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7 Things: Alabama school resource officer kills man trying to enter school, January 6 committee meets too much fanfare and more …

7. 75% of adults want age limit increased to 21 for some firearms

  • A Survey Monkey poll has been released that shows 75% of adults 21 years old and older believe the age limit to buy a firearm like an AR-15 should be raised to 21. Out of the teenage respondents, 65% believe the age limit should be raised to 21. The impact of this would be minimal, and it seems rather simple to do. It would also fit into what the mantra demands as “something.”
  • Support for a firearm ban sits at 64% of adults and 65% of teenagers. In the survey, respondents were asked if they “worry a lot” about being a victim of a mass shooting, and 34% of teenagers said they do, while 22% of adults said the same.

6. Democrats are still pushing away protection for Supreme Court justices

  • Only a day after a man was arrested for planning to kill U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, legislation that would give more protection to justices has been delayed by Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • The legislation has already gained approval in the U.S. Senate. The bill first came up around the time of when protests first started outside of justices’ houses. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) spoke in protest of delaying the bill and said, “Let’s not forget what Majority Leader Schumer screaming on the steps of the Supreme Court. What did he say? Madam Speaker, I want you to listen to these words, and I want you to think about these words. What do you think the American public would think Schumer was telling him to do? He said, ‘You will pay the price. You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.’”

5. Effort to put SROs at every school in Madison County

  • In Madison County, Sheriff Kevin Turner is working to place a school resource officer (SRO) at every county school. This effort has been in the works for years, and Turner has said, “We want to protect our kids and make sure we have safety in every school.”
  • So far, there have been 18 SROs approved for county schools by the Madison County Commission. Chief deputy Stacy Bates stated, “In a perfect world” there are only eight more positions needed.” He added, “That would put a deputy on every campus.”

4. There’s been massive tax dollar growth for schools

  • Several budgets in Alabama have seen unexpected growth, but inflation is likely to cause setbacks in that growth. State Senator Arthur Orr (R-Decatur) advised, “It appears that the state today, emphasis on today, is hitting on all cylinders when it comes to the state’s economy.”
  • There has been a 22% growth in the taxes that go to the Education Trust Fund for the first several months of the fiscal year. State Representative Danny Garrett (R-Trussville) said, “But at some point, if prices continue to increase, I think people will adjust their buying. So at that point there could be a very rapid change in the trajectory.” There is a general concern that there could be a recession looming.

 3. Brooks has been involved in raising taxes

  • A recent ad was released in the U.S. Senate runoff that claims U.S. Representative Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) is in favor of raising taxes and has a history of raising taxes legislatively. Brooks blasted this as “all absolutely categorically false” and maintained that calling these things tax increases was just petty politics.
  • U.S. Senate candidate Katie Britt spokesman Sean Ross refuted the claim that the ad was false, and said, “[A]ll across his state legislative career you can look at, whether it’s raising pistol permit fees, raising hunting and fishing license fees, local sales taxes, local property taxes in certain counties…his state legislative career is marked with raising taxes.” Ross went on to add, “He’s trying to talk about some of his congressional voting record and some of the ratings he has from interest groups in D.C. about his congressional voting record, but that’s not what the ad is mainly about. Most of the ad is about the state legislative career.” 

2. January 6 committee hearings have kicked off 

  • Last night, the House committee investigating the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol started public hearings where they are attempting to show a connection between the planning of the riot and former President Donald Trump. They appeared to show the opposite, but they highlighted the terrible moments of the actual attack with the heroic cops holding back rioters.
  • A committee aide said ahead of the hearing, “The vast majority of the material you will see…is previously unseen. Whether it is recording video or audio of witnesses we’ve interviewed, whether it is records that we’ve obtained over the course of our investigation. We will be revealing new details showing that the mob on Jan. 6 was the result of a coordinated, multistep effort to overturn the results of the 2020 election and stop the transfer of power from Donald Trump to Joe Biden. Trump was at the center of that effort.” They actually proved that the actions by the first rioters were planned prior to Trump’s speech. Trump seems guilty of inaction and bad legal theories that were not carried out.

1. Intruder shot by SRO while trying to enter Gadsden school

  • At Walnut Park Elementary School in Gadsden, an intruder was shot and killed by a school resource officer (SRO) not long after school started for the day. Superintendent Tony Reddick said that 34 students were in the building.
  • The man was reported to Attalla police while still outside the school. He had attempted to try and enter a Rainbow City patrol vehicle that is used by the SRO. The man attempted to open locked doors into the school and vehicles, which caused the school to go into lockdown. The man attempted to take the SROs firearm and was killed after other officers reported to the scene.