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Florida’s machine gun theme park gives kids a chance to shoot real bullets at fantasy threats

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A new tourist attraction in Florida will allow children as young as 13 to fire live ammunition at fake zombies and Wild West gunslingers.

Machine Gun America, a 13,000-square-foot theme park, opens this weekend across from Kissimmee’s nostalgic Old Town attraction.

It’s not a shooting range, so guests are not permitted to bring their own firearms, but the attraction will offer military-grade training simulators involving up to four guests at a time.

Guests will also be able to imagine themselves as crime fighters, international spies, and special operations troops in the theme park’s shooter simulations.

Teens will be permitted to take part with a parent’s permission, but all guests must be accompanied by a trained range safety officer.

“I’ve had a lot of children fire with me before, and I’m always prepared because I am the one the whole time who is holding the firearm,” said Natasha Schweitzer, one of those range safety officers.

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General Manager Bruce Nierenberg said no guests at Machine Gun America are permitted to shoot by themselves or control a weapon without a range safety officer participating alongside.

A 9-year-old girl accidentally shot and killed her shooting instructor in August at an Arizona roadside attraction that allowed guests – including children – to fire automatic weaponry.

The girl was unable to control the recoil action on an Uzi she was shooting, and a bullet struck 39-year-old Charles Vacca as he stood alongside her.

Machine Gun America expects to draw at least 70 percent of its visitors from the Orlando area’s heavy convention market, and the average age of those tourists is 45 years old.

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“It’s romanticizing our freedom and our history,” Nierenberg said. “I mean, it’s part of American life. That’s how we gained our freedom.”

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New York Times admits they ‘downplayed’ the rape allegation against Trump

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On Monday, The New York Times issued a mea culpa for the nature of their coverage of the allegation by advice columnist E. Jean Carroll that President Donald Trump raped her in a department store in the 1990s.

"After an article last week reported the advice columnist E. Jean Carroll's rape allegations against President Trump, some readers accused The Times of downplaying the story," wrote staff editor Laura Takenaga. "Many have written to ask us why we didn't give the allegations more attention on our website and in print ... Some questioned whether the lack of prominence showed too much deference to the president's denials, or whether it even suggested misogyny or an unwillingness to believe a victim's account."

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LGBTQ pride ‘forces’ people to accept ‘a perverted and non-biblical view of sexuality’: West Virginia Republican

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West Virginia state Sen. Mike Azinger penned an angry op-ed for the Parkersburg News and Sentinel, scorning the idea of LGBTQ acceptance and warning that it is a massive plot to indoctrinate people against Christian values.

"Tolerance, in the face of the violation of the commandments of God, is no virtue at all," said Azinger, a manager of a contracting firm with a master's degree in pastoral theology. He ripped into the local newspaper for covering an LGBTQ pride event the previous Saturday, thundering that, "Sexual deviancy is going mainstream."

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Christian university president quits after massive backlash over inviting Mike Pence

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Vice President Mike Pence's role in toxic administrations caused such a backlash that a Christian university is now searching for a new president.

"Taylor University President Paul Lowell Haines has resigned from the nondenominational Christian university a month after hosting Vice President Mike Pence as commencement speaker," Religious News Service reported Monday.

Students and alumni had protested the invitation.

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