Gun Control

Police say a man hijacked a postal truck and began shooting people at random in the Midland and Odessa areas of Texas on Saturday, leaving at least five people dead and 21 others injured.

The chaotic afternoon began with a traffic stop and ended with police shooting the gunman dead. Odessa Police Department officials say three law enforcement officers were shot: an Odessa police officer, a Midland police officer and a state police officer.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is ignoring Democrats' efforts to pressure him into calling the Senate back from recess to vote on gun legislation to expand background checks following back to back mass shootings.

But there is movement among some Republican lawmakers, who are calling for action on some gun control measures.

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Democratic U.S. Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Republican U.S. Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania are trying again to get support for gun control legislation.  Their bill would strengthen background checks for those purchasing guns. 

Gun control advocates view 2018 as a turning point in their campaign to strengthen the country's gun laws.

They cite widespread success in passing laws through state legislatures. They're also buoyed by Democratic victories in the midterm elections, which flipped control of the House of Representatives. Another benchmark: In this election cycle, gun control groups outspent gun rights groups for the first time ever.

Teens and Guns: Will School Shootings Impact First Timer Voters’ Choices at the Polls?

Nov 5, 2018
Morgantown High School senior Nicholas Chaffins sits in the bleachers at a recent football game at his high school.
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Nicholas Chaffins saw a need for change.

On March 14, Chaffins, then a junior at Morgantown High School in Morgantown, West Virginia, joined his peers to walk out of their classrooms to protest gun violence.

“If you talk to pretty much any student, we’re pretty fed up with it and we want something to change,” Chaffins said. “We were doing something. We were participating in activism.”

Never Again MSD

  After a deadly mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida this past winter, students are speaking up and taking action hoping to make change across the nation. Founded by the survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, the “Never Again” movement spread across the country and made it to Morgantown through Rebecca Brazaitis, a sophomore at Morgantown High School.

Welcome to our weekly roundup of education news. This week, students and teachers made major headlines.

Survivors protest gun laws; Lawmakers offer solutions

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State police data show more than 13,000 permits to carry concealed guns were issued in West Virginia during the first three months of 2015.

If this pace continues, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the state could end the year with the highest total of permits issued since 2009. That's when the West Virginia State Police began maintaining records.