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Rep. James Comer (R-KY) was cornered on CNN on Saturday by fellow Kentuckian Pamela Brown.
"And if you look at the states that ban guns, and the cities that have banned guns -- Chicago, Washington, DC -- they have some of the highest rates of gun violence," Comer argued. "So, just passing laws banning guns doesn't solve the problem."
Brown pointed out a key flaw in his argument.
"But nearly two-thirds of crime guns recovered in states with strong gun laws were originally sold in states with weak gun laws. So if gun laws don't matter, why are criminals going to states with weaker gun laws, bringing that gun back to a state with stronger gun laws and committing crimes," Brown asked.
"Well, I can't answer that," Comer said.
Wow https://t.co/n2RiBzwt0L— Acyn (@Acyn)1618702232.0
Reporter can't lift his camera after being shot with rubber bullet covering Brooklyn Center protests
Mark Vancleave, a video journalist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, posted a shocking Twitter detailing the aftermath of being shot by police with less-than-lethal munitions while covering the protests in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.
"On Monday night I was shot in the hand by a rubber bullet fired by police in Brooklyn Center while covering a protest. The impact broke my ring finger in two places requiring surgery. I won't be able to pick up my camera again for at least six weeks," Vancleave said.
He posted a gruesome photo of his shattered hand along with x-ray photos.
He also posted a video of his point of view as he recorded his shooting.
"On impact, I lost all feeling in my hand and was rushed to safety by my colleagues where my fingers were bandaged by a protest medic," he explained.
He said two of his colleagues at the newspaper drove him to the hospital where he underwent surgery.
"I'm recovering now and deeply grateful to all my friends and colleagues who've checked in on me this past week. And for the skilled and compassionate care I received at [North Memorial Hospital]," he said. "However, I remain deeply concerned for my fellow journalists working to fairly and accurately report on the crisis unfolding in our communities—particularly as Minnesota law enforcement continues to target journalists with force and disregard theie constitutionally protected role."
"Our leaders must do better," Vancleave said.
Here is his thread:
This video captures the moment I was hit by the projectile fired by an officer from the police station across the s… https://t.co/WuFPCtNPDB— Mark Vancleave (@Mark Vancleave)1618691017.0
However, I remain deeply concerned for my fellow journalists working to fairly and accurately report on the crisis… https://t.co/HfjY3Ub42N— Mark Vancleave (@Mark Vancleave)1618691987.0
Our leaders must do better.
— Mark Vancleave (@MDVancleave) April 17, 2021
Republican blasted for attending sex trafficking summit while refusing to return Matt Gaetz donation
First-term Rep. Burgess Owens (R-UT) was blasted for attending a Malouf Foundation summit on human trafficking after not returning a $2,000 donation from Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Fox 13 reported Saturday.
"I think that it's going to be really hard for any Utahn to take him seriously on sex trafficking when he's taking money from people that are accused of sex trafficking," said state Democratic Party Chair Jeff Merchant.
"Two thousand dollars from Matt Gaetz is not a huge amount of money to return to show the people of Utah that not only does he believe that sex trafficking is wrong, but he's also willing to stand behind what he has to say," he said. "And yet he hasn't bothered to do that."
"I begin to question whether he really cares about this," Merchant said. "He's literally, as we speak, up in Logan today talking about sex trafficking while he has money given to him by someone who has been you know pretty seriously investigated, and continuing to be investigated, by the FBI for inappropriate behavior."
This is not the only scandal the former NFL player has been facing.
The Republican was blasted by The Salt Lake Tribune editorial board on Thursday for his recent fear-mongering on immigration.
"That these words are a string of lies is secondary to their odious intent: To treat anyone who looks new to this country with suspicion. Anyone who doesn't know the language or 'the culture' should be suspected of working for criminal enterprises. That is fearmongering and it stands in stark contrast to the prevailing attitude in Utah," the newspaper wrote. "Utahns don't think of immigrants as a distant threat. When we hear foreign languages on a train or plane, we don't wonder if they're drug dealers. We're smarter and kinder than that. Your words are destructive and your constituents know it."
Although his seat is in Utah, Democrats Ben McAdams and Jim Matheson have both won in the district since the last redistricting.
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