National Digest: June 15, 2014

NEW YORK
Over 1,000 march
for gun control

More than 1,000 people — including nearly 100 from Newtown, Conn., the site of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting — marched across the Brooklyn Bridge to City Hall on Saturday, demanding action to stem the wave of mass shootings across the nation.

The event was organized by several groups, including Mayors Against Illegal Guns, which are all funded by former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The rally began in Brooklyn, where many chanted “Not one more!” the cry uttered by Richard Martinez, whose son Christopher was shot to death in Santa Barbara, Calif., last month.

“We have to stop the madness,” said Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.). “Too many people have died, and too many lobbyists have lied.”

Shannon Watts, who organized the group Moms Demand Action; Erica Lafferty, whose mother, Dawn Hocksprung, was slain at Sandy Hook; and actress Amanda Peet urged the crowd to bombard elected officials with requests for stricter gun laws.

— Associated Press

WASHINGTON STATE
Scholarship named for hero in shooting

A scholarship has been named for the student who stopped a fatal shooting on the campus of Seattle Pacific University this month.

University President Daniel Martin announced during Saturday’s graduation ceremony that an engineering scholarship will be given in Jon Meis’s honor. The crowd gave Meis, who was at the ceremony, a standing ovation.

The private Christian college and local police say that Meis pepper-sprayed and tackled the gunman when he stopped to reload a shotgun in a campus building June 5. One person died and two others were injured in the attack. The suspect has been charged with murder.

— Associated Press

Pentagon identifies soldier killed in airstrike: The Defense Department is releasing the name of the fifth American soldier who died Monday in what’s been described as a friendly fire airstrike in Afghanistan. He is 28-year-old Staff Sgt. Jason A. McDonald of Butler, Ga. McDonald and another soldier killed in the incident, 24-year-old Staff Sgt. Scott R. Studenmund of Pasadena, Calif., were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group, at Fort Campbell, Ky.

— Associated Press

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