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CNN's Jim Acosta wasn't taking it when Republican Rep. Mike Waltz (R-FL) tried to give excuses for why Americans need to carry around weapons of war.
"I tell you, we all want to solve this problem," Waltz claimed. "The data shows that the vast majority of gun violence, the vast majority of these crimes are committed actually with people using pistols not necessarily those weapons. But I think in the bigger picture—" Waltz said before Acosta interrupted.
"A lot of these mass shootings happen -- have involved AR-15s and those kinds of assault-style rifles," Acosta corrected.
Waltz is talking about the vast majority of "gun violence" being suicides using handguns. When it comes to mass shootings, they're overwhelmingly done by guns with high-capacity magazines and automatic weapons that allow rapid-fire shooting.
Waltz argued that the proposed legislation doesn't fix the problem, which is incorrect as the current proposals are to reinstate the assault weapons ban. Instead, the Florida man blamed "mental health" problems and said that so-called red flag laws are already in place.
Acosta cited the recent Indiana shooting in which a mass shooter had his shotguns taken away due to concerns and using the red flag law. He was then allowed to purchase another gun. Waltz excused it away, saying that in most cases, that law has worked. In his own state, in particular, the Parkland shooter's neighbors warned police about him as well, to no avail. So, clearly, those rules aren't as strict.
Waltz also didn't have any proposals for increases in mental health funding, developing a stronger mental health system with facilities that can help those with mental health problems outside of prisons.
The congressman proposed a major fix to the problem is in sharing local reports with the federal database and other state databases. He claimed 6 million more records have been shared with the database.
"So, I think we need to take a hard look at fixing the system as it exists and make it work better. But putting—" said Waltz.
"Yeah, the system's not working now," Acosta cut in.
Waltz went on to say that the vast majority of criminals are getting guns on the "black market" to circumvent laws in place. It's probably why President Joe Biden said that he wants to get rid of Ghost Guns, stop the gun show loophole, demand all gun sales be by licensed vendors, and other restrictions on 3D printed guns.
In fact, Waltz had no solution other than to enforce the laws on the books, which clearly isn't working.
The United States had it's 50th mass shooting in one month on Sunday.
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CNN host of "United Shades of American," W. Kamau Bell and Jim Acosta discussed the continued attacks on people of color at the hands of police who shoot first and ask questions later.
Talking Sunday, the two talked about the "complete failure of the system," proven over and over that police shoot regardless of what someone does. In the case of the Virginia Army Medic, his hands were visible. He was calm and was able to talk to the officer rationally. It was the officer who was holding his gun like some kind of movie gangster.
In the case of Derek Chauvin, it was clear that George Floyd was handcuffed and on the ground. Why did he need to kneel on his neck when it was clear he was subdued? There was nothing to fear from Floyd.
Another child was shot in Chicago, and after police bodycam video showed the way in which Adam Toledo was gunned down in an ally, the public was furious. The officer demands he stop and put up his hands. So, he stopped, put his hands up in the air, and seconds later, the officer shot anyway, killing him.
The idea that it is a system-wide problem comes from claims that one bad apple doesn't spoil the bunch. Lately, however, it's become clear that the opposite is true, with officers covering for each other and refusing to speak out against their colleagues shooting people. In the 2006 case of former officer Cariol Hornecase of former officer Cariol Horne, her colleague was holding a handcuffed suspect in a chokehold. She tried to get him to stop. Because she worked to save the suspect's life, he didn't die. Still, she was fired, just one year shy of her retirement. It took five years of lawsuits for her to win her pension and back pay for unfair termination.
The Chauvin case is the first time Americans have seen other officers come forward and speak out against a colleague for going against his training and refusing to follow the rules.
"These happenings don't exist in a vacuum, as you know," said Acosta. "It is hundreds of years of history and those like Fox News' Tucker Carlson who continue to push dangerous and baseless conspiracies. Listen to how he recently talked about a 'replacement theory.' They're kinda the things you'd just see on fringe websites, and all of the sudden it's on Fox News."
"To me, as a member of media, I feel like the failure is on me, too," confessed Bell. "It is about the failure of the media, especially the news media to make sure we are trafficking in facts. We are living in an era of white supremacy. There is no Black spokesperson who gets that much media time as he is on television lying regularly and using his bully pulpit to put Black people in danger. I am one of those people who that happens to. Again, we're talking about system failures here. Until we admit that Tucker Carlson is bad for humanity, which he is, full stop until we admit that we are going to find ourselves in these same positions over and over again."
Acosta chucked at the comment before whole-heartedly agreeing.
"no lie there. W. Kamau Bell, thank you so much," Acosta closed.
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Tucker the racist www.youtube.com
Louisiana anti-vaccine pastor explains why he preaches COVID-19 is a lie: 'I'm not a politician I'm a prophet'
For America to reach "herd immunity" from the COVID-19 crisis 70 percent of Americans must be vaccinated. While many Americans are fighting to get their shot, conspiracy theorists are pushing anti-vaccine lies. One, is Louisiana Pastor Tony Spell, ironically of the Life Tabernacle Church.
The pastor isn't alone, the largest group of anti-vaccine people are far-right, white, evangelical Christians, which accounts for one-fourth of the United States. It's all being driven by distrust in the government, perpetuated by former President Donald Trump, who was vaccinated in January before leaving office.
"If anti-mask and anti-vaccine is anti-government then I guess I'm proud to be anti-government," said Spell as his church crowd cheered and danced. "Hallelujah, Jesus. You do not give me my rights, sir."
Speaking to former Vice-turned-CNN reporter Elle Reeve, Spell said that he would rather die free "than I had live on my knees (sic)."
"How is it living in your knees to take the vaccine," asked Reeve.
"Because you're vowing against your convictions," Spell said.
For others, whose convictions don't align with Spell, taking the vaccine is also a choice, but one they're gladly accepting. With Spell, it isn't an anti-doctor philosophy, it's merely an anti-vaccine policy.
"If you break your arm or something, would you go to the doctor?" asked Reeve.
"Sure I'd go to the doctor and get it set and wear a cast," the pastor said.
"At some level, you trust some doctors," Reeve said.
"Yes, we do," Spell said, speaking of himself in the third person. When Reeve asked where the line was, Spell said that the virus has been "a scam" since the beginning. Ironically, his parents both purported to have the virus and his grandfather confessed to getting the vaccine. Spell said he opposes it.
"There is a tendency within white Christian nationalism to want to believe these kinds of conspiracies," explained University of Oklahoma sociologist Samuel Perry."It reinforces us versus them. The problem is, the people who are feeding that fear have an incentive to keep stoking that fear because people keep clicking and people keep listening."
"Is the appeal of your sermon that the pandemic is scary, the virus is scary, and so you're telling scared people, you don't have to worry about any of that stuff, like come to my church and God will make sure you don't get this virus?" asked Reeve.
"Why are you giving them false hope?" she asked.
"That's not false hope," the pastor claimed. "What's false is our lying politicians."
If someone at Pastor Spell's church gets COVID-19 or dies of COVID-19, it's unclear if that person could sue him. It could become a key problem for Christian Nationalist pastors in the coming months.
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Christian NAtionalist pastor spreads vaccine lies www.youtube.com
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