Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. A muscular white man in his mid-40s with a buzz cut and a tight black shirt is barking directions at the crowd: “When you hear the whistle, we’re going to line up against the yellow line on the ground. We’re practicing stance, draw, aim…Stance, draw, aim…” He demonstrates leveling his feet, pulling a pistol from his side holster, and pointing it forward with arms extended and elbows locked. His gun is aimed at a large rectangular target with a life-size photograph of a young white man in sunglasses menacingly pointing a gun. Today is the second day of a free, three-day class offered by the Buckeye Firearms Association, an Ohio-based gun rights organization. The attendees are mostly public school teachers and employees. There is a red-headed superintendent from a school district in northeastern Ohio, a couple in their late 20s who both teach physical education just outside Toledo, a … [Read more...] about A Firsthand Look at Teachers Training to Pack Heat
A group with the hard-to-acronym name of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America protested at Target's downtown HQ this week, part of a larger effort to persuade the retailer to forbid "Open Carry." Some guys in Texas have been going into Target stores carrying their rifles, as local law permits. They also carried them into fast-food restaurants. Some Second Amendment supporters approve. Some think it's not particularly persuasive. I'm just wondering when a rifle would come in handy at Target. Some possibilities: 1. You're short. You need to get that 12-pack of Scott tissue on the top shelf, but it's on the back of the shelf, and there's no one around to help. Bad: Use the gun to order someone to get it down for you. Good: Holding the stock of the rifle, use the barrel to knock over the bale of bathroom tissue, and then — if the gun has a sight at the end — snag the plastic and pull it toward you. Or, get a team member's attention, either by waving, or firing some … [Read more...] about Lileks: Staying out of the bullseye: Packing heat at Target
Tariffs? No, make deals on imports President Donald Trump is making a major mistake by putting tariffs on foreign goods [“Firm on tariffs,” News, March 5]. The United States cannot return to a protectionist economy. Many consumers are outside the United States. Free trade opens those markets to American companies. Instead of imposing tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, Trump should have negotiated adjustments to the imports. Jobs will be lost if other nations close their markets to U.S. goods. Also, consumers here will pay more because of the tariffs. Globalization is not the problem for the American worker. New technology and productivity result in a greater percentage of job losses in the United States. America should wake up to the need to adjust to the global economy. William Lemmey,Astoria SBU Foundation has scrupulous oversight As a Stony Brook Foundation board member, I was outraged to read the Feb. 28 news story “Stony Brook hit in SUNY funds … [Read more...] about Letters: Not in favor of teachers packing heat
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Do you want teachers packing heat in your kids' classrooms? In the aftermath of the Florida school shooting, Trump and his fellow Republicans are pushing a foolhardy idea to arm teachers. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. 14 Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Mike Thompson, Detroit Free Press Published 6:12 p.m. ET Feb. 27, 2018 | Updated 6:21 p.m. ET Feb. 27, 2018 Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Mike Thompson's cartoon gallery Fullscreen Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Buy Photo Michigan Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette gets a visitor. Mike Thompson/Detroit Free Press … [Read more...] about Do you want teachers packing heat in your kids’ classrooms?
Antonio Orozco, an ordained minister of 30 years, is at peace preparing Texas teachers to carry out violence to stop violence. "I have no qualms about using firearms to defend a life of a child or another person," the 67-year-old grandfather from Houston said. "It goes contradictory to what I'm doing, but the facts on the ground dictate to take action." Debate over arming teachers is raging anew in Texas and across America following the murder of 17 students at a Parkland, Fla., high school, bringing the total to at least 21 killed in school shootings in the first 56 days of 2018. President Donald Trump continued Friday to hard-sell the necessity for "gun-adept teachers and coaches" to carry concealed firearms on their campuses and in their classrooms. Rightly so, Orazco said, then pausing for a moment when asked the one question that remains unanswerable: Will a teacher confronted by a killer carrying an AR-15 — maybe a former student or current one, someone they know, someone … [Read more...] about Teachers packing heat: It’s one thing to carry a gun. It’s another to pull the trigger