making a real political impact. What makes Parkland different? Dana Fisher, a University of Maryland expert on US social protests, notes that the student movement comes at a time of heightened political activism following Donald Trump?s election, which reignited a culture of political protest starting with the historic Women?s March the day after his inauguration. "Everybody in this country is way more politically involved than they?ve ever been before," she said. "As a result, people are paying attention to politics like they haven?t before, including children." A second key factor: the tech-savvy millennials from Stoneman, many of whom are preparing for college, are unlike the children from Sandy Hook, who were too young to speak for themselves. Nor are they unrelated victims like in the Orlando and Las Vegas shootings. "They were all students at the same high school and so many of them know each other personally," said McAndrew, an expert on mass shootings. "We are hearing from the victims directly, and we are hearing from them with one unified voice rather than many scattered voices." Their familiarity "and the ease with which social media is integrated in their lives also gives them an edge when it comes to organizing and communicating with each other, as well as with the world at large," he said. Furthermore, the Parkland kids "are affluent and therefore empowerment is real," said J. Reid Meloy at the University of California at San Diego. "They are energized by their suffering and grief and channelling the emotion," he said. "They are not intimidated by the older white males in politics and the NRA. They are tired of the passivity of being a potential victim," said Meloy, a former consultant to the FBI on mass shootings.
  9. Hundreds of high school and middle school students from the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia staged walkouts and gather in front of the White House in support of gun control in the wake of the Florida shooting. -AFP1 FLORIDA: Student survivors of the Florida school shooting that saw 17 people killed in a hail of bullets last week descended on the state capital Wednesday to ramp up the pressure on lawmakers to enact tougher gun control measures. Holding signs reading "Never Again" and "Be The Adults, Do Something," students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School rallied with thousands of supporters outside the imposing white stone-columned capitol building in Tallahassee. "I am here to demand change from my government," student Lorenzo Prado told the crowd. "To let these victims lives be taken without any change in return is an act of treason to our great country." "To let our fellow countrymen fall beside us without fighting back is to me equal to leaving a soldier to die on the battlefield." Rallying in solidarity, students staged walkouts from other high schools in Florida and elsewhere vowing to make the tragedy a turning point in America´s deadlocked debate on gun control. In Washington, hundreds of local high school students gathered outside the White House chanting slogans against the National Rifle Association (NRA), the powerful gun lobby, and demanding action from President Donald Trump. Faced with the massive outpouring of grief and outrage over the Parkland, Florida shooting, Trump was to meet with parents, students and teachers at the White House on Wednesday to discuss school safety. Trump - who received strong backing from the NRA during his White House run - is also showing a new-found willingness to take at least some steps on gun control. The president threw his support on Tuesday behind moves to ban "bump stocks" - an accessory that can turn a semi-automatic weapon into an automatic one. Calls to ban bump stocks have been mounting since Stephen Paddock, a retired accountant, used them on several of his weapons to kill 58 concertgoers in Las Vegas in October 2017 in the deadliest mass shooting in recent US history. Although the former student who shot dead 17 people in Florida last week did not have bump stocks on his gun, there has been a renewed focus on the devices because outlawing them is a rare point of agreement between Democrats, some Republicans and the NRA. In Florida, more than 100 students from Stoneman Douglas travelled eight hours in buses on Tuesday to meet with state legislators and demand they action on gun laws. 'Things are going to change' "My classmates and I are probably the most determined group of people you will ever meet," said student Sofie Whitney. "People are talking about how we aren't serious because we're children, but... we're serious." The students' push for change hit a hurdle Tuesday when the Republican-dominated Florida House of Representatives declined to take up a debate on legislation that would have banned assault weapons and large-capacity magazines. The US Congress is also deadlocked on the gun debate, accomplishing nothing since the shooting in Las Vegas. "We must actually make a difference," Trump said Tuesday. "We must move past cliches and tired debates and focus on evidence-based solutions and security measures that actually work," he said. "We must do more to protect our children." "This includes implementing common sense security measures and addressing mental health issues," he said, "including better coordination between federal and state law enforcement to take swift action when there are warning signs." Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz, 19, had a history of troubling behavior and a person close to him warned the FBI five weeks before the shooting that he was a threat - but no action was taken. Cruz legally bought the gun he used in the attack - an AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle - and the White House said Tuesday it would consider raising the age for such purchases. "I think that's certainly something that's on the table," spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said. Students are planning a march on Washington next month and on Tuesday, they earned two million dollars in pledges from Hollywood A-listers George Clooney and his human rights lawyer wife Amal, Oprah Winfrey, director Steven Spielberg and film producer Jeffrey Katzenberg. The "March for Our Lives" is scheduled to take place on March 24, with sister rallies planned across the country. Americans support stricter gun laws by a 66 to 31 percent margin, according to a poll released on Tuesday by Quinnipiac University. It described the margin as "the highest level of support" for stricter gun control since it began surveys on the question in 2008.
  10. George Clooney and his wife Amal, shown in this October 22, 2017 file photo, said they have been inspired by the "courage and eloquence" of the survivors of the latest US school shooting NEW YORK: Hollywood star George Clooney and his human rights lawyer wife Amal on Monday pledged $500,000 to help fund a student march on Washington, giving a huge boost to what is considered an unprecedented youth mobilisation against gun violence. The "March for Our Lives" is scheduled to take place on March 24, with sister rallies planned across the country demanding that US Congress come up with effective legislation to address the epidemic of gun violence in the United States. It comes after a 19-year-old armed with a semi-automatic rifle killed 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Florida last week, and is being organised by surviving students. The teenagers, who have grown up with mass shootings at US schools, have vowed to make the tragedy a turning point in America's deadlocked debate on gun control. "Amal and I are so inspired by the courage and eloquence of these young men and women from Stoneman Douglas High School," Clooney said in a statement. "Our family will be there on March 24 to stand side by side with this incredible generation of young people from all over the country," he added. "In the name of our children Ella and Alexander, we're donating $500,000 to help pay for this groundbreaking event. Our children's lives depend on it." 'Overwhelmed' The pledge from the Clooneys, one of the biggest A-list couples on the planet, who announced the birth of their twins in London last June, comes after other celebrities have called for greater gun controls since the Florida shooting. "We want to express extreme gratitude for the amazing donation that George Clooney and his family have made," tweeted the Never Again account representing survivors of the Florida shooting. "We are overwhelmed with the support, and we can't wait to march." US Congress is deadlocked on the gun debate, accomplishing nothing even after last October's killing of 58 people by a gunman in Las Vegas who had amassed 47 firearms to commit the worst mass shooting in recent US history. The White House says President Donald Trump is supportive of efforts to improve background checks for gun purchases, but many want far more deep-seated reforms. The students organising the March 24 rally say they are fed up "waiting for someone else" to take action to stop the US epidemic of mass school shootings, and are demanding a "comprehensive and effective bill" in Congress to address gun violence. "Politicians are telling us that now is not the time to talk about guns," their mission statement said. "Every kid in this country now goes to school wondering if this day might be their last. We live in fear. "Change is coming. And it starts now, inspired by and led by the kids who are our hope for the future. Their young voices will be heard."
  11. The "March for Our Lives" will take place on March 24, with sister rallies planned across the country, a group of students told ABC News? "This Week." WASHINGTON: Students who survived a mass shooting at their Florida school on Sunday announced plans to march on Washington in a bid to "shame" politicians into reforming laws that make firearms readily available. The "March for Our Lives" will take place on March 24, with sister rallies planned across the country, a group of students told ABC News? "This Week." They pledged to make Wednesday?s slaughter in Parkland, Florida a turning point in America?s deadlocked debate on gun control. Nikolas Cruz, 19, a troubled former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, confessed to killing 17 people with a legally-purchased AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, the latest such atrocity in a country with more than 30,000 gun-related deaths annually. Among the students announcing the march was Emma Gonzalez, who captured worldwide attention with a powerful speech in which she assailed President Donald Trump over the multi-million-dollar support his campaign received from the gun lobby. She vowed Stoneman Douglas school would be "the last mass shooting." On Sunday, Gonzalez, 18, urged politicians to join a conversation about gun control -- citing Trump as well as his fellow Republicans Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Governor Rick Scott. "We want to give them the opportunity to be on the right side of this," she said, as she and her four classmates called on students nationwide to help push the message. White House ?listening session? Gonzalez and other Stoneman Douglas students were scheduled to be part of a nationally televised, prime-time "town hall" event on CNN on Wednesday. Rubio, who has attracted criticism for accepting millions in political help from pro-gun groups, tweeted that he would participate. That same day, Trump will host a "listening session" with high school students and teachers, the White House said in a statement, though it did not specify who would attend. The president met Sunday with top Republican lawmaker Paul Ryan, discussing "the recent tragedy in Parkland, Florida," among other topics. Singling out links between politicians and the powerful National Rifle Association, Stoneman Douglas student Cameron Kasky said any politician "who is taking money from the NRA is responsible for events like this." "This isn?t about the GOP," he said, referring to the Republican Party. "This isn?t about the Democrats." The NRA, a traditional ally of the Republicans who currently control Congress and the White House, defends a literal view of the US Constitution?s 2nd Amendment which promises a right "to keep and bear arms." Even after last October?s killing of 58 people by a gunman in Las Vegas who amassed 47 firearms to commit the worst mass shooting in recent US history, legislators accomplished nothing in the way of tighter controls. Accusing the NRA of "fostering and promoting this gun culture," Kasky said the students seek "a new normal where there?s a badge of shame on any politician who?s accepting money from the NRA." ?They want action? "People keep asking us, what about the Stoneman Douglas shooting is going to be different, because this has happened before and change hasn?t come?" said Kasky. "This is it," he continued. "We are going to be marching together as students begging for our lives." The students did not indicate how many people they expected to join their rallies. But their aims won support from Florida Democratic Congressman Ted Deutch, who said they can make a difference. "After what they saw, the worst things imaginable, they?re not going to just sit back and take it," he told "This Week." "All I?ve heard all week is how frustrated people are with rhetoric. They want action." Florida Republican Congressman Carlos Curbelo, speaking on the same program, said he is working towards bipartisan solutions that could prevent similar tragedies. "There are a lot of Republicans who are prepared to support reasonable, common-sense gun safety laws," he said. Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff said that although Republicans have faced a bigger hurdle in making gun control a priority, "it?s been a challenge in the Democratic Party as well." Speaking on CNN?s "State of the Union," Schiff asked, "How much more of this are we gonna to take? How many more shootings?" Congress has to get "off its backside" to "stare down the NRA and do the right thing," he said. The student survivors? calls for change "should matter," said Mark Kelly, a retired astronaut whose wife, former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, was shot and wounded by a deranged gunman. He said on "Fox News Sunday" that the student activists "are going to vote on this issue probably for the rest of their lives and they?re going to encourage others to do that as well." But conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, speaking on the same show, said neither legislation nor marches are the answer. "It?s not the fault of the NRA," he said, calling for concealed weapons to be allowed in schools. "If we are really serious about protecting the kids, we need a mechanism to be defensive."
  12. PARKLAND: Physically, Nicole Suarez is fine -- but she can´t sleep, and from now on, she´ll be afraid to go to school. Suarez and fellow students heard a "bap, bap, bap" before fleeing back into their classroom and squeezing against the wall to hide as a 19-year-old gunman began unleashing terror at her Florida high school. As shooter Nikolas Cruz carried out a bloody Valentine´s Day rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas in Parkland, a city some 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of Miami, Suarez´s father begged her to text even a single letter, just so he would know she was okay. "There were about 40 kids in there with a teacher on top of a desk; everybody freaking out, calling their parents, calling police," she said. "We could hear the guy outside our door." "One teacher who died, he was in the classroom two doors from us when he got shot." In the morning the school had conducted a fire drill, and the school´s approximately 3,000 students had been told at the beginning of the year that a simulation shooting might be held. So maybe, they thought, it was a test. But shots and fearful cries from students told another story. From her locked-down classroom Suarez texted a chilling message to her parents: "Call the police there is a shooting at the school." "I love you," she added, after warning her parents not to call. ´Please answer me´ Her father replied with a string of texts that went unanswered: "Nicole are you okay?" "Please answer me." "Nicole where are you?" "Please just write me with something to know you´re okay." "Even if it´s just a letter." Her daughter is now safe at home in Coral Springs, a wealthy town near Parkland, but Suarez´s mother Mavy Rubiano recalled the "distressing" wait on Wednesday to hear from her daughter. "You send your child to school sure that she will be protected!" said Rubiano, a 47-year-old of Colombian origin. As her parents waited in anguish, Suarez felt her legs fall asleep, her circulation cut off from squatting as she hid from the heavily armed Cruz. "Obviously you´re going to feel fear," she said. "I´m 15 years old! You would never expect this." When a SWAT team found the group, she was one of the first evacuated. "Do not look. Just keep running -- do not stop running no matter what," an officer told her. But when she got into the hallway, Suarez saw the bodies: "I don´t know if they were alive or dead," she said. "But they looked pretty, like, stone cold to me." Finally, she met her father at a hotel near the school, where authorities had set up a meeting zone for parents and kids. "I didn´t cry the whole time," Suarez said. "Until you see your parents -- it´s a feeling, like, ´ahh.´" "It´s relief but sad," she said. "I didn´t even know whether to cry or to be happy -- because I was out."
  13. The deceased include Constable Zakir, Lance Naik Masood, sepoy Farhanullah, sepoy Shehbaz and sepoy Masood-File Photo QUETTA: Five security personnel were martyred when their vehicle was fired at and then overturned in the Shapak area of Kech district in Balochistan. According to Levies officials, six other personnel were injured in the incident. The deceased include Constable Zakir, Lance Naik Masood, sepoy Farhanullah, sepoy Shehbaz and sepoy Masood. Militancy in the province has claimed the lives of many security forces officials, which routinely come under attack. Six, including four security personnel, martyred in Quetta suicide bombing 17 others injured after bomber targets police truck, just 300 metres from the Balochistan Assembly At least six persons, including four Balochistan Constabulary personnel, were martyred and 17 others injured on January 10 in a suicide bombing near the Balochistan Assembly building in Quetta, police said. The attacker blew himself up close to a police truck near GPO Chowk on Zarghoon Road, located in the provincial capital's high-security Red Zone just 300 metres from the provincial assembly building.
  14. A number of police personnel were killed in gun attack incidents in the provincial capital this year - File KARACHI: A policeman was killed after two assailants on a motorcycle opened fire at him in the city?s Shadman area, police said. According to DSP Shadman Mushtaq Tanoli, the policeman, identified as Naveed, was rushed to the hospital but succumbed to injuries on the way. Naveed was deployed at the Special Branch in the Gadap area. A number of police personnel were killed in gun attacks in the provincial capital this year. Two officials of the traffic police were martyred in the line of duty in Azizabad on August 12. Rescue sources said unidentified attackers opened fire on the official vehicle of the Liaqatabad deputy superintendent of police in Azizabad locality of the city. Traffic DSP, driver martyred in targeted attack in Karachi Unidentified attackers riding a motorcycle opened fire at the traffic official's vehicle in Azizabad On May 21, two police officers were killed and one "seriously injured" in a firing incident near the Dhoraji area, police said. Security officials revealed that a police vehicle was shot at, resulting in the instant deaths of Assistant Sub-Inspector Iftikhar and Head Constable Younus, while another official was injured.
  15. For decades, India has been an example with its strict laws for those countries suffering from increasing gun violence. In a 2016 article by The Washington Post, they stated that an American is 12 times more likely to be killed by a firearm than an Indian, according to an analysis by the group ­IndiaSpend, based on a database collated by Gun Policy, a global gun watch group. But as they say, the grass is always greener on the other side. Indians, just like any other matter are divided on whether the gun laws in the country are fair or not. While no debate can settle which side is superior, this is what we are dealing with until it changes. So let's try to understand the process before choosing sides. © Unsplash The Arms Act of 1959, and the Arms Rules 1962, of India, disallow the deal, fabricate, ownership, procurement, import, export, and transport of guns and ammunition unless under a permit and is a stringent procedure. Civilians with a license are only allowed to buy NPB guns (Non- prohibited bore). Why Do You Need A Gun? India sees only 3 possible reasons for the possession of guns by the citizens: · Self-defense · Sports · Crop protection There is an exception which is for the purpose of a collection, but they are allowed in extremely special cases and are usually the weapons which are inoperative. You have to give a really strong reason for self-defense and must have an FIR filed prior to applying for the license. Women in metros are prioritized if they are experiencing a threat to their life but if it just for the purpose of safety, they are suggested to get taser guns which do not require a license. People who work in security and guarding agencies can also get weapons but can only use them while working and are not allowed to carry them. The rules are stricter for them to get a license. If you are getting a license under the category of sports, then you need to be a full-time sportsperson and can only get guns for target shooting and other games. How To Get A License? © Pexels These are the boxes you need to positively tick before applying for a license: · You are at least 21 years old and a rule-abiding tax paying citizen of the country · Your justification to own a gun is valid · Your mental and physical state is sound Now, you can apply. The application form can be obtained from the District Superintendent of Police of the particular state, or online through the official government websites. On receiving your application, the police will perform a background check to confirm if there are any past records of criminal activity or an ongoing case against you. © Unsplash The police will visit the residential address given by you to confirm your living conditions and inquire amongst your neighbors about your family's attitude towards them and each other. The DCP will also conduct an interview of the person who has applied for the license. After the interview, the DCP sends the reports to both the criminal branch and the National Crime Record Bureau. A few years ago, the Indian Government introduced a safety training program to prepare and train you in properly handling a gun. The DCP holds all the rights to deny you the license since a gun is still not considered a fundamental right for the citizens in India. Even if you obtain a license, it will only be valid in the particular district or state depending on your condition. Licenses which are valid nationally (across all states) are issued in relatively few cases, and that too only upon furnishing a valid reason/need. © Pexels You cannot carry a gun in public places and need to surrender your arms during the election to the nearest police station. A license is only valid for three years after which you have to immediately renew it to continue your possession or surrender your weapon or legally sell it to someone else with a license. © Pexels What Type Of Gun Can You Get? If you are a citizen with a license, you are allowed to get up to three guns on your license of different categories and you need to apply for the same with valid reason. You are strictly not allowed to import guns of any kind in India even though we were the fifth largest military spender in the world in 2016. We have a $55 billion defense budget but none of it is for civilians. Guns available in India can be manufactured only by Indian Ordinance Factory. You can either buy the gun through the arms dealer or if the factory is located at a place where your license is valid, you can pick up your gun directly from the factory. An important thing to notice is that not every factory manufactures all the available arms. You need to check (http://ofb.gov.in/index.php?wh=Purchase&lang=en#subclass0) if your desired arm is available in the particular factory. Arms available through dealers in India are: · 0.32" Pistol · 0.32" Revolver(mk-III, mk-IV, Anmol & Nirbheek) · 0.315" Sporting Rifle · 0.22" Sporting Rifle · 0.22" Revolver · Sporting ammunition of all types · 30-06 Sporting Rifle Image 3 To buy the gun · Apply at Indian Ordnance Factory (OFB) by filling a form (http://ofb.gov.in/index.php?wh=Purchase&lang=en#Forms). · You need to submit a copy of your license. · Two copies of NOC (no objection certificate) one for the factory owner and one copy for Police authorities. · T.J.P. (Temporary Journey Permit) from Police/Licensing Authorities of the place where the factory is located if you are picking up directly from the factory and the factory does not lie in the area allocated to you in the license. · In case your license is valid for all India or for the state where the factory is located, and then NOC & T.J.P. are not required. It takes about two to three months to receive the arms license.
  16. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull looks with Australian Federal Police Commissioner (AFP) Andrew Colvin and Australian Justice Minister Michael Keenan at firearms on display in Sydney SYDNEY: Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said about 51,000 illegal firearms, a fifth of all illegal guns in the country, were surrendered in a three-month amnesty ending on Friday. Turnbull said Australia?s tough gun ownership laws, which ban all semi-automatic rifles and semi-automatic shotguns, severely limit the chances of a Las Vegas style mass shooting. ?The killer there (in Las Vegas) had a collection of semi-automatic weapons which a person in his position would simply not be able to acquire in Australia,? Turnbull told reporters in Sydney. American Stephen Paddock, 64, was armed with multiple assault rifles and opened fired on an outdoor country music festival in Las Vegas from a high-rise hotel window on Sunday, killing 58 people before shooting himself in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The shooting has focused attention on gun ownership rules in the United States. Australia?s tough gun ownership laws were introduced after the massacre of 35 people by a lone gunman at the former prison colony of Port Arthur in the island state of Tasmania in 1996. The country has had no mass shootings since. The three-month amnesty was the first in 20 years in Australia and the weapons collected will be destroyed. Among them were 19th century guns, a homemade machine gun, a rocket launcher and a pistol small enough to fit in the palm of a hand, according to a government statement.
  17. LAS VEGAS: The US gun lobby, which has seldom embraced new firearms-control measures, voiced a readiness on Thursday to restrict a rifle accessory that enabled a Las Vegas gunman to strafe a crowd with bursts of sustained fire as if from an automatic weapon. Police have said the gunman, Stephen Paddock, equipped 12 of his weapons with so-called bump-stock devices that allow semi-automatic rifles to operate as if they were fully automatic machine guns, which are otherwise outlawed in the United States. Authorities said his ability to fire hundreds of rounds per minute over the course of 10 minutes from his perch in a 32nd-floor hotel suite was a major factor in the high casualty count of 58 people killed and hundreds wounded. Paddock, 64, killed himself before police stormed his suite. The carnage on Sunday night across the street from the Mandalay Bay hotel ranked as the bloodiest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, surpassing the 49 people shot to death last year at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The influential National Rifle Association (NRA), which staunchly opposed moves to tighten gun control laws following the Orlando massacre and others, said on Thursday that bump stocks, which remain legal, ?should be subject to additional regulations.? Senior Republicans also signaled they were ready to deal with the sale of bump stocks - an accessory gun control advocates regard as work-arounds to bans on machine-guns. ?Clearly that?s something we need to look into,? House Speaker Paul Ryan told radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt. ?I didn?t even know what they were until this week ... I think we?re quickly coming up to speed with what this is,? Ryan said. The No. 2 Republican senator had called for a review of bump stocks a day earlier. Democrats were already urging new legislation, as the shooting reignited the long-standing U.S. debate over regulation of gun ownership, protected under the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. US Representative Steve Scalise, a member of the Republican House leadership who is himself a victim of gun violence, voiced concern that hasty congressional action to restrict bump stocks could lead to wider limits on ?the rights of gun owners.?
  18. You know who Dan Bilzerian is. Period! The undisputed playboy of the internet made it to the news recently after his close encounter with death at the mass shooting at a music festival in Las Vegas. As reported, 58 people are confirmed to be dead with over 400 plus people injured. The unfortunate incident is being hailed as the biggest and most devastating mass shooting in American history. Bilzerian was also an attendee at the festival, having a great time like everybody else, when the shooting went down. While running for his life, Bilzerian pulled out his phone and put up an Instagram story. Since it was directly from the place of the shooting, it had to become news. And it did! © Twitter Bilzerian also gave a graphic description of the woman he'd seen get shot in the head. He can be heard saying “saw some girl get shot in the face right next to me, her brains f****** hanging out.” Here's the entire IG story. Dan Bilzerian running from the chaotic scene in #LasVegas ð³ð @danbilzerian pic.twitter.com/7N7mr72tmU — WORLDSTARHIPHOP (@WORLDSTAR) October 2, 2017 What's unbelievable here is the fact that Bilzerian can be heard saying that he is heading back to his place to get a gun and fight the shooter. Here's what he exactly said- "So I had to go grab a gun, I'm fucking heading back. So crazy, some kind of mass shooting! Guy had a heavy caliber weapon for sure." Dan Bilzerian grabbed a gun and went back to help, what a guy #LasVegas #LasVegasShooting pic.twitter.com/a9MEhvjM0H — Ara (@LampRefugee) October 2, 2017 In another video, he described grabbing a gun from his vehicle, before adding he had left the scene as there was nothing he could do to help. Now, if you know who Dan Bilzerian is and how trigger happy he is, if he had a weapon on him at during the shooting, he would totally tried his best to kill the shooter. While Bilzerian headed back to grab his glock, a badass dude can be seen in the video throwing up a ‘f**k you sign' towards the shooter and repeatedly flipped him off as gunfire can be heard in the background. Just interviewed Shaun Hoff who was in the 4th row &I recorded this video. Says "we couldn't do anything." A woman was shot 30 ft from him. pic.twitter.com/rRZBeYH9tK — Kyung Lah (@KyungLahCNN) October 2, 2017 Our thoughts and prayers go out the families and friends of those who lost their lives in this act of terrorism.
  19. While most artists left their comments to general messages of sympathy after the assault on a country music festival, Gaga used her social media power to press politicians. Photo: AFP NEW YORK: Lady Gaga urged US leaders Monday to act quickly to tighten gun laws following the carnage in Las Vegas as artists voiced shock at the deadliest shooting in modern US history. While most artists left their comments to general messages of sympathy after the assault on a country music festival, Gaga used her social media power to press politicians. "This is terrorism plain and simple. Terror bares no race, gender or religion. Democrats & Republicans please unite now," the pop star wrote to her more than 71 million followers on Twitter, where her account is the seventh most popular. She took to task the call for prayers by House Speaker Paul Ryan, who like President Donald Trump and most other Republican leaders is a staunch opponent of regulations on guns. "Prayers are important but @SpeakerRyan @realDonaldTrump blood is on the hands of those who have power to legislate. #GunControl act quickly," she wrote. Gaga also invited fans to join her in a live-streamed 20 minutes of silent meditation or prayer "to connect us all through inner peace." Country turned pop superstar Taylor Swift, the fourth most followed person on Twitter, steered clear of politics as she wrote: "There are no words to express the helplessness and sorrow my broken heart feels for the victims in Vegas and their families." Rihanna similarly tweeted:: "Saying a prayer for all the victims & their loved ones, also for the residents & visitors of Las Vegas! This was a horrific act of terror!!" At least 58 people were killed and 500 injured when a heavily armed gunman opened fire from his hotel room onto an open-air country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip. Jason Aldean, who was playing the headlining set when bullets began raining down, called the attack "beyond horrific." "It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night," he wrote on Instagram. Maren Morris, who played the same Route 91 Harvest festival on Saturday, recalled that "we were all singing" the day before the tragedy. "I´m in shock over this. Heartbroken for all those lives taken too soon," she tweeted.
  20. LAHORE: Police killed four alleged dacoits in an encounter in Lahore`s Shadman area in the wee hours of Wednesday. According to sources, Punjab Police received an emergency ?15? phone call made by area security guard, informing that four dacoits broke into a house with intention to rob, in Lahore?s posh area Shadman. Police immediately responded to the complaint and after a heavy exchange of fire, police gunned down all four dacoits. Police said, after receiving the phone call, they effectively responded and cordoned off the surroundings of the house where four dacoits were present. Their appeals made to the bandits to surrender were met with firing in response, in retaliatory fire police managed to kill all the dacoits.
  21. Two Pakistan Navy personnel were martyred and three injured when militants fired on a Navy vehicle in Jiwani city on Monday evening.
  22. KARACHI: Law enforcement officials recovered a machine gun as they dug at an unidentified house in Federal B. Area here late Friday night, Geo News reported. Police, which acted on a confidential tip received earlier, explained the machine gun will be sent for forensic testing, which, according to Superintendent of Police ? Gulberg Bashir Brohi, will help them understand any previous operations the recovered item was used in. While police did surround the bungalow as they carried out the operation, no one was inside, and thus, no arrests were made. However, a search is underway for the house owners, the SP stated. The tip, based on which the raid was initiated, had claimed there were ammunition and weapons and buried around the house, the SP said.
  23. When you think of Tom Cruise, one of the first things that comes to mind is ‘Top Gun’. It’s such a classic and his portrayal of U.S. Naval Aviator Lt. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell is what made Tom Cruise a full-fledged movie star. And, now after 31 years, the sequel is finally here! Well, not quite. But, at least we know the name now. © Paramount Pictures In an interview with Access Hollywood, he finally revealed the title of the recently announced Top Gun sequel: ‘Top Gun: Maverick’, named after his character. One title he refused to have from the beginning? Top Gun 2. “I didn’t want a number,” he said. “You don’t need a number.” Yes, he doesn’t. © Paramount Pictures Look, how excited Val Kilmer is! friends said it's official - #TOPGUN2 was announced today. I'm ready Tom- still got my top gun plaque! Still got the moves! Still got it! A post shared by Val Kilmer (@valkilmerofficial) on May 24, 2017 at 1:53pm PDT As of now, shooting and release dates have yet to be announced, he did tease everyone about the movie in the interview, saying, “Aviators are back, the need for speed. We’re going to have big, fast machines. It’s going to be a competition film, like the first one … but a progression for Maverick.” © Paramount Pictures And, don’t worry, the sequel won’t ruin the original movie, like it usually does, and Cruise reassures audiences that “stylistically, it’s going to be the same” and notes that Harold Faltermeyer will return to write the score. Watch the whole interview here :
  24. Tom Cruise, still feeling the need for speed, said in an interview that a sequel to his 1986 military action film "Top Gun" is "definitely happening." Cruise, currently promoting his latest film "The Mummy," was speaking on the Wednesday edition of Australia's morning TV show "Sunrise" when he was asked by the host if rumors of "Top Gun 2" were true. "It's true, it's true," he said, grinning as he added, "I'm going to start filming it probably in the next year. It's happening." Cruise played the cocky pilot Maverick in "Top Gun," one of the top students in US training camp for elite military fighter pilots and engaged in a bitter rivalry with a fellow pilot played by Val Kilmer. The Paramount Pictures film launched Cruise's career as a global action star and grossed more than $350 million globally, according to film tracker BoxOfficeMojo.com. Representatives for Paramount Pictures declined to comment to Reuters on whether the studio is involved with the sequel. "Top Gun" producer Jerry Bruckheimer tweeted a photo with Cruise last week, captioning it as the 31st anniversary of the opening day of "Top Gun." In January 2016, Bruckheimer teased "Top Gun" fans by tweeting "Just got back from a weekend in New Orleans to see my old friend @TomCruise and discuss a little Top Gun 2."
  25. CAIRO: Unidentified gunmen attacked an Egyptian police convoy near the main ring road around Cairo, killing three officers and wounding five others, the interior ministry said early on Tuesday. "Armed elements riding in two vehicles approached a moving security convoy" around 11:45 pm Monday, the ministry said in a statement. The convoy was crossing a roundabout that intersects with the main ring road that surrounds the capital, separating New Cairo and newer real estate projects from the city. Police returned fire at the attackers' vehicles, which police were pursuing "in an effort to apprehend the perpetrators," the ministry said. While no one claimed responsibility for the attack, Egypt has been fighting an insurgency by a local affiliate of the Daesh in North Sinai province. Hundreds of soldiers and policemen have been killed in the insurgency since the army overthrew president Mohamed Morsi in 2013. Following deadly church bombings last month, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi declared a three-month state of emergency on April 10. Daesh said it was behind the church bombings in Tanta and Alexandria on April 9 that killed 45 people. The military has killed several of the group's top leaders, but the extremists have increasingly expanded their attacks from Sinai to other parts of Egypt, including Cairo.