First-graders may soon be able to enroll in a NRA sponsored gun class as a result of a public safety bill signed into law by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) on Friday.
The measure requires school personnel to participate in at least eight hours of an “Active Shooter and Intruder Response Training” program conducted by law enforcement officials and allows schools to apply for financial grants for the NRA’s Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program.
The NRA claims that the course, which features colorful cartoon character named Eddie Eagle, teaches children about gun safety. But research has failed to link the program to a reduction in children’s deaths from guns, with some studies showing that while “children could memorize Eddie’s simple advice about avoiding guns,” the instruction “went unheeded when children were put in real-life scenarios and asked to role-play a response.” Another report labeled Eddie Eagle “Joe Camel with feathers”…
“I think that this is an atrocity,” Rev. Al Sharpton said on MSNBC shortly after the verdict was announced. ”I think that it is probably one of the worst situations that I’ve seen. What this jury has done is establish a precedent, that if you are young and fit a certain profile, you can be committing no crime, just bringing some Skittles and iced tea home to your brother, and be killed, and someone can claim self-defense having been exposed with all kinds of lies, all kinds of inconsistencies.”
“This is a slap in the face to those that believe in justice in this country,” Sharpton added later.
Editor’s note: George Zimmerman has sued NBC Universal for defamation. The company strongly denies the allegation. [Full Quote]
Did you catch MEET THE PRESS yesterday? Host, David Gregory, had excellent questions (as usual) for Senator Harry Reid and Senator Mitch McConnell. However, David did not hold McConnell’s feet to the fire and press him to answer the questions asked. It was missed opportunity that greatly disappoints the American people. Mitch McConnell must be made to own up to his hypocrisy. Every bone in body is disingenuous! Following Mitch’s interview David spoke with a panel and spoke candidly about Republican obstruction. Distraction? —GoodOleWoody
Reid reportedly also began that caucus meeting Thursday “by apologizing to his colleagues for cutting bipartisan deals to avert the nuclear option, including at the beginning of this year.”
But the siren song of a deal is always there, and Reid needs to resist it. He needs to remember—and remind his caucus continually—that they’ve been down that road too many times already, and it doesn’t work. He needs to fight any attempt in his caucus to splinter off into some “gang” that promises it will be different this time, really.
It’s time for Reid to finally do this. It’s time for him to force Republicans to either let the Senate function again, or lose their power to block the president’s nominees. Tell him so. [QUOTE]