Sandy Hook shooting

More Sandy Hook Families Sue Infowars' Alex Jones

May 25, 2018
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Right-wing talk show host Alex Jones is facing another defamation lawsuit from families of victims of the 2012 Newtown school shooting. Jones has claimed the shootings were faked.

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The Connecticut Supreme Court is likely to decide this week whether to allow 10 families of victims in the 2012 Newtown school shooting to sue Remington, the company that manufactured the assault-style rifle used in the massacre.

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Remington Arms dates back to 1816 with ammunition and gunsmith plants in Connecticut and New York. The company has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in hopes of staving off creditors amid a slump in sales and public outcry over gun violence.

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More than three weeks after a school shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, left 17 people dead, students are demanding that Congress pass tougher gun laws, but so far U.S. lawmakers have failed to act.

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On Tuesday, lawyers representing the families of several victims of the 2012 Newtown school shooting will ask Connecticut’s Supreme Court for a chance to sue Remington, the company that makes the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle used in the shooting. A lower court judge had ruled that a federal law protects the gun manufacturer from being sued. 

The families’ lawyers argue that this case falls under an exception in that law. It’s called negligent entrustment. That’s if a gun manufacturer foresaw that an injury could happen with its product, then the manufacturer could be liable.

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Gun control advocates and families of the Sandy Hook tragedy are asking NBC to pull an interview with “Infowars” radio host Alex Jones. The conspiracy theorist has said on numerous occasions that Sandy Hook was a hoax.

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Congress has sent President Donald Trump legislation that reverses an Obama-era rule designed to keep guns out of the hands of certain mentally disabled people.

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  Students in Newtown, Connecticut will return to classes at Sandy Hook elementary next week. It’s the first time students have attended the school since a mass shooting four years ago. The school was demolished and has now been rebuilt.

The entirely-new building has improved security: a gated entrance, bulletproof windows, and lots of cameras. Architect and project manager Julia McFadden says the hope was to incorporate those needs into a soothing learning environment.

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Mark Barden, the father of one of the schoolchildren killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings will address the Rhode Island Coalition against Gun Violence on Thursday, as the coalition marks its first anniversary.

Barden has become a national advocate for reducing gun violence. He says he still struggles to deal with the death of his son, Daniel, nearly two years after the Sandy Hook tragedy.

More than a year after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Connecticut, Rhode Island officials have offered a blueprint for increasing school security. The "Model School Safety Plan" is a lengthy report, intended to guide districts updating their security plans, under a new state law.

I confess, I have yet to wade through the 300-pages of recommendations in the report. It is meant to serve as a model that school districts can adapt for their own use.

Rhode Island's Department of Education says it has reviewed school safety plans from every district in the state, after legislation passed in the aftermath of the Newtown, Connecticut school shootings.

RIDE Spokesman Elliot Krieger says there was a fairly wide range of quality among the plans.

In the year since the Newtown tragedy, RIDE has worked with the State Department of Emergency Management on recommendations for school districts to beef up their security procedures. The Rhode Island Association of School Committees says they are reviewing the report.  

One year ago, a gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and killed 20 children and six adults. Afterwards, schools in Rhode Island and around the country were on high alert, and many called for a conversation about how to make students safer.

So, what happened?

In Rhode Island, lawmakers passed a bill requiring school districts to work with local law enforcement on safety reviews and report their emergency plans to the State Department of Education.

The Obama Administration has released new advice about school safety procedures in the wake of the mass shooting at Newtown Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The full State Senate is scheduled to vote Tuesday on several bills filed in the aftermath of deadly shootings at Connecticut’s Sandyhook Elementary School.

The bills would require schools to craft safety procedures in conjunction with local law enforcement and have their plans reviewed annually by the state.

The Rhode Island Senate has passed a bill requiring monthly safety drills at all public elementary and secondary schools. The bill also calls for two lockdown drills every year. Supporters say the requirement will make students and staff more familiar with school safety procedures.

The bill is part of a series of measures aimed at increasing school safety in the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown Connecticut. The incident killed 20 students and 6 staff members, and it has sparked a national debate about gun control.

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