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Armed vet destroys gun nuts’ argument on mass shooters by explaining why he didn’t attack Oregon killer

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A veteran who says he was carrying a concealed weapon on Oregon’s Umpqua Community College campus Thursday when 26-year-old Christopher Harper Mercer went on a murderous rampage, says he didn’t intervene because he knew police SWAT team members wouldn’t know him from the shooter.

In an interview with MSNBC, veteran John Parker said he knows lots of students who conceal carry at the school because, despite a school policy that discourages weapons on campus, Oregon state law does allow it.

READ MORE: ‘Hate-filled’ Chris Harper Mercer had white supremacy, anti-religion leanings, sources say

Saying he does conceal carry in case “I’m in close proximity” to an incident where he might try to save some lives, Parker admitted he’s not the type who believes that “there’s always somebody out there behind your back ready to do something like this.”

Conservative commentators — none of whom were caught up in the panic and confusion at the college campus — have complained that the school’s “gun-free” designation drew the shooter there and that a “good guy with a gun” could have stopped him.

READ MORE: Details emerge about Oregon killer — a self-described conservative who loved guns and conspiracy theories

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Parker explained that his military training provided him with the skills to “go into danger,” but said he felt lucky he and others didn’t try to get involved going after Mercer.

“Luckily we made the choice not to get involved,” he explained. “We were quite a distance away from the building where this was happening. And we could have opened ourselves up to be potential targets ourselves, and not knowing where SWAT was, their response time, they wouldn’t know who we were. And if we had our guns ready to shoot, they could think that we were bad guys.”

Parker noted that he was hustled into a classroom with other students by a professor who asked if anyone was armed. He said he raised his hand and said he would attempt to protect his fellow students if they came under attack.

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Trump reelection launch is being overshadowed with a flood of really bad news: Washington Post reporter

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Washington Post reporter Phil Rucker couldn't help but note that the launch of President Donald Trump's 2020 reelection campaign is being drowned out by a flood of bad news.

In an MSNBC panel Monday, the group discussed the recent leak of internal poll numbers that shows the president losing in a number of states to the top seven Democrats running.

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CNN’s April Ryan delivers brutal assessment of Trump’s 2020 kickoff: ‘He’s going in looking like a loser’

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CNN's April Ryan on Monday delivered a brutal assessment of the state of President Donald Trump's 2020 campaign on the day before he's set to officially launch his reelection effort.

During a discussion about pollsters getting fired from the Trump campaign in the wake of brutal polling numbers getting leaked, Ryan said the president can't be happy to see so much news coverage of polls showing him losing badly to former Vice President Joe Biden.

"Democratic polls are saying that Joe Biden would beat him if the election were to happen today," she said. "They're also saying any Democrat would beat him if the election were today! This does not bode well for the Trump brand, it does not bode well for his presidency. He is going in looking like a loser."

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Iowa Republican backtracks after hinting Kellyanne Conway is leaving the White House

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Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) hinted that Kellyanne Conway may be on her way out of the White House for violating federal law.

The Iowa Republican was asked to comment on findings by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel that Conway had repeatedly violated the Hatch Act by promoting political campaigns during public TV appearances as a senior adviser to President Donald Trump.

"Obviously there has been a commission that has decided that's not appropriate, so she is being removed from that position," Ernst told WHO-TV. "We certainly want to be working towards the good of all Americans. Obviously, she wants to support the president's initiatives. She is an adviser -- or was an adviser -- but she used her position differently."

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