College Media Network Morning Scoop / March 1, 2018

Trump Flips Gun Control Script

Donald Trump at a campaign rally

Flipping the script or just grabbing more headlines? (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

Continuing his legacy of not doing what those who helped elect him expect, President Trump yesterday proposed backing a variety of gun control measures that fly in the face of Republican support and an organization whose supporters backed him heavily, the National Rifle Association (NRA).

In a meeting with Republican and Democratic lawmakers that quickly went off script yesterday, Trump "backed or said he would consider tougher background checks for gun buyers, greater police power to seize guns from mentally disturbed people, the outlawing of 'bump stock' devices and tighter age limits for buying rifles," according to the Chicago Tribune.

The president also accused Republicans of being afraid of the NRA. "They have great power over you people," he said. "They have less power over me."

Walmart Joins Dick's in Raising Age Limit for Firearms

Following the lead of Dick's Sporting Goods — who announced Wednesday morning that they would end sales of assault rifles and not sell firearms to anyone under 21 — Walmart said it would take immediate steps to raise the age limit for the purchase of firearms and ammunition.

As more companies take steps toward stronger gun control (including many who ended discount programs for NRA members), Walmart said in a statement that, "we are also removing items from our website resembling assault-style rifles, including nonlethal airsoft guns and toys. Our heritage as a company has always been in serving sportsmen and hunters, and we will continue to do so in a responsible way."

CMN's Caitlin Wills rounded up what states and businesses have done to enact better safety when it comes to guns since the Valentine's Day shooting in Parkland, Fla.

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Connecticut Student Arrested After Snapchat Threats To Kill High School Students

A 23-year-old Connecticut college student has been released from police custody Wednesday after allegedly having threatened to kill high school students whom he had a disagreement with on Snapchat.

According to the police, Nicholas Graham, an undergraduate student at Southern Connecticut State University, reportedly issued menacing threats to three high school students at Fairfield Ludlowe High School that promised to “find them and kill them, and all of their friends.” Graham is said to have formerly attended the high school.

Rachel Chan has all the details in her report for CMN.

Last But Not Least: Partying at West Virginia University Results in $1,600 Uber Bill

Kenneth Bachman was having a great time partying at and around the University of West Virginia over the weekend.

“We went to a frat party and then went to the bar. I was getting drinks all night; I probably spent like $200 at the bar after already drinking all day,” he told CBS Philly. “Basically, I kinda just blacked out. The last thing I remember was being at the bar and then I just woke up in the Uber next to an older dude telling me I was an hour out from Jersey.”

Read what he did when presented with an Uber bill for more than $1,600 in CMN's report.
This March 1st Morning Scoop was compiled by Rachel Chan, Caitlin Wills, and the CMN Staff. What's that thing about the arrival of March?