The White House press secretary said in a statement that the president spoke with the senators who introduced the “Fix NCIS Act” after the Sutherland Springs church massacre in Texas last year. The act would give states incentives to upload information about people who are prohibited to buy a gun, such as convicted criminals and people who have been dishonorably discharged from the military, into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System or NICS. (: Getty)
A 20-something-year-old gay man who goes by the alias Alihan was one of dozens arrested, imprisoned, and beaten in the Russian republic of Chechnya. He’s escaped to Canada, but is one of very few who have managed to get to safety after being rounded up and brought to a prison where they were beaten, tortured, and asked to give up former partners and other gay men. Activists say even a year after the crackdown, it remains difficult to get victims out of Russia and into one of the 20 countries that have so far offered asylum to only a small number of escapees. (: Michelle Slu for BuzzFeed News)
“If you are accepting money from the NRA there is a badge of shame on you, because you are enabling things like this to happen.” On Sunday, students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School announced a nationwide March For Our Lives on March 24 to call for action on gun control.
Drake recently gave away nearly $1 million, including $25,000 to Miami Senior High School, gave a University of Miami student a $50,000 scholarship, and bought $50,000 worth of groceries for shoppers. Oh, and he dropped a dope music video for "God's Plan"
“If the president wants to come up to me and tell me to my face that it was a terrible tragedy and how it should never have happened...I’m going to happily ask him how much money he received from the National Rifle Association,” student Emma Gonzalez said at an anti-gun rally on Saturday. (: CNN)
At least 13 people, including three children, were killed after a helicopter crashed while trying to assess the damage from a recent 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Oaxaca, Mexico. There have been no recorded victims from the quake itself. (: Getty)
Three students who knew suspected high school shooter Nikolas Cruz told BuzzFeed News they reported him to school administrators for erratic behavior and threatening them after an ex-girlfriend broke up with him and began seeing another teenager. One student said she was wary of Cruz because “he had guns and weapons and we all knew about it.” Others said they brought their concerns about Cruz to the head of JROTC at the school and submitted written reports to the school’s head of security. Cruz was expelled in 2017 but the messages continued. About six months later, on Valentine’s Day, he allegedly returned to his former high school and opened fire.
The 18-year-old figure skater on Team USA was in 17th place after a rough performance with multiple falls on Friday — but then he landed an incredible five clean quadruple jumps, almost nailed a sixth, and pulled himself back up to fifth place. He won the highest individual score of the day. When asked about why he went for six quads, he said, “I already fell so many times, I might as well go out, throw everything down, and see what happens.” (: Getty)
Berkley Cade started to surprise her fiancé Tori Monaco by drawing a “proposal” during a game of Pictionary. But when she turned around, Monaco was already on one knee. Monaco said she was “crying tears of happiness and unbelievably shocked that something so perfect was happening to me.” (: Twitter user 33_Syd)
After the Florida school shooting comic book artist Pia Guerra was inspired to draw this powerful cartoon of Aaron Feis, the football coach and campus monitor, who died protecting students from the gunfire. The illustration depicts Feis being welcomed to heaven by all of the other student and teacher victims of previous school shootings. "I wanted to take the standard 'all these angels are in a better place' meme and turn it around a little, to show these wonderful, beautiful, brave lives...who should still be here," Guerra said. "To both prompt the viewer to ask why they aren’t here while also paying tribute to Mr. Feis’s act of love." (: Pia Guerra)
The Florida high school shooting is the deadliest since the 2012 Sandy Hook elementary school attack. This Sandy Hook mom says it’s time for things to change: “We’re valuing gun ownership over children’s lives.”