This is America: 9 out of 10 public schools now hold mass shooting drills for students

How "active shooter" drills became normal for a generation of American schoolchildren.
"Are you kids good at running and screaming?" a police officer asks a class of elementary school kids in Akron, Ohio.
His friendly tone then turns serious.
“What I don’t want you to do is hide in the corner if a bad guy comes in the room,” he says. "You gotta get moving."
This training session — shared online by the ALICE Training Institute, a civilian safety training company — reflects the new normal at American public schools. As armed shooters continue their deadly rampages, and while Washington remains stuck on gun control, a new generation of American students have learned to lock and barricade their classroom doors the same way they learn to drop and roll in case of a fire.
The training session is a stark reminder of how American schools have changed since the 1999 Columbine school shooting. School administrators and state lawmakers have realized that a mass shoot…

Switzerland also says “No” to Turkey's death penalty referendum

Following Germany and Belgium, Swiss deputies also declared that a possible death penalty referendum by the Turkish government can’t be allowed to take place on Swiss soil.

Switzerland’s Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter spoke with caution on the issue of the death penalty referendum.

The minister said, “If the referendum is on the agenda, we will have to ask ourselves this question.” Burkhalter stated that it is not the time to start speculating yet.

According to newspaper 24 minutes, Swiss MPs put forth a clear stance. Christian Democratic People’s Party (PDC) Chair Gerhard Pfister said: “A referendum on the death penalty would be a violation of the core values of the West. A vote like this needs to be prevented in Switzerland.”

Pfister added: “We need to not allow a foreign government that acts against our values to act like this in our country.”

Socialist Party national advisor Tim Guldimann stressed that such a vote in Switzerland is unacceptable. 

Guldmann stated that Switzerland is under the rule of law and not everything can be put to a vote there, and explained: “For instance, there can’t be a vote to reinstate slavery.”


Liberal Radical Party Zurich advisor Doris Fiala gave a warning: “Every European country that doesn’t express its objection to the death penalty in Europe clearly will be complicit with Turkey.”

Law professor Rainer J. Schweizer spoke to the newspaper Blick and said Switzerland should ban voting in such a referendum on its own soil.

Germany and Belgium had also taken clear stances against a possible referendum. 

On Monday, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel declared that they won’t allow voting in Belgium in case of a possible death penalty referendum in Turkey. Michel said: “Allowing such a campaign to take place is most certainly out of the question. We will be uncompromising in this matter.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel had stated that they won’t allow voting in a possible death penalty referendum on German soil.

Source: ANF, May 10, 2017

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