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Defying N.R.A., Florida Lawmakers Back Raising Age Limits on Assault Rifles

NY Times - 2 hours 7 min ago
The state’s governor and Republican leaders proposed on Friday the most significant move toward gun control in Florida in decades.

Deputies were outside school when police arrived, sources say

CNN - 2 hours 7 min ago
When Coral Springs police officers arrived at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on February 14 in the midst of the school shooting crisis, many officers were surprised to find not only that Broward County Sheriff's Deputy Scot Peterson, the armed school resource officer, had not entered the building, but that three other Broward County Sheriff's deputies were also outside the school and had not entered, Coral Springs sources tell CNN. The deputies had their pistols drawn and were behind their vehicles, the sources said, and not one of them had gone into the school.

Canada’s Curling Is Crumbling! Or Something Like That.

NY Times - 2 hours 10 min ago
Here’s the stone cold truth: Canada’s men’s and women’s teams both ended up without an Olympic medal, an unthinkable development for a nation so dominant in the sport.

Teacher walkout closes state's public schools

CNN - 2 hours 10 min ago
Public schools across West Virginia will remain closed through Monday as teachers and other school employees hit the picket lines, demanding higher wages and better benefits.

Survey: 54% of gun owners don’t store them safely

Futurity.org - 2 hours 15 min ago

More than half of US gun owners participating in a new survey reported not safely storing all their firearms.

The survey of 1,444 US gun owners, believed to be the first nationally representative sample in 15 years to examine storage practices, found that 54 percent did not store all their guns in a way considered safe.

“Many bring guns into their homes for self-defense, but unsecured guns can lead to unintentional shootings, suicides, and tragic cases of troubled teens using guns…”

The internet-based survey, fielded in 2016, defined safe storage as placement in a locked gun safe, cabinet, or case, or on a locked gun rack, or storage with a trigger lock or other lock. This definition tracks research showing these practices reduce the risk of unauthorized access or use.

“Household gun ownership can increase the risk of homicides, suicides, and unintentional shootings in the home, but practicing safe storage for all guns reduces these risks,” says lead study author Cassandra Crifasi of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Gun Policy and Research. “The survey findings indicate a real public health emergency.”

The survey found that children under 18 lived in about one-third of gun owners’ homes. Gun owners were 44 percent more likely to report safely storing all their firearms if they had a child under 18 at home: Slightly more than half, or 55 percent, of gun owners with children under 18 reported storing all of their guns safely.

Respondents were also asked about factors that influenced their gun storage practices. Concerns about home defense was selected by 43 percent, a gun safety course by 35 percent, and family discussions by 30 percent.

In 2016, the most recent year with complete data, there were 1,637 firearm deaths among children under 18; 39 percent of these deaths were suicides. States with laws that require gun owners to ensure children do not gain unauthorized access to firearms report fewer firearm suicides among adolescents. Studies have also shown a decreased risk for self-inflicted injury among adolescents when guns are stored safely.

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Gun owners who said that a gun safety course had influenced their storage practices were twice as likely to practice safe storage for all their guns, and owners who cited discussions with family members as an influence were 39 percent more likely to do so.

“It’s encouraging to see the positive associations between safety training and reporting safe storage practices,” says study coauthor Daniel Webster, director of the Center for Gun Policy and Research. “Requiring gun purchasers to take safety training classes, as a handful of states already do, might lead to more gun owners storing their guns safely.”

The survey also found that gun owners who tied their storage decisions to concerns about home defense were 30 percent less likely to practice safe storage for all firearms.

“Many bring guns into their homes for self-defense, but unsecured guns can lead to unintentional shootings, suicides, and tragic cases of troubled teens using guns to commit acts of violence,” Crifasi says.

Americans have ‘complicated’ views on guns

“Communicating with gun owners about the importance of safe storage is a challenging opportunity. If we are successful at improving storage practices among gun owners, particularly those with children in the home, we could reduce risks for gun violence and injury.”

The researchers report their findings in the American Journal of Public Health. Funding came from the Simmons Foundation.

Source: Johns Hopkins University

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Still Glad You Voted Trump? At CPAC, Conservatives Had an Answer

NY Times - 2 hours 23 min ago
Conservatives try to look past President Trump’s flaws and see only his policies.

Kelly to decide Kushner's security clearance, Trump says

CNN - 2 hours 25 min ago
President Donald Trump said Friday he will not make the decision on whether to let Jared Kushner, his son-in-law, keep his temporary security clearance, telling reporters at the White House that he will let chief of staff John Kelly make the decision.

Patients Eagerly Awaited a Generic Drug. Then They Saw the Price.

NY Times - 2 hours 36 min ago
Teva Pharmaceuticals announced it would sell a “lower-cost” alternative to Syprine, an old drug that costs more than $21,000. But the new generic version costs nearly as much.

The Trump paradox: A weakened president who could do the impossible

Washington Post - 2 hours 36 min ago
The president has spent three years cultivating his base. When will he use that political capital?

States Mull ‘Red Flag’ Gun Seizures from People Deemed Dangerous

NY Times - 2 hours 36 min ago
Five states already have laws allowing authorities to temporarily remove guns under a judge’s orders. The Florida school shooting has prompted new debate.

Winter Olympics day 15

CNN - 2 hours 37 min ago

West Virginia Teachers Strike Over Salaries Will Continue Monday

NY Times - 2 hours 39 min ago
Public schools across the state were closed Thursday and Friday as teachers protested their low salaries, which are 48th in the nation, and the high costs of health care.

Gothamist Will Publish Again in Deal With WNYC

NY Times - 2 hours 39 min ago
One of two local news sites shuttered by their billionaire owner is being revived by New York’s public radio station, but the other, DNAinfo, will stay dark.

Editorial: Trump’s Chance to Do Right by Transgender Troops

NY Times - 2 hours 49 min ago
The president should seize the opportunity proposed by his defense secretary to reverse the cruel ban he unveiled on Twitter last summer.

Here's Florida governor's plan to keep students safe

CNN - 2 hours 54 min ago
Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced Friday a comprehensive plan to keep students safe, a week after a former student fatally shot 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

Trump Jr. slams American media, praises India

CNN - 3 hours 1 min ago
During the Global Business Summit in India, Donald Trump Jr. doubles down on his comments about the spirit of the people of India while criticizing the Washington Post's reporting on the comments.

As Economy Grows, Federal Reserve Frets Next Downturn

NY Times - 3 hours 8 min ago
The Fed’s biannual policy report to Congress made little mention of the stock market’s fluctuations, but it affirmed plans to raise interest rates.

Rick Gates, Florida, Justin Trudeau: Your Friday Evening Briefing

NY Times - 3 hours 11 min ago
Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

Donald Trump Jr. Retreats From Foreign Policy on India Trip

NY Times - 3 hours 12 min ago
A speech in New Delhi was to focus on “Indo-Pacific” ties. After criticism about mixing profit and policy, it became a chat about business and family.

Editors’ Choice: 10 New Books We Recommend This Week

NY Times - 3 hours 17 min ago
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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