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Rep. Johnson: You don’t need an AK-47 to go deer hunting

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On the House floor Tuesday, Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) called for reasonable gun control legislation in the wake of the Colorado theater massacre.

“While we are healing, we have work to do in this Congress,” he said. “You see, the assault weapons ban in place for a number of years — ten years, actually — expired in 2004. And after the expiration of the assault weapons ban, it’s been open season.”

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“Now I know there are people who hold the Second Amendment dear and it is established clearly in law that citizens have a right to bear arms. Beyond that, the Constitution is silent. So it leaves it up to us to address issues concerning the reasonable regulation of that right. Should we not have any regulations or should we have regulations that are reasonable?”

Last week, an armed gunman opened fire in a crowded movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, killing at least 12 and wounding 58 others. The victims range in age from 6 to 51 years old. The mass shooting has revived debate on gun control legislation.

Prominent House Democrats, including Democratic Caucus chairman Rep. John Larson (D-CT) and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MN), have called for the assault weapons ban to be renewed.

“To say that we should have no regulations on weapons, particularly weapons of mass destruction, to me is unwise,” Johnson added. “I don’t understand why someone who has a gun in their home for protection needs to have a 100-round magazine that is capable of rapid fire… I don’t understand why someone needs that kind of firepower to protect their home.”

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He also said it was unnecessary to use an AK-47 to hunt for deer.

Watch video, uploaded to YouTube by Rep. Hank Johnson, below:

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An East Rochester man sprayed a black teenager with a hose during a confrontation that was captured on video.

The man, whose name has not been released, claimed to be a Ku Klux Klan member during an argument with some black and white teenagers outside his home, and he sprayed one 14-year-old boy as he walked away from the white man, reported WROC-TV.

"You shouldn't be f*cking with the Klan," the man says, and walks toward his yard, where he grabs the hose and hurls a racial slur at the boy.

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Two Florida parents are fighting this week to regain custody of their 4-year-old son who was taken away from them after they tried to treat his leukemia with a combination of tea and a "positive state of mind."

Local news station WFLA reports that Tampa Bay residents Joshua McAdams and Taylor Bland-Ball are headed to court to push for custody to be reinstated months after they decided to stop medical treatment for their 4-year-old son Noah.

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Prince Andrew’s fate in potential Epstein lawsuit entirely in the hands of Donald Trump

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MSNBC legal analyst Danny Cevallos said President Donald Trump has a unique ability to tip the scales in one possible legal case related to sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.

The "Morning Joe" contributor was discussing the latest developments in the case, after Epstein's death earlier this month in jail -- two days after signing a new will.

"You can't hold the attorneys liable because someone wants to prepare a will," Cevallos said, "but remember, they fought to take him off suicide watch and they had to say he's not a suicide risk. otherwise, they would have kept him on suicide watch."

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