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Two New York state lawmakers from Rockland County and relatives of a victim of the Parkland, Florida school shooting will be in Albany today. They’ll be joined by other lawmakers and students in calling for passage of a law named for the victim.

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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses Friday's school shooting in Texas. Dr. Chartock also shares his thoughts on President Trump's claims that the FBI and DOJ "infiltrated or surveilled" his campaign for "political purposes." Trump is expected to make an announcement demanding a formal investigation Monday.

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 Police say a middle school janitor in Stafford threatened a school shooting in a move that prompted a district-wide lockdown.

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Stefan Merrill Block frequently covers bleak territory in his novels, and his latest, “Oliver Loving,” is no exception.

Block takes us inside the mind of a comatose West Texas teen who has been hit in the head during a mass shooting on the night of his high school prom.

Pittsfield Students Join National Walkout

Mar 14, 2018
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Pittsfield High School students joined in the day of walkouts around the country Wednesday. 

HV Congressman To Hold Additional Gun Violence Forums

Mar 10, 2018

New York Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney will hold three community forums over the weekend on school gun violence. They come after one he held in Poughkeepsie last weekend following the February deadly school shooting in Florida.

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A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley has introduced legislation to allow law enforcement to treat certain threats as terrorism.

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The recent school shooting in Florida reignited debate about safety at schools. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports one Albany County official is assembling a panel in hopes of improving current safeguards and dispelling the fear students might face about attending school.

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New York Senate Democrats are rolling out 12 gun control proposals following the Florida school shooting.

A New York congresswoman from the Hudson Valley held a roundtable on gun violence and prevention with high school students and local law enforcement Friday. The discussion came after the recent deadly school shooting in Florida.

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A former student opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle at a south Florida high school Wednesday, killing at least 17 people and sending hundreds of students fleeing into the streets. It was the nation's deadliest school shooting since a gunman attacked Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut in 2012.  Dr. Amy Nitza is director of the Institute for Disaster Mental Health at the State University of New York at New Paltz. She spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.

  On April 20, 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold walked into Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. Over the course of minutes, they would kill twelve students and a teacher and wound twenty-four others before taking their own lives.

For the last sixteen years, Sue Klebold, Dylan’s mother, has lived with the indescribable grief and shame of that day. How could her child, the promising young man she had loved and raised, be responsible for such horror? And how, as his mother, had she not known something was wrong? Were there subtle signs she had missed? What, if anything, could she have done differently?

These are questions that Klebold has grappled with every day since the Columbine tragedy. In A Mother’s Reckoning, she chronicles with unflinching honesty her journey as a mother trying to come to terms with the incomprehensible.

On May 4, 1970 the climate at Kent State University exploded as the Ohio National Guard fired on unarmed fleeing protestors, an action that left four students dead and nine wounded, one of them paralyzed for life.

Three days of rioting and protests preceded the tragedy, creating a sequence of events fully examined by author Howard Means in the new book 67 Shots: Kent State and the End of American Innocence. Based on oral histories and original interviews 67 Shots looks back on the tumultuous era, shedding light on the landmark event that no one in America could have predicted, but in retrospect seems inevitable. 

Howard Means is an author or coauthor of ten books and former senior editor at Washingtonian magazine.

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  Malcolm Gladwell has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1996. Previously he worked at The Washington Post.

He is the author of three New York Times best-sellers: The Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers; a collection of his New Yorker articles titled What the Dog Saw and most recently, David and Goliath

This episode was recorded live at The White Hart Inn in Salisbury, CT and presented by Oblong Books and Music.

Two more students have been arrested and charged with making threats against schools in Methuen, bringing the number to four.

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Shootings like the one at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012 have created an ever-increasing focus on school safety. Well one Berkshire County man decided to do something about it.

10/28/14 Panel

Oct 28, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Political Consultant Libby Post & Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
Ebola Criticism
Christie's Stance
Mail Tracking
School Shooting Update
Midterms Polling

10/27/14 Panel

Oct 27, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, WAMC Newsman Ray Graf and Associate Editor of the Times Union – Mike Spain.

Topics include:
Ebola Quarantine
Dr. Bassett
Friday School Shooting
MidTerm Cash Flow Issues
Congressional Disapproval

Police in Washington state say a shooter is dead after attack at a high school north of Seattle.

Marysville Police Commander Robb Lamoureux said Friday the shooter was a student and could not say if anyone else was wounded.

Live video showed students being evacuated from Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Marysville, about 30 miles north of Seattle.

Arthur White, who lives across from the school, tells The Daily Herald a large number of police vehicles converged on the scene quickly late Friday morning.


Public safety officials took part in a statewide emergency preparedness drill today in Holyoke Massachusetts. It involved an unfortunately all too familiar scenario—a lone gunman on a shooting spree.

   The drill, involving a gunman on the campus of Holyoke Community College was a test of the coordinated response of local, campus and state police along with fire and emergency medical personnel. It was also a trial run for some new technology according to Holyoke Fire Lt Tom Paquin, who was the public information officer for the exercise.

New York and Connecticut have already enacted new gun laws in the wake of  December’s Newtown school shooting.  The Massachusetts legislature is expected to take up a bill before the end of the 2013 legislative session. 

The point person for gun issues in the Massachusetts House says he hopes to recommend a comprehensive bill by September.  Democratic State Representative Harold Naughton of Clinton , who co-chairs the Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security said the goal is to update the state’s already strict gun ownership laws.

  Police on Monday arrested a man who took a concealed gun into the Doane Stuart School.  


A ten member special committee has been formed in Springfield Massachusetts to investigate  school safety.  The committee has a broad and open- ended assignment.

Springfield City Council President James Ferrera, who named the members of the Special Committee on School Safety on Monday, said he expects the panel will delve deeply into the subject and issue periodic reports and recommendations.

Hearings continue for school shooting task force

Jan 28, 2013
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The legislature's task force on gun violence and school safety is continuing its round of hearings on possible law and policy changes in response to the deadly Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown.

1 student shot at high school in Taft, Calif.

Jan 10, 2013
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TAFT, Calif. (AP) -- A 16-year-old student armed with a shotgun walked into class in a rural California high school on Thursday and shot one student, fired at another but missed, and then was talked into surrendering by a teacher and another staff member, officials said.

The teen victim was in critical but stable condition, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood told a press conference. The sheriff said the teacher suffered a minor pellet wound to the head but declined treatment.

Friday’s mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, is on record as the second deadliest mass shooting in the nation’s history. 26 lives were taken; the majority of them children aged 6 and 7.

The shooting has renewed the debate on the role of guns in American society, with politicians and advocacy groups again at odds over whether new restrictions should be put on how guns are bought and what types of guns should be made available.

On this edition of Vox Pop we want to hear your opinion on guns in America. WAMC’s Alan Chartock hosts.