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Trump Condemns Florida Officer Who Didn’t Act; Sticks by Plan to Arm Teachers

“I’d rather have somebody that loves their students and wants to protect their students than somebody standing outside that doesn’t know anybody, and doesn’t know the students, and frankly, for whatever reason, decided not to go in even though he heard lots of shots being fired inside,” Mr. Trump said, referring to Mr. Peterson. He said the officer “was not a credit to law enforcement.”Speaking of the gunman in Parkland, Mr. Trump added that if his idea had been in place, “a teacher would have shot the hell out of him before he knew what happened.”It was the third time in three days that Mr. Trump, who has vowed to take swift action after the latest school shooting, has championed the idea of transforming schools into fortified zones where educators would secretly be carrying weapons to guard against attacks.Mr. Trump is under pressure to embrace stiffer gun restrictions, including a ban on assault weapons and limits on high-capacity ammunition, despite vehement N.R.A. opposition. The president has instead seized on the idea of loosening gun laws to protect schools.“Why do we protect our airports and our banks, our government buildings, but not our schools?” Mr. […]

Defying N.R.A., Florida Lawmakers Back Raising Age Limits on Assault Rifles

Mr. Scott, House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Senate President Joe Negron also said they would push to ban “bump stocks,” which enable semiautomatic rifles to fire faster; require more safety and mental health training for school personnel; and establish processes for the authorities to better share information about potential at-risk students and security threats.Newsletter Sign UpContinue reading the main storyGet the Morning Briefing by EmailWhat you need to know to start your day, delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday.Thank you for subscribing.An error has occurred. Please try again later.You are already subscribed to this email.View all New York Times newsletters.In all, the governor asked lawmakers for $500 million for mental health and school safety programs, including requiring at least one armed police officer for every 1,000 students at public schools.“If funding this means we won’t be able to cut taxes this year, so be it,” Mr. Scott said.All three proposals — from the governor, House speaker and Senate president — would give the police more power to use Florida’s Baker Act to keep weapons away from people with mental health problems.“I want to make it virtually impossible for anyone who has mental issues to use a gun,” Mr. […]

Parents and Students Plead With Trump: ‘How Many Children Have to Get Shot?’

Mr. Trump used the event to pitch his own ideas about how to prevent such debacles in the future, polling the group about whether they supported allowing teachers and other school employees to carry concealed weapons, an idea he said could have halted the carnage in Parkland.“That coach was very brave, saved a lot of lives, I suspect,” Mr. Trump said, apparently referring to Aaron Feis, a coach at Stoneman Douglas who reportedly died using his body as a shield to protect students. “But if he had a firearm, he wouldn’t have had to run, he would have shot and that would have been the end of it.”VideoTrump Suggests Giving Teachers GunsAt a listening session with grieving parents and school-shooting victims, including students from Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, President Trump suggested teachers should be allowed to carry firearms.By WHITEHOUSE.GOV on Publish Date February 21, 2018.Photo by Tom Brenner/The New York Times.Watch in Times Video »embed Mr. Trump said he would press to strengthen background checks for people buying guns and press for enhanced mental health measures. “We’re going to go very strongly into age — age of purchase,” he added, appearing to refer to a proposal to set an age threshold for buying certain weapons, including the AR-15.But in a session that began as a subdued conversation and sometimes descended into tears and shouting, policy proposals were overshadowed by raw expressions of fear, anger and sorrow.“We’re here because my daughter has no voice — she was murdered last week, and she was taken from us, shot nine times,” said Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow was one of the 17 killed in Parkland. “How many schools, how many children have to get shot? It stops here, with this administration and me, because I’m not going to sleep until it’s fixed.”Most of the students and parents invited from the Florida school appeared to support Mr […]

N.R.A. Chief, Wayne LaPierre, Offers Fierce Defense of 2nd Amendment

Mr. LaPierre’s pugnacious appearance appeared to signal a tactical shift for the N.R.A., which had officially remained mostly quiet in the week after the Florida shooting, even as a movement of young people, including survivors of the massacre, made emotional pleas for gun control. The organization typically uses the first few days after an episode of mass gun violence to lie low before it comes out hard in opposition to any new gun control measures.“The N.R.A. will not only speak out,” he said, “we will speak out louder and we will speak out stronger than ever before.”Mr. LaPierre, who for around three decades has been the N.R.A.’s public face of unwavering resistance to tighter restrictions on guns, used his speech to play to the fear and mistrust that many on the right have toward government.He raised the specter of mass gun confiscation. He accused federal agencies like the Justice Department of weaponizing their power to punish political enemies. He warned darkly that “our country will be changed forever” at the hands of socialist conspirators.“History proves it. Every time in every nation in which this political disease rises to power, its citizens are repressed, their freedoms are destroyed and their firearms are banned and confiscated,” he said, reading slowly and deliberately from his prepared text.Mr […]

New York Today: New York Today: Our City’s Rosa Parks

Weather.init(); }()); You knew it wouldn’t last. Our balmy weather is gone. Today will be cold, gray and wet. Expect rain, mostly after 9 a.m., and temperatures to fall to 39 by sunset. In the News • As the temperature hit a record high by noon, the Bryant Park ice skating rink in Midtown was covered in puddles, but skaters were undeterred. [New York Times] Photo The temperature reached 78 degrees in Manhattan. Credit Julia Gillard for The New York Times • A federal judge rejected bail for the former charter schoolteacher who was arrested last week for what the authorities called a bomb-making effort with his twin brother. [New York Times] • Seventeen people were indicted in a scheme to dominate the city’s towing industry, which prosecutors said defrauded insurers out of millions of dollars. [New York Times] • Representative Claudia Tenney, a Republican from Central New York, is being criticized after remarking that many mass murderers “end up being Democrats.” [New York Times] Continue reading the main story • JPMorgan Chase announced that it planned to tear down its Park Avenue headquarters and build a bigger, sleeker building in an effort to take advantage of new zoning laws. […]

Marco Rubio, Ivanka Trump, Ice Hockey: Your Thursday Briefing

#briefing-market-module.interactive-embedded .interactive-caption { display: none; } Market Snapshot View Full Overview Smarter Living Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life. Continue reading the main story • “Natural” sounds great on a food label, but it doesn’t always mean what you think. • Want to get away? Here are 10 affordable European trips. • Recipe of the day: Pasta with bacon, cheese, lemon and pine nuts satisfies many tastes. Noteworthy • Americans win hockey gold The U.S. women beat Canada today in a shootout, 3-2, to capture their first Olympic gold in ice hockey in 20 years. The two countries have dominated the event since women’s hockey was introduced at the Games in 1998. On the slopes, Mikaela Shiffrin won silver in the Alpine combined event; Lindsey Vonn finished without a medal. […]

Asia and Australia Edition: Billy Graham, Gun Control, North Korea: Your Thursday Briefing

#briefing-market-module.interactive-embedded .interactive-caption { display: none; } Market Snapshot View Full Overview In the News Photo Credit David Moir/European Pressphoto Agency • Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia meets President Trump in Washington tomorrow. The two leaders are said to have become closer after an infamous first phone call. Issues to discuss include trade, immigration and China. [The New York Times] Continue reading the main story • In Myanmar, a bomb exploded at a bank in the often lawless city of Lashio, in northern Shan State, killing at least two people and wounding 22 others. The area is rife with ethnic tensions and drug smuggling. [The New York Times] • A journalist has been jailed for months in Indian-controlled Kashmir as a terrorist. The authorities’ evidence: His work has focused on explosive antigovernment protests and militant activity, rather than government developmental projects or the inaugurations of hospitals, schools or bridges. [The New York Times] • A top adviser to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel was accused of seeking to bribe a judge into dropping an investigation of Mr. Netanyahu’s wife. […]