Sen. Marco Rubio Tells Students He Does Not Agree With The March For Our Lives

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Rubio made sure the students knew that some Americans view them as a threat to the Second Amendment.

On a day when hundreds of thousands of people marched in support of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting survivors, one senator took time to tell those students he does not support their cause.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said in a Saturday statement that there are “many other Americans who do not support a gun ban” because they view it as a threat to the Second Amendment.

While Rubio included in his statement a line about respecting the demonstrators’ right to peaceful protests, he quickly expressed his opposition.

“While I do not agree with all of the solutions they propose, I respect their views and recognize that many Americans support certain gun bans,” the senator said.

Those against gun bans “want to prevent mass shootings” too, Rubio continued, but they “view banning guns as an infringement on the Second Amendment rights of law abiding citizens that ultimately will not prevent these tragedies.”

Students at the March For Our Lives rallies repeatedly attacked Rubio and his ties to the National Rifle Association on Saturday, even before he released his statement.

At the D.C. rally, Parkland students wore orange price tags listed at $1.05, which is what they said they were worth to the Florida senator. The $1.05 price tag represents the number of students in Florida divided by the amount of money the NRA has donated to Rubio’s campaign, the demonstrators explained.

Rubio has an A+ rating from the gun rights group for supporting NRA-friendly legislation. According to the New York Times, he has received $3.3 million from the group.

The Republican senator faced off with the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during a CNN Town Hall in February. There, he defended his support of the NRA, telling the students he is influenced by the millions of people within the NRA ― and not the millions of dollars they give him.

“The influence of these groups comes not from money,” Rubio said at the time, speaking to students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. “The influence comes from the millions of people that agree with the agenda, the millions of Americans that support the NRA.”



Naomi Wadler, Young Alexandria Girl, Inspires Crowd At D.C. Rally

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Unlike her fellow speakers, Naomi Wadler, is 11-years-old, and she was there to represent black women affected by gun violence.

Among the many student leaders who addressed the March For Our Lives rally in Washington D.C. on Saturday was Naomi Wadler. Unlike her fellow speakers, Wadler is just 11-years-old and helped organize the walkout at George Mason Elementary School in Alexandria on March 14.

Addressing the rally, Wadler said the students at her school walked out for 18 minutes, not the 17 minutes that was standard across most school walkouts. Wadler said the extra minute was for 17-year-old Courtlin Arrington, a senior at Huffman High School in Birmingham, Alabama who was shot and killed at her school in March.

Randall Woddfin, the mayor of Birmingham, thanked Wadler in a tweet for taking the time to remember Arrington.

"I am here today to represent Courtlin Arrington, I am here today to represent Hadia Pendleton, I am here today to represent Tiana Thompson, who at just 16 was shot dead in her home here in Washington D.C.," Wadler said. "I am here today to acknowledge and represent the the African American girls whose stories don't make the front page of every national newspaper, whose stories don't lead on the evening news.

"I represent the African American women who are victims of gun violence who are simply statistics instead of vibrant, beautiful girls who are full of potential."

At the walkout at Wadler's school, organized by her and her fellow classmates, the students held a lie-in on school grounds.

"For far too long, these names, these black girls and women, have been just numbers, I'm here to say never again for those girls too," she said.

"People have said that I am too young to have these thoughts on my own," Wadler said. "People have said that I am a tool of some nameless adult.

"It's not true."

Wadler wasn't the only young girl at the rally. Yolanda King, the granddaughter of Martin Luther King, made a surprise appearance on the stage and addressed the crowd.

"My grandfather had a dream that his four little children would not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character," King said. "I have a dream that enough is enough."

Wadler's presence at the march and her poised and inspiring speech electrified the crowd and others watching.

Saturday's rally in Washington D.C. comes in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida that left 17 people dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Students and protesters at the march are there to demand and end to gun violence in American schools and communities. Along with the D.C. march, protesters gathered in cities and communities across the U.S. with the same message for change.



Footage Shows The Moment Cops Fatally Shot Unarmed Black Man Stephon Clark

Clark was in his own backyard when officers shot at him 20 times.

Police helicopter and body camera footage shows the moment two California cops killed Stephon Clark, an 22-year-old unarmed black man, in a hail of gunfire.

Two officers with the Sacramento Police Department shot at Clark 20 times on Sunday night after police received a call about car break-ins. Clark, a father of two young children, was armed only with a cellphone when he died, and was in his own backyard.

Stephon Clark, a 22-year-old father of two, was shot at 20 times in his own backyard.

Disturbing helicopter footage of the incident, released Wednesday, shows thermal images of Clark running through his neighborhood and hopping fences as two officers begin to close in on him. He stops at the home he shared with his grandparents and two sons. Seconds later, officers shoot him dead.

In body camera footage also released Wednesday, officers can be seen talking to neighbors before pursuing Clark in a foot chase. 

“Hey, show me your hands!” an officer yells at Clark as they continue to chase him. As the two officers round the corner, one yells out, “Gun!”

“Gun! Gun, gun, gun!” he shouts. Both officers unleash a hail of gunfire on the unarmed man.

One of the officers says he is going to do a “tactical reload.”

Clark’s aunt, Saquoia Durham, told the Sacramento Bee that after seeing the new videos, she believes Clark was never given a chance to surrender.

Clark’s older brother, 25-year-old Stevante, told HuffPost that Clark’s 3-year-old child has been asking where “daddy” is. Clark was also the father of a 1-year-old.

“I want people to know all he cared about ― more than anything else in life ― was his children,” Stevante said. “His children meant most to him.”

Stevante has started a GoFundMe page so his grandmother can pay for Clark’s funeral.

Both officers involved in the shooting have been placed on paid leave pending an investigation.

Approximately six minutes into the video that shows Clark’s killing, an officer can be heard saying “mute.” The audio then goes silent. 

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg warned people not to make any conclusions about Clark’s shooting until the investigation is complete. 

“The loss of life is always tragic, and I cannot imagine watching a loved one’s final moments, let alone in such a public way,” Steinberg said in a statement released Wednesday evening, hours after the footage was made public. 

“Based on the videos alone, I cannot second-guess the split-second decisions of our officers and I’m not going to do that,” the mayor added.

“The investigation must be completed. We need more information in addition to the video before we can render any final conclusion.”

Steinberg thanked Police Chief Daniel Hahn for leading the internal investigation into the fatal shooting, but said that more work needs to be done to build trust between the police department and the community.



'Ashamed' Fox News contributor quits, blasts 'propaganda machine'

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Retired U.S. Army officer Ralph Peters blasted Fox News in an email to colleagues explaining his decision earlier this month to not renew his contract with the network as a "strategic analyst."

"Four decades ago, I took an oath as a newly commissioned officer," Peters wrote in the email, which was first reported by BuzzFeed. "I swore to 'support and defend the Constitution,' and that oath did not expire when I took off my uniform. Today, I feel that Fox News is assaulting our constitutional order and the rule of law, while fostering corrosive and unjustified paranoia among viewers. Over my decade with Fox, I long was proud of the association. Now I am ashamed."

Peters continued: "In my view, Fox has degenerated from providing a legitimate and much-needed outlet for conservative voices to a mere propaganda machine for a destructive and ethically ruinous administration."

Fox News, in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, said: "Ralph Peters is entitled to his opinion despite the fact that he's choosing to use it as a weapon in order to gain attention. We are extremely proud of our top-rated primetime hosts and all of our opinion programing.”

Peters, who opined about military issues and international policy on television and online, criticized the network's primetime lineup for, in his words, attacking the integrity of the FBI and of special counsel Robert Mueller. He also accused network talent of embracing Russian president Vladimir Putin's agenda.

"To me, Fox News is now wittingly harming our system of government for profit," Peters wrote in the email. He gave a pass, though, to Fox Business Network, calling the network's staff and hosts "the grown-ups."

Back in December 2015, Fox News suspended Peters for two weeks for calling then-President Barack Obama a "pussy" on live television.



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