CONSERVATIVE DOTARD DEVELOPS USELESS SOLUTION FOR SCHOOL SHOOTINGS: In the wake of a shooting in Florida that left 17 high school students dead, a North Carolina legislator is encouraging people to report suspicious behavior – even if it means defying what he called the “PC police.” State Sen. Ronald Rabin, a Republican from Harnett County, is worried some people won’t report suspicious behavior because they’re afraid of being seen as insensitive, he said in a Facebook post and interview Monday. "All Must call! The problem is that the politically correct police make it a “no-no” to say anything that may hurt feelings or offend anyone in any way,” Rabin posted. He continued: “Folks be alert, watch and report. Law enforcement react. This is the best deterrent to these acts of violence. Do not let the unidentified, ubiquitous PC Police interfere with stopping these heinous acts.”
MARCIA MOREY DEVELOPS REAL SOLUTION FOR AVERTING GUN VIOLENCE: A lawmaker and former judge wants to add North Carolina to the small number of states where a judge can order that firearms temporarily be taken from people deemed to be threats to the public. Rep. Marcia Morey, D-Durham, said she plans to file legislation to create a gun violence restraining order in the state when the General Assembly reconvenes in May. Under her proposal, if the judge agrees with the petitioner, firearms are taken away from the person for up to 10 days, when a hearing would be held for the person to defend himself or herself against the allegation. After that hearing, if the judge still finds the person to be a threat, all of his or her guns would be held for a year, and he or she would be barred from buying other firearms during that time.
PARKLAND STUDENTS HEAD TO FLORIDA STATE CAPITOL TO PUSH FOR NEW GUN LAWS: A hundred Stoneman Douglas High School students are busing 400 miles to Florida's capital Tuesday to urge lawmakers to act to prevent a repeat of the massacre that killed 17 students and faculty last week. The students plan to hold a rally Wednesday in hopes that it will put pressure on the state's Republican-controlled Legislature to consider a sweeping package of gun-control laws, something some GOP lawmakers said Monday they would consider. Shortly after the shooting, several legislative leaders were taken on a tour of the school to see the damage firsthand and they appeared shaken afterward. "I really think they are going to hear us out," said Chris Grady, a 19-year-old senior who is going on the trip. He said he hopes the trip will lead to some "commonsense laws like rigorous background checks."
MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS ANGERED BY TRUMP'S RHETORIC FOLLOWING SHOOTING: Frustration is mounting in the medical community as the Trump administration again points to mental illness in response to yet another mass shooting. "The concept that mental illness is a precursor to violent behavior is nonsense," said Dr. Louis Kraus, forensic psychiatry chief at Chicago's Rush University Medical College. "The vast majority of gun violence is not attributable to mental illness." The American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics and four other medical associations issued a joint statement Friday urging comprehensive action by Trump and Congress, including labeling gun violence a national public health epidemic. The groups' recommendations include limits on high-powered, rapid-fire weapons designed to kill and funding gun violence research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to the CDC, there were about 38,000 U.S. gun deaths in 2016, slightly more than the number of people who died in car crashes.
STUDENTS TO MARCH TO CAPITOL IN RALEIGH TODAY AT 5PM TO DEMAND ACTION ON GUN VIOLENCE: Students demanding gun safety laws will march down Hillsborough Street to the state Capitol on Tuesday. Pullen Memorial Baptist Church is sponsoring the march in response to the Florida high school shooting last week that left 17 people dead. The march will begin at the church on Hillsborough Street at 5 p.m with a remembrance of the 14 students and three adults who lost their lives. A former student used a AR-15 assault rifle in his rampage through the high school in Parkland, Florida. About 1,000 people are expected to march from Pullen to the state Capitol, said Bryan Lee, minister to youth and their families at Pullen. “Now we’re dealing with the voices who are impacted the most, and these are the students,” Lee said. “I think this is going to be a very powerful message that is going to be sent to our legislators.”