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NRA says answer to school violence is more guns in schools listen

12/21/12 wire services including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The National Rifle Association broke its silence today on last week's shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school that left 26 children and staff dead. The nation's largest gun-rights lobby called for armed police officers to be posted in every American school to stop the next killer waiting in the wings.

"I call on Congress today to act immediately, to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every school — and to do it now, to make sure that blanket of...


NRA's answer to gun violence is more guns listen

12/21/12 Lisa Marzilli
Last Call Friday
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On today's Last Call we heard an excerpt from a press conference called by the National Rifle Association in response to last Friday's tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary. The nation's most powerful gun rights group has been eerily silent up until now following the shooting spree by 20 yr. old Adam Lanza that ended the lives of 20 young children and 7 adults.

Other than a short statement promising “meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again” we’ve heard nothing...

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President Obama promises swift action to deal with "epidemic" of gun deaths in the U.S. listen

12/19/12 AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Spurred by a horrific elementary school shooting, President Barack Obama vowed Wednesday to send Congress new policy proposals for reducing gun violence by January.

The president, who exerted little political capital on gun control despite a series of mass shootings in his first term, bristled at suggestions that he had been silent on the issue during his first four years in office. But he acknowledged that Friday's deadly shooting had been a wake-up call.

The president's announcement W...

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Mass shooting at CT school rekindles push to stop gun violence listen

12/14/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A man opened fire Friday inside the Connecticut elementary school where his mother worked as a teacher, killing 26 people, including 20 children.

In a statement to news media, President Barack Obama said,

"As a country we have been through this too many times. Whether it's an elementary school in Newton, or a shopping mall in Oregon or a temple in Wisconsin or a movie theater in Aurora or a street corner in Chicago, these neighborhoods are our neighborhoods and these children are our ...

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Community hopes to replace "stand your ground" law with Trayvon Martin Law listen

04/20/12 Atecia Robinson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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On Thursday afternoon more than 100 people rallied a t a church in Tampa supporting the family of Trayvon Martin. Martin's parents were at the Beulah Baptist Church but didn't speak.

Many people called for a reassessment of the “stand your ground law” that allows a person being threatened to use deadly force, rather than retreat.

In the meeting organize...

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Participants in Tampa rally for Trayvon Martin talk about how they would change Florida's gun laws listen

03/26/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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An unarmed teenager was killed in Sanford a month ago today, but the shooter has not been arrested; it has set off a national debate about criminal justice and gun laws. On Saturday, about 1,000 people marched through Tampa’s Al Lopez Park to support justice in the case of Trayvon Martin.

Many in the crowd chanted, held signs and wore hooded sweatshirts similar to what Martin was wearing when he was shot. The alleged shooter, George Zimmerman, was not charged because he claimed self-def...


Open Phones to Discuss Florida's Stand Your Ground Law and the Killing of Trayvon Martin

03/23/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Today we'll open the phone lines and take your phone calls. We can talk about whatever is on your mind including Florida's Stand Your Ground law and the tragic killing of Trayvon Martin in Sanford.


State Rep. Rick Kriseman announces bill to repeal Florida law forbidding doctors from asking about guns listen

09/13/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Update to this story: on Wednesday (September 14) a federal judge found Florida's law forbidding doctors from talking about guns with their patients to be an unconstitutional infringement on the free speech rights of both doctors and patients.

State Representative Rick Kriseman introduced a bill that would repeal a law that forbids physicians from discussing gun safety with patients. House Bill 1405 is intended to give...

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