Feb 19, 2018

Grieving students take charge of gun debate

Student Angelia Lazo on Sunday near Stoneman Douglas High School, Photo: Mark Wilson / Getty

"After the terror, still wiping the tears, the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School resolve that their classmates’ deaths will lead to change," per the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel:

  • "The teens plan a trip to Tallahassee this week to lobby legislators for gun control. They are organizing a March in Washington, D.C., on March 24."
  • "They are appearing on national TV to question why the country’s leaders have not done something to end the violence."
  • "As the teens gathered Sunday at North Community Park in Parkland, ... the picnic tables under the gazebo became their makeshift headquarters."

Why it matters: "After mass school shootings at Columbine High School, Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook Elementary School, parents and activists urged changes to gun control policy. This time, high school students are taking the lead."

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The Third Police Precinct burns in Minneapolis on Thursday night. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Demonstrators demanding justice burned a Minneapolis police station and took control of the streets around it last night, heaving wood onto the flames, kicking down poles with surveillance cameras and torching surrounding stores.

What's happening: The crowd was protesting the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man whose life was snuffed out Tuesday by a white Minneapolis police officer who kneeled on his neck for about eight minutes.

Minneapolis mayor to Trump: “Weakness is pointing your finger” during a crisis

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey fired back at President Trump on Friday, after the president accused the mayor of weak leadership amid violence sparked by the killing of an unarmed black man by a white police officer.

Driving the news: Trump made his accusations in a pair of tweets early Friday, saying he would bring the national guard into Minneapolis if Frey couldn't “bring the City under control.” 

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