Evangelist Billy Graham Has Passed Away At 99
NBC News- Billy Graham, the charismatic North Carolina pastor who took his evangelizing crusades around the country and the globe, died on Wednesday morning, according to officials of his organization. He was 99.
Graham achieved a reach, unlike any other evangelist, serving as a counselor or minister to a dozen U.S. presidents. He preached to an estimated 215 million people in 185 countries around the world during his life, and his message reached millions more as he maintained a near-constant presence on radio, television and the internet.
Graham also wrote more than two dozen books, including his 1997 memoir, “Just as I Am,” which was a New York Times best-seller.
Trump Moves To Ban ‘Bump Stocks’ 4 Months After Las Vegas Shooting
Yahoo News- President Donald Trump announced Tuesday he has signed a memorandum directing Attorney General Jeff Sessions to propose new regulations that would ban devices that can effectively turn legal weapons into machine guns.
The news comes four months after the Las Vegas concert mass shooting, in which the gunman was found to have used ‘bump stocks’ that significantly increased the rate of fire for the multiple assault weapons he used.
Trump said he expects the regulations to be finalized very soon. “The key in all of these efforts, as I said the day after shooting, is that we must not take actions that make us feel like we are making a difference – we must take actions that actually make a difference.”
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, released a statement saying that “legislation is the only answer.”
Fla. School Shooting Survivors March For Tougher Gun Laws
NPR- A week after a gunman killed 17 people at a Florida high school, students who survived the attack are set to bring their #NeverAgain protest movement to the state Capitol to demand action on guns and mental health.
Last Wednesday’s shooting has galvanized students at the high school, who have begun to turn their grief into a call for action. However, it is likely to be an uphill battle to get one of their key demands – an outright ban on assault-style weapons such as the AR-15 that was used by the alleged gunman, who was reportedly a client at mental health facilities and had been expelled from school for disciplinary reasons.
On Wednesday, the students are planning a rally to demand a change in state laws to prevent a repeat of the shooting last week.
“We’re what’s making the change. We’re going to talk to these politicians tomorrow. We’re going to talk to them the day after that. We’re going to keep talking, we’re going to keep pushing until something is done because people are dying and this can’t happen anymore,” said Alfonso Calderon on Tuesday.