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A.M. notes: Mia Love talks gun violence solutions, Utah Jazz back in action, parents of slain girl support family values

Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, speaks in the Utah Senate in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018.
Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, speaks in the Utah Senate in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Here’s a look at the news for Feb. 23, 2018.

Rep. Mia Love discusses Florida shooting solutions

Utah Rep. Mia Love said on Thursday that "everything has to be on the table” in terms of solutions after last week’s deadly mass shooting in Florida, according to the Deseret News.

"I think it’s incredibly important for us to take ownership and responsibility for the things that happen in our schools," Love said. "I think we have to address the issue. We can't put our heads in the sand and pretend that it’s not happening."

Love said she could support banning bump stock devices, which can make weapons fire bullets faster.

Love said she believes law enforcement could have done more to prevent the shooter from obtaining the weapon used.

"So there’s something wrong. We have to fix it," she said. "So I’m open to listening to everything. I think we have to. And if we don’t, we would be doing our children and our country a disservice."

Read more at the Deseret News.

Utah launches girls’ coding clubs

Reshma Saujani, the founder and CEO of, helped Utah's STEM Action Center launch a slew of new coding clubs aimed to help girls and young women prepare for future careers, according to the Deseret News.

About 200 or so Utah girls in seventh to 12th grade gathered at the Dell EMC office in South Salt Lake County on Thursday to talk about the program.

"The crazy thing is what all those companies have in common, even though their consumer base is mostly girls, is that their creators are mostly men," Saujani said. "I believe that girls are change-makers. I believe that technology is going to help you get to that path of being a change-maker."

Tamara Goetz, executive director of the STEM Action Center, said she will use Saujani’s plan to help inspire young women in the Utah Girls Who Code Club Network.

Read more at the Deseret News.

Jazz ready to resume win streak

The Utah Jazz will return to the court on Friday night for a game against the Portland Trail Blazers, according to the Deseret News.

The Jazz enter the game on an 11-game win streak before the All-Star break last weekend.

Jazz coach Quin Snyder told the Deseret News that he hopes the players stopped thinking about the streak and are focused on winning.

"To the extent that winning begets winning, hopefully that's the case, because usually if you're winning you're playing well," he said, "but at the same time, if you get thinking about (the) streak and all those things, hopefully that went away with All-Star break. We just need to play good basketball."

Snyder said there’s still work to be done.

"We feel like we've done great things, but we're only 10th in the West," he said. "We're still not where we want to be."

Read more at the Deseret News.

Parents of slain LDS girl say strong family could have stopped Florida shooter

The parents of a 14-year-old LDS girl who died in the Florida shooting last week told the Deseret News that a strong family might have stopped shooter Nikolas Cruz from killing 17 people, the Deseret News reported.

Ryan and Kelly Petty told the Deseret News that Cruz, 19, is responsible for the death of their child. However, he didn’t receive the love he needed, they said.

The Pettys have called for stronger families to stop future shootings.

"Strong families are vital to a peaceful, functioning society," Ryan Petty said. "When families break down, that's where the problems begin. We need legislators and policymakers to pass legislation and create policies that strengthen families."

Read more at the Deseret News.


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