IBM announced Wednesday that it no longer advertises on The Ingraham Angle, making it at least the 23rd advertiser to drop support for the Fox News opinion show since host Laura Ingraham mocked Parkland high school shooting survivor David Hogg in late March for not getting into some colleges. On Tuesday, Blue Apron and SlimFast announced they will no longer run ads on the show. While Ingraham was on vacation last week, and amid speculation she wouldn't return to the air, Fox News came to her defense. "We cannot and will not allow voices to be censored by agenda-driven intimidation efforts," Fox News co-president Jack Abernethy said in an April 2 statement.
After Hogg called for a boycott in response to Ingraham's comments about him, The Ingraham Angle cut its ad time to about seven minutes from 14.5 minutes beforehand, CNN reports. Ingraham isn't the only loser after tweeting about Hogg, who became a highly visible advocate for new gun laws after 17 people were shot dead at his high school — on Monday, conservative commentator Jamie Allman lost his nightly TV show on Sinclair Broadcast Group's St. Louis station KDNL after tweeting a vulgar threat at Hogg, and he resigned from his 12-year-old morning radio show Tuesday.
For more information on the Ingraham boycott, The Opposition's Jordan Klepper ran through what sparked it, played Ingraham's response to the "Stalinist" and anti–First Amendment boycott — and her support for previous boycotts, and cracked jokes ("I know conservatives are being silenced because I hear about it 24 hours a day on Fox, and 34 hours a day on InfoWars") on Wednesday night. You can watch that below. Peter Weber
In an op-ed for The New York Times published Tuesday, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School senior Isabelle Robinson defended her classmates from those who say last month's mass shooting might not have happened if they had been "a little nicer" to the alleged gunman, former student Nikolas Cruz.
Robinson said her first interaction with Cruz took place in the seventh grade, when he threw an apple at her during lunch. The next year, she was a peer counselor, assigned to help him with his homework. She felt uncomfortable being alone with Cruz, "forced to endure him cursing me out and ogling my chest until the hourlong session ended," she said, and only now does she understand "that I was left, unassisted, with a student who had a known history of rage and brutality."
This month, high schoolers around the country walked out of their classrooms in solidarity with Stoneman Douglas High, but there was a counter-protest called #WalkUpNotOut, which urged students instead to go up to someone who was an outsider and talk to them. This implied that school violence could be prevented if kids "befriend disturbed and potentially dangerous classmates," Robinson said. "The idea that we are to blame, even implicitly, for the murders of our friends and teachers is a slap in the face to all Stoneman Douglas victims and survivors."
Robinson does not want to see isolated teens rejected, but she says it's the responsibility of administrators and counselors to "seek those students and get them the help they need," and "no amount of kindness or compassion alone would have changed the person that Nikolas Cruz was or the horrendous actions he perpetrated. That is a weak excuse for the failures of our school system, our government, and our gun laws." Read the entire powerful op-ed at The New York Times. Catherine Garcia
A majority of Americans voters favor stricter guns laws, from 91 percent who back universal background checks to the 60 percent who want a ban on assault rifles and semiautomatic weapons, according to a Fox News poll released Sunday. By a 53 percent to 40 percent margin, voters said protecting people against gun violence is more important than protecting gun rights, though people in gun-owning households disagreed with that statement by a margin of 57 percent to 37 percent. Voters in gun households were split on banning assault rifles, with 50 percent opposed and 47 percent in favor.
NEW: Fox News Poll show strong support for stronger gun control pic.twitter.com/u2yrbDMOXN
— FoxNewsSunday (@FoxNewsSunday) March 25, 2018
A 57 percent majority of all voters oppose letting teachers and school officials carry guns on school grounds, an increase from 2013, though 69 percent of respondents favored putting armed guards in schools. Overall, 38 percent of voters said it is extremely important for Congress to pass gun legislation, versus 20 percent who said it isn't important at all; 7 percent said it is extremely likely Congress will pass gun legislation, while 43 percent said that's not at all likely.
BREAKING! Majority prioritizes protecting citizens from gun violence (53%) over protecting gun-owner rights (40%) @FoxNews #Poll @FoxNewsSunday #FNS DETAILS: https://t.co/eBhgMUoJ6O pic.twitter.com/HxLTOwhcKY
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A 54 majority of voters disapprove of President Trump's position on guns — though 34 percent say he's too close to the gun lobby and 13 percent say he's too supportive of gun control — and the NRA's favorability is slipping among gun-owning households (67 percent, from 71 percent in 2013) and all voters, 49 percent of whom have a positive opinion of the NRA and 45 of whom disapprove, down from 56 percent favorability in January 2013. The poll was conducted March 18-21, before Saturday's March for our Lives, by Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R) among a random national sample of 1,014 registered voters. It has a margin of error of ±3 percentage points. Peter Weber
A law passed in the wake of the Parkland, Florida, shooting is being used in an attempt to temporarily seize firearms from the attacker's brother, Zachary Cruz, CNN reports. Cruz, 18, was arrested Monday for trespassing on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School grounds, where his older brother, Nikolas Cruz, killed 17 people last month.
The Broward County Sheriff's Office filed a risk protection order against Zachary Cruz after his arrest, which, if granted, "will prohibit Cruz from possessing and acquiring firearms for a period of time to be determined by the court." The new law is part of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, which has only been in effect for a few weeks and allows for police to temporarily seize guns from a person in custody for an involuntary mental health assessment. For trespassing, Cruz was ordered a psychological evaluation by a Florida judge and had his bond set at $500,000, although the amount for misdemeanor trespassing is usually $25.
Cruz had apparently trespassed at the school at least three times, having "surpassed all locked doors and gates." He has additionally been ordered by the court to wear an ankle monitor and stay at least a mile away from the school. Cruz's attorney has argued that Zachary is being unfairly punished by the court for his brother's attack. Jeva Lange
Thousands of students across the country walked out of their schools at 10 a.m. on Wednesday to mark the one-month anniversary of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The students — who left from elementary schools, universities, and every grade in between — called for stricter gun laws using signs like "I wanna make it to graduation" and "no more silence." According to organizers, people at more than 2,800 schools and universities signed up to participate. Take a look at the powerful protests across the nation below. Jeva Lange
Newtown High School, Sandy Hook, Connecticut
— ABC News (@ABC) March 14, 2018
PS 321, Brooklyn, New York
— Laurie Mansfield Reiter (@LaurieMansfield) March 14, 2018
Fayetteville High School, Fayetteville, Arkansas
"We should resist the urge to respond with fear."
Good for these kids, I'm sad they'll grow up knowing they're better people than their leaders.
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— Matt Farwell (@mattbfarwell) March 14, 2018
Point Loma High School, San Diego, California
— Melissa Adan (@MelissaNBC7) March 14, 2018
Overland High School, Aurora, Colorado
— Ramsey Scott (@RamseySentinel) March 14, 2018
Columbine High School, Columbine, Colorado
— TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) March 14, 2018
— Emma Roller (@emmaroller) March 14, 2018
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, Florida
Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were killed in a deadly shooting last month, walk out of their classrooms to protest for stricter gun laws as part of #NationalWalkoutDay. https://t.co/Yf340l4g2R pic.twitter.com/XqdnfdWx94
— Good Morning America (@GMA) March 14, 2018
At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, students at schools across the U.S. and as far away as Australia and Germany plan to walk out of class for 17 minutes to mark the one-month anniversary of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Seventeen people were killed in that shooting, and most of the students participating will be protesting for stricter gun laws, though the protests will take different forms at different schools. According to organizers, students at more than 2,800 schools and universities have signed up to participate.
Some schools are embracing the protests, while others pledge to suspend any students who participate. According to the ACLU, schools can discipline students for leaving class to protest but can't make the punishment any harsher because the political nature of the walkout. There is another school walkout planned for April 20, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting, and a march in Washington on March 24. Peter Weber
On Sunday, the White House rolled out its response to last month's mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, with several proposals to protect and "harden" schools but few changes to gun laws. The proposals do not include raising the age to purchase military-style rifles to 21 from 18, for example, despite President Trump prominently bucking the NRA to endorse the idea. Age requirements will be examined by the new Federal Commission on School Safety the White House announced Sunday, headed by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
"I have actually asked to head up a task force that will really look at what states are doing," DeVos said Sunday on 60 Minutes. "See, there are a lot of states that are addressing these issues in very cohesive and coherent ways." On Saturday night, Trump did not seem so keen on commissions to solve big problems like school safety.
"Do you think the drug dealers who kill thousands of people during their lifetime, do you think they care who's on a blue-ribbon committee?" Trump asked at a rally outside Pittsburgh on Sunday night. "The only way to solve the drug problem is through toughness." He proposed executing people for dealing drugs. The Washington Post asked the White House "why Trump found commissions an inadequate response to the drug epidemic but an appropriate way to respond to gun massacres," and the White House did not answer directly. "There are not going to be one-size-fits-all approaches and solutions, and I think that that is a very cogent argument for having a commission," said a senior administration official who insisted on anonymity. Peter Weber
On Wednesday, the Florida House passed the state's first gun restrictions in three decades, voting 67-50 after debating for nearly eight hours.
Under the bill, which cleared the Senate 20-18 earlier this week, a person must be at least 21 years old to buy a gun and wait three days before obtaining the weapon. The bill also would set aside $400 million for mental health and school safety, and would create a program that allows certain trained school personnel to carry guns.
The vote took place exactly three weeks after 17 people were killed in a mass shooting at a high school in Parkland. Gov. Rick Scott (R) has not indicated if he will sign or veto the bill, but has said he is opposed to arming school personnel and wants to speak with the families of Parkland victims and survivors to hear their thoughts on the matter. All 17 families who lost a loved one in the massacre signed a letter calling for passage of the bill, The Miami Herald reports. Catherine Garcia