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CNN guest explains how to ‘appropriately’ fire back during a theater shooting

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On Sunday’s edition of CNN Newsroom, legal expert and concealed carry advocate Philip Holloway told host Fredericka Whitfield and guest Mel Robbins why he believes movie theaters shouldn’t be “gun-free zones.”

The panel was responding to former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R)’s assertion that armed movie patrons would make everyone safer from mass shootings.

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“The fear of armed resistance could be the thing that deters someone from picking that particular target,” said Holloway.

However, he said, “Movie theaters are unique because they are dark and often times loud,and if you go in there and open fire, who knows what you’re going to hit?” So, he suggested, firing blindly into the dark would not be a “good first choice.”

Robbins argued that with more than 300 million guns on the streets in the U.S., “I don’t think there is anything called a gun-safe zone anywhere in this country, and to think that we should just hope and pray that there is a licensed concealed weapons holder in a movie theater that can act appropriately in a mass shooter situation is putting the emphasis on the wrong thing.”

Holloway said that if there is someone trained to take out an active shooter in the theater, “you don’t want that person acting inappropriately, you want them to seek cover and then to decide whether or not they have a shot they can safely take. Otherwise, it can only make matters worse.”

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Studies have shown that in most active shooter situations, even people who are trained in the effective use of firearms are unable to stop the gunman with their own weapons. If they are able to get to their weapons and fire at all, they often end up striking bystanders or themselves.

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Michael Moore breaks down why Trump is ‘scared’ of The Squad: ‘They’re the force out there!’

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Legendary filmmaker Michael Moore revealed why President Donald Trump is so scared of the women of color in Congress known as The Squad.

The Squad is made up of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI).

"So, Michael, when your political opposition tells you this is the play we’re going to run and the president underscores it, and they’re running this play, is there any — is The Squad blameless for giving the president a steady stream of oxygen and ammunition?" MSNBC's Brian Williams asked.

"I’m so glad he’s that frightened of them, both he and [Benjamin] Netanyahu are scared of them. And the reason they are is — and this is why Trump isn’t as dumb as he comes off," Moore said.

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Rick Wilsons destroys Trump for ’punitive ‘dickishness’ and ‘performative assh*lery’ on HBO’s Real Time

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Republican strategist Rick Wilson slammed the Trump administration on HBO's "Real Time" with Bill Maher on Friday.

Wilson is the author of the 2018 book Everything Trump Touches Dies: A Republican Strategist Gets Real About the Worst President Ever.

The GOP consultant said America needs to replace the "Goddamn oil lobbyist who runs the f*cking EPA right now."

"This is just punitive dickishness by these people," Wilson charged. "They're just doing this to be *ssholes, they want their base to be like, 'we're taking those regulations away."

"It is just performative assh*lery," he added.

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Bill Maher rips Trump’s recession — says new slogan should be ‘Make America Atlantic City Again’

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The host of "Real Time" on HBO sarcastically mocked President Donald Trump for being a "financial genius" as the nation braces for a recession.

Comedian Bill Mayer began by noting that Trump "wants to buy Greenland and rename it New Ivanka" the president's "two Nurenberg rallies."

But he quickly moved to discuss the stock market turmoil.

"Trump, the financial genius, is driving the economy off a cliff," he said.

"Make America Atlantic City Again," should be his new slogan.

"Did you see what happened to the stock market this week? I spent more time gasping for breath than Jeffrey Epstein," Maher added.

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