Staten Island's NRA Flare: Council Senselessly Votes for Putting Armed Guards in Schools

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When Wayne LaPierre spoke to the world in the wake of Newtown, viewers and media folk alike gawked at the NRA chieftain's worldview. Twitter was abuzz with anger as LaPierre proposed fighting guns with guns, swiftly condemning video games and the rest of society for the violence at hand. Not to mention the handful of "NRA Killing Our Kids" protestors that interrupted the speaker. Except, on the ground, the reaction was a bit different.

Several school districts across the country have been seriously considering this idea. Just last week, Voice writer Jason Lewis reported on the public schools in the Marlboro Township of New Jersey. There, the district's Board of Education has instructed the local police to implement a 90-day pilot system where armed guards would hold down the educational fort. It's currently in week two of operation.

And, now, the controversial move has hit a bit closer to home: Last night, the 10-member Staten Island Educational Council voted for a similar program, in which 300 to 500 retired NYPD officials would monitor the hallways dressed as ordinary (armed) civilians. The proposal will run as a recommendation to Education Chancellor Dennis Walcott and his department. But, regardless if it passed or not, the idea was DOA.
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Man With a Knife Gunned Down in the Middle of Times Square

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We can bet half of all the tourists checking out the sites on West 38th Street didn't expect this.

At around 3:15pm, a 51-year-old man with an 11-inch butcher knife led twenty cops or so on a drawn out chase through the onset of Times Square. Tourists fled in panic or took their cellphones out to tweet and record the entire showdown. 

The police had pepper-sprayed the man but to no avail, leading him to yell "Shoot me! Shoot me!" in front of throngs of people. As the cops cornered him on Seventh Avenue and West 38th Street, the man lunged at the cops one last time, forcing the authorities to shoot the man in the torso several times. Around ten shots or so were fired - he died at Bellevue Hospital soon after.

Yes, just your ordinary Saturday afternoon in Times Square.

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Google Seems to Think Abortion Is Murder

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Well, what about that. If you google "murder," this is what comes up. Note the second entry. Cory Doctorow at Boing Boing reports that this isn't actually Google's doing, however -- "Someone has spoofed Google into making the Wikipedia entry for 'abortion' into the second result in searches for 'murder.'"

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