Leading Off

Leading Off (4/19/18)

City Council admonishes Atmos, Garland school teachers say threat was handled poorly, and more.

City Council Urges Atmos to Hurry Up. At yesterday’s briefing, City Council members told Atmos that their plan of replacing all cast-iron pipes in the city by 2023 isn’t fast enough. Atmos didn’t exactly say they would complete the fixes sooner, but said they’re looking at how to accelerate the process.

Staff and Parents at Garland School Didn’t Know about Shooting Threat for a Week. A former Garland Classical Academy student had posted a video on April 10 on social media saying he was going to shoot up the school. He was arrested that night, but the school’s director didn’t tell teachers, parents, or students about the threat until six days later. Teachers and parents say they should have been notified immediately and are angry over how the threat was handled.

Dick’s Sporting Goods Destroying Assault Weapons. The company is no longer selling assault rifles at its 35 Field & Stream locations, one of which is near Dallas, in Prosper. It’s also destroying and recycling the rifles instead of returning them to the manufacturer to get its money back.

Comments

  • JamieT

    Christiana, I realize when you deliberately misuse terms like “assault weapons” and “assault rifles” that you’re only click-baiting comments like mine while burnishing your anti-gun credentials in-house with your superiors, but there is a remote chance that other contributors to D Magazine may find and be dismayed at the fact that your falsehoods unfairly tar their efforts at integrity as factually dubious as well.

    • Mavdog

      Perhaps you should email Dicks with your criticism. Odd they would “deliberately misuse” and employ use of a supposed “falsehood”!
      “We will no longer sell assault-style rifles”
      http://pressroom.dicks.com/press-information/media-statements.aspx?camp=sns::20180227:CS2015:am:end:&utm_medium=Social%20DSG&utm_source=&utm_campaign=CS2015&utm_term=&utm_content=20180227

      • DubiousBrother

        Dicks was never able to sell assault weapons or assault rifles so their wording of assault-style rifles is accurate and at the same time makes them look good to the uninformed anti-gun folks who don’t know the difference. Someone writing about it should know the difference and should use the proper term.

        • Mavdog

          So the beef is the lack of the word “style”? wow.
          “Someone writing about it should know the difference”. Writing about what exactly, the decision by Dicks? “They should know the difference” between “assault weapons” and “assault-style weapons”? No, that is not a prerequisite for someone compiling the news of the day.

          • DubiousBrother

            “No, that is not a prerequisite for someone compiling the news of the day.” Unfortunately you are probably correct.

          • Mavdog

            Then you are clearly incorrect.

    • @zaccrain

      simmer down, thesaurus

      • Yeah, it’s not like you are in the “words” or “accurate” business.

        • @zaccrain

          ok

      • JamieT

        What do you mean, Zac?

        • @zaccrain

          what do you mean