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Betsy DeVos Planning to Allow Schools to Use Federal Funds to Buy Guns

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Betsy DeVos is working on a plan that would, for the first time in history, allow schools to use federal funds to buy guns, according to a report in The New York Times late Wednesday. The Education Secretary was tasked by the President with putting together a commission to protect schools from gun violence after the massacre at Florida’s Parkland High School.

DeVos is examining an Obama-era program of grants that is designed to “provide all students with access to a well-rounded education,” “improve school conditions for student learning,” and “improve the use of technology in order to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy for all students,” according to the Dept. of Education’s website.

But because Congress did not specifically block the Student Support and Academic Enrichment grants from being used to purchase firearms, DeVos believes she can use her discretion to order those funds be allowed to be used to buy guns, and to fund firearms training.

In essence, DeVos would be using federal funds to subsidize firearms manufacturers and the gun lobby.

DeVos’ school safety task force has produced no tangible results. The Education Secretary revealed months after forming her commission that it would not be examining the role of guns in school gun violence.

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Kids on Grade School Cheerleading Team Asked to Sell Assault Rifle Raffle Tickets – or Pay $100 ‘Opt-Out Fee’

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Members of a New Richmond, Ohio elementary school cheerleading team were forced to sell $10 raffle tickets for an AM-15 optic ready assault rifle or pay a $100 “opt-out fee,” CNN reports. One mother of a 7-year old who joined the Junior Lions Cheer Team spoke out in opposition.

“This is absurd, you’re having elementary kids sell your AR-15. Why?” Heather Chilton told CNN affiliate WXIX. “I highly doubt that something would happen with the gun, but say it did. Say one of the kids in the high school got a hold of it — got the AR-15 or AM-15 and shot up a school with it, and I’m the one that sold the raffle ticket to his dad?”

“I can’t see them selling some type of semi-automatic rifle when we have all these mass shootings going on, going door to door,” Chilton added.

She says she was sent an email “saying that all the members of the cheer team would be required to sell five AM-15 raffle tickets and five gift basket raffle tickets for $10 each to help raise money for the football and cheer programs.”

New Richmond Junior Lions Football president Robert Wooten says the organization has been doing this for four years.

He says the children “are not obligated” to sell the raffle tickets, but “We do suggest it.”

“We recommend it just because the money we receive is obviously needed for us to continue to provide sports for our community.”

Wooten says the group will consider changes next year.

On August 5 TIME reported 62 people have been killed in mass shootings just this year.

“Mass violence threats – at least 30 in 18 states – have surged since El Paso, Dayton,” USA Today reported Thursday.

Here’s a report on the assault rifle raffle from WLTW:

 

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1st Grader Picked Up and Pointed Loaded Gun at Fellow Student – Gun Is Part of Program to Prevent School Shootings

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Gun Belonged to School Official Who Is Also Student’s Grandmother

A Morrow County, Ohio first grade student was able to pick up and point a loaded gun at a fellow student, saying, “Put your hands behind your back your [sic] arrested,” according to The Columbus Dispatch. The gun was left unattended, possibly for as long as 30 minutes and belongs to Vicky Nelson, the first grade student’s grandmother who is also the school district’s transportation director.

Nelson was allowed to have the gun on school property as part of a Highland Local Schools concealed carry program designed to protect students from potential gun violence or school shootings, by arming select officials.

The student who had the gun pointed at him is the son of the school district’s assistant transportation director.

“He pointed it at her and said ‘Put your hands behind your back your [sic] arrested,’” Christine Scaffidi, the assistant transportation director, told schools Superintendent Dan Freund in an email.

Superintendent Freund is under fire for neglecting to mention the gun was left unattended for up to half an hour, and that Nelson had not only gone to the restroom but driven to another school while the gun was left unattended.

“I’m assuming that the child picked up the gun from behind the desk and had been holding it,” Freund had originally reported.

Now he says he had forgotten about the additional details.

“It wasn’t an attempt to lie or cover up anything,” Freund said. “I’m 70 years old. I forgot about (the emails). Do I get it right all the time? No. Maybe the school board wants to fire me.”

Nelson has been removed from the concealed carry program, “was eventually suspended for three days without pay,” and apologized.

 

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‘ArmyOfChrist’: FBI Arrests 18 Year Old for Threatening a Massacre. He Had 10,000 Rounds of Ammo, 25 Guns, and a Machete

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He called himself “ArmyOfChrist” and used an avatar that looked like a medieval crusader. The FBI arrested the 18-year old Ohio man, Justin Olsen, “for allegedly threatening to assault a federal law enforcement officer. He’s accused of making the threats on a meme website where he also allegedly discussed shooting Planned Parenthood locations, citing multiple mass murders involving far-right extremists,” the Daily Beast reports.

The home he shared with his father was searched by the FBI last Wednesday.

The federal agents found “a trove of weapons, including 300 rounds of ammunition on a staircase, another 10,000 rounds in a bedroom, 15 rifles including AR-15 style rifles, and 10 semi-automatic pistols, and a machete in Olsen’s car. A search warrant reveals authorities searched Olsen’s property for ‘hate related literature.'”

Among the weapons were AR-15-style rifles and shotguns.

Cleveland.com adds that Olsen allegedly wrote, “shoot every federal agent on sight.”

Citing an affidavit, the NY Post reports Olsen “also suggested” that users of a meme-sharing app “‘stock up’ on guns that federal authorities may one day ban, and expressed his support for Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, saying that the domestic terrorist, who was executed in 2001, was proof that ‘armed resistance is a viable method of political change.'”

He claims his comments were “only a joke.”

Federal authorities are reportedly scrambling to confront what appears to be a massive outbreak of potential domestic terrorism, often motivated by right wing white supremacism.

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