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THE SOUNDS OF GUNFIRE RINGING THROUGH HER SOUTHEAST D.C. NEIGHBORHOOD HAD ALWAYS KEPT NETA VAUGHT AWAY FROM FIREARMS. TO HER, GUNS SYMBOLIZED THE VIOLENCE THAT THE MOTHER OF THREE WORKED SO HARD TO SHIELD HER FAMILY FROM CONTINUED SHOOTINGS THAT KEPT HER FROM GIVING HER TWO TEENAGERS THE CHILDHOOD SHE WANTED. BUT AFTER WITNESSING THE NATIONAL TEMPERATURE RISE OVER THE PAST FEW MONTHS, BETWEEN THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND ONGOING PROTESTS AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY, VAUGHT FELT SHE NEEDED TO RECONSIDER HER SELF-DEFENSE OPTIONS. “AS A SINGLE MOM, I DON’T FEEL AS PROTECTED ANYMORE, AND I WANT TO BE ABLE TO PROTECT MY CHILDREN,” VAUGHT SAID. GUN-CONTROL GROUP EVERYTOWN FOR GUN SAFETY WILL BE SPENDING $1.6 MILLION ON POLITICAL ADS ACROSS, RADIO, INTERNET AND MAILERS THIS WEEK TARGETING REPUBLICANS IN LEGISLATIVE RACES IN AN ATTEMPT TO FLIP THE STATE’S LEGISLATURE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 60 YEARS. EARLIER THIS YEAR, THE GROUP ANNOUNCED IT WOULD BE SPENDING $5 MILLION ON ARIZONA RACES, AND NEXT WEEK’S SPENDING SIGNALS THE START OF THE GROUP’S EFFORTS IN THE STATE. SHOOTINGS IN PORTLAND, OREGON, NEARLY TRIPLED OVER THE SUMMER AFTER MAYOR TED WHEELER DISBANDED THE CITY’S POLICE GUN CRIMES UNIT, ACCORDING TO NEW POLICE DATA. THE CITY RECORDED 223 SHOOTINGS IN JULY AND AUGUST, UP FROM 77 OVER THE SAME PERIOD IN 2019. AND A LITTLE MORE THAN HALFWAY THROUGH SEPTEMBER THE CITY ALREADY HAD 64 SHOOTINGS, OR DOUBLE THE SHOOTINGS FROM THE SAME MONTH LAST YEAR. ON MONDAY THE FEDERAL JUSTICE DEPARTMENT DECLARED PORTLAND AND TWO OTHER CITIES, SEATTLE AND NEW YORK, TO BE “ANARCHY JURISDICTIONS.”AT VIRTUALLY EVERY STOP ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL, PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP HAS SOUGHT TO STRIKE AN EMOTIONAL CHORD IN AUDIENCES WITH A FAMILIAR WARNING. "SLEEPY JOE IS GONNA TAKE YOUR GUNS AWAY," TRUMP DECLARED AT A RALLY IN MINNESOTA ON FRIDAY NIGHT, DISPARAGING HIS POLITICAL RIVAL AND DEMOCRATIC EFFORTS TO TIGHTEN FIREARM CONTROLS. THE DEATH OF SUPREME COURT ASSOCIATE JUSTICE RUTH BADER GINSBURG HAS INJECTED FRESH URGENCY INTO TRUMP’S RHETORIC AND ONE OF AMERICA’S MOST DIVISIVE STRUGGLES. AN INTERNAL REVIEW IS UNDERWAY INTO HOW A COWTOWN GUN FIGHTER WAS HURT IN AN ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING OVER THE WEEKEND. SEVERAL GUNFIGHTERS WERE SHOOTING AT EACH OTHER DURING A HISTORIC RE-ENACTMENT GUNFIGHT AT WICHITA'S OLD COWTOWN MUSEUM FRIDAY, SEPT. 18. THE PARTICIPANTS WERE USING REAL FIREARMS, BUT THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO BE LOADED WITH BLANK BULLETS. THE SCENE CHANGED FROM ACTING TO REAL LIFE JUST AFTER 9 P.M., WHEN ONE OF THE GUNFIGHTERS WAS SHOT. THE 24-YEAR-OLD MAN WAS TAKEN TO A HOSPITAL IN SERIOUS CONDITION, AND HE IS EXPECTED TO SURVIVE.

VA – GUN SAFETY – Every door to be replaced at Amherst Co. schools to provide more safety (VIDEO)

Amherst County schools are replacing every door in each school to provide more safety. The current doors in Amherst Elementary allow someone with bad intentions to knock out a pane, reach in and open the door. The new doors will be much more difficult to break down if outside threats arise. “People can easily get into a classroom if they want to get in we put a door with a higher safety rating as well as it makes it harder for someone who is trying to get into a room with ill intent,” said Dr. William Wells, the Amherst County Public Schools Assistant Superintendent. Every teacher will have a specific key to their classroom and doors will be to be locked from the inside. Amherst County Schools also added another layer of safety earlier in the school year. Every school now has vestibules or areas at school entrances that direct all visitors into a main office area to get clearance from staff before they get access to the school. “Our whole purpose of this is to control access, get the visitors into the office to be seen in the office first and if there’s a reason for them to go into the school, that’s fine,” Assistant Superintendent William Wells said. “We just wanted to make sure we know who’s in our building.” Construction began after the Thanksgiving break. Wells says the final touches should be completed by June. Students and faculty should not be impacted by construction.  [full article]

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