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Iowa schools starting mandatory firearms training classes this spring – TheBlaze


North Butler Community Schools and Clarksville Community Schools in Iowa are introducing classes in firearms safety for 7th and 8th graders starting this spring.

What will they learn?

Butler County Conservation will be teaching a mandatory course in hunter safety through the physical education curriculum, the website Radio Iowa reported. High school students in grades 9-12 will also be able to receive the training, but it is not mandatory.

Joel Foster, superintendent of North Butler Community Schools and Clarksville Community Schools, told Radio Iowa that the course was designed for the safety of students and staff.

“What we do best is educate our kids,” he said. “We feel if we educate our kids in how to use weapons responsibly, how to respect them, understand it’s not a video game and those sort of things, that maybe we’ll cut down on our chances of having a severe incident.”

Foster told the news outlet that he knows not every student will become a hunter. But he wants to expose all students to firearm safety, a skill they can use for hunting or protection.

“You never know what’s going to happen,” Foster told the radio station. “If my 12-year-old girl is out babysitting a 3-year-old and the 3-year-old walks out of mom and dad’s bedroom with a handgun or a shotgun, she needs to know how to handle that. That’s one of the scenarios we don’t really think about. It’s better to be proactive than reactive and this is the best way we could think of to be proactive with things.”

Can parents override it?

Parents who oppose the course can sign a form to opt-out their child.

Operable firearms and live ammunition will not be used during the course, the report stated.

The Center for Injury and Research Prevention notes that most unintentional shooting deaths (about 89 percent) happen in the home. Many occur when children are playing with a loaded gun while their parents are not home.

The Clarksville Community School District is located in Clarksville and North Butler Community Schools is headquartered in Allison. Both are located in the northern portion of Iowa.

Trump proposes bonuses for teachers who get gun training


(CNN)President Donald Trump spent Thursday grappling with how to prevent more school massacres and address the gun debate gripping the country, offering solutions such as giving bonuses to teachers who undergo gun training.

“These people are cowards. They’re not going to walk into a school if 20% of the teachers have guns — it may be 10% or may be 40%. And what I’d recommend doing is the people that do carry, we give them a bonus. We give them a little bit of a bonus,” Trump said. “They’ll frankly feel more comfortable having the gun anyway. But you give them a little bit of a bonus.”

He repeated his suggestion that some teachers get trained to handle firearms as a deterrent to shooters and disparaged “gun-free zones.”

NRA’s Wayne LaPierre warns of Democrats pushing socialism in speech that goes beyond gun debate

“I don’t want teachers to have guns. I want certain highly adept people — people that understand weaponry, guns. If they really have that aptitude — because not everybody has aptitude for gun — but if they have the aptitude, I think a concealed permit for having teachers and letting people know that there are people in the building with guns, you won’t have — in my opinion — you won’t have these shootings,” the President said.

Gun-free zones, meanwhile, are appealing to criminals, he said.

“We have to harden those schools, not soften them. A gun-free zone, to a killer, or somebody that wants to be a killer, that’s like going in for the ice cream. That’s like saying, ‘Here I am, take me,’ ” Trump said at the White House.

“They see that as such a beautiful target,” Trump said. “They live for gun-free zones.”

He also disparaged school shooting drills, saying they were tough on the kids.

“Active shooter drills is a very negative thing, I’ll be honest with you,” he said. “I think that’s a very negative thing to be talking about. I don’t like it. I don’t want to tell my son ‘you’re going to have to participate in an active shooter drill. I’d much rather have a hardened school.”

Trump also promoted the idea of increasing the age limit of those who can purchase semi-automatic rifles from age 18 to age 21 as well as looking at the possibility of committing people like the Florida shooter to mental institutions.

“I said this yesterday when we had a mental institution where you take a sicko like this guy — he was a sick guy, so many signs — and you bring him to a mental health institution, those institutions are largely closed because communities didn’t want him,” Trump said.

The President also blamed violence in video games and movies as partly responsible for shaping young people’s thoughts.

“They’re so violent,” Trump said.

Man arrested at ‘extremist Muslim’ New Mexico compound was training kids to commit school shootings: documents


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Documents: Man training children to commit school shootings

Prosecutors say a man accused of abusing children at a New Mexico compound linked to ‘extremist Muslims’ was training them to carry out school shootings.

The father of a missing 3-year-old who was arrested at a New Mexico compound linked to “extremist Muslims” last week was training children to commit school shootings, court documents filed on Wednesday revealed.

Prosecutors allege Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 39, was conducting weapons training on the compound, where 11 children were found hungry and living in squalor. They asked Wahhaj, who appeared in court on Wednesday, be held without bail.

Prosecutors alleged in court documents filed Wednesday that Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 39, was training children to commit school shootings.  (Taos County Sheriff’s Office)

Wahhaj is the son of a Brooklyn imam, also named Siraj Wahhaj, who was named by prosecutors as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the New York Post reported.

Authorities raided the compound on Friday after a monthslong search investigating the disappearance of Abdul-ghani Wahhaj, a boy with severe medical issues who went missing from Georgia in December.

On Monday, a child’s remains were found on the property, but authorities were working on a positive identification and did not confirm if the remains were that of the missing boy.

Lucas Morton, Jany Leveille, 35, Hujrah Wahhaj, 38, and Subhannah Wahhaj, 35, were also arrested on the property on Friday and all face child abuse charges.

From the left, Subhannah Wahhaj, Jany Leveille and Hujrah Wahhaj were arrested on Friday. They are the mothers of the 11 malnourished children.  (Taos County Sheriff’s Office)

The makeshift compound — located near the Colorado border — was found shielded by old tires, wooden pallets and other debris. Upon authorities’ arrival, Wahhaj was “heavily armed with an AR15 rifle, five loaded 30 round magazines, and four loaded pistols, including one in his pocket when he was taken down,” Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe said.

The sheriff said the children, ages 1 to 15, “looked like third world country refugees not only with no food or fresh water, but with no shoes, personal hygiene and basically dirty rags for clothing.”

New Mexico compound believed to have Islamic extremist ties

The only food investigators found were some potatoes and a box of rice inside a dirty trailer, the sheriff said, adding that the living conditions were “the ugliest looking, filthiest” he’s ever seen.

Hogrefe previously said the occupants of the compound were “most likely heavily armed and considered extremist of the Muslim belief.”

In a warrant made public on Monday, Wahhaj told the missing boy’s mother that he wanted to perform an “exorcism” on his then-3-year-old son because he was “possessed by the devil.” The missing child reportedly suffered from seizures and couldn’t walk.

The makeshift compound — located near the Colorado border — was found shielded by old tires, wooden pallets and other debris.  (AP Photo)

Wahhaj’s family background was already controversial prior to his arrest.

In addition to his father reportedly being named by prosecutors as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 bombing, the elder Wahhaj, who heads Masjid At-Taqwa mosque, was a character witness in the trial for Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, the notorious “blind sheikh” who was convicted in 1995 of plotting terror attacks in the U.S.

Fox News’ Katherine Lam and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Curious Baby Seal Joins Navy ln Military Training Exercise


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The Navy has taken on a new recruit, and he certainly has the enthusiasm and drive required to do his patriotic duty.

This little chap takes to the sea like a pro, his flippers are tough and sturdy, and he appears to have a great rapport with his fellow naval officers.

Yes, this new recruit may be a seal, and he may not wear a uniform over his slippery, naked form.

But he’s a damn good soldier; eager to wade on his belly through freezing sea waters to prove himself to his two legged brothers in arms. Mr Seal, sir, we salute you.

War Office Productions have uploaded an extremely adorable video to their Instagram page, with the caption ‘Show ‘em how it’s done.’ This may well be the cutest seal related content you will see today.

In the footage, we can see a band of tough US Navy officers taking part in a gruelling military exercise.

Caked in sand from the beach, they push onwards into the iron grey of the sea. And they aren’t alone.

Flipping and flopping along beside them is an excitable little seal, who could not be happier to be joining in with the exercise.

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This keen to please recruit is all of us on the first day of a new job, and the internet has taken him straight to our collective heart.

One person blubbed:

Why is this the cutest thing I’ve ever seen? It’s like he wants to be just like you guys.

Another commented:

Like little bro walking big brother to the bus stop.

Many people enjoyed the double meaning here behind the term ‘Navy Seal.’ Now if – like me – you thought Navy officers were called as such because of their swimming capabilities then this is apparently not the case.

This is actually abbreviated from The United States Navy’s Sea, Air and Land Teams, which is a bit more of a mouthful.

Find out more about other very talented animals below:

It is perhaps unsurprising this seal wanted to get in on the action. Much like dogs, these creatures are known to be highly intelligent, with an inquisitive nature.

According to Seals World:

They are very curious too which is why they will follow boats to see what is going on aboard them. This is a great way for those people on these ships to get to see the seals up close in their natural environment.

Whereas Countryfile have explained:

Wild seals are very intelligent, curious and have good coordination, learning tricks easily in captivity.

They are highly curious and instinctively protective – there was even a case reported of a seal coming to the rescue of a drowning dog.

Seriously, I knew these chaps were fabulous but this just ‘seals’ the deal…

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Sound like a useful guy to have on board. And to be fair, the lads couldn’t wish for a better swimming instructor. Just look at the speed on the little fella, very impressive indeed!

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