Debate Over Arming Teachers Should Focus On Mental Health, Educators Say

The response to arming teachers as a way to combat school shootings sounds like any other debate about guns. Proponents say it’s a practical way to stop shooters, while opponents argue that it will actually increase the risk of danger. But among some educators, the debate doesn’t fall along those same lines. On a cold Saturday afternoon on top of the Mercy Mountain property in Lafayette, Matt Mallory, an army veteran and owner of a firearms training company, is teaching a concealed carry course. “When I say threat you’re going to press out,” Mallory instructs.

Historic Remington Arms Files For Bankruptcy

SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Remington Arms, a firearms manufacturer that was founded in the Mohawk Valley, is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, raising concerns about what will become of the company’s Herkimer County plant.

Independent Lens Presents 'Newtown'

On December 14, 2012, a disturbed young man committed a horrific mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut that took the lives of 20 elementary school children and six educators. Filmed over the course of nearly three years, Newtown uses deeply personal, never-before-heard testimonies to tell the story of the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting of schoolchildren in American history. Through raw and heartbreaking interviews with parents, siblings, teachers, doctors, and first responders, Newtown documents a traumatized community still reeling from the senseless killing, fractured by grief but driven toward a sense of purpose. There are no words of compassion or reassurance that can bring back those who lost their lives during the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Instead, Snyder delves into the lives and homes of those who remain, all of whom have been indelibly changed by the events.

Gun Rights Advocates Split On Impact Of MOU

Gun rights advocates are divided over a recent memorandum of understanding on the SAFE Act – New York’s controversial gun law. The memo came out late last week. It suspended the creation of a database of ammunition buyers until the technology and money are available to build it. Some gun rights supporters say the suspension doesn’t change anything, since little progress had been made on the database. They want more givebacks from the Cuomo Administration on the law.