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Daily News Digest – February 16, 2018

Good morning and Happy Friday! This is your Daily News Digest for February 16. 

1. Talking about guns

  • The school shooting in Florida has a lot of folks talking about guns again. These are the names and faces of those who were murdered by a psychopath Wednesday.
  • “Do something” is the oft-repeated mantra to Congress and the president.
  • But, do what, exactly? It’s not an easy question.
  • What law can stop premeditated, carefully-planned acts of mass murder?

Loaded for bear at school and church?

No easy fixes

  • Gun rights / gun control is right up there with abortion as the most divisive political issue in the country.
  • Gun control advocates want new laws and regulations they claim can help prevent these acts. Gun rights advocates remind us that the 2nd Amendment is pretty darn clear.
  • As David French points out in National Review, “15 of the 20 worst mass shootings in U.S. history have occurred since the Columbine school shooting in 1999. The five worst have all occurred since 2007, and three of those five were in 2016 and 2017. It’s horrifying, and governmental solutions are hard to find.”
  • Despite Twitter’s best efforts, it is unlikely that we will see any new gun laws enacted. BUT, we could see an increased effort to enforce existing laws and regulations.
  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions had this to say
  • “It’s not good if we’ve got gun laws that say criminals can’t carry guns that never get enforced…
  • “…an effective enforcement of our gun laws, focusing on criminals and dangerous people, mentally ill people that have been, where we have legal ability to do so, can reduce violence in our communities and improve public safety.”
  • Let’s hope so.

2. Hammon sentenced

3. Business briefs 


MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Contributors Brian McVeigh and Dave Sutton:  Civil forfeiture is essential to fighting crime.

THE MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Bill would raise minimum population requirement for new school districts.

YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – Doug Jones: Trump infrastructure plan a ‘non-starter,’ Would hurt people in north Alabama.

AL.COM – AG Jeff Sessions: ‘We’ve got to confront the problem’ of school shootings.

AL.COM – Talladega High student found with gun in backpack.

AL.COM – Fairhope Middle School student in custody after bringing a gun to school, police say.

AL.COM – Former Alabama House majority leader sentenced to 3 months in prison.

AL.COM – California businessman asks, ‘Why can’t we be more like Alabama?’

AL.COM – Drought conditions improve across Alabama.

AL.COM – Alabama lawmakers skeptical of arming teachers, but look to make schools safer.

AL.COM – Alabama exported record $21.7 billion in goods in 2017.

AL.COM – Columnist Cameron Smith:  A Congress held captive by its own MAD doctrine.

BIRMINGHAM WATCH – Federal Appeals Court Denies Gardendale’s Breakaway From Jefferson County Schools; City Board Says “Fight is Not Over”

ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER – Columnist Joey Kennedy:  Shots fired. We do not care.

DECATUR DAILY – Trump proposal to privatize TVA transmission lines gets pushback.

FLORENCE TIMES DAILY – The Times Daily:  ‘Time … for Congress to shed its cowardly cover’.

TUSCALOOSA NEWS – House approves church ‘Stand your Ground’ law.

TUSCALOOSA NEWS – The Tuscaloosa News:  Freedom of speech is often a messy exercise.

ANNISTON STAR – Decades of mass shootings makes training for educators a necessity.

ANNISTON STAR – House candidate: background checks, waiting period for guns needed.

ANNISTON STAR – Editor Phillip Tutor: In gun-loving America, this is who we are.

DOTHAN EAGLE – Democratic gubernatorial candidates meet and greet in Dale County.

WASHINGTON POST – FBI’s near-brush with suspect in Florida school shooting draws scrutiny.

WASHINGTON POST – Obama ran out of words on mass shootings. Trump has struggled to find them.

WASHINGTON POST – Contributor Joe Scarborough:  Republicans’ indifference to the massacres of innocents will lead to their ruin.

WASHINGTON POST – Immigration bills fail in Congress, leaving ‘dreamers’ in limbo.

NEW YORK TIMES – Frustration Grows as Congress Shows Inability to Pass Even Modest Gun Measures

NEW YORK TIMES – A Mother Weeps for Her Angel: ‘I Hope She Didn’t Die for Nothing’

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