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Please send good thoughts.
My brother's friend was the student shot & his teacher.

My brother is at that school & they remain on lockdown.

I'm glad my brother is ok.
But this is frightening knowing it's happening directly to a loved one.

#GunReformNow
My brother's friend & his teacher were taken to the hospital.

I don't know more details.

Helicopters hovering & cops are all over the school.

1 suspect still remains at large.
My mom is 3 blocks down from school waiting for my brother.
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Trump: Day 589
-152nd Day at Trump Golf Club
-195th Day at Trump Property
-Unwelcome 2 John McCain's Funeral
-Ivanka Texting During the Service?
-Policies/Views Come Under Fire
-Makes No Reference 2 John McCain
-Withholding 100k Kavanaugh Docs
-Sz No Necessity 4 Deal with Canada
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Day 694 since Donald Trump admitted to sexual assault — yet he’s still in the Oval Office
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Day 546 of NO EVIDENCE produced by Trump that his phones were tapped by Obama.

The FISA warrant Trump referenced targeted Carter Page. #TrumpLies
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I'm really torn about sharing this, but Americans need to hear this.

The audio is disturbing.

This is the Twitch feed while the Jacksonville shooting occurred.

We need #GunReformNow.

We shouldn't live in a country that allows terror to continue like this.
These are the sounds of war.

I have heard it and this audio brought me right back.

We can't let this continue.
Very few things give me vivid "flashbacks" but that audio did.
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1/17
It's been 5 months since the #Parkland massacre. On the 14th of the month I've been tweeting each of the portraits I drew.
Remembering #AlyssaAlhadeff.
A star soccer player. A devoted friend. One of the youngest to die.
14 yrs old.
I'm still here. She's not. I remember. RIP Line drawing of young woman. Text: Alyssa Alhadeff 14 years old
2/17
"He was a very funny kid, outgoing and sometimes really quiet," wrote Miguel Duque, about his baby brother #MartinDuque.
What a disgrace for our country that students are murdered in school.
Remembering Martin, 5 months after his death.
#EnoughIsEnough
#RoadToChange Line drawing of young man in baseball cap. Text: Martin Duque 14 years old Stoneman Douglas HS
3/17
#CaraLoughran
Cara means "friend" in #Irish.
Cara's funeral was held on her 15th birthday.
Her father came here from Ireland to pursue the American dream.

Heartbreaking.
#msdstrong #SchoolShooting Line drawing of young woman, smiling. <br />
Text: Cara Loughran <br />
14 years old <br />
Went to school <br />
Came home dead
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Trump: Day 533
124th Day at a Trump Golf Club
167th Day at a Trump Property
-NK Calls US Attitude "Regrettable"
-Lawyers Call Comey "Machiavellian"
-EPA Withholding Cancerous Report
-Tariffs Threaten Lobster Industry
-Lord Mayor of Sheffield Bans Trump
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Day 638 since Donald Trump admitted to sexual assault — yet he’s still in the Oval Office
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Day 490 of NO EVIDENCE produced by Trump that his phones were tapped by Obama. #fakenews #TrumpLies
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Our country desperately needs #GunReformNow. It’s proven that states with stricter gun laws have far less death by firearm. Read this. We need to discuss what specifically needs to be done to reduce the death toll. #Enough nytimes.com/interactive/20…
For the record, I do not think we need to ban all guns, or repeal 2A. We can pass effective and sensible #GunReform without being extreme.
But it is clear that more firearm laws equals less death by firearms. Those of us that are advocating for #GunReform need to get on the same page, be sending the same message. So let’s come up with some aspects that we can all agree on.
scientificamerican.com/article/more-g…
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Statistically, mentally ill people are more likely to be victims of violence than commit violence. To reduce gun violence, we must address availability of #guns & complex cultural issues. We can't focus on the molehill when the mountain's right there. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/P…
We also unfairly overburden psychiatric professionals by making them responsible & accountable for preventing gun crime. Gun violence still disproportionately harms communities of color, & our failure to invest in social and physical infrastructure perpetuates the cycle.
Our most common psychiatric diagnoses (depressive, anxiety, & attention-deficit disordres) have no correlation w/violence. While I agree w/having trained mental health professionals in schools, that won't stop gun violence. We must change our culture. #NeverAgain #GunReformNow
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I want to throw out a couple of thoughts I have about the mis-use of the term 'progressive' as a euphemism for 'liberal'. I've addressed this in public talks before but never put them to written media and would like feedback.
During the run up to the Iraq war and later, during #Occupy, I always considered myself a liberal, since that was the derisive term used by Rush, Hannity and others that I fundamentally disagreed with. It was a label I wore with pride.
I'm not sure exactly when "progressive" entered my lexicon - it was probably during the @BernieSanders campaign, and it seemed like every "liberal" politician was using the word to describe their positions.
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Woke up to tragic news of another shooting in the US. The shooter left an AR-15 at the scene, 4 dead.

How many more will die before #GunReform is passed? These WMD are way too easy to obtain.

The time for #ThoughtsandPrayers is over.

We the people Demand #GunReformNow
2/It’s NOT fallacy: our peer counties that’ve enacted #GunLaws do NOT have shootings like the US.

Military grade weapons do not belong in the hands of civilians. A shooting occurs in this country on average every 60 hours.

This is an Epidemic.

I am an American Citizen and a registered voter!

I hereby pledge to never vote for a candidate who accepts money from the NRA.

I will only vote for a NRA rated F candidate.

#EarnThatF
#NRABloodMoney
#VoteForOurLives

Fin/
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🚨ATTN La! TODAY 3/26 at 1 pm the Senate Judiciary Comm will take up SB 406, to arm TEACHERS, PARENTS, RETIRED MILITARY to "secure schools"! #MarchForOurLives @Indivisible337 @BRindivisible @IndivisibleNO @Indivisible_DR @LaDemos @PSNBatonRouge legis.la.gov/legis/agenda.a…
Tell La Senate Judiciary members Vote NO! Don't allow MORE guns at La schools! How do you regulate? When did they last get training? What if parent angry w/kid's classmate? NO NO NO! @DanClaitor @ReginaBarrow @TROYSEE @SenYvonne
See full list of La Senate Committee members here: Tell them Vote NO TODAY .....Not to allow MORE guns at La schools! senate.la.gov/JudiciaryC/Ass…
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Yesterday, #COTD @BenMcAdams rode your #BlueWave2018🌊 from 7.6k followers to 8430! ❤️ Great job, y'all!

This #SaturdayMorning, we are doing a special #COTD to support #MarchForOurLives

We asked #BWCS endorsed candidates where they stand on #GunReform

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#AMJoy
.@PiattPatti's son died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"Watching others lose a child and knowing what they feel brings it all back. I don't have a problem with responsible gun ownership, but there is nothing responsible about owning an AR-15."
#MarchForOurLives
#AMJoy
#KY04
"If we want teachers to have to ability to make offensive measures, why not non-lethal weapons? It's terrible that we would have to, but if we do, that route should not be firearms." -@TomPrigg2018
#MarchForOurLives
#AMJoy
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Republican leaders have agreed to include a provision in the government funding package clarifying that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is not barred from conducting gun violence research under a 1996 amendment. But not repeal the so-called Dickey Amendment .
So it's a partial victory. The CDC needs a clear mandate to research specific factors that target #giunviolence prevention, appropriations, and a "timed report back to congress with findings" to see the change that is needed. #gunreform #Enough @meganranney
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Another school shooting in the US today. It’s tragic, it’s horrible & escalating in our gun culture.

I💚Math. An int’l language, it makes sense to me when the rest of the world doesn’t. Especially when it comes to numbers & statistics on guns in the US

everytownresearch.org/gun-violence-b…
Statistically, in the US a shooting incident takes place every 60 hours. We are down to hours in between shootings. Not days, weeks, months or years. It’s HOURS.

Every day in the US, 96 people die from gun violence & 222 people are shot but survive.

➡️ bradycampaign.org/key-gun-violen…
Australia, had 4 mass shootings between 1987–1996. After 1996, It took Parliament just 12 days to pass stricter gun laws. They haven’t had a mass shooting since. It’s been 34 days since Parkland.

The US needs to follow their lead.
Here’s how they did it
👉cnn.com/2015/06/19/wor…
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Gun zealots argue guns are needed for for self-defense and cite to stats showing high use of guns in self-defense.

This is a myth. 5 sets of studies show that guns are more likely to be MISUSED and thereby present an extreme danger to people's safety.

A thread.
1. Gun zealots paint an idealistic picture of a gun owner using a gun heroically against home intruders.

That is NOT what happens in many cases of so called "self-defense."
Studies show that "most purported self-defense gun uses are gun uses in ESCALATING ARGUMENTS, and are both socially undesirable and illegal."

Imagine the scene. Men are drunk, arguing, and armed. Things get out of a hand, one person shoots the other, calls it self-defense.
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1/ Understanding gun laws: The #DefaultProceed or "Charleston Loophole"

The #NRA killed Brady Bill's provision buyers complete full background check before getting the gun. With NRAs "instant" background check system, if FBI can't complete review within 3 days, you get the gun! ‪Understanding gun laws: The #DefaultProceed‬<br />
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‪Did you know the #NRA killed the Brady Bill's provision buyers complete a full background check before getting the gun? With the NRAs
2/ Understanding gun laws: "Gun show loophole"

Only licensed sellers have to run a background check. Per federal law, private sellers do not. Only 9 states and DC require background checks on private sales of all types of guns. #GunReformNow #MarchForOurLives
3/ Understanding gun laws: CAP Laws (Child Access Protection)

In 2015 & 2016, more toddlers killed Americans than terrorists. Kids accessed parents' guns & pulled the trigger, killing themselves or family. 21 states have no CAP laws to prosecute negligent parents.

#GunReformNow ‪3/ Understanding gun laws: CAP Laws (Child Access Protection)‬<br />
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‪In 2015 & 2016, more toddlers killed Americans than terrorists. Kids accessed parents' guns & pulled the trigger, killing themselves or family. 21 states have no CAP laws to prosecute negligent parents.‬<br />
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‪#GunReformNow‬‪3/ Understanding gun laws: CAP Laws (Child Access Protection)‬<br />
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‪In 2015 & 2016, more toddlers killed Americans than terrorists. Kids accessed parents' guns & pulled the trigger, killing themselves or family. 21 states have no CAP laws to prosecute negligent parents.‬<br />
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‪#GunReformNow‬‪3/ Understanding gun laws: CAP Laws (Child Access Protection)‬<br />
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‪In 2015 & 2016, more toddlers killed Americans than terrorists. Kids accessed parents' guns & pulled the trigger, killing themselves or family. 21 states have no CAP laws to prosecute negligent parents.‬<br />
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‪#GunReformNow‬‪3/ Understanding gun laws: CAP Laws (Child Access Protection)‬<br />
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‪In 2015 & 2016, more toddlers killed Americans than terrorists. Kids accessed parents' guns & pulled the trigger, killing themselves or family. 21 states have no CAP laws to prosecute negligent parents.‬<br />
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I just wrote a letter to my congressmen using Democracy.io
It's interesting that the Democrat had the choice of using #GunControl for a topic.
For the two Republicans who pretend to represent me, I had to use #education as #GunReform wasn't an option.
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1. My letter started with:
Even Justice Scalia agreed that the 2nd Amendment does not extend to military weapons in the hands of civilians. More guns in schools just means more shootings and more deaths.

#NoGunsInSchools
2. I continued with:
For this reason, should it come to pass that guns will be put in schools, I will tender my resignation as a public school teacher in the state of Florida. A teacher in Parkland gave his life protecting his students.
#WeChoose
#NeverAgain
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My thread for gun-ownership and -safety reform. Link to a comprehensive plan at the bottom...
Establish age, mental-health, and registration prerequisites to ownership: Set minimum ownership age to 21 for all weapons except shotguns, which can be purchased at 18. All owners must pass ATF-designed mental-health exam with a locally-designated physician prior to purchase.
For handgun ownership, this must be repeatedly yearly. All owners of handguns must register ownership annually and meet all prerequisites at the time of registration. All sellers must register as dealers annually.
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Sooo... CNN released poll data a few hours ago that is pretty damn remarkable, and it's worth noting the highlights.

First: in just 4 months, Americans favoring "stricter gun control laws" has sharply risen: 52% to a whopping 70%. That's astounding.

#GunReformNow #BoycottNRA
2. This is the first time in more than 20 years of this particular polling question that a plurality of Americans have an unfavorable view of @NRA.
3. Moreover, of the mere 26% of Americans who oppose "stricter gun controls", nearly half of those (12%) only "moderately oppose" them. Only 14% of Americans have a "strong" opposition to gun control.
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The #NRA is a powerful functioning arms industry #lobby masquerading as a 501(c)4 #nonprofit membership organization, claiming to educate the public about the interests of its members. Here’s why we need to stop this lie and strip it of nonprofit status:
If you do the math, with 5 million members x $40 annual dues, the #NRA should have an annual budget of about $200 million dollars as a membership organization.
However, the NRA'S total budget was over $400 million in 2016 because more than half of its budget comes from individual and corporate contributions and selling advertising in publications and events.
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Every School Shooting & their Casualties (THREAD):

US School Shooting #1}

The earliest known US school shooting - July 26, 1764
Present-Day Greencastle, PA

4 shooters entered a schoolhouse where they shot & killed the schoolmaster & killed 10 children. Only 2 kids survived.
US School Shootings #2)

Nov. 2, 1853 Louisville, KY
A student, Matthew Ward, bought a self-cocking pistol in the morning, went to school and killed Schoolmaster Mr. Butler in front of his classmates for excessively punishing his brother the day before.
USA School Shootings #3)

March 9, 1873 Salisbury, MD
After school, a teacher was walking with four small children. She was approached by a Mr. Hall and shot. The Schoolmaster ran out, but she was dead instantly. Hall threw himself in front of a train.
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Remington to file bankruptcy.
Sturm Ruger cut 700 jobs last year..
Gun sales dropped over $600 million in 2017.

World's largest asset manager BlackRock puts gunmakers on notice after #Parkland school shooting: no more business as usual
#BoycottNRA
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And just in: insurer Chubb says will stop underwriting NRA insurance for gun owners
(h/t @MichaelSkolnik) #BoycottNRA
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.@LifeLock owner @Symantec and insurer @MetLife end ties with the NRA,
#BoycottNRA
bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
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JOIN US: We are calling for a nationwide
#VoteThemOut of these politicians who has took donations from the @NRA.

In this THREAD is a comprehensive list.

We have the power for change. Who will be joining us?
Alabama:
Rep. Robert Aderholt (R) $44,749
Rep. Mike Rogers (R) $30,850
Sen. Richard Shelby (R) $21,350
Rep. Martha Roby (R) $8,000
Rep. Mo Brooks (R) $5,000
Rep. Bradley Byrne (R) $5,000
Rep. Gary Plamer (R) $5,000

#VoteThemAllOut
Alaska:
Rep. Don Young (R) $62,600
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) $18,900

#VoteThemAllOut
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There are 30,000 gun related deaths per year by firearms, & this number is not disputed. U.S. population 324,059,091 as of Wednesday, June 22, 2016. Do the math: 0.000000925% of the pop dies from gun-related actions each year.
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Statistically speaking, this is insignificant! What is never told, however, is a breakdown of those 30,000 deaths, to put them in perspective as compared to other causes of death:

#GunReformNow
• 65% of those deaths are by suicide which would never be prevented by gun laws
• 15% are by law enforcement in the line of duty and justified
• 17% are through criminal activity, gang and drug-related or mentally ill persons– gun violence
• 3% are accidental discharge deaths
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While we were watching the horror of the #ParklandShooting unfold, #AZLeg House Judiciary Comm's GOP members passed HB2535, @kevinpayneLD21's bill that'd PROHIBIT all child welfare agencies from adopting or enforcing any rule or policy related to possession or storage of a gun.
In the same breath, Rep. Payne declares that the AZ Department of Child Safety's "primary purpose is to protect children" and that DCS should not maintain the ability to protect children from firearms. These seem like ideas completely at odds w each other, no?
Because we know that, during the first six months of 2017, for example, minors died from accidental shootings at a pace of one every other day, with the majority of the shootings occurring in the home. usatoday.com/story/news/201…
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