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Top gun lobbyist warns right wingers will use ‘bullet box’ if they can’t win at ballot box

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A gun lobbyist suggested firearms owners should start shooting if a Democrat wins the presidential election and nominates a U.S. Supreme Court justice with whom they disagree.

Larry Pratt, the executive director emeritus of Gun Owners of America and former Virginia lawmaker, warned that Second Amendment rights could be threatened if liberals gain a majority on the high court, reported Right Wing Watch.

That’s not a particularly unusual position among pro-gun conservatives and candidates who pander to that type of voter — but Pratt’s solution was heinous.

“We would have to come to an understanding, which we’ve been sort of taught, it’s been taught out of us, that the courts do not have the last word on what the Constitution is,” Pratt said this weekend on his “Gun Owners News Hour” radio program. “They decide particular cases, they don’t make law.”

“Their decisions, unlike the Roe v. Wade usurpation, don’t extend to the whole of society, they’re not supposed to, and we may have to reassert that proper constitutional balance, and it may not be pretty,” Pratt continued. “So I’d much rather have an election where we solve this matter at the ballot box than have to resort to the bullet box.”

His guest, Robert Knight, a senior fellow at the American Civil Rights Union, offered another radical — yet constitutionally prescribed — solution.

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“Well, there’s impeachment, too,” Knight said.

Pratt in March hinted at using gun violence against President Barack Obama’s judicial nominee, Merrick Garland, who Republican lawmakers refuse to consider as a replacement for the late Antonin Scalia.

“The Second Amendment is all about people like Judge Garland,” Pratt said.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren leads Democrats in spirited first 2020 debate

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Ten Democrats clashed in the first debate of the 2020 presidential race Wednesday with Elizabeth Warren cementing her status as a top-tier candidate and several underdogs using the issue of immigration to clamor for the limelight.

The biggest American political debate since the 2016 presidential campaign is occurring over two nights in Miami, climaxing Thursday with former vice president Joe Biden squaring off against nine challengers, including number two candidate Bernie Sanders.

But Wednesday's first take was a spirited encounter between Democrats like ex-congressman Beto O'Rourke, Senator Cory Booker, former San Antonio mayor Julian Castro and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on subjects as varied as health care, economic inequality, climate action, gun violence, Iran and immigration.

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Here are 4 winners and 9 losers from the first 2020 Democratic primary debate

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With ten candidates on stage Wednesday, the opening debate of the 2020 Democratic primary in Miami was a packed mess. And this was only the first course in a two-part event — 10 more candidates will debate on the following night.

A crowded field makes it difficult to stand out, and that means that even after a big night like a debate, the most likely result is that not much changes. But the debate was still significant, giving candidates the chance to exceed, meet, or fall below expectations for their performances.

Here's a list — necessarily subjective, of course — of the people who came out on the top when the dust was settled, and those who came out on the bottom.

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Here are 3 ways Julián Castro stood out in the first Democratic Debate

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There were many predictions going into the first Democratic debate on MSNBC, but no one predicted that Julián Castro would break out from the crowd.

Check out the top three ways Castro stood out from the crowd.

Immigration:

The former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development was the outright winner of the immigration section of the debate

It should "piss us all off," Castro said about the father and his little girl who were found face-down in the shores of the Rio Grande River this week. “It’s heartbreaking."

Castro is a second generation American who got into specifics on immigration policy, calling for an outright "Marshall Plan" style of action for Guatemala and Honduras. He joined with other Democrats calling for an end to President Donald Trump's family separation policy, but he then suggested ending the "metering" of legitimate asylum seekers.

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