South Dakota Governor Signs Law Allowing Guns In Schools

South Dakota on Friday became what’s “believed to be the first state to pass a law that specifically allows teachers to carry firearms,” as The New York Times writes.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R) signed the “school sentinels” bill that gives districts the right to “create, establish, and supervise the arming of school employees, hired security personnel, or volunteers.” In some other states, less specific provisions in current laws could give school employees the right to carry arms. As NBC News has reported, 18 states “allow adults to have a loaded gun on school grounds, usually as long as they have written permission.”

After training, teachers and other staffers in South Dakota could choose to bring guns with them to school if their districts want to set up “sentinel” programs.

South Dakota’s Argus Leader writes the the law signed today was “hotly debated this legislative session … it was pitched as a way for small schools without nearby law enforcement to protect themselves against shooters or other dangers.”

The Rapid City Journal says the law has been enacted “despite opposition from the education community.” Don Kirkegaard, superintendent of the Meade School District, tells the Journal that “I just wish … everybody would have talked a little bit together before we started passing legislation.”

The law’s passage and signing follows, of course, the Dec. 14 school shooting in Newtown, Conn., that left 20 students and six educators dead.

Under the new law, before creating a sentinel program a school district must “obtain the approval of the law enforcement official who has jurisdiction over the school premises.”

The law goes on to state that:

— “Any person who acts as a school sentinel … shall first successfully complete a school sentinel training course as defined by the Law Enforcement Officers Standards Commission.”

— Districts may not require any teacher or school employee to arm themselves, and “no individual teacher or other school employee may be censured, criticized, or discriminated against for unwillingness or refusal to carry firearms pursuant to this Act.”

— “The failure or refusal of any school board to implement a school sentinel program does not constitute a cause of action against the board, the school district, or any of its employees.”

— “A decision by a school board to implement a school sentinel program pursuant to section 1 of this Act may be referred to a vote of the qualified voters of the school district by the filing of a petition signed by five percent of the registered voters in the school district.”

— “Any person, other than a law enforcement officer or school sentinel acting pursuant to section 1 of this Act, who intentionally carries, has in his possession, stores, keeps, leaves, places, or puts into the possession of another person, any firearm, or air gun, whether or not the firearm or air gun is designed, adapted, used, or intended primarily for imitative or noisemaking purposes, or any dangerous weapon, on or in any elementary or secondary school premises, vehicle, or building or any premises, vehicle, or building used or leased for elementary or secondary school functions, whether or not any person is endangered by such actions, is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.

“This section does not apply to starting guns while in use at athletic events, firearms, or air guns at firing ranges, gun shows, and supervised schools or sessions for training in the use of firearms. This section does not apply to the ceremonial presence of unloaded weapons at color guard ceremonies.”

We asked in December whether teachers who have “concealed weapons” permits should be allowed to have guns in schools. Nearly 58 percent of those who answered said yes; about 42 percent said no.

Source: npr.org

CHIVALRY ISN’T DEAD – MAN PROPOSES WITH RING IN BOX OF CHICKEN NUGGETS

Who said chivalry was dead?

Karsyn Long is such a fan of McDonald’s that her boyfriend, Kristian Helton, decided to propose with a ring in a box of chicken nuggets.

“She has devoted her life to chicken nuggets, so that had to be part of the engagement. I mean, it was just given,” Helton told news station WAND.

For a proposal fitting of his McDonald’s-obsessed sweetheart, Helton stuck the diamond ring in a chicken nugget and wrote “Will you McMarry me??” inside the box.She said yes — even though Helton is the first to admit she probably would choose McDonald’s over him.

McDonald’s has offered to cater the wedding.

h/t NY Post

SAVE $40,000, STRESS, REGRET AND GET MARRIED AT TACO BELL FOR $600 INSTEAD

Weddings. Want to know how the majority go? You spend 10s of thousands of dollars for a big extravagant night you don’t even remember in the whirlwind of fake congratulatory half-family and friends. Meh.I have a better idea for you. Taco Bell. Yes, Taco Bell. They are opening a chapel in its Las Vegas Strip Cantina location and has put together an entire wedding package couples can order right off the menu.

It includes a Taco Bell garter, bow tie, sauce packet wedding bouquet, “Just Married” T-shirts, Taco Bell Champagne flutes and a Cinnabon Delights wedding cake. Your first meal as newlyweds will be a Taco 12-Pack.

The wedding package costs $600 and includes a full ceremony and officiant.

The Taco Bell weddings are through a partnership with pop-up wedding planner Flora Pop.

The fast-food chain is running a contest with one winning couple getting an all-expenses paid trip to Las Vegas, Nevada and lodging at Planet Hollywood to be the first couple to have a Taco Bell wedding.

The Taco Bell Cantina wedding chapel opens this summer. Live action.

The Generation Of Kids Born In The Late ’70s and Early ’80s Finally Have A Name

If were born during the late 70s or early 80s, you are most likely grouped in with the annoying millennials or pessimistic Gen X’s. Good news, you’re neither!

There is now a micro generation between the years of 1977 and 1983 called Generation Xennial. If you’re born in one of these seven years, you’ve probably found that you don’t fit into either of the existing generations surrounding you, this is because you shouldn’t! Xennial’s are different and therefore they get their own mini generation.

Typically, Xennials don’t have the cynicism associated with the Gen X generation, but they also lack the excessive optimism of millennials, who are said to overestimate their potential. Xennials fall somewhere in between these two extremes.

Because this generation name is fairly new, there is still a lot of talk, and disagreement on the characteristics surrounding the people in this generation.People born during this specific time period did not grow up in world where the internet and cell phones were always there, like the millennials who came after them. Xennials can distinctly remember when these technologies emerged. But unlike Gen X, they were able to adapt to these new technologies very quickly and easily.

When new technology came out, it grew as they did. They were old enough to get used to it and young enough to adapt and understand it. They are now able to use technology just as proficiently as millennials but can still remember a time without it. Xennials take the good from both generations surrounding them, and leave the bad. If you were born around the time of 77 to 83 and feel like you never belonged as a Millennial or Gen Xer, it’s because you’re neither!

Congratulations Xennials, you’ve waited long enough and now you finally have your very own micro-generation, that also has some pretty awesome traits.

50 BMG Pistol: Kiss Your Wrists Goodbye

Meet the Triple Action Thunder .50 BMG pistol by Triple Action, LLC.

It may look like a prop from a bad science fiction movie, but this unique single-shot pistol is 100% real. Surprisingly, the recoil is actually not as severe as many would assume thanks to a high efficiency muzzle brake and nitrogen recoil controller shock absorption system.

A Hand Cannon Like None Other

The .50 BMG pistol first started turning heads at SHOT Show 2004 where a prototype was found on display at the Triple Action, LLC booth. The booth also featured a few range videos where the Thunder could be seen in action.

Triple Action, LLC out of Logan, Utah was interested in producing more of these bad boys as a marketing trick to promote their recoil reduction systems. Sadly the company is gone, but the pistol still remains. This hand cannon, and we do mean cannon, fires a .50 cal BMG out of the palm of your hand.

Features

  • Caliber: .50 BMG
  • Action: Scissor breach with separate cocking lever and case ejector
  • Capacity: Single round
  • Weight: 12 lbs empty
  • Barrel: 13.2″
  • Overall: 16.9″
  • Trigger: 1 to 12 lbs (factory set)

History Of The .50 BMG

While a .50 caliber pistol may seem a bit large for everyday use, a 1/2″ diameter round was completely normal in the flint-lock era. After the development of smokeless powder, most pistols began using smaller bullets fired at higher velocities and the .50 caliber became less and less common. Rifles and machine guns, on the other hand, continued to experiment with larger rounds to meet the demands of mechanized warfare.

The .50 BMG, aka 12.7x99mm NATO, was developed in by John Browning during World War I. The legendary firearm manufacturer recognized the need for an anti-aircraft weapon near the end of the Great War. He based his idea on the .30-06 Springfield cartridge and the M1917 machine gun.The result was a new .50 caliber round that would be fired from the M1921 Browning machine gun, a water-cooled machine gun that would stay in service until 1933 where it was replaced by the M2 air-cooled Browning machine gun.

The .50 BMG (Browning Machine Gun) cartridge has remained in service by NATO and many other nations since World War II. Originally designed for anti-aircraft purposes, the .50 BMG would later be modified for use with anti-material weapons.

Cartridge Specs

  • Parent Case: .30-06
  • Bullet diameter: .510″
  • Bullet weight: 647 gr – 800 gr
  • Neck diameter: .560″
  • Shoulder diameter: .735″
  • Base diameter: .804″
  • Case length: 3.91″
  • Overall length: 5.45″
  • Max pressure (EPVAT): 60,481 psi
  • Max pressure (CIP): 53,664 psi

 

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The New ‘Hot Coil Challenge’ Is Literally Scarring People For Life

Viral challenges are nothing new. In the beginning, they were an innocent way for people around the world to come together and have fun. The worst thing that happened to participants of the “Cinamon Challenge” was that they’d end up having to drink a lot of water.Then they started to take on a more sinister guise in early 2015 with the “Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge”. It involved teens sucking the air out of shot glasses for prolonged periods of time in an attempt to imitate the cosmetic mogul’s famous surgically enhanced pout. This came with the risk of bruising from swollen blood vessels and potentially long-term damage. And looking like this:When the “Tide Pod Challenge” hit the headlines in late 2017, many people thought that humankind’s stupidity had finally peaked. The ingestion of detergent was the most dangerous challenge to date, and it led to countless people being hospitalized around the world. In fact, many doctors were forced to warn that consuming detergent can cause fatal internal damage. As if that wasn’t already obvious enough.Now, hot on the heels of the viral stupidity of “Tide Pod Challenge”, there’s a new way to hurt yourself on social media! One of the most painful experiences of my early life came when I put my hand on a burning coil. To my then three-year-old mind, there was something appealing about the red surface of the oven, and I had no idea that it would be excruciatingly painful. When my mom was gone, or at least, when I assume she was, I decided to put my hand on the coil. I ended up swiftly being rushed to the nearest hospital and having to spend weeks of my life having my hand regularly rebandaged as my wound healed.But at least I had the excuse of being a toddler, unlike the guy in the video below… WARNING: Some viewers may find the following footage disturbing.

The “Hot Coil Challenge” involves people placing their arm on the coil of an oven for as long as possible.It wouldn’t take a rocket scientist to work out that those who participate are engaging in a bizarre form of self-harm that could scar them for life. While my hand thankfully healed up, it’s unlikely that any participants of this would be left without some serious bodily harm.Needless to say, those who have seen the above video were quick to make their disproval known, with YouTube user Steven McKinney writing, “We are not a species meant to survive” and others echoing this point describing it as “Darwinism at its finest”.

“I love this! We’re branding all the idiots, make them easily identifiable,” added predster141.
The “Hot Coil Challenge” is particularly dangerous because many participants of such trends often try to one-up their predecessors. The challenge first surfaced yesterday on Reddit, according to UniLad, and the video above quickly went viral. The man from the video is pictured below inspecting his self-inflicted burn.
While it’s not known if it has inspired anyone else to scold themselves like this, if the “Tide Pod Challenge” is anything to go by, it’s more than likely that at least one other person will temporarily put down their detergent and have a go at mutilating their arm instead of their internal organs. The top comment on Reddit simply read, “Well, that was f*cking stupid.”