The founder of gun control advocacy group Moms Demand Action on Friday said the National Rifle Association’s attempts to “militarize” schools by arming teachers are “morally bankrupt.”
“The idea that the NRA militarizing our schools is gonna help is a fallacy because many of these kids or even adults are on a suicide mission, they don’t care if they get killed,” Shannon Watts told SiriusXM host Dean Obeidallah.
Arming teachers, as President Donald Trump and the NRA are now suggesting, is “the most asinine, morally bankrupt idea in the history of ideas,” Watts continued.
“Even police, who are highly-trained, are able to shoot a moving target less than 30 percent of the time,” she said. “And we are somehow gonna turn teachers into sharpshooters? It’s so bizarre, I can’t even believe we’re discussing it.”
After Watts and Obeidallah’s interview aired, an armed Utah teacher accidentally shot herself in the leg in a school bathroom.
— PETER MAER (@petermaer) February 23, 2018
Listen to a clip from Watts’ interview with Obeidallah below:
Trump supporter blames Democrats for being targeted by the president: ‘Why is that racist?’
CNN interviewed a supporter of President Donald Trump in Eau Claire, Wisconsin who refused to acknowledge the racism in the president's "Go Back" attacks on four women of color in Congress.
The network interviewed Kerri Krumenauer of Wiersgalla Plumbing & Heating Company about Trump's attacks.
"How is it racist?" she asked.
"If you don't like this country, get out," she demanded. "Leave!"
She then showed how misinformed she was about the incident.
"He didn't use any names -- they stood up," she falsely claimed. In fact, Trump did use names and the targets did not stand up as they were not at his North Carolina campaign rally.
Here’s how Trump hopes to recreate his 2016 presidential win — and how Democrats can send him packing
Writing for CNN on Saturday, election forecaster Harry Enten explained how President Donald Trump's recent, racist behavior lies in his desire to recreate the same electoral conditions that gave him a victory in 2016 in the presidential election next year.
"The Trump strategy is pretty simple: 1. Drive up the unfavorable ratings of his Democratic rival as he did in 2016 in order to compensate for his own low ratings. 2. Bank on an electoral college/popular vote split as he did in 2016. 3. Use a campaign of racial resentment to drive up turnout even more among groups favorable toward the President," wrote Enten. As he noted, Democrats have excellent odds to flip back Michigan and Pennsylvania, but they will have to work harder to win back any of the other states Trump flipped from the 2012 Obama camp — in particular Wisconsin, which was the closest state after those two.
American, Italian and Russian blast off for ISS
US, Italian and Russian astronauts blasted into space Saturday, headed for the International Space Station, in a launch coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing.
Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, NASA's Andrew Morgan and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency set off on a six-hour journey to the orbiting science lab from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 1628 GMT.
A NASA TV commentator hailed a "textbook launch" minutes after blastoff in "sweltering" weather in Baikonur, where daytime temperatures reached 43 degrees Celsius on Saturday.