(Charlotte, NC-AP) — The 22-year old man accused of killing two students at UNC Charlotte is being charged with murder. Four others were injured when gunfire erupted inside the Kennedy Hall Building late Tuesday afternoon.
The CMPD said early this morning that Trystan Terrell is in jail on two counts of murder and four counts of attempted murder among several other charges. The school’s chancellor called it the worst day in the history of the university.
While all campus activities have been canceled for today, there will be a vigil for students, alumni, faculty, staff and allies at 6 pm local time.
(Albany, NY) — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is pushing back against President Trump’s criticism of an investigation of the NRA.
Cuomo said state Attorney General Letitia James is well within her jurisdiction since the gun rights group is chartered in New York. On Saturday, the attorney general’s office announced they had issued subpoenas and started their inquiry into the NRA’s finances.
President Trump says the NRA is under siege from Cuomo and James, adding they’re illegally using the state’s legal apparatus to target the group.
(Washington, DC-AP) — A former Trump campaign aide claims that the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller wants to look into the 2016 Trump campaign’s ties to the NRA. Sam Nunberg told CNN he was asked about dealings with the NRA including how a relationship was formed and why Trump spoke at an annual NRA meetings just months before announcing his presidential bid.
The interview is the first evidence of their interest in the NRA’s link to President Trump as there were reportedly no NRA questions that were posed by Mueller to Trump.
The NRA has come under scrutiny recently for its massive donations made to Trump in 2016 and its ties to Russian nationals, including alleged Russian spy Maria Butina.
(SL) – Ted Nugent is lashing out against the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students who led nationwide protests against gun violence. The students have slammed the NRA and have called for stricter gun laws following the mass shooting that left 17 dead in Parkland, Florida last month. During a radio interview on “The Joe Pags Show” Friday, Nugent said he felt sorry for the Parkland, Florida high school students calling them “ignorant” and “soulless.” He went on to say that to “attack the good, law-abiding families of America when well-known, predictable murderers committed these horrors is deep in the category of soulless.”
Nugent is a National Rifle Association board member and outspoken supporter of President Trump. His comments come in response to nationwide protests against gun violence last week, that were largely led by the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
(Fort Lauderdale, FL) — The brother of the accused Parkland, Florida high school shooter is due back in court today. Zachary Cruz was arrested on March 19th for trespassing after Broward County Sheriff’s deputies found him skateboarding on the same campus where Nikolas Cruz is accused of murdering 17 people.
Zachary’s attorney will be seeking to reduce his bond, which was increased from the original 25-dollars to 500-thousand-dollars. If convicted of trespassing, Cruz faces up to 60 days in jail and a fine of 500-dollars.
Meanwhile Nikolas, reportedly, is getting a lot of fan mail at the Broward County Jail. Some of it includes love letters complete with suggestive pictures. Facebook communities have also popped up for people to talk about how they can help the man accused of gunning down 17 people
(SL) – Run the Jewels rapper Killer Mike is apologizing for an interview he gave to the NRA where he spoke out for gun ownership and discouraged his children from joining school walkouts. In a new video, Mike explains that he actually supports the students who are rallying against gun violence and stressed that he was talking about black people as a minority in the interview.
He says his point is that he wants black people to keep and train with firearms because he doesn’t trust this country. He said the way his interview was used was unfair to those participating in the movement.
(Pensacola, FL) – The National Rifle Association is suing the state of Florida to block its new gun laws. The NRA filed suit in federal court in Florida shortly after Governor Scott signed the bill today banning gun sales to anyone under the age of 21.
The NRA argues the bill “prohibits an entire class of law-abiding, responsible citizens from fully exercising the right to keep and bear arms.” It includes a three-day waiting period for any gun purchases and allows specially-trained teachers and school staff to be armed.
(Washington, DC) – President Trump is trying to have it both ways on gun control legislation. That’s what Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy said on ABC’s “This Week.”
The Democrat says Trump knows the mood of the country has shifted such that he and the Republican Party are going to pay a huge price in the polls this year and in 2020 if they don’t support things like universal background checks.
At the same time, Murphy said the NRA was one of Trump’s earliest supporters as he moved to the party’s nomination in 2016, so the President is trying to keep them happy as well.
Murphy adds if Trump and his fellow Republicans don’t start showing some movement on gun control after the high school shooting in South Florida, there aren’t going to be as many Republicans around for him come 2019. He warns that’s not good news for Trump’s entire agenda or his political salvation.
(Washington, DC) – It appears that the NRA is completely comfortable with kids being able to purchase guns even after another 17 students were murdered behind the use of an AR-15. It also believes if parents and teachers voluntarily choose to be armed, it’s something schools will have to come up with and determine for themselves
Not only will Donald Trump not start the movement to remove the Assault military rifle as a buying option, the NRA refuses to even raise the legal age of purchase. Nikolas Cruz at just 19 years old had an arsenal of guns including an AR-15. Why he was able to purchase the weapon is still a question of focus as protests and concerns continue to spark the conversation and a direction of change.
What’s even more bizarre is NRA Spokesperson Dana Loesch wishes that the same amount of attention was given to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office and their abdication of duty as trying to blame five-million innocent, law-abiding gun owners across the country.
Doesn’t appear that anyone is blaming the five million law abiding gun owners in the US. Americans have a problem with Military weapons being sold to regular civilians and most importantly to teenagers.
Legal age to buy alcohol 21. Legal age to purchase a gun 18. We can stop there.
(Washington, DC) – Trump says teachers with military experience should carry guns to school. In a White House briefing, Spokesman Raj Shah said armed teachers could serve as a deterrent to school shooters.
He added that the NRA and some Congressional leaders support the idea. Hosting a White House meeting on gun violence and school safety today, Trump said school shooters are cowards and won’t attack a school if 20-percent of trained teachers are carrying a gun. The President added that gun-free school zones are targets.
He went on to say arming specially trained teachers would be much less expensive and much better optics than filling a school with security guards.