Delaware students join National Walkout to protest gun violence

DOVER — Students streamed from Dover High School on Wednesday morning, enduring whipping winds and a 30-degree temperature without complaint. About 450 classmates gathered at Senator Stadium to join tens of thousands nationwide seeking stricter gun laws they believe will quell violence and demanding their voices be heard. Just before the event began at 10:11 […]

Some CR students attend town hall, others join walkout

CAMDEN — It was a start. At least that’s what many of the approximately 200 students who attended a town hall-style meeting with five state legislators at Caesar Rodney High School said on Wednesday. The morning forum sparked dialogue between students and state lawmakers regarding school safety, gun laws and mental health issues. However, the […]

Gun control bills advance in state House with wide support

DOVER — A House committee voted Wednesday to release to the full chamber bills raising the age to buy a long gun and creating a clearly defined procedure for removing guns from individuals who have mental illnesses or are judged to be dangerous. Both bills were approved unanimously by the five-member House Administration Committee. The […]

House passes bill to ban bump stocks

  DOVER — The House of Representatives passed legislation Thursday that would make it illegal to own or possess bump stocks, devices that accelerate the rate of fire and were allegedly used by a gunman who killed 58 bystanders in Las Vegas in October. By a 25-3 vote, with 11 not voting and two absent, […]

Police: Smyrna High student arrested for bringing BB gun to school: Accused of using it to threaten another student in school cafeteria

SMYRNA — A 15-year-old Smyrna High student was arrested at his home hours after allegedly threatening another student with a BB gun in the school cafeteria earlier Tuesday, police said. The male student, whose name and other information was not released by Smyrna Police in a Wednesday news release due to his age, was taken […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: How many of our children have to die?

Fifty years ago — 1968 — a year which shall live in infamy — two of the greatest leaders of our country — Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy — were shot dead with guns. This was less than five years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and two years after […]

Lawmakers seek to raise age to buy guns

  DOVER — Legislation filed Thursday by Democrats would raise the age to purchase a gun to 21. While current state law requires individuals to be 21 or older to buy a handgun, it allows purchase of a long gun like a rifle by people at least 18 years of age. The measure, House Bill […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Congress needs to fix the gun problem

How many more children and staff have to die in schools? How many more people have to die in churches? How many more people have to die at concerts? How many more people have to die in nightclubs…by the hands of gunfire? This needs to stop now! The GOP needs to stop catering to the […]

COMMENTARY: Why arming teachers is not an insane idea

During the meeting with Parkland students at the White House last week, President Trump said arming teachers is a step that can be taken to make schools less-attractive targets for attackers. He said that as things stand, attackers have nothing to lose because no one can shoot back. Is President Trump right that teachers in […]

Lawmaker calls for hearing on school safety

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  DOVER — In the wake of the Florida school shooting earlier this month that left 17 people dead a Republican lawmaker is calling for a joint hearing by the House and Senate education committees to examine school safety in Delaware. Rep. Kevin Hensley, R-Townsend, says that, while the Florida shooting has reignited that national […]