Trump Suggest Arming Teachers As Solution To Increase School Safety

Trump Holds Listening Session With Students And Teachers On Mass Shootings

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After listening to emotional stories and requests to increase school safety on Wednesday, President Donald Trump brought up the idea of arming teachers and school staff.

If you had a teacher who was adept with the firearm, they could end the attack very quickly,” he said, stating that schools could arm up to 20% of their teachers to stop “maniacs” who may try and attack them.

“This would be obviously only for people who were very adept at handling a gun, and it would be, it’s called concealed carry, where a teacher would have a concealed gun on them. They’d go for special training and they would be there and you would no longer have a gun-free zone,” Trump said. “Gun-free zone to a maniac — because they’re all cowards — a gun-free zone is ‘let’s go in and let’s attack because bullets aren’t coming back at us.’ “

Philly DA Larry Krasner Will Not Call For Cash Bail In Certain Crimes

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On Wednesday, Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner said that prosecutors would no longer call for cash bail for persons accused of some non-violent felonies and misdemeanors. This is a notable shift in policy that could possibly have a wide-ranging impact on Philadelphia’s criminal justice system.

While speaking at a news conference, Krasner said,“It is time for us as a criminal justice system to do better.”

New Pa. Congressional District Map Could Be Challenged By Common Cause, NAACP On Civil Rights Grounds

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Source: Robert Daly / Getty Common Cause helped bring down Pennsylvania’s old congressional district map. Now, in a twist, the good-government group might undo the new map that replaced it.

Micah Sims, executive director of Common Cause Pennsylvania, said his organization and the state NAACP are considering filing suit in federal court to challenge the new map imposed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court this week.

He said it may violate the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which banned obstacles to voting by minorities.

Under Pennsylvania’s former 2011 map, drawn by Republicans, nonwhites make up a majority of residents in two Philadelphia-based congressional districts. In the new map, people of color appear to be the majority in only one district, he said.

“In general, I think the new map is a really big win for democracy in Pennsylvania,” Sims said. “However, we want to make sure that it is not disenfranchising voters, particularly in Philadelphia.”