Feb 21, 2018

Trump on ending gun violence: "We're going to get it done"

President Trump hosted a listening session on Wednesday with students and parents affected by gun violence across the country. He advocated for teachers to have a concealed carry license, as well as proper training, to keep guns on them while at school to prevent future shootings from happening.

"If you had a teacher who is adept at firearms you very well could end it very quickly."
— Trump on preventing future school shootings
Trump's solutions
  • Trump added that Nikolas Cruz, the student who killed 17 other students at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, "is a sick guy and he should've been nabbed many times."
  • He advocated for more background checks and a focus on mental health institutes, in addition to arming teachers saying if there were armed personnel inside the school, shooters "wouldn't go into the school to start off with, I think that very well could solve your problem."
  • "Two minutes after this meeting we're going to start working," Trump said. "It's not going to be talk like it has been in the past ... we're going to get it done."
  • Axios' Jonathan Swan reported earlier Wednesday that Trump has been saying privately he supports increasing the minimum age to buy guns like the one used in Parkland to 21.

Secretary of Education Betsy Devos was in attendance as well and told the crowd that their "loss and trauma must never be in vain."

Go deeper: Students, parents and educators made emotional remarks about their experiences with gun violence and offered solutions to the president as well.

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Inside hackers' pivot to medical espionage

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

A wave of cyber-spying around COVID-19 medical research is once more demonstrating the perils of treating cybersecurity as a separate, walled-off realm.

Driving the news: U.S. officials recently announced an uptick in Chinese-government affiliated hackers targeting medical research and other facilities in the United States for data on a potential COVID-19 cure or effective treatments to combat the virus. Additionally, “more than a dozen countries have redeployed military and intelligence hackers to glean whatever they can about other nations’ virus responses,” reports the New York Times.

The downsides of remote work

Data: Reproduced from Prudential/Morning Consult "Pulse of the American Worker Survey"; Chart: Axios Visuals

The coronavirus pandemic has forced a large-scale experiment in working from home. It has gone well enough that many companies are expanding their remote work expectations for the foreseeable future, and remote employees want to continue to work that way.

Yes, but: The downsides of remote work — less casual interaction with colleagues, an over-reliance on Zoom, lack of in-person collaboration and longer hours — could over time diminish the short-term gains.

Hong Kong's economic future hangs in the balance

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

As Beijing forces a sweeping national security law on Hong Kong, the once semi-autonomous city's status as one of Asia's largest financial hubs is at risk.

Why it matters: Political freedoms and strong rule of law helped make Hong Kong a thriving center for international banking and finance. But China's leaders may be betting that top firms in Hong Kong will trade some political freedoms for the economic prosperity Beijing can offer.