Parkland survivor David Hogg ominously predicted that America would be struck by a tragic shooting today
Just one day before a shooter entered Santa Fe High School in Texas and killed 10, a survivor of another recent school shooting made a statement that now sounds like a foreboding premonition.
David Hogg, a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student who survived the deadly shooting there in February, spoke at the Education Writers Association's national seminar Thursday.
"We shouldn't be living in an America where we learn to accept these things and they continue to happen," said Hogg of gun violence in schools. "It's terrifying to me because right now, what keeps me up at night is thinking that there's somebody alive right now that will not be alive at this time tomorrow."
Since the February shooting at his school in Parkland, Florida, Hogg has entered the national spotlight to advocate for stronger gun laws to prevent future violence. He appeared on the panel alongside other activists: Emma González, a fellow Parkland student; Alex King, who lost a nephew to gun violence; and Jackson Mittleman, who survived the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
In Hogg's hypothetical prediction, he said that the person killed within the next day likely had "never even thought about gun violence. But everybody around them will have to for the rest of their lives." Watch the full seminar at Education Week. Summer Meza
A man was arrested in Miami after he entered the Trump National Doral Miami resort on Friday and began shooting at police officers, the Miami Herald reported.
The suspect, Jonathan Oddi, reportedly entered the resort lobby in the early hours of Friday morning and took a U.S. flag down before shooting at the ceiling and chandelier with a handgun. He was yelling "anti-President Trump rhetoric," police said, and fired at police when they entered the lobby. None of the five officers were shot, but Oddi suffered multiple gunshot wounds to his legs as police "neutralized" him.
Oddi is in custody, and police have not yet identified a motive. Officials say he seemed to lure officers toward him, setting off a fire alarm to alert law enforcement. Read more at the Miami Herald. Summer Meza
Students are back in the streets protesting gun violence for the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting
Thousands of students are expected to walk out of their classrooms in protest of gun violence Friday, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre that left 13 people dead in 1999. It is the second major national school walkout in response to gun violence since a shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school earlier this year.
Walkouts are planned at 2,000 schools around the nation, with at least one in every U.S. state, The New York Times reports. The demonstrations also include 13 seconds of silence, for each of the Columbine victims, or 19 minutes, for the years passed since the shooting:
Students in Tampa, Florida walk out of class as part of more than 2,000 events nationwide aiming to pressure lawmakers over gun reform. https://t.co/3aibt03fs5 #NationalSchoolWalkout pic.twitter.com/6UytoVWwR0
— ABC News (@ABC) April 20, 2018
— Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) April 20, 2018
— ABC News (@ABC) April 20, 2018
#NOW: Students from Niskayuna High School walked out and made their way to the town hall next door for a rally. A bus of Schenctady students will join them. #NationalSchoolWalkout pic.twitter.com/xXmZoQaodg
— Leanne DeRosa (@CBS6Leanne) April 20, 2018
Walkouts will continue across the country Friday beginning at 10 a.m. local time. Jeva Lange
The White House on Sunday unveiled policy proposals it says will make schools safer, in response to the mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school last month that left 17 people dead.
The Trump administration is backing a bipartisan bill designed to improve effectiveness of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, and also the STOP School Violence Act, which would authorize grants to launch violence prevention training for teachers and students. Officials said the administration will also work on "rigorous" firearms training for "specially qualified" school personnel, audit the FBI tip line, and better integrate mental health programs.
Trump is also establishing a Federal Commission on School Safety to be chaired by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos; it will be tasked with coming up with solutions to end gun violence in schools. "We are committed to working quickly because there's no time to waste," DeVos said Sunday evening. The White House did not mention raising the age of purchasing a rifle like the AR-15 used in Parkland from 18 to 21, something Trump was open to after the shooting. Catherine Garcia
The family of the man who invented the AR-15 assault rifle has spoken out to say the weapon was never intended to be in civilians' hands. "Our father, Eugene Stoner, designed the AR-15 and subsequent M-16 as a military weapon to give our soldiers an advantage over the AK-47. He died long before any mass shootings occurred. But, we do think he would have been horrified and sickened as anyone, if not more by these events," the family told NBC News.
While the National Rifle Association has dubbed the AR-15 "America's rifle," the weapon has also been the gun of choice for mass shooters, including the killer in the Orlando nightclub. It was also used in the massacres in Newtown, Connecticut, Aurora, Colorado, and San Bernardino, California.
Eugene Stoner was focused on creating a military rifle with the AR-15; although he was an avid "sportsman, hunter, and skeet shooter," he never even owned an AR-15, much less kept one around for hunting or personal defense, the family said. Only after his death in 1997 and the expiration of the Assault Weapons Ban in 2004 did the gun become popular with civilians.
While the members of the Stoner family wanted to be kept anonymous, you can learn more about the AR-15, below. Jeva Lange
It was a violent Memorial Day weekend in Chicago, with four people killed and at least 53 wounded in shootings across the city.
The murder victims include a 25-year-old man who was shot while sitting in a parked car in front of his mother's house; a 27-year-old man shot while sitting in a car with his fiancée (she grabbed a gun and fired warning shots in the air, and was charged with a felony); a 25-year-old man shot by a man he was arguing with inside a gas station; and Veronica Lopez, a 15-year-old who was shot and killed while riding in a car with two older men police say are known gang members. Her mother, Diana Mercado, told the Chicago Tribune she planned to move with her daughter to Florida in a year because of the violence, but "now they took my baby."
At least 60 people have been shot and killed so far this month, and shootings are up more than 50 percent this year. Police say the violence can be attributed to gangs, too many guns, and weak gun law enforcement, the Tribune reports. Although eight fewer people were killed this year compared to last Memorial Day weekend, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the department will "never say it's good until we can go an entire Memorial Day weekend without a single shot being fired." Catherine Garcia
The mother of James Holmes, the gunman who fatally shot 12 people and injured 70 others in an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater in 2012, spoke out about the incident for the first time Friday. In an interview with KGTV San Diego, Arlene Holmes said she thinks often about the victims, who were attending a midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises.
"They're on my mind every day. It's the first thought when I wake up in the morning. I'm very cognizant of how bad this all was, and I'm praying for their healing: mentally, physically, emotionally," Holmes said. "I can't erase the day but I wish I could. The way that I want to honor their injuries and their distress is to try and help prevent something this bad from happening again."
A friend of alleged Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof pleaded guilty Friday to lying to federal officials and withholding information about the attack. Joey Meek faces up to eight years in prison and $500,000 in fines, The New York Times reports.
He agreed to testify against Roof, who is accused of fatally shooting nine black people in a Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in June. Roof had claimed to have been planning the attack more than six months in advance, Meek said.