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Flake plan to raise age limit for long guns leaves both sides unhappy

Philip Athey Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 Flake plan to raise age limit for long guns leaves both sides unhappy WASHINGTON – When Sen. Jeff Flake said he would work to restrict access to AR-15s for those under 21, he somehow managed to unite pro-gun advocates and gun control groups who think little of his response to the Florida high school shooting. The Arizona Republican tweeted this week that he will work with Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, on legislation to raise the age to buy a gun to 21, the same age required for a handgun purchase. Flake noted that “a kid too young (to) buy a handgun should be too young to buy an #AR15.” It is just one of many proposals that have come in response to the Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where a 19-year-old gunman used an AR-15 to kill 17 and injure 14 others. Those proposals range from toughening gun licensing so that potential buyers would have to undergo mental health assessments to arming specially trained teachers to act as a last line of defense in case of a school shooting. While Flake’s tweet focused on AR-15, a semiautomatic rifle, Feinstein said in a statement last week that her bill would “require all firearms purchases from gun dealers be restricted to individuals who are at least 21 years...

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Tempe opens low-income housing targeted to veterans, families

Joan Magtibay Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 Tempe opens low-income housing targeted to veterans, families TEMPE – City officials have opened a low-income housing development targeted to veterans and their families to give back to those who served their country. The 50-unit development, Valor on Eighth near downtown, already has been leased to 45 low-income residents, including 13 veterans and their families, said Tina Lopez, chief development officer for Save the Family Foundation. “It’s sad to say that a lot of the veterans get overlooked,” Miguel Valencia, who served in the Arizona National Guard, said at Friday’s grand opening ceremony. “Once they’re home, they’re kind of shunned.” Valencia moved into Valor with his wife and two kids nearly a month ago and said he hopes more housing resources will become available to veterans. “They come home to poverty and the streets,” he said. “It’s an amazing feeling to know there’s people actually caring about people who come back from the armed forces.” Lopez said rent is based on a family’s income, allowing them to afford other costs of living without worrying about high rent. According to Lopez, Arizona ranks 48 out of 50 states in the nation for affordable housing, making the complex, which mostly serves one-income families, including many single mothers, vital to the community. “The ultimate goal for most of our families is that, if they are able...

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Student protesters march in Phoenix, call for removal of school resource officers

Chris McCrory Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 Student protesters march in Phoenix, call for removal of school resource officers PHOENIX – More than 100 students and activists marched through downtown Phoenix on Friday, saying law-enforcement officers placed in schools to protect students instead make them feel less safe on campus. The protest comes just more than a week after a mass shooting in Parkland, Florida that killed 17 high school students and faculty members. The Broward County Sheriff’s Office reported the on-campus school officer did not enter the building where the shootings occurred or attempt to stop the gunman. Some teenagers at the rally – which began at Seventh and Van Buren streets and ended at Civic Space Park – said school officers make minority students feel as if they’re being policed, not protected. Activists, waving signs and shouting slogans, called for the removal of school resource officers from Arizona high schools. “I’m here because I want to get SROs off out of my campus,” said Chrisalma Enriquez, a student at South Mountain High School who read a poem about police violence to the crowd. “Cops on campus, they’re armed,” said Jose Eduardo, 16, another student at South Mountain. “I feel very insecure around cops with guns. It makes me feel like I’m in a jail or a prison.” He told a story from his freshman year, saying police officers...

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Firearm related deaths increase among children

Kaytlin Martino Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 Firearm related deaths increase among children As the nation still grieves the loss of 17 high school children from the most recent mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, Cronkite News took a deeper look into just how many deaths among children are rooted from firearms in Arizona. According to a 2017 report by the Arizona Child Fatality Review Program, between the years of 2015 and 2016, firearm related fatalities increased by 29 percent. In 2016, firearm related deaths accounted for 5 percent of all child deaths and the numbers have steadily increased since. Not all gun-related deaths among children have been the result of a mass shooting. 12 of firearm-related deaths were suicides while 24 were homicides. A review team has determined that all firearm related deaths are preventable and have made up 11 percent of all preventable deaths. !function(e,t,s,i){var n=”InfogramEmbeds”,o=e.getElementsByTagName(“script”)[0],d=/^http:/.test(e.location)?”http:”:”https:”;if(/^/{2}/.test(i)&&(i=d+i),window[n]&&window[n].initialized)window[n].process&&window[n].process();else if(!e.getElementById(s)){var r=e.createElement(“script”);r.async=1,r.id=s,r.src=i,o.parentNode.insertBefore(r,o)}}(document,0,”infogram-async”,”https://e.infogram.com/js/dist/embed-loader-min.js”); [su_divider top=”no” size=”1″ margin=”10″]...

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