The Daily Moth 2-28-18

March 1, 2018

Dick’s Sporting Goods Won’t Sell Assault Rifles; Delta Airlines Cuts Ties with NRA; President Trump Encourages Congressional Action on Gun Policy and School Safety; NFL Partners With Pizza Hut After Cutting Ties with Papa John; Teenagers Killed After Falling From Plane Landing Gear in Stowaway Attempt; Stoneman Douglas High School Resumes Classes; Georgia High School Teacher Fires Gun Through Classroom Window; Candidate for Texas Congress Used “Deaf-Mute” Slur in 2014 Article; Guest #DeafBing Compilation

Hello, welcome to the Daily Moth! It is Wednesday, February 28. Ready for news? 




The debate on gun control has spilled over into American companies.


Today Dick’s Sporting Goods they announced they would stop selling any assault-style rifles (modern sporting rifles), high-capacity magazines, and not sell guns to anybody under 21. 


Dick’s said they sold a shotgun to the Parkland shooter in November 2017 — they said it was not the gun used in the shooting, but that it could have been. 


They said they have heard the Parkland students’ voices about gun violence and encouraged politicians to pass gun reform laws. 


There were some customers who are opposed — saying they would boycott Dick’s.


Another company in the spotlight is Delta.


On Saturday they announced they would end their contract/partnership with the National Rifle Association (NRA) for discounted rates. 


In response to that, the Georgia State Senate, controlled by Republicans, voted against a $50 million tax break that the state House had recently approved. 


Delta’s headquarters is in Atlanta and is one of the state’s largest employers. The tax break is based on a jet fuel sales tax.


Their Lt. Governor Cagle ( R ) said he would kill any legislation that benefits Delta unless they changed their position on the NRA. 


Other companies that have cut ties with the NRA are United Airlines, First National Bank of Omaha, Symantec, MetLife, Enterprise and Hertz Car Rental 


Various members of the NRA  (5 million total) have said they would boycott those companies in turn.




Today President Trump has encouraged Congress to take action on gun policy and school safety. 


He met today with both Democrat and Republican lawmakers at the White House. Trump said we can’t wait and play games and nothing gets done — that gun violence can be ended and will be ended. 


He supported an idea that would expand background checks for gun purchases to include online sales and at gun shows. This was proposed in the Senate in 2013 by Senators Manchin (D) and Toomey (R ) , but failed to pass. 


Trump told two that they should consider raising the age for buying guns from 18 to 21. 


When the Senators said they had not proposed the idea in the past, Trump said it was because they were afraid of the NRA. He said people can’t be afraid of the NRA — adding that the NRA does want to do the right thing, but that we don’t have to agree with them on everything. 


Trump continued push for arming school teachers. He said he wanted to see a comprehensive gun reform bill, said it was time a President stepped up on gun safety. 


This is somewhat surprising statements from Trump, as he received $30 million in support from the NRA during his campaign, and Republicans usually don’t want to act on gun reform laws. But Trump has shown himself to be an outsider, not a part of the Washington establishment.




Today the NFL announced a new official pizza sponsor — Pizza Hut.


Yesterday the NFL and Papa John pizza announced they would no longer be partners in their sponsorship agreement. 

Their relationship was strained because of the controversy with players kneeling during the national anthem. Papa John’s founder and previous CEO John Schnatter said in November that NFL’s TV ratings went down because of it, that NFL had poor leadership and it hurt Papa John’s stocks. 


Although Pizza Hut is the new sponsor, Papa John will still work with 22 NFL teams and their star players. 


Pizza Hut said they are very excited about the new partnership. They can use all NFL team marks on their marketing. The sponsorship will begin with the 2018 NFL Draft.




In Ecuador, two teenagers died after they hid in a plane’s landing gear and fell 1,000 feet when the plane took off. 


This happened on Monday. The plane was headed to New York. When crews saw it, they thought it was plane parts, but saw one teenager dead and another badly injured, dying a few minutes later. They were 17 and 16, cousins of each other. There was a suitcase with clothes and $20 inside. 


The plane, with 233 passengers on it, turned around and landed. The airport, Olmedo International, was shut down for over an hour. 


It’s not the first time people have tried to hide in planes’ landing gear — with some surviving, but others have died from either falling or freezing to death because of cold temperatures in the air. 


One 15-year old boy survived a stowaway flight in 2014 from San Francisco to Hawaii.




Updates on the Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida: 


— The school is open today, two weeks after the shooting on Valentine’s Day. There were a lot of police officers present with over 3,000 students, staff, and teachers, many of them wearing shirts with “MSDSTRONG” on it. 


— The school day was short, with classes starting at the 4th period, which is when classes stopped during the shooting. The next classes lasted for less than 30 minutes with the school day ending before noon. 


— There were many counselors, therapy dogs, and posters to encourage the students. They had a 17-second moment of silence to honor those who died. 


— The building where the shooting happened is closed, still considered a crime scene. The school board is considering tearing it down. 


— The Uber driver who brought the shooter, Nikolas Cruz, to the school, did an interview with CBS News. She asked for media to not release her name. She said when she picked up Cruz, he sat in the back seat with a big object. The driver thought it was a guitar case. Cruz told her he was going to music class. The drive was 13 minutes and Cruz was quiet throughout. 


After the shooting, police contacted her to check the car. She said she is sad and emotional from this. She said a few days later, she gave a Uber to someone going to a funeral.




At the Dalton High School in Georgia, a teacher fired at least one shot through a classroom window. No students were in the classroom. Someone called police and the school was evacuated.


The teacher, Jesse Davidson, had locked his door and had a brief standoff with police, then was arrested.


He taught social studies and was the play-by-play announcer for the football team. 


It seems like this started when the teacher locked his door before his class. When students couldn’t enter, the principal tried to unlock the door — that’s when gunshot rang out. 


Scary, and glad nobody got shot. This comes at a time when the Trump administration is talking about arming teachers as a response to school shootings.




I received several messages about an inappropriate and audistic remark made by a woman who is now running for Congress in Texas’ 7th District (Houston area) — Laura Moser, a liberal Democrat.


She used the words, “deaf-mute” to describe her neighbor when she lived in Washington, D.C. This was in an article she wrote for “The Washingtonian” magazine. 


A little background: Moser grew up in Houston, then after college worked in various places before living in Washington. D.C. in recent years. Last year she moved back to Houston so she could run for Congress. 


Where did she live in D.C.? On 8th Street NE, a few houses away from Gallaudet University. 


In the article, she talked about how it was normal that D.C. was so expensive. She said she lived next door to a deaf-mute drug addict who openly smokes crack in the back yard and throws her beer cans over the fence and passes her notes saying, “NEED 1$.” 


So you can see that it was a very inappropriate and offensive way to describe deaf people, especially someone who lived right by Gallaudet University. 


How did this article surface? Moser is controversial candidate and is opposed by the DCCC (Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee), who works to help Democrats get elected to Congress. 


The DCCC called her an “Washington insider” who would not change Washington. They said she used over $50,000 in campaign funds to pay her husband’s political consulting firm. They said she doesn’t like Texas and only moved there to get elected, and would lose to the Republican candidate in the midterm elections.  


So with that controversy aside, nobody has noticed the “deaf-mute” comment except for those who alerted me of this. 


One person told me that at a disability forum in Houston, someone asked Moser about disability rights. She said, “fund the ADA.” She didn’t show she understood that the ADA was a law, not a program with funding. 


Moser is viewed as a potential winner for one of the two Democratic primary runoff spots during the upcoming March 6 elections. She recently received the support of actress Alyssa Milano and said she’s got a lot of campaign contributions after the DCCC attacks. 


So how do you Deaf/ASL community feel about this? How should this be addressed? 


DCCC Opposition Memo (Links to Washingtonian Article):


DCCC Controversy:




Guest #DeafBing Compilation 


Alex: Several of you sent me #DeafBing videos. Here they are! 


1 - Talking On The Street: Do you see the people here? Deaf people tend to, when they pass each other on the street, just stop there on the spot and talk. They forget there’s traffic and they should move to the sidewalk. 


2 - Deaf people tend to press “Pause” on their controllers when they are gaming so they can talk with the person next to them. 


3 - Deaf people tend to, if you’re on your phone and someone tries to get your attention and you tell them to wait a few seconds — then as you look to them to talk, they’ll be like… uhhh… I forgot what I wanted to say. 


4 - A girl tries to get the attention of another girl who is looking away. The girl has to walk to her and physically tap her shoulder. 


Alex: Thank you for sending me those !




That is all for today! See you tomorrow and stay with the light! 

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