TRUMP-LOVING REPUBLICAN CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE SPORTS SHOTGUN IN CAMPAIGN AD: One of 17 candidates vying for the Republican nomination in North Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District special election will begin airing television ads in the Greenville market Tuesday. In the ad, Eric Rouse, a Lenoir County commissioner, is seen skeet shooting — hitting clays with Democratic priorities like the Green New Deal written on them in the 30-second ad. It closes with Rouse cocking a gun and vowing to have President Donald Trump’s back if elected. Rouse is among 26 candidates running to replace Republican Rep. Walter Jones, who died on Feb. 10. Jones, who represented the district since 1995, voted with Trump just 49.3 percent of the time, the lowest of any Republican representative, according to FiveThirtyEight.com. The primary is April 30 in the district that includes parts or all of 17 counties in Eastern North Carolina.
JUST ANOTHER DAY AT THE PARK: Police in North Carolina say one man was killed and a 13-year-old girl was wounded after a shooting at a park. High Point police tell news outlets say a park ranger found 18-year-old James B. Murray Jr. of Kernersville lying in the grass Sunday with a gunshot wound and started performing life-saving measures that weren't successful. Police said officers heard of a second victim. The girl was taken to the hospital in a private car and was treated for a gunshot wound to the leg and released. Investigators say multiple shots were fired from an elevated position. According to police, there were between 15 and 20 people in the park before the shooting, and when law enforcement arrived, multiple people ran away.
SILENT SAM SUPPORTER SHOWS UP WITH A GUN ON HIS HIP: UNC police say at least one member of a group that has protested in support of Silent Sam came onto campus Saturday carrying a handgun, and was asked to leave. No charges were filed, police say, because officers weren’t immediately sure any laws were broken. “On Saturday, March 16, members of a ‘Confederate heritage’ group walked onto the UNC-Chapel Hill campus from the Town of Chapel Hill via Raleigh Street to Cameron Avenue,” UNC said in a statement released Monday. At least one individual was in possession of a handgun. They were approached by UNC Police officers on the sidewalk in front of Memorial Hall and were asked to leave campus, which they did. “North Carolina’s Open Carry Law allows individuals to carry firearms in many public areas, unless otherwise prohibited,” the statement continued. “Firearms generally are prohibited on campuses in our state. Due to immediate uncertainty on Saturday about the application of these laws to the Cameron Avenue right of way, which is maintained by the Town of Chapel Hill, no arrest was made in this case."
DEM CANDIDATE FOR LT. GOVERNOR RUNS OFF HOUSEBREAKERS WITH SHOTGUN: Hoke County commissioner and Democratic N.C. lieutenant governor candidate Allen Thomas Jr. said he used a 12-gauge shotgun to scare away several people who had entered a townhome he rents in Greenville. “It was a very, very intense situation,” Thomas said on Monday. “I was fearful. It took about 10 minutes for the police to arrive. And the last thing I wanted to do was have to use deadly force.” The incident happened shortly before noon on Saturday in Pitt County. Thomas posted a video of the encounter to his Facebook page. The experience caused Thomas to question the Castle Doctrine, “which would have given me the ability to shoot through that door and kill someone unnecessarily.” He speculated the men were squatting in the townhome because he does not often stay there. He theorized that the first-floor tenant may have let them in.
"DON'T SAY HIS NAME." NEW ZEALAND PM WANTS TO DENY TERRORIST ANY FAME: “He is a terrorist. He is a criminal. He is an extremist,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in an address to Parliament. “But he will, when I speak, be nameless.” “And to others, I implore you,” she added, “speak the names of those who were lost, rather than the name of the man who took them. He may have sought notoriety, but we in New Zealand will give him nothing. Not even his name.” Her comments — which included a demand for internet platforms like Facebook to do a better job controlling hateful content — reflect a global struggle that has caught this small, open and friendly country by surprise: how to avoid fueling fame for a man accused of killing and his message even as officials and the news media try to better understand the forces that led to his apparent radicalization. The push to deny oxygen for what feels like a perpetual flame of hate has been gathering momentum ever since the attack, and reaches beyond the government.
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