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Pro-gun nuts mark Sandy Hook by blaming mass shooting on gun laws

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A failed Washington congressional candidate led a rally Saturday blaming mass shootings on gun-control advocates and urging supporters to buy tanks and bazookas.

“If you want to own a bazooka, you can own a bazooka,” said libertarian activist Gavin Seim, who captured just 2 percent of the vote in a Republican primary.

Seim organized the “I Will Not Comply” rally against Initiative 594, which voters approved last month by a 19-point margin, to expand background checks for gun purchases, reported the Seattle Times.

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“Who gets to decide who is mentally unstable?” Seim said, questioning whether the mentally ill should be prohibited from owning guns.

Seim, who burned his concealed-carry permit onstage and urged others to do the same, blamed gun regulators for the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting – which marked its second anniversary the day after the pro-gun rally.

“The people that are trying to take our guns are the ones that are causing events where children and families and people are lost,” Seim said.

Seim, who was embroiled during his campaign in a dispute with city officials in Moses Lake over local sign ordinances, estimated about 1,500 people joined him at the State Capitol in Olympia, but State Police said the number was closer to 1,000.

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“I don’t want to be put on anybody’s list,” said 48-year-old Justice Cuttrell, of Forks, Washington. “My guns were given to me by family and basically they’re unregistered. And I don’t think they should have to be registered.”

Some supporters wore military-style uniforms, including one that indicated membership in the Washington Militia, and many carried rifles and shotguns strapped to their backs.

The crowd booed when a speaker mentioned Gabrielle Giffords, a former Arizona congresswoman who has advocated stricter gun laws after surviving a gunshot wound to the head during a mass shooting.

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Former sheriff Richard Mack, a key figure in the right-wing “posse comitatus” movement, and Mike Vanderboegh, founder of the anti-government “III Percent” movement, took part in the rally.

“We are the ‘III Percent,'” Vanderboegh said. “We will not fire the first shot, but if need be we will fire the last. We will not target innocents, like the militarized police units that will be dispatched to the doors of our homes in furtherance of I-594, but we will answer the guilty.”

No arrests were made at the event, although some activists handed rifles to one another at a tent displaying an LGBT pride flag in an attempt to illegally transfer weapons.

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But State Police said they could not prove the demonstration violated any laws.

“My rights are being infringed, our Constitution is being trampled,” said 57-year-old Robert Henry, of Chehalis.

Ammon Bundy, the son of recalcitrant rancher Cliven Bundy, had been scheduled to speak at the rally but did not show up.

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Seim claimed at the rally, as he did throughout his campaign, that the Bundy ranch standoff nearly sparked “the second American Revolution.”

Watch video from the rally posted online by Rogue Reflections:


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Trump attacks the homeless for sleeping in ‘our best highways, our best streets’ and vows to ‘do something about it’

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday issued an angry broadside against America's homeless population.

The Washington Post's Josh Dawsey reports that Trump, during a conversation with reporters, complained that homeless people are living in "our best highways, our best streets, our best entrances to buildings."

The president then said that people who live in these buildings pay "tremendous taxes" and want "prestige," and then vowed that "we'll be doing something about it."

Trump says homeless people are living in "our best highways, our best streets, our best entrances to buildings" where people pay "tremendous taxes" and want "prestige." Says he's speaking to tenants who "want to leave the country." He adds: "We'll be doing something about it."

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‘SLAP CUFFS ON HIM NOW’: Internet hammers House Dems for treating Corey Lewandowski with kid gloves

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Trump loyalist Corey Lewandowski testified before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday and it quickly devolved into a circus in which the former Trump campaign manager refused to answer basic questions from Democrats.

During the hearing, the House Judiciary Democrats sent out a tweet accusing the White House of orchestrating a coverup of the president's actions as outlined by special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

However, many Twitter users went on to hammer the Democrats for purportedly treating the constantly obfuscating and stalling Lewandowski with kid gloves.

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Trump responds to Cokie Roberts’ death by complaining that she ‘never treated me well’

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Journalist Cokie Roberts died on Tuesday and President Donald Trump didn't hesitate to make her passing all about himself.

Per CNN's Daniel Dale, Trump was asked by reporters if he had a comment about Roberts' death at the age of 75 this week, and he responded by complaining that she didn't give him favorable coverage.

"I never met her," the president replied. "She never treated me nicely. But I would like to wish her family well. She was a professional and I respect professionals... never treated me well, but I certainly respect her as a professional."

Per pool, here's Trump on the death of Cokie Roberts: “I never met her. She never treated me nicely. But I would like to wish her family well. She was a professional and I respect professionals...Never treated me well, but I certainly respect her as a professional.”

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